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Project in Progress: Lonestar Quilt

August 23, 2013

Hello, friends, Happy Friday!  I am so excited that it’s the weekend, I can’t believe it.  It has been a long week and I haven’t been feeling well, but I am so looking forward to spending today with my favorite three-year-old (I babysit occasionally, have I mentioned that before?).  Anyway, today I am sharing my latest sewing project that I am in the thick of at the moment – a quilt!  This is my first quilt so I decided to start with a kit that includes templates, fabric and instructions.  Here it is:

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As you can see, it is called the “Lonestar Quilt” and it includes all the colors that I want to include in my room: green, blue, yellow and pink.  I am super excited for the finished result, but I am trying to manage my expectations since this is obviously a project that is going to take some time.  In the meantime, however, I decided to share my progress so far since it is going pretty well.  First, I had to trace all the templates and cut out all the pieces I will need to assemble.

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Let me tell you, this step took a loooooooong time, like, a really long time.  There were A LOT of pieces to trace and cut out including 6 long strips, 4 squares, 4 triangles, 8 big diamonds, 40 small diamonds, 4 large, medium and small flowers, 4 small circles, 16 light green leaves AND 16 dark green leaves.  Just look at all those little pieces!

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And that doesn’t even show all of the tracing and ironing onto fusible web paper for all those small little applique pieces.

The next step was obviously to start sewing pieces together.  I lined up all my diamonds and started pinning and sewing… and then seam ripping and re-sewing some more… and even seam ripping and re-sewing some more.  Oh, and did I mention the ironing??  There is a surprising amount of ironing involved in sewing; good thing I like ironing.

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But, after all the sewing, seam ripping, sewing and ironing, the result is 8 very pretty diamonds.  Check these puppies out:

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With my diamonds assembled, the next step is to sew them together, add the appliques to the squares and then assemble all of the diamonds, triangles and squares into one large quilted square.

While all of my seams aren’t perfectly straight, and the finish line is still pretty far, I have to admit that I am proud of my efforts so far and I can’t wait to see the imperfectly perfect quilt that will be the result of all of my hard work.  And don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Have a fabulous weekend, and, as always, thanks for reading :), Kristi

 

 

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2 Comments

  • LauraC

    So pretty. Wow, you chose a really difficult pattern for your first quilt.

    August 23, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! And yeah haha I’m beginning to realize this pattern is a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I probably should have chosen something with more squares… and less applique… But I’m still excited and I can’t wait to finish it! :)

      August 23, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

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