Dream On Quilt

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Dream On, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I finished up my Dream On quilt last night! I am so happy to have this one finished! I made a last minute decision to use this in my thesis, so it needed to get done! I'll be comparing this quilt, which is made from new quilting fabric that is inspired by vintage sheets, to my star quilt that is made from real vintage sheets. I had a few lines already quilted but the majority of it was finished Sunday night and Monday. It's the biggest quilt I've made so far at 71"x88"! I love that I can get all snuggled under it with my feet sticking out! :)


Dream On, originally uploaded by jenib320.
This quilt is made from 4 charm packs of Dream On by Urban Chiks and 4 yards of Kona cotton solid in Corn Yellow. I also managed to find one of the actual vintage sheets used in the line, which I used for the backing. It was JUST big enough! You can see the backing sheet here!


Quiet, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I struggled for a long time to decide what to use the charm packs for. I don't particularly like precuts because I feel so limited. I originally thought I might just do a simple checkerboard quilt but that just didn't feel right. On a whim I decided to "go random!", which was really hard for me! I ended up cutting all the squares and putting them in a big paper bag. I tried my best to make each part of the piecing process random. Which was kind of nice as far as keeping it all organized goes!


Binding, originally uploaded by jenib320.
The binding was made using a few Dream On fat quarters from Amanda and part of a layer cake from Kerri! Thanks again ladies! I just love a good pieced binding. Originally I was simply going to use the fat quarters, but they were mostly pink/yellow, so I added in some blues and greens using the layer cake.


Dream On, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I had a bit of trouble quilting it. I simply did straight lines on either side of each seam horizontally and vertically. It was a little bulky to get through my machine. The center rows are a bit wonky. My pin basting didn't seem to be quite enough, I probably should have tried spray basting this one. Luckily, it washed up pretty well and hid a lot of the quilting imperfections! I also had a little trouble with my walking foot at first. It didn't seem to be doing it's job! the bottom was being pulled much faster than the top! I ended up cleaning my machine, oiling my walking foot and putting on a new needle and it was smooth sailing from there! :)


Dream On, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George had to test the quilt out for good measure! He approves!

Overall, I'm very happy with the way this quilt turned out. It's so bright and cheerful, perfect for summer. Even though it was hard at times for me to let go, I'm glad I went random!

40 comments :

  1. well, if it's george approved then you know it's perfect :)

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  2. Lovely! How does this fit into your thesis?

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  3. aw, hooray! i love yellow in quilts--so happy.

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  4. Very nice quilt! Glad your bunny approves.

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  5. Wow, I love the randomness of it! I just bought some Dream On also, and have no clue as to what to do with it! Yours is beautiful!

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  6. It's beautiful, and nice that you had to finish for class, so you could cross it off your list! George is as cute as ever!

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  7. i am a new follower. it took about 0 seconds of seeing your site to want more more more! i vacillate wildly between being so jealous that you are so young and already so talented, to drooling over your pics and projects to wanting to be your friend and then being embarrassed about being a new groupie to someone who was in 4th grade when i was a senior. am i scaring you yet? anyway, LOVING this blog and all that you make. a new post from you = sunshine.

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  8. The colors of your quilt suit George to perfection... what a handsome bunny he is!

    Congratulations on going random... AND for quilting that big a quilt yourself! Who cares about slightly wonky quilting? Once washed, no one will ever know...

    :)

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  9. These sewing machines can get finicky can't they?! Although if you sew as much as, I don't know, EVERY day then I guess I feel for her!! He,he! I know I do that much sewing lately. Also, nice to know though that 3 steps of maintenance will get you get back on schedule!!

    BTW, I have a Dream on charm pack too sitting in my fabric closet,what to do....hmmm.

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  10. Oh my goodness your bunny is cute!!

    Your quilt turned out beautifully and congrats on quilting such a big quilt!

    Jennifer :)

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  11. It's gorgeous, Jeni!!!! So happy and summery! I love it. :)

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  12. Ooooooh--I just love it!!! The yellow looks fabulous!

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  13. It's gorgeous! I love it! I really love the Dream On line. Will you show us the backing? I'd love to see which fabric you found and what the quilting looks like on the back. Congrats on a beautiful quilt!

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  14. The random piecing really looks great, as does the pieced binding. Sounds like a good addition to your thesis!

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  15. That is rather awesome that you get to use a quilt in your thesis :)

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  16. the corn yellow absolutely makes that quilt! love!

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  17. So bright and fresh! I love the clusters of Corn squares. They remind me of Tetris. :)

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  18. Jeni, it's gorgeous! I love this line and I love this quilt!

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  19. that is a beautiful quilt...i love the little bunny model

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  20. This is a stunner.........and George must have had something to do with the color choice!!

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  21. Wow - you've inspired me to try a randomly pieced quilt. I love it!!

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  22. I *thought* I didn't like the dream on fabrics so much, but this is adorable! Thanks for opening my eyes. :-)

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  23. Wow! This is so bright and happy! What is your Dream On:Corn square ratio? Did you start with equal numbers of each? Also, I have to say again that I LOVE your star quilt. It might be my favorite quilt I've ever seen!

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  24. I am in love with this quilt. It's so bright and there is something so simple about the pattern that it reminds me of summertime, which is my favorite time.

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  25. I love it! I've seen this type of pattern now a few times - and I've got to make one. It's great!

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  26. An amazingly cheerful looking quilt..just looking at it makes me happy and smiley! I do love that particular fabric and you've done a great job with it.

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  27. the Dream On is great with this beautiful shade of yellow!

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  28. It's gorgeous! Random is hard for me. I always start out pretty well and then I start re-arranging.

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  29. Lovely quilt! I love how you randomly placed the solids!

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  30. what a happy quilt that is. you can wrap yourself in sunshine whenever you want to! the random-ness is especially awesome.

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  31. This is gorgeous! Such a good idea to use the kona solids in it. I've just found a stockist in the UK who sells them and about to go mad with an order!

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  32. I LOVE IT! It is so beautiful! I love it! I hope you do a post about your thesis when you are done. I would LOVE to see all of your work together! By the way, what is your thesis question?

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  33. Oh this is so beautiful! So bright and cheery!

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  34. Lovely! I am really drawn to the color yellow at the moment, it's not always an easy color to use, and you've done a WONDERFUL job. Love the quilting - awesome.

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  35. Randomness is lovely! I always struggle enormously with it, but the end result is worth it. Love the bright yellow, such a pretty summery quilt.

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  36. I have read your blog for a little while now and I would really, really like to know what you are studying, what your thesis is about, and what kind of job you want to get upon graduation. Please share!

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  37. i tried to do the postage stamp QAL with this line and white fabric. it isn't working for me. maybe i should try bright yellow :) i like how your quilt reminds me of a crossword puzzle.

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  38. I love "random", as you can tell by my blog's title. This is a great quilt and I am so inspired. I have got to start going to thrift stores and such looking for vintage sheets!

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  39. George is precious.
    I just discovered your blog and your creations are wonderful. I love your Dream On quilt.
    Girl... you've inspired me to start another quilt. I made my first (and only) one in 2008. It's about a twin size and it was so hard to quilt on my machine. How did you do such a large one? Please share.
    I'm having fun making aprons right now. I'm using large pockets from old blue jeans (the huge ones the grandsons wore years ago) for the pockets on the aprons.
    Congratulations on your recent graduation. What a wonderful achievement.
    Is your fabric stash for sale on your Etsy site? I'll head over there to see.
    I've had a blast visiting your blog and I wish you the best life has to offer .. "dream on" and have a happy life.

    Happy Sunday,

    Debbie

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  40. Hi, ich bin gerade dabei Stoffe online zu bestellen und dabei auf deinen Blog gestoßen, sehr interessant. Ich nähe am liebsten Jersey Stoff, tolles Material.

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