"This and That"

As I was coming to the very end of my decent sized blues pieces, I just decided to try to make another one from various blocks as I had some different sized things to try to use up. I didn’t have much big stuff, however - all pretty small!

So I came up with this one and decided to call it the very “original” name of This and That. It’s number 49 in the upcycled blues series.

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I had seen someone make this very cool sashing effect, which I also used in another of the upcycled blues with a completely different look because of the size of the blocks (Shuttered Scraps - #47)

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If I’ve ever made a quilt that is “quilted to death”, it is this one.

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I knew that I had issues. I tried to us a white that was a bit too thick - and it made me have some problems.

Then, because i was making up a pattern, I wanted to use the sizes as per the pattern, and I stubbornly insisted on doing so. It meant that my border was wavy going into it - and I knew it. I figured I could “quilt it out”. What a joke.

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I quilted and quilted and quilted and quilted. I could have almost given Leah Day a run for her money on how much quilting I put on this big thing!

(She always quilts densely - seemingly most of the time at about a 1/4” scale - so obviously I’m joking - even my closest isn’t that close, at least not mostly - there may be some lines here and there that close to each other.)

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Alas, while much, much better, I didn’t get all the waves out.


So why did I think I could do this? I think I had gotten a little cocky since I had successfully quilted a yellow Lone Star HUGE charity quilt that was pretty badly “off” with extra fabric here and there and a huge bubble in the center. However, when I got done with it and washed it, it was fine.

Couldn’t even tell!

Also someone snatched that thing up quickly! As they should have (it was a lady - which also made me delighted!)

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But I’m hardly an expert. Oh well. I’m definitely not feeling cocky anymore.

Anyway, here it is done. I really like the design - esp. the center part. I had fun quilting it and I can see myself doing smaller and smaller quilting. I do like the look.

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It does make for a stiffer quilt, though. I’ve seen people make comments on Facebook about quilts that are so still they can almost stand up by themselves.

This is one of those. I expect that with some washing and throwing around in the dryer, maybe, even (so far I’ve just let it dry), it might tumble into some sort of softness.

The back - I forgot to get a picture of the backing while hanging up so here it is-

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I did update the pattern with new pictures and put it back on the free patterns page.

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I did update the picture on the upcycled blues series page as well - so you can go over there and take a look at the whole series if you like.

And that is one of the things I’ve been doing lately!

Be sure to check out what my sis has for you in the store!