Liberated Churn Dash QUILT

>> Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm finally finished! And just in time to share it in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

The quilt measures approximately 90 inches square.

Most of the smaller liberated churn dashes were made by my bee partners in Sew Modern Bee, a Canadian quilting bee that I really enjoyed being part of over the last year. You can click on our logo above to see photos of the different kinds of blocks we've been making.

Last June I designed this block while playing with my stash. When it came time for me to pick a block to make for my bee, my husband thought I should use this one. I had already told him I would be making the quilt for him {because I haven't made him one in the 14 years that I've been quilting!}

By the end of June I had my quilt top planned out, but not measured correctly here! Each of the blocks my bee partners would make would be 15.5 inches square unfinished.

My husband also got to pick the colour scheme for the quilt.

No Orange!

Here's my post about that:)

Then it was time to start shopping for fabrics. You can read about how I kept track of what I had and needed to get here.

November 2010 was my month in Sew Modern Bee. I posted my tutorial for how I made my block. You can click on the image above to get to it. By February 2011 I found out that other bee's were making my block too! How cool! I did a post linking to a few of them - not sure if there's any more out there:)

Then came quilting. I quilted each 30.5 inch panel separately, then sewed them together. Once I decided on how I wanted to quilt it, I really enjoyed the process.

I joined the panels in rows, then sewed the rows together. This post goes through the process with photos, if you'd like to take a look. It made it a lot easier for me to quilt this queen size quilt at home on my domestic machine.

My husband picked out the backing fabric too! I used strips leftover from the churn dash fabrics for the binding. A couple of hockey games and chick flicks later - I had it finished:)

I have to put a special THANK YOU here to the quilters at Pat Sloan's Quilt Mashup Forum. Without their friendly prodding and prompting I'm not sure I would have this quilt done yet. I have become a quiltMAKER [not just a topper!] because of these ladies. Thank you!

My quilt was too heavy to hang on the clothesline, so I laid it out on the deck and took a photo from my daughter's bedroom window. I had every intention of 'cropping out' the toys later.

Until later.

This quilt was made with my children around. My son sorted my fabrics back into matching piles when all the blocks were received from my bee partners. My husband took care of the kids while I shopped for fabrics. Everyone was patient with me while I hummed and hawed over fabric choices and how to quilt the panels. I got 'mom time' to work on quilting the panels on weekends when everyone was home.

They surrounded me with love so I could complete this quilt.

I'm keeping the toys in the photo to remind me of what my life was like when I made this quilt.

Thanks to Amy for hosting this great festival once again. I hope you take some time to enjoy the photos and stories of the wonderful quilts being shared by bloggers in this festival.

With Joy,
Sarah Vee

p.s. I made a pattern so you can make your very own Liberated Churn Dash quilt too!

Liberated Churn Dash QUILT pattern

It's available in my online shop - and as part of the Inventory Quilt Project
get 20% off with the code IQ20 (I for Inventory and Q for Quilt)


Quilty Conscience May 17, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

It's beautiful! Good Job! I have my blocks from my Bee partners but sadly have not finished my quilt. My problem has been finding a pleasing arrangement on the design wall as there is such a variety of amounts of white in each block that I can't get it balanced. Yours is wonderful!~ Gorgeous quilting to boot! Toni

Molly May 17, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

Wow! I say again .... WOW!! This quilt is amazing and huge and so original. I love it and I think your husband is one super lucky guy. Very cool!

KMServino May 17, 2011 at 12:27 PM  

I love this quilt. Your husband did a great job with the colors too.

Stopping by from BQF

Unknown May 17, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

Pardon my French but this is one kick A** quilt! So funky, cool! I just love it!

Rachel Slote-Brown May 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

Looks awesome Sarah! Congrats on finishing it in time for the festival. Can't wait to see it in person.
Awesome! You should be very proud.

Ariane May 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

You did an amazing job with this quilt!! It looks wonderful!!! Your husband must love it!!! It's a great accomplishment to finish a large quilt like that! Congrats!! Hugs Ariane

Anonymous,  May 17, 2011 at 8:40 PM  

I'm in love with this quilt! One of my festival favorites.

Millie May 17, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

Terrific quilt! Love it! I love the energy and the joy.

beth May 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM  

I've been looking forward to seeing this one completed! It looks terrific!

Lynette May 18, 2011 at 7:12 AM  

It's GORGEOUS. I love the churn dash liberated! This is a fun story, right down to your family. Thank you for taking the time to link up detailed process posts. I'm going to store your tutorial in my links because when I have more UFOs under control, I want to make a liberated churn dash. :D

lovetostitch May 18, 2011 at 8:27 PM  

Sarah, I'm so proud of you!!! You had many obstacles during this process, and you conquered!! Your churn dash is beautiful and it's so personalized. Your whole family had a part in it, and you even slept under it - now that completion, girlfriend!!
Kudos - and clapping for Joy!!!

stitchinpenny May 18, 2011 at 8:45 PM  

Love the fact that you, your husband and your whole bee crated this special quilt for your husband makes it amazing.

Janet May 19, 2011 at 1:06 AM  

I've enjoyed watching this quilt come together piece by piece. The finished quilt is lovely.

4dreamsr May 19, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

So happy with you Sarah for your quilt finish. Been watching the process & obstacles, but you made it thro. Now on to LOTL. Am I being pushy?

Editfolt May 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM  

Congratulations! Stunning piece!

Lisa May 27, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

WOW! What a beauty. I love the wonky-ness and the colors are fantastic!

Kit Lang June 2, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

This is wonderful! :)

(And "hi" from another Ontario quilter.)

Eileen June 18, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

LOVE your quilt. Colors are great and that funky dash churn is perfect. Fun story and think picture is absolutely perfect...what is quilting but part of life? Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Tanya December 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

Just saw this after looking up "churn dash quilt". I love how you quilted it, and I might have to try the panel quilting one day. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful quilt!

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