Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gridlock Quilt Top

 I finally got my Lula Pink City Sampler together! I choose the Gridlock layout, as you can see. I love rainbow quilts!

I apologize in advance for picture quality. I did the best I could with the wind, and the fact that this quilt is just very big.


I had some difficulties getting this together. Surprising since it's such an easy layout, but let me explain what happened! In the book, there is a chart on how to cut the fabric for the background and because of the fact that they want the border strips to not have seams, you kind of have to cut all the background fabric at once (easier to understand if you've seen the book), but normally I would wait till I was done making the rows, measure the rows and then cut out my sashing so I know it's the correct size. Anyhow, for some reason all of my rows are 2 inches bigger than they are suppose to be. Why? I have no idea! My original though was seam allowance....but that doesn't make any sense since I trimmed all my blocks to exactly 6 1/2" and it's virtually impossible that I added 2 full inches just in the little sashing bricks. So, basically all the work that went into making sure my sashing didn't have seams in all the same place and making sure my border was seamless is out the door because I had to add 2" to everything. I was really disappointed in myself for making such a mistake. I would feel better when If I knew were I made the mistake. I really do think that once it's quilted you won't be able to tell. My quilt measures 93 inches instead of the books 90. If I was cutting it all over again, I would have cut all my sashing and borders a few inches bigger (maybe 3) than what the book suggests (I have a lot of the fabric left, I would have a had plenty of extra fabric, I even ordered an extra half yard for "just in case") and then I would have trimmed them down to the necessary size once I measured. I will remember this for the future! 


Now, I just have to figure out quilting and we are off to the races! I am going to hold off because there is a contest where you can win having your quilt quilted by the wonderful long-arm quilter that does all of Tula Pink's quilt. Who knows? You never expect to win but it's fun to enter. 

6 comments:

  1. This is GORGEOUS! Congrats on completing the marathon. Did you try to make the blocks similar to the colors/fabrics Tula used in the book or did you do your own thing? Obviously you used rainbow theme and it's beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I used all Tula Pink fabric except for the solids. As for the colors, I didn't worry about using exactly the colors she used for each block. Instead, I kept sort of a tally of what colors I used and what color It was replacing for each block so I could balance it all out and still have the correct amount of each color at the end. I used sharpies to mark the colors on the checklist so I could see what I needed at a glance without having to read anything.

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  2. This is just lovely! Congrats on getting this far. It WOULD be awesome if Tula quilted it for you!

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    1. Thank you so much! It WOULD absolutely be the most awesome thing ever to have a quilt quilted by the same wonderful women who quilts for Tula Pink! :)

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