Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Welll, the little one arrived and she's absolutely beautiful. This is the same couple who I gave a wedding quilt to when they got married a couple years ago, so I figured it was only appropriate to give their new little bundle of joy a quilt too!
Now, getting married and going on a honeymoon didn't give me a lot of time to put something together, so thank goodness for some really cute cheater panels!
Such a cute theme and hopefully one they like for the newest member of their family! (And another UFO challenge item complete!)
Monday, September 6, 2010
But, a quilt larger than 20 x 20? Never happened. Until now.
A couple of years ago, I was in a small quilt shop when I came across a kit. I'd never purchased a quilt kit before then, and I'd actually never used batik fabrics. I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone, and picked up the kit. I thought it was really cool, and something completely different than anything I've done.
So, here's the final project! I'm pretty proud of it myself.
Now, just to figure out what the heck to do with it! It doesn't match anything in my house, but I think it's really cool. Maybe my office? It used to be a supply closet (no joke), so I'm afraid the quilt will overpower my little area in the world!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
To start this effort to finish up all my UFO's, I tackled a project that is long overdue. For one of my mom's big birthdays, I put together a quilt top. Mom loves all things Americana, and I'd been collecting red, white and cream prints for a while. I put together the top and presented it to her for the birthday. I had just started hand quilting it, and hadn't accounted for how long it would take.
Fast forward a couple of years (yes, I really am that far behind) and I finally got all the hand quilting done. Mom and Dad visited in early August and I was finally able to present to her the final project! SCORE!
So here it is...
And the hand quilting that took me so long to finish...
Saturday, September 4, 2010
After getting back from the honeymoon and unpacking some great wedding gifts, I took stock of all my unfinished projects. I promised myself I would get through them as quickly as possible. And, so, I hunkered down over the month of July to get them done!
Now, I was hoping I'd get them done during the summer, but August quickly crept up on me and I found myself consumed by a 19-day work week with 15-18 hour days. So, I got through some of the projects, but not all of them.
So, rather than abandon the project by saying, well the summer's over, I'm going to keep going.
This July I completed several items:
- Mom's Americana Quilt
- Batik Color Sample Quilt
- ABC Baby Quilt
I look forward to blogging about these finishes soon and posting some photos of my industriousness.
But, for the rest of 2010, I'm going to focus on the other UFOs/WIPs in my life, including:
- Flower Power Pillows
- Quilt Along Quilt
- Christmas Embroidery Quilt
- Wedding Autograph Quilt
- In-Laws Surprise Quilt
- Pizza Box Challenge Quilt
Now, I'm sure there are others, but those are the big ones. I've got to fit in completing some projects to sell at my Quilt Guild's quilt show, as well as some Christmas presents, but I'm not letting myself cut into the beautiful fabrics I've purchased over the past year until those are done! (And my, those are tempting - my birthday presents from my parents was a shopping trip to a local quilt shop, so I had to tuck all my purchases away in a drawer to keep from tempting myself!)
Wish me luck as I embark upon this adventure! Hope I can keep to my promise of not starting something new!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
For months I'd been working secretly - when he was at work, at church, etc. - to make him a quilt. He'd been asking ever since I started quilting when I was going to make him one, so I figured there would be no better time to! He walked in a couple of times while I was working on it, so I was certain he knew what I was up to and was just sparing my feelings.
But, turns out he had no clue. So, on our wedding day, he opened my gift and found this...
The colors are a little bit off - it was sunny out taking the photos, but I found lots of fabrics that are his favorite colors - blues, greens and browns. I actually had been collecting them for several years now. Some of the backing is leftover fabric I had from a Williamsburg quilt I made for another friend's wedding.