Monday, September 30, 2013

My Quilt for 100 Quilts For Kids

100 Quilts for Kids quilt
Because "in just under the wire" is now apparently my quilting motto, here it is—my entry for 100 Quilts for Kids, the charity quilt drive hosted by Katie at Swim Bike Quilt.

I'm just gonna say it: This quilt is kind of a hot mess. Fortunately, you have to look closely to fully appreciate the poor construction of some of these blocks. And my efforts to minimize the cut-off points just seemed to make the background wonky instead of improving things. So just don't look too closely. Please and thank you. : )

100 Quilts for Kids quilt
That's close enough!

100 Quilts for Kids quilt
Okay, I actually like this particular block a lot, so you can look a little closer at this section. : )

Other things I like about this quilt: My polka-dot background choice, the red cross-hatch binding, and the deliberately over-the-top vintagey goodness of the whole thing.

I quilted it with vertical wavy lines. This is my go-to form of quilting when I want to finish something in a hurry and without having to concentrate very much. Just set your machine to the wavy-line decorative stitch, adjust the settings to a much longer stitch-length and maximum width, and there you have it. It's quilting that looks free-motion but actually isn't. You move the quilt straight, the machine does all the work.

100 Quilts for Kids quilt Threw a binding on and I was good to go. All told, I spent about two hours quilting and binding this little quilt. It's nice to go for the fast finish every once in a while. I haven't yet figured out where I'm donating this, but I hope whatever child ends up with it enjoys it, flaws and all.

The 100 Quilts for Kids linky closes tonight at midnight, but even if you're reading this after the linky closes, stop over there and check out all the beautiful quilts! What an amazing outpouring of effort and kindness.

Have an A1 day!

34 comments:

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

I love the over the top vintage-y goodness you have going on! :)

Cat Mom said...

Hello Lee, I'm new to your blog. But I just wanted to tell you that a) your quilt is darling, and b) I MUST have a polkadot background on the next quilt I make!

wipgirl said...

I'm a little jealous of the thought of a machine that can make a wavy stitch line - I was thinking to myself that it couldn't actually be that quick having to move the quilt around to get that wave, and then kept on reading... I really do need (okay, want) to buy myself a new machine one of these days.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Not too shabby! I think it looks beautiful!

Rita@ Pinpricked Fingers said...

It's a sweet quilt! I'm sure the lucky kidlet that gets this will love it!

Georgi Sears said...

I know YOU can see every little wonky corner, but I couldn't and I'm sure the child that receives it is going to be thrilled with it! Love the wavy quilting :)

Hilary said...

This turned out great :) I didn't notice a single flaw!

Karen said...

Well done Lee! It's beautiful!

Melissa said...

Please give this to your car care professional . . .

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Vicki Posten said...

I love this quilt! You are right, the dot background is wonderful.

Vera said...

Turned out pretty cool. I love the polka dot background.

Elizabeth Dackson said...

I promise, I didn't look too close, but I think it's adorable! The polka dots totally make the adoreable-ness even more so :)

Julie said...

It's perfectly lovely. Thanks for showing the quilting close up. I'm going to try that on my next kids quilt.

Elsa said...

Love this quilt ~ it's really wonderful and the child that gets it is going to have some serious snuggle time!
So very generous of you!

Malini said...

Beautiful quilt. Looks great, fast finish is always my favorite!

Mama Spark said...

Maybe it's a Spartan thing! Mine were in just under the wire too!! Love the polka dot background. SWEET!!

Marilyn said...

Its so cute!!! I love the wavy lines!! Some child is going to LOVE this!!!

jeanne e. said...

It is a very cute quilt, wonkiness and all... (of course, I immediately went to "Have an A1 day!"...Loved Breaking Bad so very much.)

Katy Cameron said...

It looks great, love all the colours and the dotty background :o)

Teresa Stanulis said...

I like your quilt! I used my machine's wavy line stitch for a portion of a quilt a couple of weeks ago. It turned out great and it is definitely a stitch I will use again.

Farm Road Ramblings said...

LoVe it!!

Patti said...

LoVe it!!!

SuzyMcQ said...

I love it! Who ever deemed that all quilts have to be perfect? Charming and well-designed and made with love, especially for such a good cause, is really what it's about. You have a generous heart....that's the best part and much better than perfectly matching points any day!

Anne said...

I think your "hot mess" is just lovely. And I totally belong in the just under the wire club. The 100 Quilts for Kids is probably one of the few times I've gotten something done ahead of time but that's only because I was making it for our guild's charity that had an earlier deadline.

Lorna McMahon said...

Congrats on your vintagy finish, Lee! It is gorgeous and I love the dot background you chose. The wavy quilting is great and makes me wish I had that setting on my machine, but I can do the long zig zag. Any child would be happy to receive this beautiful quilted hug!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Lovely quilt and congrats getting it done just in time! I love your curvy stitching. I have been wanting to try this sometime. Love the bright and perk blocks. Children seem to be drawn by quilts with lots of colors and this one is perfect.

Sewing Mom said...

It's so beautiful! You did a great job. Love it.

Valerie Reynolds said...

We are often hardest on ourselves. Sometimes I have to walk away from a finished quilt to appreciate it's beauty...this one is a hit! It's awesome!

Valerie Reynolds said...

We are often hardest on ourselves. Sometimes I have to walk away from a finished quilt to appreciate it's beauty...this one is a hit! It's awesome!

knitnkwilt said...

I love samplers. I love dots. I love asymmetrical design. Your quilt has it all. :-)

sandi s said...

I think your quilt is lovely and a lucky child will love it. Thank you for the tip on the machine quilting. I will have to try it. Hugs,

Ajka said...

So beautiful! Are you handy. I liked to inspect your work :-)
Ajka

Tracy said...

Isn't it amazing how we always focus on what we think are the problem areas of our quilts. All I see is a gorgeous lovely blocks, fun background, want-to-snuggle quilt :-)

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