Baby Quilt Marathon Training

My friend Gail at Quilting Gail is hosting a baby quilt marathon.  Instead of running 26.2 miles, the idea was to devote 26.2 hours to baby quilts.  Sewing them, quilting them, designing them or whatever your heart desires as long as the topic is baby quilts.

Baby Quit Marathon

Picture courtesy of Quilting Gail‘s website

Baby Quilt Focus

It’s never too difficult to get us to focus on baby quilts!  Be it for a marathon or a 5k walk/run, we love making baby quilts.  While we may or may not have made the 26.2 total hours needed for the marathon, we definitely got in more than a half-marathon.  That is pretty darn impressive itself, don’t you think.  Right?!  It turns out that we weren’t all that great at keeping a tally of time accurately.

Marathon Accomplishments

  • We picked out the fabrics for the Cind-erella baby quilt
  • The HSTs were sewn and pressed as well as all the applique pieces traced and applied to the light blue background
  • Plan B on the HSTs and more trimming ensued
  • Applique started with the two steeds complete and the carriage started
  • Another Dumbo baby quilt cut and layered for quilting
  • Sashing applied to the second-to-last Dr. Suess baby quilt
  • Audition possible blocks and fabrics for our beehive request in October

No Finish Marathon

We have no finishes to show for our marathon attempt.  Coincidentally, we also didn’t make a decision about our beehive block but we’re leaning toward Ripples pictured above.  Someone was just lamenting about how easy it is to underestimate the time needed to make a quilt (Ann at Laughing Gas Quilts), and I totally agree.  The two of us are easily swayed away from a topic, even one as simple as selecting fabrics.  We pull all the potential choices and then . . . isn’t there additional choices in the closet.  And there we go – off on a tangent.  Thank you, Gail!  You inspired us to concentrate our focus on baby quilts for a fun-filled fifteen days.


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8 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Congratulations! You did better than I did, and I had two baby quilts sitting here to finish!

  2. chrisknits says:

    At least you were in the race! I didn’t even know about it, so never got off the couch. LOL

  3. quiltinggail says:

    Yeah Roseanne!!! I know you weren’t feeling well, but you did an excellent 1/2 marathon!!! Congratulations!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  4. Hello Roseanne, What a fun challenge! I just started another baby quilt but trying to keep track of the time it takes…I am laughing at the thought of trying to do that along with trying to remember which fabric to cut next at which size! My brain would go into a total meltdown. Ha, Ha, Ha. Baby quilts are so much fun though. I can not wait to see all of the ones you have mentioned! Plus, I keep thinking of Pieceful Wendy and her Squirrel nose to nose…sure wish there were pictures of that one!!! It will be in my thoughts all day and make me giggle and smile all day! Have a marvelous day!!

  5. Dawn Tornes says:

    Oh wow! It is hard to successfully devote a string of time to one goal. I seem to have too many irons going and did someone mention a squirrel?

  6. Well, you know I get distracted, so I’m delighted you joined me in that little adventure, or adventures. Just a moment ago a little squirrel was tickling my nose. I think I’ve successfully shooed him away. We’ll see! Glad you made progress on your baby quilts, despite the HST thing.

  7. Kathleen Scargle McCormick says:

    A marathon success – hooray! It is so true how we get distracted. I think I am going for a quick finish over the next two days as my marathon is going to be a double at least until I finish my August project!! I like that bee block – it would be a great one – but again so many choices.

  8. This was a real eye opener for me. When you hear baby quilt marathon, you imagine how many quilts you can get completed but the reality of it was much harder. I did get 3 finished but I know how you feel. I know you did get a lot accomplished and probably spent a lot more time on them. I guess I forget sometimes how much goes into making a quilt.

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