Tuesday, January 29, 2013

First Finish of 2013

My small quilt goup had a challenge a while ago (noticing a trend?).  We all chose the same pattern, and made a quilt with our own choice of fabric.  Over winter break, I finally got around to fnishing up mine! 

Lucky 13 Quilt

The pattern is "Lucky 13" and I used mainly fabrics from the "Arabesque" line.

Lucky 13 Quilt

I really enjoyed making this quilt and tried some new things with the quilting - including loops and a flower!

I also made my first pieced back...

Lucky 13 Quilt Back

I'm so happy it's finally done.  It's the first big quilt that I'm keeping for myself.  It's in my office now - because I'm always cold.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Final Finish of 2012

This one was a race to the finish.  And I'm a bit ashamed of how long it actually was in the making!

As the clock chimed 11:53 pm on December 31, 2012, I put the final stitch in the binding.  It was a miraculous finish right before the New Year and one I wasn't sure was going to happen. 

Straddling Snowman by gnomemade quilts
Straddling Snowman, a photo by gnomemade quilts on Flickr.
The pattern is by the Wooden Bear and I've made a couple others like it - including two Turkeys, a Santa, and an Uncle Sam.  My mother has been the recipient of one of each, and put in a request last Christmastime for a few more so she'd have one for each season.  They've become a traditional Mother's Day gift, but not always on Mother's Day.  In fact, this one was over six months late!  But it made it up to mom just as Santa was ready to come down and the need for a winter themed one went up!