Low Volume Love

A Finish! A miracle!  Wow, did I need that!  You know what? I really love quilting.  For real.  It’s funny to me that finishing a quilt can make me so happy.  I like making little projects here and there, but what I really love is making a quilt!  This one was so easy and quick so it makes me love it even more! 

It obviously isn’t all low-volume, but most of the prints are.  There is at least white or off-white in each print to some degree and the overall feel seems very soft and low key.  It’s the kind of quilt that makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and take a break from the daily grind!
I used a light grey print with white swirls on it to keep with the low-volume theme, it has been sitting in my stash for a while, so it was about time I put it to use.  I chose grey for the backing as well.
Okay, let’s talk about the backing.  I have this problem; if you’ve been visiting for a while, you’ll now this it just one of many.  You see, people will warn me not to do something, and there is just something in me that wonders, “why”?  I’m good at using common sense and not doing anything stupid or dangerous….but when it is something silly, I usually have to find out why for myself.   I know, nice, right?  So, the backing on this quilt is a sheet.  Yep.  A sheet.  Not a fancy sheet, but a sheet from Target.  I know you’re not “supposed” to do this, but I wanted to check it out for myself.  So, far I’m good with the whole thing.  The sheet is soft, the thread count is fine, it’s not too thin, it’s decent quality cotton, it washed well….so I guess we’ll wait and see what happens. 
Right now, my littlest bit is curled up in it on the couch, you know I’m loving  that!  I was sitting with her thinking how much I love the size and look of it that I’m going to start making another one!  That just makes me a happy girl!
I couldn’t resist putting in a shot of little Miss Buffy Pants today, she joined me in the yard to take pictures of the quilt.  She is a heavy breed, Buff Orpington, hence the name, and she is just the fattest, fluffiest biddy ever.  She loves to be around her family, so it’s just adorable that she comes out to visit whenever she sees me. 
This is our last week of summer break.  This time of year is always so hard for me, there is so much school planning to do and the thought of getting back into the School Year routine just makes me want to cry and gets my eyes all twitchy.  I kind of turn into a spaz. 

When it gets like this I want to hide in my sewing studio and ignore all the other stuff that really needs to be done.  But not this week, it’s nose to the grindstone time.  Hopefully, I will fit in a little bit of sewing here and there.

I hope you get to Sew tons of Awesomeness this week though! 


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69 thoughts on “Low Volume Love

  1. I have always been curious about sheets. They say not to use them but then people are collecting vintage sheets to make into quilts. Color me confused.

    1. I know! Me too! We’ll see how this goes I guess! I’m not brave enough to put one on the back of a quilt I’m giving away yet, but if this goes well….maybe. :)

    1. To be honest Sarah, I just don’t know. That’s what I think too, but the only way to really find out is to give it a go, right? So I will keep y’all posted on how it works up! :)

      1. Hey Girl! You know I did! I love your new blog makeover! It is so bright and cheerful! I had tried to link over from your button and the link didn’t work, so I knew you were up to stuff over there! It looks great and your new button is on my sidebar! Love it! :)

    1. Thanks so much for coming by Erika! I am so sad that the summer is coming to an end….it just seems like we started having fun and now we have to go get all serious again! Bummer! I am heading over to link up! Thanks for stopping by! :)

    1. I always love hearing from you Ana! I’m so glad that you stopped in. Your latest sweater is just gorgeous! I wish I could knit like that! You know I started learning, and I’ve knitted a few things, but to finish as quickly and as beautifully as you do….amazing! Take Care and enjoy all that sunshine!

    1. Thanks T’onna! I appreciate you popping in! I’m really starting to like the scrappy look, it’s kind of a change for me, but I’m digging it too! :)

    1. Okay, Gemma….have you used sheets before? I found that to be the case when I was using this sheet….it was like popping through plastic a little bit. Very much like when you sew over the paper to perforate it before hand on a paper piecing project. When I took a pic of it from behind after it was finished, you could see that the holes were bigger, as the light was shining right through them. Hmmmmm. I’m thinking, that’s not a good thing. I guess we’ll see! Thanks for stopping in!

    1. Kelly! Any one can sew! I feel like like Chef Gusteau in the movie Ratatouille! His whole deal, is “Anyone can cook!” I feel the same way about sewing! Anyone can sew! I promise, it’s not magic! You just jump right in and give it a go! I will be rooting you on ! Thanks for stopping in! :)

  2. First time I’ve visited and I love your quilt. Reading today makes me so sad. Your Miss Buffy Pants is so pretty. I got an early, early morning text yesterday from my sister-in-law saying that all 4 of her beautiful buff’s were all dead. I ran over (we live in sub divisions across the street from each other). It was a mess, something (either a bobcat, fox, feral cat or raccoon) had gotten in during the night and slaughtered, not just killed, every one of them. Of course the hubs and I cleaned everything up, I wouldn’t let her go back there. It’s so sad, because they weren’t just chickens, they were loved pets. She raised them from one week old and they were giving her beautiful light brown eggs in return. We are all from farms as we were growing up, but it was still an ordeal. She is very sad. I guess I just had to share with someone. I love your quilt, don’t stop, this is a tradition that needs to be kept alive. Best wishes to you.

    1. Cindy, I sent you an email, I hope you got it….it was just too long and I totally get how you feel. We have lost several of ours to a fox and a wild dog (right in front of my kiddos, as they followed me out to help me get rid of the dog)it was awful. I know, the whole thing just makes me sad. Thanks for stopping in and thanks for sharing with me. Take Care….:)

    1. How does that work out for you Marianne? Do you find that using the sheets works just fine or can you totally tell a difference in the quality of the fabric? I’m thinking about using them for my quilts, the ones for our home…just to save some extra cash! Always a good thing! :)

  3. Thank you for linking your beautiful quilt to the In and Out of the Kitchen party. I love quilting, but in the summer I don’t usually get too much of it done. I am usually in the garden (or in the kitchen) I hope to see you at the party next week also. I am now wanting to get to my sewing machine!

    I will be sharing this on pinterest and my facebook page!

    1. Thanks for coming by Cynthia and thanks so much for sharing my quilt. I’m finding the same thing…I’m not getting as much sewing done this summer as I thought I would! I thought without all the school craziness I would have more time…now I look back at that and just laugh. Didn’t happen! Thanks again! :)

    1. You’re braver than me! I’m keeping mine in the house! I want to see how it turns out after a lot of use first! Maybe then I’ll work up to using them on gift quilts! :)

    1. Thanks Amira! I am super happy! I love a finish, especially one that I made just for fun! I’m glad you like our little Buff, she is a sweetie and super cute and puffy too! Thanks for coming by! :)

  4. Love the quilt! I have never made one, but considered using a sheet for the backing too! Love the Buff! They are a great breed and make me understand why someone would want to keep chickens!

  5. It’s so pretty and looks like it would be so nice to cuddle up with even in the summer months. Especially!! w/ that sheet backing. I have only made small baby quilts, but I absolutely LOVE using a sheet backing. I had one growing up so I just have to use it. The front is usually a very warm soft material, and then the back a cool sheet material. I think it’s perfect. I guess I should check into WHY you are not supposed to use a sheet? it probably won’t stop me though! ;) Great job!

    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner

    1. Thanks Gina! That makes me feel better. I know it’s iffy because the quality of the sheet cotton is just so different from the quilting cotton used for the top. The difference can cause problems in quality and shrinkage/shape when you wash it. I think it also wears differently! We’ll see. I’m like you….I want to see the difference for myself, so why not give it go? Only time will tell! Thanks for coming by! :)

  6. I am starting my first quilt. I am so excited…or maybe it’s obsessed! I cannot wait to finish it! I already have my next one planned out.

    1. I hope you will send me a picture when you’re done! The first quilt is super special and playing with all the fabric and color can be addicting! You’ll be just like the rest of us fabric, quilting obsessed ladies sharing our finished quilts with each other online! It’s a ton of fun! Enjoy yourself and share it when you’re done! ;)

  7. Dropping by from N&T Thursday and TGIFF I love that you used a sheet to back this quilt and it looks fabulous all washed and crinkly and ready to snuggle and hug. Miss Buffy Pants is to die for! Enjoy your last week of the summer holidays :)

    1. Thanks Chrissie, I like the way it looks all crinkled up too. It makes me want to snuggle up! My littlest one has claimed this one as hers and she is curled up in it every chance she gets! That’s why I love this whole quilting thing…it’s the love that just keeps getting passed on! I love Miss Buffy Pants too…she is seriously the fattest, fluffiest Chicken I have ever seen. She makes me think of an lady wearing bloomers! Too funny! Thanks for stopping in! XO, :)

  8. I’d love to have you share this or any of your amazing posts at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It starts Friday’s at 6pm, hope we see you there!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tracy! I sure will head on over! I appreciate the invite, and the work you do to keep a party up and going! It’s no small feat! Thanks Again! XO, Kim :)

  9. I love the colors of your quilt – it makes me want to curl up and read a book tucked in that quilt.

    When I do any of my projects, I say, “my project, my way” and I do what I want.

    1. I like that Carol….”my project, my way”. That’s a great way to approach a project! It is yours and should bring you joy! I love it! Thanks for coming by! XO, Kim :)

    1. Thank you so much Rose! I sure am glad you like it! My hubs actually walked through the family room last night, where my littlest was all cuddled up in it and commented that so far, this one is his favorite…I have to confess, it’s mine too. I really appreciate that you chose it for a feature! That just makes me smile! XO, Kim :)

  10. Hi Kim, love the colors in this quilt. I bet the sheet will be just fine. I made my first born a bedspread out of sheets years ago. She will turn 40 on Christmas and guess what? She still has it and uses it. She has even bleached it a ton. A bit worn around the edges, but she won’t give it up. I just finished a quilt and took it to be quilted. Not my favorite. I started it a year ago and put it up because I didn’t love it. Thought I might as well ‘get er done’. Nice to get it out of the sewing room. That’s my goal, to finish all of my unfinished projects. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jann and thanks for the insight! I’m really glad to hear that the quilt is holding up after all this time, but even more glad to hear how much it is cherished and loved! That’s just the best, isn’t it? I know how it is to not love something you’ve put to much time and energy into….maybe once it’s quilted and you get it back, you might just love it! It might just all come together, but having a finish is a good thing nevertheless! Right? Thanks again for visiting! XO, Kim ;)

  11. Such a beautiful little quilt! And I’ve had good luck using sheets for backings – so hopefully it will continue to work out for both of us! Whoop whoop for a lovely finish!

    1. That seems to be the consensus Sarah…everyone seems to have had an okay time using the sheet. So, I’m going to just go with it! Thanks for the Whoop Whoop! I just love that! Thanks for stopping in! XO, Kim :)

  12. I am not a quilter or a sewer, but totally admire girls that do it. It takes alot of patience and precision. Yeah for completing your project, looks awesome! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays!

    Krista @joyfulhealthyeats

    1. Thanks for taking the time to come by and be such an encouragement! That’s just awesome, and I love awesome! Thanks for the party each week! I know it takes a lot of time and effort to maintain! So thanks! XO, Kim :)

    1. Marilyn, your quilt is just beautiful! I love the whole feminine shabby feel it has. I’m glad to hear you use sheets like this and you don’t have any trouble. I know a lot of ladies are using vintage sheets right now, so that’s what made me think, why not? I’m actually pretty excited about the whole thing! Thanks for stopping by! XO, Kim :)

  13. I’ve only made 3 quilts and have not tried using a sheet, but have thought about it. The biggest reason I”m tempted is that it’s already the right size (i hate cutting large pieces of fabric.). Your quilt turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organize 31.

    1. Thanks Susan for stopping by! I love your blog, you have so much helpful content over there! I appreciate it and I’m over there alllll the time! I’m with you on the sheet thing and not having to cut or piece the backing. After all the positive responses I’ve had, I think I’m going to keep going with it! Thanks Again! XO, Kim :)

  14. The thing about using sheets is that they are hard to hand quilt through when the thread count is high so I think that is where the warning comes from. Your quilt looks fabulous,though!

    1. Aaaahhhh, that’s interesting Stephanie. It does definitely feel different even when I’m machine quilting it. The holes that the needle makes are bigger in the sheet part. It’s almost like it’s “punching” through instead of sewing. It will be interesting to see if it effects how the quilt holds up! Thanks for the insight! XO, Kim :)

    1. Thanks a ton for the invite and for stopping by! I headed over to link up and to have a good laugh! It looks like y’all had a fun weekend! Thanks! XO, Kim :)

  15. I love this great quilt! The diamond pattern quilting is wonderful and I truly love all the great fabrics you matched together. I don’t think I would have paired them, but they work flawlessly! Love it and I am featuring your fabulous work @ Great Idea Thursday’s! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  16. I just started quilting so I have got to know why nit use a sheet on your quilt. To me that makes perfect sense to use one…especially a vintage sheet. And what sewing machine do you use? I am looking for one but am on a limited budget and don’t want to spend much on a starter machine. Thanks!

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