Shoreline for Hopes and Dreams – Finish it up Friday

Here’s one UFO coming off that giant pile!  I think it’s been a little over two years from start to finish.Shoreline New Pastel Kona Tula Pink

This was one of the first quilt tops I made.  I was so excited when I opened up the package of batting that Monique and Lynne from Cambridge Quilt Shop recommended to me and saw that Quilter’s Dream was collecting quilts to give to people with ALS/MND.  A few days ago, I wrote a very long post about why this is such a great cause to donate to. It will probably be the first thing I publish when I get my domain back.  I’ll sum it up very quickly for you here:

We don’t know what causes ALS, and while there are some hereditary cases, over 90% of cases currently have unknown causes.  There is currently nothing one can do to avoid developing this disease, it is incurable and untreatable.  The average patient with ALS will live between two to five years, although of course, there are some who pass away within months, and others who live with the disease for many years.  During this time, a person suffering this disease will retain full cognitive facilities, and watch helplessly as their body becomes less and less responsive, eventually becoming completely paralyzed.  As you can gather, it’s an extremely grim diagnosis.  Last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge did a lot to raise the profile of ALS within the wider community, but I think a quilt is lovely way of acknowledging that individuals with this disease often feel ignored by the scientific community, misunderstood by the general community, and become increasingly isolated as they lose the ability to communicate, they are not completely forgotten.

Tula Pink Shoreline New Pastel Kona

I wanted to make something for them right away, then of course, I ran in to all sorts of problems, and it went in the “naughty box” for a very long time.  I owe Weeks a debt of gratitude on this one.  She posted a few months back about quilts for Hopes and Dreams, which reminded me that this one had been boxed up for far too long.

Jolly Tula Pink Shoreline Kona New Pastel 6

Being that this is a really easy quilt to put together, you might be wondering why it was in the “naughty box” for so long.  Well, when is a five inch square, not a five inch square?  Much more often that fabric manufacturers would like you to realize.  This charm pack ranged at everything from four and a half to five inches, and at that point, I really didn’t have the experience to know how to deal with it.  Eventually I settled on wonky seams, and honestly, I thought it didn’t look particularly good.Jolly Tula Pink Shoreline Kona New Pastel 6

Over time, I learned a lot about what happens when tops get quilted, and I thought it was worthwhile seeing if that might help this quilt a little.  It actually helped a whole lot, and honestly, I think it came out really well.

It was very interesting working with a quilt with a lot of problems.  One of the seams split while it was on my frame, so I fixed it with a quick whip stitch – it’s not exactly ideal, but a finished quilt is useful and but a top sitting in the naughty corner is no good to anyone.  Also, not surprisingly, it came out very far from square.  I thought a lot about how I was going to trim it, and decided that a square quilt was preferable to an oddly shaped one, so all the lines look a little bit slanted now.  It’s one of those things that I’m counting as not being a big deal.

I quilted this one myself, with an edge-to-edge swirl vine, accented with leaves – a design I learned from Dusty Farrell. He’s gotten very creative with the semi-custom E2E designs, and I really love that idea.  It’s so much more interesting than a pantograph, and allows for a little bit of customization.

Getting this photographed was a pain.  I’ve seen so many lovely photos where quilts just happen to drape themselves beautifully over an accent chair.  This didn’t happen for me.  Maybe the chair is just too small and I might have to look for a larger one.  It took a long time to get this one to cooperate.

Then, Jolly decided to stage a protest about my blog being partially named after him, and him not appearing on it anywhere, so here he is in all his scruff-muffin glory.  Yes, we should get him clipped, but the car sickness is a major barrier to this, as there’s no groomer within walking distance here.  I really don’t think he cares much how his hair looks, and he seems pretty happy either way.

Here are all the photos Jolly insisted we include:

Jolly Tula Pink Shoreline Kona New Pastel 5 Jolly Tula Pink Shoreline Kona New Pastel 4 Jolly Tula Pink Shoreline Kona New Pastel 3 Jolly Tula Pink Shoreline Kona New Pastel 2 Jolly Tula Pink Shoreline Kona New Pastel i

I’m curious about whether other quilters donate their work.  If you do, do you have an organization of choice, or do you work for many?

I’m also linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  I think this is the first time I’ve joined this particular link party.

And all the usual info:

Pattern: Shoreline by Tula Pink (it’s a free download from her website).

Fabric: Kona New Pastel, by Robert Kaufman.

Pieced by me with Aurifil 50wt.

Quilted by me with So Fine 50wt. by Superior Threads.

Batting: Dream Wool.

Until next time, happy quilting!

– Jane

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Jane Victoria / Jolly and Delilah

Machine quilter and fabric enthusiast, currently living in Las Vegas, NV. Twitter @jollyanddelilah Instagram @jollyanddelilah

6 thoughts on “Shoreline for Hopes and Dreams – Finish it up Friday”

  1. Jane i love your term naughty pile for all those troublesome quilts. I can relate with the torn seams, crooked alignment and general pain in the…
    The quilt I just finished I covered the major boo boos with an applique the added more to make them look plan.
    My charity of choice is Hospice as my husband was in their facility twice. I made a flag quilt to give to the Chaplin as my first donation.
    Love your color choice for the quilt and jolly is so cute. I have a miniature poodle who looks like that most times. His beauty treatment cost more than mine so we swap off months for the beauty parlor.
    Nice to have found your blog.

    1. Thank you Deborah! I decided that with this one, I’d let someone at Hopes and Dreams decide whether it’s acceptable to give it away or not.

      I’m so new to the world of appliqué. I just ended up quilting the seams I was most worried about to death. Hopefully it won’t fall apart.

      I think we all have naughty corner quilts. Sometimes things just don’t work out, but most of the I find they can be saved if I’m not too attached to my original idea.

      I think that donating to your local hospice is a wonderful idea. Who knows better where their shortfalls are than someone who’s used their services, and a quilt is always a lovely way to say thank you to to someone who’s been a great help or comfort to you.

      I completely agree regarding the dog haircuts. I keep asking my husband just to do here, but Jolly is such a squirmer, and I think we’re both worried that we’d hurt him. He probably should go soon though. It’s just so hot at the moment, and I’m sure he’d be more comfortable with less hair.

      Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It’s always great to have a bit of a quilty and/or pet chat.

  2. Jolly is too adorable! Love the yawn photo. In Cynthia’s Orphan Adoption event at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, the blocks and fabric I had up for adoption went to a woman who will make the quilt as a fundraiser for ALS. Yours is just absolutely beautiful. I love th esoft colours and it looks so snuggly. Thanks for sharing the angst along the way–it shows our quilts don’t always cooperate and we have to figure out ways to get them to play nice…even if it means ignoring them for a while in your aptly coined “naughty box”!

    1. Thank you Sandra! I’ll have to check out Cynthia’s page. I like the idea of orphan adoption, and it’s always nice to see other people helping out with fundraising for ALS. It’s such a money sucker between caring for people who have needs that are often not covered by insurance, and what is often entirely new research that has very little to draw on. The scientists are doing some fascinating things at the moment, and I keep up with a lot of the findings when they’re popular media published and not terribly academic (Arts backgrounds don’t really lend themselves well to deciphering medical texts).

      This is actually a colorway I love and use fairly often. I do hope the quilt is snugly. It should be. I really love densely quilting things, but I’m not sure that everyone enjoys the experience of cuddling up to something akin to drywall.

      And check back if you like the angst. I’m always having issues with precuts, and I call them out in the slight hope that perhaps eventually, if enough bloggers do, the manufacturers might improve their techniques. They’re all kind of unreliable at this point.

      The naughty box is so essential! I recommend every quilter have one. I’m just bound to make things worse if I work on something I’m totally frustrated with.

      Thanks a lot of stopping by Sandra! I can’t wait to see what you get up to next.

  3. Jolly is so cute and a great addition to your beautiful quilt! I just donated a quilt to a friend to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma. It feels so good to help, right? A quilt IS love 😉

    1. I’ll make sure to tell Jolly! I was having a discussion with my Dad while I was quilting this about donations, and we figured that if you put an imaginary but reasonable dollar amount on the labor, say $20 an hour, quilters have to be among the most generous people around. It’s wonderful that we can help in a way that really does say “love.” It’s tough to make a quilt if the love isn’t there.

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