TGIFF – Quick & Easy Summer

Who you callin’ quick and easy? My name is not Summer and I am neither quick, nor easy, if you catch my drift! 
Ooooh, my quilt, um, yeah, right! Awkward! Yeah, okay, it was both of those things, I do admit. I had two packs of Summersville charm squares that had been in my stash since nearly the beginning of my quilting journey. As each day passed, I could feel them languishing even more, and Dear Delilah knows I won’t stand for that.

So a few weeks ago I just picked those babies up and vowed not to stop until I had a finished quilt. Now I know it’s not all complicated and what have you, but I promise to do and learn something new with each project. You never stop learning, my lovelies! With this one I put the charms on point, did some row sewing, and cursed not having a design wall. (If I take up any more space in our apartment I think Mr. Sparkles might literally have a conniption.) For the back I sewed up some coordinating homespun into a big stripe to give it some visual interest as well.
So while it’s not like the most amazing quilt ever, it’s ready to travel with me to the U.S. on Sunday (Molli Sparkles Intrepid Thread Reunion PAR-TAY — don’t forget!). Once there it will be shipped off to Oklahoma for a dear friend’s new nephew. It’s definitely worthy of vomit and poop, and I believe those stains will be neither quick, nor easy.

Some quick quilt facts:

Title: Quick & Easy Summer
Size: 36″ x 42″
Quilt Design: charm squares on point
Quilting: straight line quilting by me with Aurifil 50 weight, Colour 2024 White
Binding: hand stitched with Aurifil 50 weight, Colour 2692 Black
Backing: coordinating orange, cream, blue and red homespun
Label: Hand-written, sewn into binding.
Favourite Part: Forcing myself to use the stash.
Linking up with TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts!

Okay, sometimes I’m easy.

26 Responses

  1. Anita C says:

    I was wondering when you were getting on that plane. See you Sunday. The quilt, I'm sure will be well loved.

  2. Vera says:

    I see you found a good spot for picture taking. Looking good 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    you are rocking it… 🙂 happy tgiff to you

  4. Salley says:

    Great result . . . howeverrr . . . You just wanted to empty a shelf for some new lovelies!

  5. Love the on point squares! Enjoy the PAR-TAY! I am with you in spirit!!

  6. Mara says:

    This is a perfect baby quilt.

  7. Laurelle says:

    OMG you haven't lived until you get a design wall! I love mine. Handy Hubby helped me with mine, he's got to be good for something (other than impregnating me with five Rugrats! ) I have a few charm packs kicking around, thinking of pinching your idea! I have never made me anything on point. Think I will give it a try, Thanks for th inspiration. Looking forfard to hearing bout your trip to the U S !!
    PS had couple vinos so sorry if theres drunk typing:) Hic up! 🙂

  8. MsMidge says:

    Noice. I have a design floor….. Have fun in the US! Say hi to Julie for me 🙂

  9. What a great idea to put the charms on point! I think it is more than vomit and poop worthy 😉 haha Have a wonderful time in the US, wish I was closer so I could come visit!

  10. Sometimes a quickie is all that's needed! Love the quilt!

  11. Auntie Pami says:

    Yup, you nailed it. I think you may need to invest in those fancy name tapes, wonder if they make them sparkly? Have a great time in California, I sure miss that area. Give Jules a big hug for me!

  12. I read so few blogs where I literally laugh out loud whilst reading! Great job using those Charm Packs that sit on the shelf and call to us – either in the shop or in the stash! Happy Friday!

  13. LOL! Great way to use a charm pack — love it on point! And there's nothing wrong with quick and easy. 😉

  14. Simple patterns are great for baby quilts. The on point layout adds a little something extra to the design! The bold backing is great. I went through an excessive precut buying phase when I started sewing. This quilt inspires me to use some of them!

  15. knitnkwilt says:

    I am amazed at how much more interesting charm squares are on point than horizontal. This set worked better together than some sets do–but of course, it was all in your placement of them, right?

  16. Kris says:

    Great job…simply made and sure to be loved!

  17. Katy Cameron says:

    Duh, why do I never thing to effectively stick these things on point?! Looks great

  18. charlotte says:

    Love it. What a great baby quilt. Have a great trip!

  19. Leanne says:

    You make babies sound so adorable. Have a great trip, and how about a roll up design wall that you can hide under a curtain or something?

  20. Thank you for linking up to TGIFF – fabulous finish!

  21. You've done it again! Simple, lovely and so perfect for a lucky baby! Have fun with Julie…wish I could join you in California!

  22. I have a design-spare-mattress-leaning-up-against-a-wall … classy, I know …

  23. What a great boy quilt! I'll have to try on point net time I'm doing something like this – a nice change up : )

  24. Temporary design wall: one 1×4 @ desired length. Take a sheet of batting and wrap one end of it around the board, leaving ~2" of each end of board free. Staple batting to board. Attach two screw eye hooks in exposed board (on the 1" side, not the 4" side). Insert two plant hangers/hooks in your ceiling but close to the wall the same width apart as the eye hooks on the board. Hang the design wall from ceiling when in use, take down and roll batting around the board when you need to put it away. It will store easily under a bed or even vertically behind a door.

    A master German quilter in her eighties told me this trick when I complained about living in an apartment with not enough space. Good luck!

  25. That looks like the perfect sort of baby quilt to me! Lovely fabric additions to the stash!!

  26. Barbie Mills says:

    A great quilt, and it's so nice to finally do something with those charm packs!

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