How it took me 6 years to make a 3-day quilt top

by Nicole

Do you buy supplies for a project with the intention of working on the project right away, but then the supplies sit and sit and sit?

About 6 years ago, I bought a kit online to make the City Park quilt by Cherry House Quilts. I have loved this quilt pattern since I first laid eyes on it. So shortly after my daughter was born, I ordered the kit thinking that having a kit would help expedite the quilting process.


Well, dear friends, the post-pregnancy hormones must have been kicking strong at the time because clearly I was a bit overly ambitious to think that I’d be churning out quilts when I had a newborn and three-year old to take care of. Instead, the kit sat in my closet and every time I saw it, I said to myself, “Oh yeah, I forgot about this. I’ve got to make this some day.”

That day finally came! My newborn is now almost 6 years old and I figured it was time to turn this kit into a quilt.

To my surprise, the top came together in only three days. It helped that the pieces were big and that that each block only had about three to five pieces to sew together.


Although the quilt colors are far from my usual bright pinks and oranges, I’m loving the design – minimal, yet complex. And of course, I’m wondering why in the world it took me so long to make this quick quilt?!?

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Cynthia Marrs January 16, 2017 - 10:08 am

I have dozens of those projects waiting for me. I have a VERY good friend who loves to piece. My true love is the quilting. She has now pieced 5 or 6 of my languishing quilt kits. And I have quilted 4 so far. It’s wonderful to see the kits become reality. A finished (quilted) quilt is “beauty to behold”. I’m retired now. So I have more quilting time. UFOs seem to be pretty common among us “quilt nuts”.

Nicole January 16, 2017 - 11:25 pm

Cynthia, it sounds like you have a wonderful partnership with your friend! And yes, it’s so true that UFOs are pretty ubiquitous among us quilters.

Rosemary Bolton January 16, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Yep, Nicole, you are not alone….. but you already know that.
Going through some areas in our lives in general, has the same characteristics of an archeological dig.
Finding that those projects….
Well, this one was an excellent one to accomplish. Yay, high fives fist bump pshhhhhh
Happy New Year to your whole happy world

Nicole January 16, 2017 - 11:26 pm

Hi Rosemary,
I’m so glad to hear I’m not alone! Yes, archaeological dig is right! Thanks for the encouragement. Happy New Year to you too!

Meredithe January 17, 2017 - 3:47 pm

You’re not alone, Nicole – I have projects like that. No babies as an excuse for me, just distraction from other projects, or samples that need to be made. I’ll get the the others eventually!

Nicole January 26, 2017 - 11:03 pm

Hi Meredithe,
Glad to see I’m not alone! I like your approach. Isn’t it great how “patient” our projects are with us?

Misti Daly January 18, 2017 - 7:41 pm

Hi Nicole, Love the quilt and I hope as I continue to quilt I can get my pieces to join perfectly as yours do. Love seeing your e-mails appear in my in box.
Happy Quilting!

Nicole January 26, 2017 - 11:04 pm

Aww, Misti! Thanks for the kind words. My work is by no means perfect, but I’m trying to focus on enjoying the process. Happy stitching to you!

karen s January 20, 2017 - 12:48 pm

If it’s any comfort, even 68 yo sewists find lots of reasons to procrastinate–even without little ones under foot!

Nicole January 26, 2017 - 11:04 pm

Lol, Karen! What will I use as an excuse after the kiddos are all grown up?!?

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