Monday, 5 November 2012

Monster Finish!

Do you remember the craze last year for Lego quilts. When I started building bricks with fabric and it just got bigger and bigger and bigger,

until it got so big it could only be photographed outside?

All That Jazz

I decided it was time this monster was actually on the bed and not idling away in a cupboard taking up  space.

Getting read to start sewing the layers together

The kitchen table was cleared of all detritus. The Old One's favourite armchair was used to take the weight of the quilt as I turned it round. After about an hour I had 3 layers sewn together. A bit haphazardly, but sewn. Those seams are definitely not straight!

Then I rolled it up and left it for 48 hours. I wasn't at all sure if the backing was going to be strong enough. It's an old cotton sheet which has definitely seen better days.

After a lot of cogitating, I decided that if it was going to be finished I needed to get on and do it. Now!

Cleared the kitchen table again, turned it inside out (or outside out [grin]), pushed the corners out and stayed up until 2.00 am closing the open seam. I was determined to sleep under it that night.

Et voila!

It is still be be tied and I'm going to sew some orphan string blocks on the back to reinforce the sheet and cover up a few holes. That should also help keep the layers together.

I think I've got my mojo back. I rescued the Liberated Amish project from the dust bunnies under the bed and hope to start hand quilting it again soon. In  the meantime I've got Greengage Fool to finish.

More soon.


jovaliquilts said...

Yay, what a great finish! I love that you stayed up until 2 am just so you could sleep under it that night.

Karen's Quilts from Cape Town said...

Love it to bits!

YankeeQuilter said...

These string quilts can get really heavy...though warm too I'm sure!

daveandlo said...

What great bits of wonderful fabrics! Enjoy. Lois

Bridget said...

Hooray and congratulations, Clare. It's always a good feeling when you've plowed on to the finish line. Do you keep looking at it?

Onward and upward!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...


It IS big isn't it!!! But it looks great on your bed!!!

I think I see some of the fabric I sent you w-a-y back
in that first photo!!!


Nifty Quilts said...

WOW!!! Congratulations! It looks so great, and will provide endless hours of entertainment, just looking at all those fabrics.

VivJM said...

Clare, it's stunning!
Just wondering what your middle layer is - regular wadding? And when you say sewn together, is that like a pillowcase finish? And is it MEGA heavy?
I'm only asking all these questions cos I feel so inspired by your gorgeous quilt & think I may have to make one for myself lol

Quiltdivajulie said...

I do so still love legoes and the marvelous look they yield!

Congrats on being able to sleep under your "monster" . . .

totally understand the "mojo" thoughts, too.

Sharon said...

Whoo hoo! This looks so super on your bed! Congrats on a BIG finish. You'll have it tied by next week, right?? *wink*

Glad you've found your mojo again!

Sujata Shah said...

Nice to have a quilt like this. Isn't it? You could spend hours looking at it. What fun!

Tonya Ricucci said...

woohoo, love it! a monster to wrestle, but a joy to sleep under.

Frog Quilter said...

It is beautiful. Love it. Scraps rock!!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations!! It is fantastic!!!

joe tulips said...

Congratulations on getting on with the Legos. Mine is still a nice pile of blocks. Someday I will get back to it!

quiltingbonnie said...

I love your lego quilt. All I really like to do these days are scrappy quilts. U did a great job. Bonnie in FL

quiltingbonnie said...

I love your your lego quilt. You did a great jaob