Tuesday, January 08, 2013

In Your Words

Welcome to the "In Your Words" blog hop! If you are new here, take a look around and see what's going on in Kathy's quilty world. 
I am excited to share my "Words to Live By" quilt.
About two years ago I learned to sew letters using Tonya's  wonderful book called Word Play. I was inspired by the Virtues Quilt over at Nifty Quilts to learn how to make words from the Virtues Project list of words. To read more about the construction process of the words, and the decisions made along the way, click here
In my overly optimistic mind, I envisioned sewing all the virtues, but then lost interest in this project as I do "from time to time" (really laughing out loud!) When I saw the "In Your Words" blog hop invitation, I decided that this would be just the incentive I needed to finish my virtues quilt and here it is!


I put the 6 words I had sewn together with some scrappy hearts, and a few triangles here and there just for fun.
This quilt was made in a totally "liberated" way - no patterns, points chopped off, no logical construction, no thought given to colour planning, and nothing lines up very well. The process of sewing it together was SO FUN! And I feel happy when I look at it, so it's my favorite quilt so far!
I machine quilted it last night as part of a quilting demo for the quilt guild...yep...nothing like finishing a project at the last minute!  That's how life goes around here!
Well, actually "finished" is a relative term for a quilter! The binding isn't actually on the quilt...let's just say it's near the quilt!  And the quilt was whispering something about some embellishments and some hand stitching to add, so I've realized this isn't "finished yet".
A big thanks to Madame Samm over at Sew We Quilt for all the fun blog hops, and to Linda for organizing us!
Here are the blogs to visit to see today's "In Your Words" projects:




Wednesday, January 9
Kathy's Quilts (That's ME!)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Doodling in My Mind (Darla R.)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.) 
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter (Laura Ann)

112 comments:

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

All words to live by - love it! You did such a great job, thanks for sharing!

Tracee said...

Terrific words, definitely good ones to live by.

Amy said...

Love all your words! And the little hearts all over are just adorable! :)

Scrapatches said...

Love your word quilt that you finished (almost) with determination and joyfulness, Sometimes you just have to honor your own creativity and respect your inner quilty muse and trust that your unplanned quiltiness will be perfect in it's own way ... :) Pat

Judy B said...

Lovely words and quilt! Thank you for sharing.

Martina said...

That is a great quilt. Love how you put the words together. Really want to make one too, sometime, lol!

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

I also consider a top as a finish even though it may have two more finushes (the quilting and the binding, lol!). A top is not considered a UFO !! Only the blocks in bags or pieces waiting to be blocks are UFOs . SO glad you threw rules to the wind and sewed like a free spirit and loved it! Love your word project quilt and the words within!

nähtina said...

looks great.
Greetings,
Tina

Determination should be on my list too :-)

Nati said...

Cute project I am sure it will make you smile every time you see it!

Janet O. said...

Great job, Kathy. I love this quilt, too! Can't wait to see what you are planning for embellishments.

Britt-Inger said...

You have indeed made a very awesome quilt. It should be very fun to see how you will finish with it, concerning embellishment and more. You have gotten me inspired to try to this method sewing letters.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful project.

julieQ said...

Katherine, your quilt is awesome! I love it!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Awesome incentive quilt! Yes, a little more 'bling' is needed before the binding embraces it.

Susie Q said...

Hi Kathy love the words and the quilt, thanks for sharing. Susie x

Lyndsey said...

Hi Kathy great quilt. Of course it's finished it has been quilted. Embellishments and binding can be added later.... but not too much later as it would be a shame for it to get lost in a pile of other projects.

Jessica said...

Love your quilt and the words are very important for everyone!

Suze said...

Aren't you glad this is what got you in gear to get this lovely project to this point? I love the colors, the letters, and most especially the sentiment. I haven't tried letters yet and your project certainly makes me want to do that. What a great project! I can hear the lack of tension and thrill in your finger tips even with the "rush" to get it finished. A job well done! Thank you very much for sharing your creativity with us.

charlotte said...

I love it Kathy! I want to make a quilt using words done that way too. Maybe soon.

Cathy said...

I like eclectic quilts! Well done!

Fiesta said...

Fabulous! Thank you for sharing today.

Tammy said...

I really like your quilt a lot. I tis very refreshing to see quilts made without a pattern. I get tired of looking at all the perfect looking pattern ones. These kinds are teh best made one step at a time whne Inspiration hits and you just get that feeling of where you want to go next with it.
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Lesley said...

Your quilt is wonderful...love how creative you were and the result is such a unique quilt which is full of your heat and soul...way to go!

Cindy Staub said...

I love your quilt! It is wonderful, you did such a lovely job on it! Thank you for sharing :)

Sowing Stitches said...

Love the play-fullness! The prints and colors are so cheerful!!! :)

Thearica said...

Your quilt is fantabulous! You will smile when you see mine tomorrow.. Birds of a feather...ha!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love the virtues you chose and I love your quilt! blessings, marlene

scraphappy said...

Glad you got your words almost done. Sometimes a little finished project is better than a giant UFO. Enjoy your finishing stages now that the pressure is off.

The Cozy Quilter said...

You managed to fix your border issues, I see! I dream of making a words quilt some day...

Patty D from NC said...

Great quilt! And very strong words! Thanks for sharing.

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning my dear....ahhhh your words resonate with me too...great looking banner for your 2013

B Greene said...

I have seen that book before, but now I must go find a copy! I love your project and the whimsical design of the letters - great work!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

love your words quilt...fantastic job!

Barb said...

I love the scrappy, liberated way you've put this quilt together!

piece peace said...

Words to live by. I love your quilt!

pinsandneedles said...

Great words to live by! Nice work!

PatSloan said...

Fantastic Quilt!!!! What great words... I love it!

Pat Sloan
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JCnNC said...

Cannot imagine it becoming more than it is already - just stunning and perfect words for you. Judy C

MooseStash Quilting said...

If the rest of the world could live by those words... Well, you can't raise everyone I guess. I love liberating projects myself. They are good for the soul! Great job!

Darla Royal said...

What a great quilt and inspirational words. So understand working up to that deadline! As one of your fellow blog hoppers today I was pushing the limits last night also. Whew! We made it! Thanks for sharing.

Just Quilt It said...

So much creativity--sewing without a pattern! The freedom it allows really added to this "wordy" quilt. Beautiful job.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Wonderful words to live by, Kathy :)

Judy D in WA said...

Fabulous!!! Wonderful use of words. :)

Ellen said...

I am so glad that your quilt brings you such joy - it is perfect and you have done a fantastic job.

Linda said...

How perfect, Kathy!!! I love your quilt! You did a wonderful job on it!

carla said...

Hi!!! Wonderful words!!! Very pretty quilt!! Thank You!!

Karma Willow Designs said...

great job -- I have an all finished (but the binding) catagory in my craft room as well. I did get a neat binding tool that uses the backing folded over and that 's helping decrease the amount of time I spend putting ths off called the quick easy mitered binding tool. Works great for smaller projects but can be used for a larger quilt as well.

Quiltsmiles said...

Kathy, Well done and a great finish! Love that determination word you phrased! that is a dominate trait that is in this family. lol
Jane

Agnes Bullock said...

SQUEEEEE!!!!! Love this!

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Lovely words to live by! Your letters turned out so nicely. Thanks for sharing.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Great words, love the design.
Thanks for sharing.

krislovesfabric said...

great word choices, lovely quilt :)

Mary Ann said...

Great job! I love "Word Play"!

Corrie said...

That is a great book, looks like you've mastered it. Really nice job!

Jeanie said...

Love your arrangement of words. Nice job!

Frances said...

Wonderful words. I love the way they came together.

Cheryl T said...

It is beautiful and FUN. Love it!

Hooked on Quilting said...

Yikes, no pattern???? That is outstanding! Great job!

Gill said...

I love your words quilt! I'd like to try this method to make a quilt for myself!
Thank you for sharing!

Loralynn said...

Wonderful words!!!

Teresa in Music City said...

It's wonderful Kathy! I love that the last word is "determination" LOL!!!

Pamela said...

Visiting for the Word Blog Hop but got distracted by your Treadle. Read your posts and feel inspired to open my Grandmother's up and give it a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration.

Farm Quilter said...

Great quilt! Now you have given me some ideas for the backings of wedding quilts...THANKS!!!

Gmama Jane said...

I love your free wheeling style! Quilting should be fun and I'm afrid we're all sitting around at our sewing machines waiting for the dreaded knock on the door and it's the Quilting Police coming to JUDGE our quilting. Nothing could be further from the truth so good for you!! I like your quilt and I love the virtuous words.
Blessings
Gmama Jane

lefuntz said...

Almost finished! Sometimes there is always something else we want to add so we are never done. It does need binding but other than that it is beautiful as is.

lefuntz said...

Almost finished! Sometimes there is always something else we want to add so we are never done. It does need binding but other than that it is beautiful as is.

gpc said...

Great words, and I love the way it turned out! :)

patchouli moon studio said...

Very nice quilt indeed.

Mrs.Pickles said...

Lovely words thanks for sharing!!

Catskill Quilter said...

It looks spontaneous and joyous! Congrats!

momssewingroom said...

I enjoyed seeing your demo at the guild meeting. It's a great quilt!

barbara woods said...

love that

~Marica~ said...

Wonderful work you have done in the "In Your Word's" bloghop

Jenny said...

what a sweet quilt. I love your word choices, I love the scrappy look and your fabrics too!

Verna G said...

Nice work! And great words!

Nifty Quilts said...

It's wonderful! What beautiful and inspiring words. So many good feelings in this quilt. A treasure for all time!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Love your words to live by - very thoughtful!!

Kate said...

A virtues quilt - such a swell idea!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a great job and words we should all remember. Thank you for sharing with us, wonderful job!

audrey said...

Very sweet! Love this quilt Kathy!:)

Rosa said...

Great project!!

Bluequilt said...

Great words to live by and inspire others.

Janet said...

Your quilt is really lovely - I adore the little hearts and triangles.

Lyn said...

I really loved your quilt! Thanks so much for sharing your great words!

The Slow Quilter said...

Love the quilt and your liberating style in making it. It is so fun to work with no rules when it comes to quilting and I am adding you to the Procrastinators Quilting Club.

Kathy said...

What a fun quilt, and such great words to live by!

Terry said...

Really neat words, I'm glad it makes you happy :)

melsdaisypatch said...

Great job on your quilt!! Hang in there your almost finished. ;)

Sheila said...

A really fun quilt with some fantastic words!!

Sandra said...

Lovely thoughts to look at and reflect on our blessings.

LJ said...

Great quilt and I love the liberated aspect. Super words, too!

robin said...

I had to smile "the binding isn't actually ON the quilt...let's just say it's NEAR the quilt!" You sound like me.

evelyn said...

Wonderful words. Love the freedom and joy its creation inspired.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh, what a fun way to quilt, no rules! Love it and your words.

Just Carol said...

I love how you got creative with this and just made it without a pattern (I don't do patterns well, so I love this!) Great words and a totally entertaining post. :O)

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I'm so excited to see this... I just bought this book and it does look like total fun to do. Love your word choices!

Rose Marie said...

Your quilt is delightful!

Sue Bone said...

Gorgeous

Sunshine Girl said...

Its fabulous

Martha said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great day.

sandra said...

Fabulous quilt, and loved your words, thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

your quilt is just fabulous, what a great idea

BizyStitches said...

I enjoyed all the words you picked, thanks for sharing.

Abbigail said...

Good words to live by!
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CeLynn said...

Love how bright your wordy quilt is! Perfect for a gray winter day :) I also love how you just let the quilt make its self,so to speak :) Having fun is a big part of quilting,when it is fun we are more likely to actually "finish" the project.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: marvelous. Love the colors and the words!
thank you for sharing your inspiration and creativity

Annette Schultz said...

wonderful words to live by. and what a great reminder.... your quilt
thanks for sharing ....
in stitches

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

Great words! Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

Great quilt! Isn't it funny how the things we put the least thought into come out the best? I'm sure it will be stunning when all the little extras are added.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I love this way of making words. I'll have to give it a try sometime. =)

Connie said...

What a sweet quilt and the words are perfect!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Lovely Quilt, and a great goal for 2013, good luck!
Bente

Maria Kievit said...

You and I have the same kind of words that we live by and that we like to keep close to us. thanks for sharing!