Friday, October 21, 2011

Boxy Rings Quilt #3


Here is the last triplet quilt. This might sound funny since they are almost exactly the same, but this one is my favorite.


This quilt was constructed the same as the other two, but I did do one thing differently just so I didn't go nuts finishing this one up. Usually I enjoy the process of constructing a quilt, but after two of these, I was ready to move on. I was pretty sure number 3 was going to kill me! The most time consuming part of this quilt is appliqueing the shapes on. I had a plan to iron on and (blanket) stitch one color per day, for five days so I wouldn't burn out. The plan was working pretty well, but by day 3 it was getting a little tough to stay on task. So I got the brilliant idea of timing myself to see if I could stitch each shape in a specified amount of time. That would make it more fun, and I would forget how much I didn't want to keep going. Brilliant. I don't have a clock in my sewing room though, so I decided to race a song instead...everyone has done this, right? The lucky song was Kenny Chesney's "Somewhere with You" (good tune...Yep, I'm a country music fan). So I played it over and over trying to finish one shape before the song ended. In hindsight, I should have picked a more upbeat, more race appropriate song, but it served its purpose...it was just a tad over 4 minutes long. Though I am sad to report that I never did finish before the end of the song, the good news is, I now have the song memorized and I finished the quilt without hating every minute of it. Win, win.


The main reason this quilt is my favorite is the brown on the back. It's Kona Espresso, and it is beautiful. I also love that you can really see the quilting pattern on it. And it matches the brown on the front perfectly.


And now, since I haven't posted enough pictures of this quilt...here they all are together!


I took these pictures on my friend Jill's clothesline. It was pretty windy and we had a grand time trying to keep the quilts from flying off the line!






I can pretty much guarantee that I won't be making another one of these anytime soon. So here is a pattern for this quilt so its cuteness can live on!

7 comments:

  1. This is the best post! You made me laugh out loud. I think you deserve an award for making the same quilt THREE times! Oh, the game we play to get through the parts we don't like... Great quilt, by the way!! Love the quilting.

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  2. Wow, Cynthia!! These are such a wonderful set - they look fantastic on the line together and stacked in the wagon. Thank you so much for the free pattern. I will be making one of these next year!

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  3. I love the idea of racing a song! I definitely will need to try that out. You are such a trooper getting these quilts completed. And you are so sweet to share the pattern. I can't wait to make one too! (Though I probably won't be listening to Kenny Chesney when I make mine.) :)

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  4. The triplets are going to love them! What a doer you are - you even finished a week before you'll see the babies. Incredible. I will have to print the posts so they know how much love went into making these blankets for them. They look beautiful! What a talented aunt they have and aren't you glad I'm done having babies? You can stamp a BIG finished for our family. Love you!

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  5. These are really beautiful quilts and should really be appreciated by the recipients and their parents! Thank you for sharing your design with us.

    I love your idea for keeping yourself motivated through the project. I have been having problems with that lately and I now I will try to use your example and be creative in finding ways inject a little fun into a run of tedious stitching.

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  6. Oh my word, those are fabulous!!! Wouldn't normally pick those colors, but I love it here.

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