WIP: the Kitchen Window

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So this was a work in progress post: the Kitchen Window,
also from Elizabeth Hartman's Modern Patchwork book.



and then it was such a quick quilt, that I finished it before I could post about it.  hate when that happens.
i'm kidding.  i love when that happens.



Surprisingly, I think what took the longest was the binding.  I decided to try to machine bind it with red pepper quilts' tutorial.  The tutorial was great, and she warned it would take a while to get the hang of it.  But it also made it seem really simple-basically stitch in the ditch on the top side, with the binding a tad bit longer on the back.
But stitching in the ditch is harder than it seems and pinning perfectly is much harder than it seams.

seams, get it?  i love play on words.


I bet when I've made 100 quilts, I'm sure there will be a few things that I remember about each one.  The thing I will probably remember about this one (besides the time I spent on the binding with my seam ripper) was this yellow floral fabric by amy butler.  It's discontinued but I really wanted it for the quilt.  I wanted a stained glass window look and thought the colors were perfect.  I found a fat quarter of it on etsy for $7.  That was enough for the top.  When I tried to order 2 more yards for the bottom, the seller asked $27/yard!  So, to Joann's I went to find something else (more of the blue damask).   I know it's discontinued and beautiful, but really?  $27?


I started cutting the next one, and this one will surely take longer, so maybe next time I really have a work in progress post.  Although my quilting remains a work in progress.

What are you working on?

ps, i'm linking this WIP post to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday party

10 Creative People Had This To Say:

Jessica said...

ok, that's pretty awesome that you just finished it up so fast! I love that Good Folks print too. Here's the method I use for machine binding- you see a topstitch on the top of the quilt and an extra quilting line on the back, but I think it comes out really nicely. And it's super quick-

http://www.oliveandollie.com/2011/04/tutorial-how-to-attach-quilt-binding-by.html

Ana Degenaar said...

Kristen, you are SO talented! Love this to bits.

Kristen, pajama mama said...

jessica-THANK YOU! I will try that method next!

ana-you are so sweet! hope all is well with you + emma!

Amanda said...

ooooh--I like this one the best so far! so pretty!!! I need to get back to my crocheting...it's so hard to want to work on in the summer!!!

The Thompsons said...

It's beautiful! I love the vibrant colors.

Kirsten N said...

Beautiful quilt - I love this pattern!

Melinda said...

Love this quilt. This is the tute I'm using next time. Sounds similar to what you used but I like how she shows to use the pins so that you can see exactly where you need to stitch.
http://agirlinparadise.blogspot.com/2011/08/quilt-binding-by-machine-tutorial.html

Kelli said...

It is so pretty and even better that it was quick! I love your fabric choices, too. I've never tried machine binding because I don't trust myself to get it right, even though Rita swears it's easy. So, I just pick something I've DVRed and get busy watching some TV while I hand sew the binding to the back...
p.s. I'm definitely bookmarking this pattern. Who doesn't need a quick and beautiful quilt in their arsenal?

christygirl said...

Ooooooooh...pretty.

Lisa said...

Pretty! I love Amy Butler fabrics. And ah, stitching in the ditch. :)