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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Slow Going

Last weekend we visited my family, and I took this stack of quilts to show-

Yes, that's 11 quilts folks.  They took up an entire seat in the car, and I almost wanted to buckle them in for safety.  I don't know if you do this, but I get awfully protective of my quilts.

Well, I should say that technically, there are 10 quilts, and one quilt top, because that stack includes The Beast.  The Beast is my name for my latest quilt.  No- not the official name that I'll put on the quilt label, but that's just what I tend to call it in my own head.  Not because of the way it looks, but because of the size and weight of it.  Last night, I basted it (basting is the devil), and tonight, I started quilting.   I had to take a picture of it on my machine just to give you an idea of how massive it is.  It is 80 x 100, which is the largest quilt I've ever made- except for my first one, but since that one's a bit of a mess, it doesn't really count.

Between going out of town this weekend, starting back to school yesterday, and the sheer size of this thing making each step take longer, I feel like this quilt is taking forever to get finished.  I much prefer my summertime "one quilt a week" schedule.

Tonight, I managed to finish half of the quilting though, so that's some progress at least.  I'm doing a simple meander so that I don't add too much busy stitching to the already busy fabric.

I can't wait to get the quilting finished and take some good pictures in the daylight!  But for now, I think I'll just rest my arms and shoulders from fighting the weight of The Beast with all of this FMQ.


  1. Kelly- your 'beast' will be worth all the work, it's beautiful! I love the pattern you used. I know it's a bit 'fussy' but it looks really great.
    A labour of love :)

  2. At least you have a great space for quilting! It will be great, your work always is. I bet the family loved the show and tell.

  3. Wow 11 quilts! That´s a lot.
    I really like your monster :-) Looking forward to seeing it done.

  4. Did you know that 'Kelly' is Irish for 'Beast Slayer'? Me either, cause I just made that up! But I do know that if anyone can tame that Beast, it's you! I prefer "quilt a week" projects too, but I am glad to see I am not the only one brave enough to face quilting a large quilt on a home machine.... You go, girl! Quilt that Beast!

  5. You are so brave for quilting one that big on your DSM - but it looks like you're doing a great job! I'm very impressed.

    It will be totally worth it when it is done!

  6. 80 x 100!?!?! You are my hero! That is awesome! I love the nickname!

  7. Your "beast" is going to be wonderful once it's finished. How in the world do you get all of that through your home sewing machine!?!

    1. Thank you so much Cheryl! I got the quilting finished up this evening and can't wait to get it bound tomorrow night. I hope I have some pics for Friday! Thank you so much for your kind comment and for visiting!

      :) Kelly
      ps- you're showing up as a no-reply blogger, so I'm responding here!

  8. Looking good Kelly! And inspiring as well, my Swoon after borders is going to 85ish to 90ish square and i'll be tackling it on my DSM as well!
    Can't wait to see the finished "Beauty from the Beast"! Cheesy, i know... sorry!

  9. Yes I am right there with you in not enjoying the D4P as a block. It requires more accuracy than you expect from such a simple pattern. Good on you for getting there, though! Hope the return to work isn't too painful :-)

  10. Kelly, I must introduce you to my friend 505 spray baste!! I have never pinned a quilt yet!! You must get some and try it!!


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