Thursday, March 5, 2015

Intertwined, It Just Keeps GROWING!

I wrote about all the Oops! while working on my youngest son's wedding quilt, Intertwined, in my last post.  Boy has this quilt not turned out quite like I planned.  No, it wasn't the pattern's fault.  Jean wrote up a great pattern, and I like it so much, that I may make this again, one day.  All the problems have come from me, redrafting her pattern, and making several stupid mistakes.

Well, I mentioned in the last post that I made the Half Square Triangles/HST's (512 of them) the wrong size.  See, my mistake.  I'd already cut the center strips the correct size.  Oh well, I cut new center strips, to match my HST's ( I was NOT going to trim down 512 HST's).  (Once the HST's are made, the blocks go together very quickly).

The original blocks were supposed to be 9.5" unfinished (9" finished). My new blocks should have come out at 10.5" unfinished, (10" finished) but, they came out 10.25" finished.  How did that happen?  Yes, I have 1/4" seams (I checked).  See, it keeps GROWING!  This quilt top should have finished at 88" x 98" with the borders added.  Instead, it finished at 94.25" x 105.25".  That is a LOT of growth! 

Here is the finished top.  Sorry for the bad pictures.  It was bad weather outside, and I didn't have any other place to put this huge quilt top.  This is on my queen size bed.
finished wedding quilt top

finished wedding quilt top

finished wedding quilt top
As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm using all my 'mistakes' on the back of the quilt.  Well, another 'mistake' was made.  I was planning on using the white on white on the back of the quilt, but, I didn't have enough.  I don't remember where I got that material, and, since I got it almost a year ago, I didn't figure I could find it again, anyways.  I'm in a rush, too, to get this to the long arm quilter, so that it will be finished before the wedding.  Ok, change of plans.  I decided to use the Kona black on the back instead.  Oops!  While figuring out about how much I'd need, I found that I didn't have enough of the Kona black, either.  Hubby and I made a quick trip to Joann's and bought the last of the Kona black. 

Well, if the front of the quilt kept growing, then the backing had to grow, too.  I had LOTS of extra blocks, and center strips from the front of the quilt to use on the back.  I also had a few extra HST's, that I turned into pinwheels (I love pinwheels).  I used EVERY 'mistake' on the back!  I finished the backing last night.  It's HUGE!


backing on my queen size bed
I should have gotten a picture from the side, since you can't see all the colorful strips on the front.  Oh well, I'll get good pictures when it is quilted.  I like the back as much as I like the front of the quilt. 

Oh yea, EVERY STITCH of the quilt top and the backing were sewn on my 1959 Singer Spartan hand crank sewing machine.
1959 Singer Spartan hand crank
This quilt will be delivered to the long arm quilter on Friday.  She has some great ideas for the quilting and the threads for this quilt.  I'll start making the binding soon.  I have great material for the binding.  (Oops, no picture of the binding, sorry). 

22 comments:

  1. I went WOW with the front and then you showed the back and I went - WOWOWWOW!!! You made two quilts my dear.

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  2. Just love that you did it all on your hand crank! So pretty!

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  3. It looks great! A two-sided quilt!

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  4. Two - essentially king sized quilts - on a hand crank? You are AMAZING! It's such a pretty quilts... and so appropriate to the occasion. Please share more pictures after the quilting.
    Hugs

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  5. That is an AMAZING quilt. The back makes it super special - good thing you had all of those oops! ~Jeanne

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  6. I love it! You did an amazing job! I like the back a lot too! I can't wait to see it quilted.

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  7. love that quilt pattern, beautiful quilt

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  8. Your quilt turned out gorgeous and I love the back as much as the front! The good thing about your mistakes is if your son gets a King size bed, he can still use his quilt!

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  9. I like the back as well as the front. It will be double duty! Great job!

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  10. Both sides are FABULOUS! What a wonderful wedding gift. You win the mom-in-law prize!!

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  11. What a stunning quilt! And every stitch hand cranked by you... amazing!

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  12. Don't they say, "The bigger, the better"? Good thing a long armer will have the task of doing the quilting.

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  13. I just love that back - it looks like it was planned and there will not be another one like it!

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  14. That is a beautiful quilt. I am working on a Patriotic quilt for a Vietnam Veterans group to be raffled off this summer in Branson, MO.. let's just put it this way. The pattern is correct.. The cutter man and woman evidently is having a problem.. AND AFTER IT IF FINISHED I need to head to the Dollar General to get some soap to wash out my mouth!

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  15. I must still be asleep.. Cutter man and sewing woman and AFTER IT IS Finished...LOL I just got up.

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  16. Gorgeous! I like the black a lot, and I really like the back! Way to go!

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  17. Oh that turned out fabulous. The colors are gorgeous, and all of your "mistakes" ended up being a design enhancement! Your son and new daughter in law will be thrilled, and it is a two in one, the back is as fabulous as the front.

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  18. Oh, it' GORGEOUS. I like the back as much as the front! I wouldn't have known there were any mistakes if you hadn't said something.

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  19. Man, I just can't stop admiring it! Thanks for sharing, Cheryl!

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