Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blu D PITA finished!

Hey everybody,
I'm so excited to be back! As you could read from the title of today's blog I finally finished the first blue&white quilt. I was done with it a few days ago, just when we got about 12" of snow, but by the time I've hand sewn the binding on the snow was melting. I mean, what was I expecting in March, right?
Today was the perfect Spring day when I could go outside and shoot some nice photos.
So I  named the quilt Blu D PITA because it's blue and white (obviously) and it was a pain in the behind to quilt. As most of you  know it's from last year's Craftsy BOM class with Amy Gibson which was a really fun class to take. If you're not familiar with Craftsy you must check it out! Tons of great classes to offer in quilting and other exciting subjects. 
In class throughout the year we made 20 blocks  which I divided up to make 2 quilts. I figured it'll be 9 blocks each and I kept 2 of them for a later project (which I have no idea what will be). I special ordered some nice cotton thread for the quilting from Connecting Threads (which were really cheap btw. around $2.50 a spool) and used that for the free motion quilting. The design came from Leah  Day's also Craftsy class called Free Motion Quilting a Sampler. Which I have to mention is the very last class on the bottom of the quilting classes  page, so don't panic if you can't find it!
I was very nervous to start because I've never stitched the designs She was using. I quilted in the ditch around each block with Aurifil monofilament (invisible) thread on the top and an Aurifil 50wt gray on the bottom. I used my  newer singer machine for that which now I only use for piecing. Since I have a double layer of poly batting in the quilt (I like it poofy) I had to wrestle the quilt through the machine bed which I later realized resulted in a very wrinkled sashing. Which didn't help me with the sashing quilting later. That was the reason for the PITA part :)) I custom quilted each block with a different design, that's the reason for the separate pictures for each and every one of them.
Anyways, I'm really glad it's finished and out of my way and could work  on the second one which is much easier since I started it and I'm keeping my fingers crossed it stays that way, too.  Now I  can cross  this out from my 1st Quarter FAL list.
she can quilt

I feel like I talked to much, so I'll just paste the photos for your enjoyment!

Front (inside of our bedroom):

Back (no, there's no label on it since I don't have PFD fabric to print on):

In the front yard:

And the blocks one-by-one:

And a little Spring at the end:

 Hope you liked them as much as I had much fun making the quilt.

'Til we blog again! :)


  1. I love the blue and white combination! Great job!

  2. Wow, well done! Your FMQ is fantastic. I've actually also watched that BOM program on Craftsy, but haven't made the blocks. I have also sign up for this years BOM. I must say, I enjoy Craftsy a lot and have already taken quite a few classes. I'm in the middle of Leah Day's Free Motion Class and love it. Now I just need to practice ;)!

  3. stunning!! You did an awesome job on the quilting and I love that you used blue thread!

  4. KATI :) You did a gorgeous job on the whole thing! ! Your quilting is over the top FANTASTIC! !! I love it :)

  5. What a gorgeous post! Nothing but eye candy! You did a terrific job with this.

  6. Oh Kati I just love it. Your quilting is beautiful and quite inspiring, so many ideas for future quilts. Thank you for sharing and for all the detailed pics :)

  7. The quilting is absolutely gorgeous, Kati! I think the sashing looks perfect with the quilting you chose. And I love the blue and white.

  8. Kati,your quilting is out of this world! The blue and white is so wonderful,and the blue thread is perfect :0) A beautiful day for the photo shoot too win,win!

  9. This is gorgeous, Kati - I LOVE the quilting on this one!!!

  10. I'm very impressed with all your quilting. I signed up for Leah's Craftsy class but haven't had a chance to try it out yet.


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