Sunday, May 19, 2013

Another Hands 2 Help top done

Last Saturday I was checking my quilting committment calander and discovered that I am wofully behind on my promise of 2 quilts for the Hands 2 Help Challenge for 2013.  I have one top finished and several ideas started but no second quilt top finished.

I came across the pattern Simply Woven by Jessica Kelly over at the Moda Bakeshop.  I fell in love with it at first sight. Very scrappy and made primarily of 2 1/2 inch strips, my favorite size of fabric to work with.

Have you ever fallen head over heals for a quilt and found out that you really hated making the blocks. I spent last Sunday evening cutting the strips from my scrap box from the last 6 - 9 months. Plenty of 2 1/2 inch tidbits. Monday night I started to make blocks, the finished block is a 12 1/2 inch square.

I sew in the evening after working all day to relax. I am one of those people who loves to chain piece. When I started these blocks I thought they would be a great Chain piecing project.  Not So Much.  You sew a little, you iron a little, you cut a little and start again to get the woven effect.

2 nights this week I went to my sewing room and put things away because I just couldn't work on the blocks. No sewing at all.  At least I did accomplish some movement on the other 3 nights.  So today (I'm writnig this late Saturday night) I buckled down because I am approaching a dead line.  I finished the 20 blocks I needed and but them together. 

I really do like the outcome as much as I hoped I would. I'm holding off posting this until tomorrow in hopes of getting a decent picture.  The quilt is a wonderful scrap buster.

             (I waited and I guess raining is better than dark, but you can see how happy a quilt it is.)

 All of the fabric with color is as I mentioned scrap from the last few months projects.  I did cut the white from my stash.

I would  recommend this quilt to others. It really was easy to do, just not what I like to do. A personal preference.

Now that I have the 2 tops done I will  need to get my act together and get them both quilted. I think I have 2 weeks which would not be bad with the exception of a trip tossed in to chew up a few days.  I do love a challenge.

Have a great week.



  1. Looks great! I'm sure the recipient will appreciate all of the hard work you put in to the quilt.

  2. Hi. I found your blog through Sew Many Ways. I love this quilt. Thank you for sharing. I'm only a beginner quilter but have found your blog very inspiring and am now following. Ally

  3. Oh, I know what you mean about falling out of love with a quilt pattern while into it. But this is just lovely and good for you for sticking with it. It will make someone very happy indeed.

  4. This is so pretty and colorful. I know it will be greatly appreciated. I know exactly what you are talking about. When I saw the scrappy star quilts on some blogs, I was totally excited about it and thought I would make this for my daughter.I thought it would be a great way to use some of my scraps. After getting everything cut and ready, i started pieceing it together.However, I got to the point where I just didn't like to go in my sewing room at all to work on it. I finished about six or seven blocks and then finally just put it away. Now, after a year, it still isn't finished.

  5. That looks so fun.... and yes, my WIP pile can attest to my falling out of love with a quilt pattern before getting it done :)

  6. I love that woven block; the top is awesome!

  7. This is such a bright and cheerful quilt. You have done a marvellous job, even though you did not enjoy sewing the actual blocks.

  8. Selina, it's such a beautiful quilt! And I'm sure you'll make the deadline - you always do!!

  9. One of the best woven block quilt designs I've ever seen. Great selection of colors. Inspirational.


  10. OMG. What a beautiful quilt. I will need to look for the pattern. It will be a quilt that will be loved and treasured.

  11. Oh, I sure love the looks of this quilt top, Selina! It's really quite lovely. So bright and fun-looking. I'm sorry to know it wasn't so much fun to make. Does that mean I shouldn't make one? I'll have to give a block a try and then let you know. Thanks for the link!

  12. I love the way your woven quilt top turned out.
    I tried this pattern and felt the same way as you did--didn't enjoy making it, but it looks so great. I have only made one block so far but might go back and try again.


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