Singled Out: A Finished Quilt Top

So, consider me on the bandwagon! This quilt pattern, Single Girl, by the talented Denyse Schmidt has taken the internet by storm. I confess, hubby bought this pattern for me for my birthday last year, but I had been too chicken busy to try it. A couple weeks ago, I pulled out my big girl panties and went to work.

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It went from a Nest layer cake to a pile of teeny tiny scraps and pretty darn quick, I had myself a finished block.
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And now look! Twelve blocks all sewn together and just itching to become a quilt.
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I confess, this pattern looks pretty tough. All those scary curves, lots of little pieces, and the matching of seams, well, that alone was enough to keep it sitting on my shelf for awhile. But now that I have finished it all, I would say the process was pretty intuitive.
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Since I used a layer cake, I just layered the 10″ squares 3 deep, traced my pattern templates on the top layer, placed a pin inside of each soon-to-be-cut piece and spent a nice evening with my hubby watching a terribly forget-able movie and cutting out my pieces. I left the pin in each one (which was labeled with my quilting pencil) until I was ready to sew them together. The whole process only took a few hours, if you don’t count the constant starts and stops (It is summer, here, after all)
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I am so smitten with this quilt. The layout is so clean and pretty. I have seen it now in a hundred different colors over at the ‘single girl support group’ and I think they all look great. If you haven’t tried it but have thought about it, I cannot say enough good things. It is a pretty forgiving pattern and there is a ton of help out there if you get stuck. My favorite advice on this quilt comes from Kati where she says not to stress about all of the seams matching perfectly. I had a couple that were off by nearly an 1/8th of an inch, but I am not gonna sweat it. I’m just going to enjoy that I overcame a hurdle. Now, on the the quilting!!!

scraps winnerIn other news, the winner of my scraps is #21 who wrote to me from Pennsylvania USA.
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Becky M says:
June 8, 2011 at 6:45 am (Edit)
That’s a great pillow! thanks for the tutorial I’m writing from the Philadelphia Suburbs in PA!

 

And don’t worry, I am making sure my mum is taken care of as well…thanks to everyone who played along!

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11 Responses to Singled Out: A Finished Quilt Top

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    Lara says:

    Well done :) Looks fabulous. I bought the pattern and a FQ bundle a year ago or so to make this quilt and am hesitant to give it a go… but I will do! Your post is very encouraging that it can be done!

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    Carol says:

    Gorgeous — but still beyond my, um, talents:)

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    I love this quilt! I must admit that I’m terrified of curves and triangles. I’m a bit of a newbie quilter, so all those complicated cuts and such make me shake in my boots. ;) I’d love to read a bit more about your process the next time you make a quilt like this. :)

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    Tiffany says:

    This is lovely! I’m still a little nervous about trying this pattern but I have a feeling atleast a pillow is in my future.

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    sukie says:

    It looks great!!! That’s one of the quilts on my to-do list.

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    Fiona says:

    Haha – You have big girl panties too!!!!!! Your single girl quilt looks gorgeous! I need to quilt mine but can’t decide on backing…..

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    Kimber says:

    so cute! completely loving it!

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    Peta says:

    Your quilt looks gorgeous! Love the block hanging in the tree. You’ve inspired me to start mine!

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    prsd4tim2 says:

    Your quilt is just gorgeous. Waiting for you to come home to help me with mine.

    Love, Mom

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    Leanne says:

    Hi Amanda – that is so gorgeous – and you made the whole thing with a layer cake ? wow – I’ve been looking for a 36 piece fat quarter bundle to make it and it seems hard to find a fat quarter bundle that I love with 36 pieces – the ones I love seem to have smaller bundles – so I might have to rethink and find a layer cake ! thanks for the constant inspiration :)

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      Jessica says:

      Beautiful! I actually have a layer cake of Central Park sitting around and I can’t decide what to do with it. And, I have also been intimidated by Single Girl… maybe it’s time. Thanks for the great description for the layer cake!