Embracing imperfections

We took this picture last week Thursday.  It is the last one before drove off late on Friday to move to Maryland.  I put a lot of work and heart into this house and on that final day, I really struggled with leaving some projects unfinished.  Thankfully my friend, Tina, gave me a good talking to.  We delegated a few projects to friends and neighbors and left some just be.  It was a good thing, too.  Ben started work on Monday and we've been swamped ever since.

house and family

Anyway, in the spirit of accepting imperfections, I thought I'd share a few pictures from my Baptist fan quilting adventure.

I marked every single line on the quilt, which took a *lot* of time.

baptist fan quilting

Here is the template I made by tracing the curves of a dinner plate and marking where the fans started and ended as well as the square lines for the quilt.

baptist fan quilting

I ran out of the plastic template material so the inside curves were made with paperboard.

baptist fan quilting

I used these marking pencils from Joann Fabrics.  I can't say that I love them.  The leads broke often and it took three washings to get the blue out.  I'll need to try a different marking tool next time.

baptist fan quilting

Even with the curves marked, my sewing lines are a little rough when you look closely.

baptist fan quilting

baptist fan quilting

Thankfully, after a wash (or three) and taking a step back, the quilt looks crinkly and lovely. 

donation quilt

I hope that showing some of my imperfections will inspire someone else to jump in and try some fan quilting.  I planned from the beginning to give this quilt to charity so I didn't sweat the mistakes as much.  Let me know if you try it out.


Debbie said...

Great job on the quilting! It looks really great to me!! And blessings with the move - not easy times...

Becca said...

I love this quilt... I hope to use fans someday

Laura said...

Don't be so critical of your quilting! Be proud that you actually quilted the thing by yourself. It looks great!

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

Well, they look a good sight better than my first stab at Baptist fans. Maybe I need your template!

Lindsey said...

so that is how that is done! as always you are an inspiration!

Gina said...

I can see why you had a hard time leaving your home; it is so cute!! I love baptist fan quilting and yours is beautiful!! Hope you are liking Maryland and settling in.

Anna said...

Love your quilting! I have a question - I hope I'm not missing something obvious here - but how did you join the fans together? Where did you go after you'd finished one fan - how did you travel to the next one? Did you kind of work in rows and then re-trace a curve to get to where the next one starts? If you ever want to post maybe a pen and paper drawing with some arrows I'd love to see it! All best for unpacking and settling.

Archie the wonder dog said...

The quilt is lovely! I hope you're all settling into your new home!

melissa said...

love you melinda. hope you're getting settled in md.

i love that quilt, "imperfections" and all... although i think you might be being a *bit* hard on yourself because it looks completely amazing!!

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