It CAN be done!


Like you, I’ve seen the magazine, the TV show and read the blogs… Quilt in a Day!  I used to read those words and say, “yeah, right, as if!”  Well, I am here to say… It CAN be done!  I started this quilt at 11:00am today and by 11:15pm I was laying in bed blogging about it!  Really!  It wasn’t that difficult.  I even took a lunch break and cooked and ate a lovely dinner with my family.  I used a very easy design layout.  I saw a quilt in my LQS called “3-6-9″ and decided I would try my own 3-6-9 quilt.  I started by cutting a few 3.5″ squares, some 6.5″ squares and some 9.5″ squares.  Then I cut a few 6.5″x3.5” strips and voila!  I had a decent block that could be repeated using a variation of the colours.  I think if I did this one again (and I likely will), I would just use the same repeating pattern of colour.  I think it would make the layout much cleaner.  I am a lover of order!


So, more about this quilt.


Awhile back, a friend of mine asked me to make a quilt for her local chapter of the Kinsmen/Kinette to auction off at their Annual Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser.  I procrastinated a bit on this one because she wanted the KIN logo to be present somewhere on the quilt and I found that a bit daunting at first.  In my mind, I had worked out the how of it, I just needed to get busy and do it.  I photocopied the logo from the internet and traced it to the fabric.  I then used my FMQ foot and basically FMQ’d over the traced markings.  To fill in the darker areas and the letters, I used a zig zag stitch.  I am really hoping this holds up in the wash!  I’ve seen embroidery patches that look like this kind of stitching but I do not profess to know how to embroider!  I just kind of ‘winged’ it and am pretty pleased with the end result.


I quilted it using a variegated blue thread (Fruitti in Sky Blue by Wonderfil) with a meandering loop-de-loop all over and it gives it a nice cozy feel.  I still need some practice with the FMQ-ing, but my stitch lengths and my pedal vs hand speed are getting much better.  I have a few spots where you can see the stops and starts as I changed hand position, but, like anything, it will get better with practice.


I am calling this quilt “Great Strides” to honour the Kinsmen/Kinette events to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.


 I still need to wash this throw sized quilt, but I think if all goes well in the tumbler, I’ll be a happy quilter!  I hope my friend likes it as well, I also hope this quilt brings them lots of money for their fundraiser.
If you happen to be in the Listowel, Ontario (Canada) area and would like to join in the fun the event info is as follows:
“Homicidal Idol” Dinner Theatre
Listowel Kin Station
Thursday April 24th 2014
Doors open @ 6:15
Show and Dinner @ 7 pm
Tickets are $25 a person or $40 for 2
All proceed from the event support Cystic Fibrosis Canada Research

I’ll be linking up with my Thursday and Friday link ups!

Till next time… Rita

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15 Responses to It CAN be done!

  1. Jan says:

    Wow – you did a great job winging it! I am sure your friend will love it.
    Visiting from Can I get A Whoop Whoop!
    xo jan@ Sew and Sow farm
    and I am a new follower 🙂

  2. Marly says:

    Congratulations, what an achievement!

  3. Thank you! I surprised myself with how well it turned out. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. It can be done! Great job, Rita! The logo turned out fantastic — yay for winging it! So glad you linked up to TGIFF!

  5. Thanks! Also thank you for hosting this week!

  6. treadlemusic says:

    Very very nice!!! I’ve never done a quilt in a day type project but yours is great and so many quilting possibilities!!!! Love it!!!!! Hugs…………………

  7. Thank you! My friend is picking it up soon.

  8. treadlemusic says:

    Yay!!! Well done!!!

  9. love it! This looks amazing! I’ve only pushed myself to do a quilt in a day once, and I agree- keeping the pattern and quilting simple is the key!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  10. Thanks Kelly! You are an inspiration to me! Thanks for the linky!

  11. Amazing, a quilt in one day?! I have made one in a weekend and it drove me nuts! I do not know how you did it! Congratulations!!!

  12. I used a very simple pattern and simple quilting. If I’d have used a more difficult pattern it would have taken much longer. I was pretty surprised I actually did it.

  13. Fantastic job on the logo! You are super neat with fmq!! It looks great 🙂 thanks for linking up!

  14. This was by far the hardest FMQ I’ve done to date. I’m hoping the intricate work helps with future quilts that have a larger, free-form movement.

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