Charlotte’s blanket

Friday, August 14, 2009

This post was a long time in coming. And when i say long, i mean loooong. She was born in december!!  But I just got word that the gift was received and loved (phew!), so now you can see it.

Her parents chose the “all you need is love” bedding set and painted her room a soft blue with a dab of orange.

bedding

I wanted something to match, so I went with “sherberty” colors. I had started the throw before her birth day, hand embroidering all the hearts and cutting out all the blocks.

quilt_charlotte8quilt_charlotte1

quilt_charlotte_10

I had even started sewing it together at my psuedo moms house since I didnt have a machine at the time, but, well, my creative mood strikes in the middle of the night so i rarely went over there to complete it.

I had made one of these before, so I pretty much knew what I was doing (one day, Ill post it in Lost Treasures). In theory, it is a simple project. I measured and cut exactly this time, so that my corners would match better. Regardless, I failed at that. (Even after pinning a lot of pins, it still got unequal by the end of the rows.)

I also failed piecing it together in several regards. Lets just say I used my seam ripper almost as often as the sewing machine. There is one piece misplaced, what I like to call a little game for Charlotte and her family to find;) In reality, it was too late by the time i noticed it and i was not going to undo half the quilt.

For the rag look, you go around all the edges and clip them, being careful not to clip a seam. I happened to clip two seams, but no big deal, as I could hand stitch them back together. Right? HA! What I had thought was two seams turned out to be something like 77 seams clipped, because of the way the material was folded to clip, i was clipping farther with the bottom part of the scissors than what i was seeing on top. I sucked it up and re-did almost all the stitching with the machine. Something i like to call super quality with reinforced seams;)

quilt_charlotte7

So, I washed it, right? And then like, all these holes appeared. Nothing to do with my clipped seams that I painstakingly corrected. No, I blame it on the sewing machine tension, something I am still learning how to adjust. Some of them were really bad, as you see here:

quilt_charlotte_hole

So back to the sewing machine, with newly adjusted tension. Oh, and washing it made all the little lint pieces stick everywhere, so it didnt look as nice and new as it had prior to the washing.

I had needles break, threads snap, and bobbins jam. I ran out of thread at one point. I wanted to truly start all over and burn it in my dumpster, just dont tell Charlotte that. But boy stood by and supported the torture that this gift became. The most upsetting part was that after all that hassle, I just did not want it to fall apart after Charlotte received it and washed it. So when I realized that at every intersection of heart square corners, the seams were loose, I about lost it. But i returned to an old quilter’s trick of tacking with yarn. Although afraid that after one more wash, it would be my luck that the yarn untied itself, I tried to remain undaunted. Thankfully it worked, even if the neat little ties became little white puffs.

Although it is the most problematic project to date, I learned SO MUCH. I learned about sewing machines, needles, tension. I learned how to tackle different problems. Hell, I am an expert seam ripper now! So even though it did not turn out as beautiful as I had envisioned it, I put my love into it and came to grips with its faults and love it. Here is my favorite part, a little something something for personalization (the purple lines are from a fabric marker and has faded).

quilt_charlotte2quilt_charlotte3

quilt_charlotte_focal

So here it is, in all of its misshapen glory. First, the bottom:

quilt_charlotte6

And now the ragged top:

quilt_charlotte4

 

See more posts related to:

2 Comments

  1. Gayle

    It turned out beautiful! Very unique!

    Reply
  2. Jen

    calynn, i would have never thought that it was this much trouble!
    the blanket is beautiful!
    we all enjoy it:-)

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Looking for more cases of the Crafties?
Stitch Club: Weighton

Stitch Club: Weighton

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Haf Weighton inspired me to create a series of medallions representing the theme of “get well”. I used bark-on-wood coasters and fabric collage to highlight the chosen words of each medallion. This piece loosely represents Van Gennep’s rites of passage upon the theme of getting well.

read more
Stitch Club: Wilkins

Stitch Club: Wilkins

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Gregory Wilkins inspired me to create a mixed media piece using my sewing machine, paint, and sharpie markers.

read more
Another Felted Chickadee

Another Felted Chickadee

Using wool and a felting needle, I crafted my second little chickadee bird from a kit ordered through Benzie Design.

read more
Stitch Club: Pattullo

Stitch Club: Pattullo

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Mandy Pattullo inspired me to create a fabric book representing my family in colors and textures. A textural fiber art and mixed media mood board, if you will.

read more
Stitch Club: Stone

Stitch Club: Stone

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Sue Stone inspired me to create a woven background of fabric strips to which I embroidered a large rose.

read more
Stitch Club: Tull

Stitch Club: Tull

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Emily Tull inspired me to create a set of three lips in different expressions.

read more
Stitch Club: Vickery

Stitch Club: Vickery

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Susie Vickory inspired me to create art from otherwise plastic garbage.

read more
Nameplate: Daniella

Nameplate: Daniella

I embroidered my friend’s name onto a little placard, and decorated it with a thread-painted monkey and some tropical leaves.

read more
Stitch Club: Comeau

Stitch Club: Comeau

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Merill Comeau inspired me to create a flower representing an emotional response to something that has occurred in my life.

read more
Stitch Club: Lyddon

Stitch Club: Lyddon

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Debbie Lyddon inspired me to create three vessels to contain objects with meaning.

read more
TA Stitch Challenge #7

TA Stitch Challenge #7

The last Textile Artist free stitch challenge was put on by Christine Chester, who challenged us to use a single shape in different ways with whatever stitch we chose. I chose a simple straight stitch in a four-box grid “snowflake” design.

read more
TA Stitch Challenge #6

TA Stitch Challenge #6

Textile Artist Community Stitch Challenge week 6 was hosted by Anne Kelly. Inspired by her boheme style and mirrored image floral challenge, I crafted this tranquil floral arrangement with a quirky bird.

read more
2020 Site Redesign

2020 Site Redesign

I’ve redesigned my blog and finally brought it into the 21st century with responsive web design and other perks!

read more
The Long Nap

The Long Nap

You can stop here if you don’t wish to read anything sad today. It’s already bad enough with COVID and protests, I know.

read more
Inkwash: Chickadee

Inkwash: Chickadee

I've tried watercolor before with frustration (I'm still too impatient) but I hadn't tried using an ink wash so that's what I set out to do this week! This bird wasn't featured in the ABC newsletter (mentioned last time) but I had already sketched it out from before;...

read more
Lady Pole’s Tapestry

Lady Pole’s Tapestry

I've been watching Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell and just have to point out that in episode 3, there is a lovely stumpwork tapestry piece. It isn't often that embroidery makes its way into a storyline more than a background activity! I paused the show and...

read more
Sketch: Barn Owl

Sketch: Barn Owl

I haven't been very diligent about exercising my pen and ink skills, but that doesn't mean that I've given up. I recently signed up for the newsletter from the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and got my second issue today. I began what will hopefully be a regular*...

read more
Everything is better … 2

Everything is better … 2

Shortly after making my first "Everything is better with" sign, I put this one in the queue. I gifted it to my sister-in-law, who contributed "sunshine" to my list. I wanted this to be light and "sunny", so taking inspiration from the sky, I chose a light yellow...

read more
Woolly worm on a leaf

Woolly worm on a leaf

At one of my guild meetings, I picked up a small dimensional embroidery kit by A Candle In The Cellar, aptly named "woolly worm on a leaf". I put it away for a time because at a glance, it looked like it used bullion knots to make the worm and I wanted more practice...

read more
Everything is better …

Everything is better …

I've been tossing around this idea to make a couple of "Everything is better with ___ " signs so I asked around for some input and have a nice list to start with. This doesn't mean I will actually make them all, but if there is something you think that fills this...

read more
TA Stitch Challenge #5

TA Stitch Challenge #5

The challenge this week at TextileArtist.org is hosted by Emily Jo Gibbs. She works with appliqué and suggested we find an interesting stick - well my yard has more sticks than you could shake a forest at! I spent a short time outside looking for just the right one -...

read more