Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Sawtooth Pinwheel Quilt AND My 1 Year Blogiversary

Well . . . yesterday officially marked 1 year since I started this blog.  It's been quite a year!  In fact, I was so busy sewing yesterday I didn't spend any time blogging.

Not a bad way to spend a blogiversary I would say.  :)

So though I've been apparently absent from the blog for the last week, I've been working my fingers to the bone on this:

Sawtooth Pinwheel Baby Quilt
The pictures are truly of atrocious quality, but until I get better ones these will have to do.  If you'll recall I was working on a bit of a deadline as my in-laws left to go visit the recipient (my new nephew!) very early this morning and I finished it LATE last night.  I've been working on it round the clock for the last week (ok . . . not exactly ROUND the clock, but at every moment I could steal between kid stuff, cleaning, making food, and working.)  As is usually the case, I grossly underestimated how much time it would take me to put it all together.

I tried to take a "detail" shot of the quilting.  As I did with the Love Birds Taggie Quilt, I used a decorative stitch with variegated thread to do the quilting.  I'm no stipple-r and I really didn't want to quilt over the blocks themselves anyway, so I settled for simple quilting around the squares at each intersection.  It added back in some green which pulled the whole thing together and gave it some extra interest on top.  Not that you can tell that much from this awful picture:

Sawtooth Pinwheel Baby Quilt - Detail

As I was scrambling to finish late last night and still get it over to my in-laws by daybreak, I did take a few moments to try to photograph it.  Not surprisingly, I discovered half the lightbulbs in my house were completely blown out.  The "best" lighting I could find was on the landing in my staircase.  As you can see . . . it still wasn't good.

Also, Kee-ku kept trying to interfere in the picture taking:
Sawtooth Pinwheel Baby Quilt
In any event, it's on its way right now to my little nephew (who lives 6 states away!)  I figure if I can't be there to hug him, he'll always have the quilt.  :)

NOT PICTURED: Little chunk of my finger I accidentally rotary chopped off while cutting the sashing.  Because no one wants to see that.

In conclusion I just wanted to say thanks, everyone, for joining me as I blogged along this last year.  It's been so fun I think I'll do it for another year.  ;)

I hope everyone has a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Anonymous,  November 24, 2010 at 6:18 PM  

Happy Blogiversary!!!! Time does fly. I love your quilt, I think it came out wonderful, love the decorative stitching.

I laughed at the part about overestimating. Oh how many times did I think I could start 10 quilts in November and have them finished for Christmas;-) It never happened.

Happy Thanksgiving


Skooks November 26, 2010 at 1:38 AM  

Thanks, Jilly! And goodness . . . it looks like you're my 100th follower! WOW. Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving. I know I ate way too much. :D

Louisa March 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM  

I love the colors you chose for your quilt. How cheerful!

Gingercake March 21, 2011 at 7:49 AM  

a great boy quilt! well done.

Ursula May 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM  

I *love* this quilt and it is exactly what I was looking for. Can you tell me where you got the pattern? I can find lots of patterns for the sawtooth pinwheel block, but I can't find anything for the complete quilt top. Can you help?


Skooks May 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM  

U - I'm so glad you like the quilt! I actually made up the pattern after I finished figuring out the block design. I want to say that the cornerstones were 2" and I just kinda figured out what it would take to make a row and kept on until it was the size I wanted. I didn't take any notes on it and I gave the quilt away to my nephew who lives in TX so I can't measure it. If you can make the blocks you can figure out the rest, I bet! Let me know if there is any specific questions you have and I will do my best to answer.

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