5 In Quilts/ Sewing

Oddysea Charm Square Quilt

Yesterday I finished my very first charm square quilt.  The fabric is Oddysea by Moda and I am in love with the rich colours and the fish blocks scattered throughout.  The pattern was made by creating 9-patch squares and then cutting them in half in both directions.  Putting the pieces together after that was a bit like putting a puzzle together – only because I was determined to have all the fish swimming to the sides and all the shells facing the same way.  (a random quilter I am not….someday I should try to put the blocks just wherever they end up…it would be a good exercise for me in letting go…)

Working with charm squares was fun in that it eliminated one cutting step.  However, I was disappointed to find that all of the charm squares were not cut to the exact same size, which did cause problems later on in piecing the quilt.  What I really should have done was re-cut them all to the same size before I began…. but it seemed silly when the reason I bought charm squares was so I wouldn’t have to do more cutting?!  I’m not sure that I would work with charm squares again, unless I cut them myself! 🙂

I really like the finished top and can’t wait to quilt it and bind it. 

There is a local shop that sells handmade items that has agreed to take some of my quilts.  This will be one of the first ones that I sell.  I am both excited and scared about that prospect!  I have so many ideas of quilts I want to make (and three in progress!) so it will be great to know what to do with them when I am done…but eek!  What if no-one likes them??  The jitters of a new adventure…..

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    August 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Well Andi, I think it will be a huge success, because I’m in love with it! Congrats on the new venture :o)

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    Zoe @ Playing by the book
    August 9, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Well, I’d love this quilt if I saw it for sale – in fact I have some of this fabric waiting to be turned into… well, something!

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      August 9, 2010 at 8:17 am

      Thanks for your kind comments, Zoe and Crystal!

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    August 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Exciting to be selling quilts! I am thinking of that somewhere down the line.

    I like the playfulness of this one, great job.

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    August 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    What great colours and designs. Good luck selling your quilts… I’m sure you’ll have no trouble!

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