blog birthday coin quilt

As a present to myself for sticking with this weblogging thing for a whole year I made myself a queen sized coin quilt from some of the fabrics I’ve used this year for wee wonderfuls. The fabrics are ones I’ve used in projects or have bought/thrifted or received in the mail this year. Ok, let’s do the game first and more on the quilt after.

GAME OVER: Ok, ok, Tim was right – it may have been a little too hard. Games should be hard though right! I hope it was still fun. I have our 5 winners – Jordana, Kim, Kelly, Shanna and Julie – who is in Singapore and set her alarm to wake up and play!

Thanks everyone who played! Please feel free to add flickr notes to the other fabrics now. I think it’d be fun to have them eventually all identified.

Ok, let’s see who has been paying attention this year! Over at flickr are close ups of the quilt. Some of the squares have notes on them (when you mouse over the photo they will appear) which have questions underneath. There are 12 questions. Note: to view a larger version of the photos click "all sizes" which is an icon listed above the photo. The first 5 people to EMAIL (hillarylang at gmail dot com) me the correct answers win a wee pincushion. And it is first come first pick on who gets which wee. Please don’t leave answers in the comments on flickr or here. And please don’t add extra notes to the flickr photos until the game is done. Don’t forget about the search feature on the site. That should be helpful. Thanks for playing! I hope it’s fun!!

So this was my big project. The one that my Bernina pooped out halfway through. I’ve been wanting to make a coin quilt for a while now and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do it. I love the idea of having one big keepsake that reminds me of all the projects I’ve worked on over the year. The construction was really easy. I followed this example that I saw over at Be Be Bold quilts. My rectangles were 7" x 4" and the finished measurements are something like 85" x 90". For the quilting I just in the ditch’d it down the long vertical sashings and then horizontally across the edges of every rectangle. It was surprisingly easy – a queen sized quilt I can actually quilt on my home sewing machine. very cool! The biggest problems I ran into were running out of things, my sewing machine running out of time, running very low on white fabric so in the end I had to sew together a stack of 20" strips to make the binding, running out of thread – I used up the ends of about 5 different spools of white, and running out of patience sewing on the 20 miles of binding. But I’m done now and super happy with it. Now that it is all photographed I can put it on my bed where it is going to live. I’d definitely make a quilt like this again. Although next time with more coordinating fabrics. For this one I had to just let go and accept that it wasn’t going to be a cohesive design but rather just a hodgepodge.

And now for a little mushy birthday bit. I just want to sincerely thank everybody who visits wee wonderfuls and comments. I wish I could make everyone a pincushion! This weblogging thing is so much fun and has been so fulfilling. It has so amazing to connect to a community and meet so many great people, especially now that I’m stay-at-home-momming. thanks!

56 thoughts on “blog birthday coin quilt

  1. Sarah says:

    Congratulations on your one-year blogiversary. That is such a beautiful quilt! I can’t take the time to play your game from work, but I do love your blog (inspired me to make my own!) and I visit regularly! Please don’t stop crafting or posting!

  2. debbie says:

    Yes, congratulations on your blogiversary! And on such a beautiful and well thought out quilt (saving fabric from all of your projects) Your blog is the very first one I came across when I was looking up “wee folks”. I have been spending hours reading and learning so much since then. Your generous sharing of information has helped me so much, you are my reference library!! Thanks Hillary! Here’s to many more ‘versaries!

  3. amy k. says:

    wow-beautiful quilt hillary! I remember when you layed out fabrics for this, and was wondering when we’d see the finished materpiece!
    what a wonderful idea and I LOVE how you staggered the strips. happy blog b-day and sleep well under all that crafty goodness and thank you for making such huge contributions to the crafty pool of inspiration!

  4. abbyjane says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for maintaining such a wonderful blog. Yours was the first stay-at-home mom crafty blog I started reading regularly and it inspired me to craft more and to start my own blog. I read you every day and I’ve learned a lot and been very inspired. Thank you!

  5. robin says:

    I have been paying attention… but SO HARD!
    Your quilt is BEAUTIFUL. What a nice momento to give yourself for all your hard work! You have big wonderful ideas.

  6. Emily says:

    I got five of ’em but…throws her hands up in defeat…I give up! That was hard – but it was nice to flip back through old entries and remember just how damned talented you are! 🙂

  7. jenny says:

    happy blogiversary! just wanted to let you know that i’ve been lurking for quite a while and thought that this is an appropriate time to congratulate and thank you for such an inspiring and fun blog. i love everything that you make!

  8. A.J. says:

    What a superb quilt. I am completely inspired!!! I think I’ll make one or two. Thank you.
    Congratulations on your blog birthday. I love the new look and I love your blog.
    I’ll eat a cupcake in your honor. :0)

  9. sunni says:

    happy blog birthday hillary! the quilt is stunning. thank YOU for wee wonderfuls, i have gotten hours of enjoyment from it all year!

  10. jordana says:

    that was hard! but fun, especially since i’ve only been reading for 7 months. i went backwards and watched oscar get smaller and smaller 🙂 now i can calm down and read all about this tasty-looking quilt…
    your site is so inspiring and is always a joy. thank you for the last year, and i hope there will be many more!

  11. amanda says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!! And thanks for being such a kind, warm, and thoughtful source of inspiration every day in blogland. Yay!!!
    This quilt is just stunnning–representative of your work, surely.

  12. shanna says:

    Congrats Hillary on a great year of crafting. You are such an inspiration, so thank you as well. You were one of the biggest reasons I felt I could start my own blog. Your enthusiasm is infectious!
    The quilt is magnificent for all the obvious reasons, and mostly because it’s a graphic representation of your personal history, which is one of the best reasons to create!
    I join the others in raising a cupcake to you!!!

  13. amanda says:

    Oh, that was so much fun! I loved going back and looking at all your projects over the past year, you truly are an inspiration, Hillary! Happy Blogiversary! (I ended up getting 9 out of 12, so no go! So close!).

  14. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations on finishing the beautiful quilt and blogging for one year! What a perfect celebration. The people who won those pincushions must have eagle eyes. So fun that we went from discussing how to execute this pattern to it becoming a finished product. Hats off! Jennifer, ya know, the one in Japan

  15. michelle says:

    YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME… I’ve spent the last two and a half hours going through the archives finding all the fabrics, I only had two to go and at least 5 people beat me! Ugh! Rats!
    Oh well, it’s not a total loss… I did end up with a lot of fun inspiration. I love your site Hillary, congrats on the blogiversary!
    (and, p.s., I work in an office. It is very hard to look through archives that look like absolutely nothing work related for this long!)

  16. kim says:

    Yay! I can’t believe I won.
    Personally, as a lurker who reads this blog everyday I didnt find the game all that hard. Alot of the fabrics I remembered seeing recently on this site. Is that weird!
    Congrats to the other winners! I will be sure to send a photo of my little lady when she arrives at my home.

  17. sonia says:

    amzing! how inventive you are! congratulations with your blog aniverssary. i will follow you.. and who knows? maybe next year i’m able to answer correctly and win something…

  18. Stephanie says:

    my kids and I went on a thrifting adventure and I missed the quiz! How thrilled was I to be one of the answers?! Happy blog birthday! Wee wonderfuls is what made me start a craft blog (to post my wee birds). THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all your wonderful inspiration and for sharing your life with us. The quilt is amazing. Brava!

  19. heather says:

    happy blogiversary! I love your quilt, and I love your blog. You are so inspiring and I enjoy popping in each day to see what new and creative things you’re sharing. Happy Day!

  20. JoAnn says:

    Happy blogiversary. Another great quilt. Keep up the inspiration. I have so much fun just checking in each day.

  21. Laural says:

    Beautiful quilt! I have been wanting to make a queen size, but I keep chickening out. I can’t imagine quilting it with my tiny machine.
    Happy Blogiversary! I love seeing your work and knowing that I will always find inspiration here!

  22. michelle says:

    congratulations! Your weblog is a daily read for me and I love all the cute ideas you come up with. Thanks for sharing and making another stay-at-home mommy’s day a little bit brighter too!

  23. Cinnamon says:

    Thank YOU, Hilary. You inspire and encourage with just the presence of this site. You’ve made me push a few skills I was leery of pushing when I saw your enthusiasm and desire to learn. I think we all owe you a pincushion. Or at least some pins. I’m sure many of your’s have gotten bent this past year.

  24. Lily says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for sharing all those great projects, books, fabrics, etc with us!
    I tried to play the game too, but only could answer 3! Keep up those creative ideas, you’re an inspiration!

  25. Lucy says:

    hey Hillary! 🙂 beautiful new layout, and beautiful quilt… and congratulations! I honestly can not believe you’ve only been doing this for ONE YEAR! I was of the impression you were a some kind of blogging veteran, I guess because everything you make and write is so incredible… and you seem so famous in blog land! But no.. you’ve only been here for 1 year… so all I can say is you must be some kind of natural when it comes to this stuff! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your posts with all of us… I always start the day with a visit here – Lucy x

  26. claire says:

    Has it really only been a year Hillary? You are such a linchpin in the craft-blog community! I am so glad you are blogging – I admire your talent, your prolificacy and your sense of style and humour. Thank you for sharing it with all of us and here’s to many more years! CONGRATULATIONS.xx

  27. Siow Chin says:

    Hello from Hong Kong! I’m a first time commentor here. Just want to let you know that I’m truly inspired by your posts and projects although I don’t sew. Looking at the beautiful things you create make me happy.

  28. Shell says:

    Congrats on your bloggoversary! Love your blog – it is constantly fresh and interesting. The quilt is wonderful, just gorgeous, and what a way to mark the occassion. Thanks for being a brilliant craftsperson and source of inspiration!

  29. hannah says:

    happy anniversary hillary! wee wonderfuls was also my first crafty blog read and inspired me to start sewing and my own blog. i found creativity that i didnt know i had, and it gave me another dimension that i was sorely lacking. thank you so much for all your inspiration! i will read ww every day you share with us.

  30. jenn says:

    I hope you will be around for many more years to come! your blog has been so inspirational and just a joy to read every day. thanks for sharing all your lovely projects and moments in your life.

  31. Barb says:

    Wow, that is so cool. Great way to utilize scaps, and the design looked relatively simple–strips versus matching up points and corners. I may have to try one.

  32. vicki says:

    I love your blog! The quilts are lovely. May I ask what a “coin” quilt is? I’ve been a quilter for many years, but I’ve never heard of this phrase.

  33. Bettsi says:

    Hillary, Thank YOU! You have been a huge inspiration to me. I wouldn’t have my blog if I hadn’t discovered you. You make crafting fun! Checking in with you each day is one of my favorite things!

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