Friday, 30 July 2021

Nearly Insane revisited

About six years ago my mum started to make a Nearly Insane quilt.

I told her at the time that she had to finish it before she died, because I didn't want to have to finish it for her! That seems a bit harsh now, but back then she was only 75 and she was still doing a lot of quilting.  



Recently mum pulled all her blocks out again, and decided to add some sashing and be done with it.  Don't worry, I get it, and I wouldn't have pieced all those blocks either. 

Of course when we buy a book with many blocks in it we think we'll make them all, but then reality sets in and we lose interest.  I think mum's limited colour scheme of blue and white might have made it a bit harder too, although the version that inspired her to make this quilt was red and white - click here to see the red and white version made by Frances Meredith in UK



It's a great quilt, but it does require a high level of commitment.  At least mum's abbreviated version will be finished before Christmas I hope.

Here's a photo of the book incase any of you feel the urge to piece a lot of tiny blocks.  




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11 comments:

Gretchen Weaver said...

Finished is better than not finished! Her blue & white quilt will be lovely! I made a Nearly Insane after I finished my Dear Jane. The NI was more challenging than DJ! Those two quilts cured my liking of making small blocks with lots of pieces! Happy stitching!

piecefulwendy said...

What size are the blocks? They sure are pretty! The book title cracks me up!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I had that book and another of hers called Just Plain Nuts -- I was going to make both of them - but then I made 2 Dear Jane quilts and I decided I would be just plain nuts if I went on to make both of those quilts too - I passed the books off to another quilter :)

Susan said...

This one is definitely a commitment - kudos to you!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Oh such pretty blocks in this quilt. So glad you are working to finish this abbreviated version soon. Love it in the blue. Happy quilting and thank you for hosting the link party.

Susan Snooks said...

Maybe you would go insane completing all those blocks. I do like the blue and white blocks though! How tiny are those blocks I wonder?

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I have that book, MAYBE….. You Mum’s quilt looks very nice. And yes- I am 75% finished with the Stonefields blocks, but have made absolutely ZERO progress in the last 2 years! Hugs

PaintedThread said...

Very pretty. And good to have done, regardless!

Unknown said...

Thank you for posting this! It's beautiful. I too have an unfinished Nearly Insane UFO, started in 2005, about 80 blocks completed, and resting quietly in a bin under the bed. Maybe this will be the year I get it out and finish it somehow!

Carol Andrews said...

This is going to be a pretty quilt when it is done. I do love 2 colour quilts.

cityquilter grace said...

i love the nearly insane quilt but i did the 365 and that just about cured me of doing little blocks...beautiful blocks tho...