Monday, November 17, 2008

The Countdown Can Commence

The pattern book: 12 days of Christmas: Art to Heart by Nancy Halverson
The dark border fabric: metro green goes blue by Michael Miller
The other fabrics: Sorry, didn't look!

Finally! Last night I finished my countdown to Christmas quilt hangings. It ended up being a much bigger production and money drain than I'd ever have imagined. It was fun, and I'm very glad I did it, but I am ready to move on to a new project!

If I were to sell this set, I'd honestly charge $200+ for it. That would break down to:
  • $10 per quilt block (Matt says that wouldn't be enough for all the hours I put in)
  • $24 for the stupid metal hanger that I ended up buying (I figured after all the time I put into it, it needed to be properly displayed! I tried to jimmy rig something, but it just didn't do it justice.)
  • $20 for the book (it has tons of patterns in it I love, though, so I imagine I'll be using it for more Christmas projects down the road.)
  • $30 or more for fabric. It's expensive to get good fabric, but I am beginning to be converted for "heirloom" projects. It's so much better quality and beautiful, vibrant prints I just can't resist any more.

I learned a couple things on this project.
  • When leaving a hole to turn it right side out, don't leave it on a corner! Start and end in the middle of a straight edge.
  • When you're working with 1/4 in. seam (something I never do!) it's nearly impossible to do the hidden stitch for the end closing.
  • You have to be much more precise in sewing when you're working with a real patchwork pattern!
  • Fabric selection can be extremely difficult and timely process.
  • A good, large cutting mat is essential. I had a small one, but I wanted one that would measure up to a yard for proper squaring. I ended up getting one at Michael's with a half-off coupon.
  • If you're not an expert at blanket stitching by eyeballing, start on a straight line, not a curve. I started on zero and I seriously almost want to take it out and redo it. But I won't. My stitching improved greatly from the first block (zero) to the last block (santa).


Erin S. said...

WOW! It looks incredible!!! I bet you're feeling a great sense of accomplishment! I would be! I can't wait to see it in person!

Ballard said...

You have more talent and patience then I have. It looks so cute and wonderful. But I don't think I could afford the $200 price tag.

Lesley said...

You are so talented! Great job.. You should sell then amd make some money... It is beautiful!

Juls said...

THat is just awesome! You will have it forever and every year you pull it out you will think, you know I MADE that...DANG I am GOOD!

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

I don't think you're alone Ballard. That's why there's no way in heck I'm putting myself through that again to sell them!

Amanda said...

Amazing. It is a real work of art.

Kristeee said...

I'm so impressed! That looks great, and will be fun for years to come.

marzy dotes said...

It looks awesome! Great job Celia!

Ali Seaman said...

That is so awesome! Seriously so beautiful! You are way talented. Good for you!