Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Octopus and Wedding Quilt Progress

I finished the octopus just in time for my baby's birthday tomorrow. I'm so excited and I let her have a little peek and she's excited too! This is another finish of my Q3FAL list (found here). I also got a lot of progress on an order from my Etsy shop and pieced the top of the wedding quilt that needs to be in the mail on Tuesday. I'm so excited to share my octopus and my quilt top so I'm linking up with Fabric Tuesday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, TGIFF, and Finish It Up Friday.

Here's the octopus in all her glory!! I got this pattern here. I think the little embroidered face and her adorable bow really add to the cuteness. The bow is left over fabric from my Michael Miller challenge quilt and matches so well. I hand sewed it on pretty thoroughly and let the baby tug on it to make sure it stayed.

A customer ordered this crab hat for an adult man. It's going to be so funny! I used my hubby's head for sizing and may make him try it on for laughs. I need to create one more claw, then the eyeballs, and finally attach all the disembodied parts.

I made a ton of progress on the wedding quilt and it may actually meet the insane deadline! I started this in earnest last week and it needs to be done by Tuesday. I really love how pretty the trimmings look all piled up. I had to save them in a pile together so I could get this picture. It was pretty hard to keep five tiny hands out of it.

So, after about four hours of work I got 324 - 4.5" HST all trimmed up. I used my bloc-loc ruler and it is AMAZING! Seriously I cannot recommend these enough. I was telling my hubby all about how awesome it was and he wanted a comparison with my old ruler to see and he was amazed at how much faster I was with the bloc-loc with just one. Let me tell you it sure adds up when there are 324!

So my brain struggles with random. I'm WAY too controlling for that sort of thing. So, to combat that I throw all my pieces one by one in a brown bag and stir. Then without looking I pick out one by one. If it is exactly the same print I throw it back but otherwise I use it. This process works really well for random and takes the pressure off me.

This is the layout I chose for my HST. I found a couple of variations of the on pinterest and loved it so much I figured out how to make it with the number I had. This is the first block of nine.

I just love how it looks all pieced together and the secondary pattern the corners make. This quilt is 72" square. The backing and binding are coming in the mail today and then I'm going to get it all finished and hopefully in the mail on Tuesday so it can get to them by their wedding next Saturday. Wish me luck!

15 comments:

  1. Wow that'll be a fast quilt. I'm not great with random either! All the best - I'm sure you'll make it no bother!

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  2. Your little octopus is so cute!! I love the quilt top-so pretty!! What a great wedding gift!!

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  3. great quilt, I am going to make that pattern...one day. Your Octopus looks wonderful!!

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  4. it all looks great! Great job. :)

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  5. Great looking quilt! I need to invest in that ruler.

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  6. Gorgeous quilt! Oh I am in total agreement on the Bloc Loc! What a timesaver!

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  7. I love your idea for throwing all the HSTs in a bag and mixing them up that way ~ genius! Your quilt top is gorgeous ~ it's going on my bucket list of patterns to make! I have that Bloc Loc ~ LOVE it!

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  8. The octopus is just so cute Julie! I love it. And your quilt is coming along nicely! I struggle with random too and I love your method. Can't wait to see it all quilted!

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  9. Such a pretty quilt, they will love it! The octopus is great, I want one too!

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  10. Gorgeous quilt! You can do it! Or you can always let them know to expect it at their home when they return from their honeymoon (that would be me. lol).

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  11. Oh I just love your HST quilt!!!!! I find I have to do the same thing for a random placement! And I almost always have a dish of trimmings around, til the next batch cuz I think they are pretty :)

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  12. Octopus is so cute!!! I was trying to imagine an octopus AND double wedding ring quilt all in one... maybe that could be your next project ;)

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  13. How cute is that octopus! I love the bow! Your quilt looks great so far and has a great randomness balance to it! Great finishes!

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  14. That Octopus is ADORABLE! I love that your blog has the list of Q3 goals on the sidebar. Great idea!

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