Finished quilt: Day Dreaming by Cozy Quilt Designs

I finished a quilt last month. Amazing when you think about how busy I’ve been with birthday, ALA in Chicago, trip to Vegas and adding in an exercise regime.

In the past I’ve gone to The Granary in Sunnyvale for their monthly Happy Hour. Relax, it’s not a bar. It’s a quilt shop. I started going to force myself to expand my quilting horizons… And that it has.

Happy Hour gives you a pattern and most of the fabric for a quilt. Everyone gets the same fabric, but you make it your own with the addition of a background, borders and binding. I’ve made quilts in patterns and colors that I wouldn’t typically try, like Day Dreaming by Cozy Quilt.

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The colors in the quilt are definitely not my style, but that’s the point, right? Unfortunately they look washed out in all the photos I’ve taken, but they’re not. They’re really much richer than they appear.

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Here’s a close up so you can see what I mean. Also, you can see my quilting.

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And here’s the borders and binding. The backing is a buttery yellow flannel so it’s nice and soft.

Still not my style, but I’m glad I’m branching out. 🙂

July project #2

I officially finished the second project for July 2012 tonight when I buried the last thread and attached a label. This project has been sitting in my queue for quite awhile. I won the fabric for the top and the pattern during a shop hop a few years ago. I guess I never really had a reason to sew it together until now.

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This baby quilt was made for a coworker (and I say friend after all of the help/concern he displayed today) of DH’s. The friend, K, and his wife M are expecting their first baby at the end of August. They’ll be having a little girl.

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I found a tutorial online for making these cute flowers. And I decided to alternate with hearts. I didn’t know what to do with the border, so I stitched along the wavy pattern to create a little interest.

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I chose a cute little frog print for the back so K and M could have a break from all the pink they’re sure to receive at tomorrow’s baby shower.

So, here’s to your new baby, guys! I hope she’s beautiful and healthy and that she brings you both all the joy in the world!

February 2012 Project

I actually pieced this one in November (I think). I remembered last week that I had the stuff I needed to quilt it up! So, here’s my February quilt.

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January Project

As some of you may know, one of my goals for 2012 is to finish a quilting or sewing project each month.  I had a few different options for projects, but I decided to finish one that I started in November.  I had most of the fabric (including the backing!) in my stash at that time.  There were a few yards purchased in the November Shop Hop so that I would have enough to complete the quilt.  I quickly pieced the top in those bright inks and greens I currently love so much.  I sandwiched the top, batting and back together and got to quilting.  I got the whole thing quilted and THEN turned it over to survey the back… and was horrified.  Soooo many mistakes.  Mistakes I would have caught had I checked the back WHILE I was quilting.

I decided to leave the bulk of the terrible quilting and pull out the most offensive portions.  It took 3 days to pull out the quilting in the border (the worst spot).  And then I was so disgusted I didn’t want to look at the stupid thing.  So it sat on the sofa, reminding me of my mistake.  By the time I finally got the gumption to re-quilt the border I’d fallen while jogging and everything hurt.  The blanket sat there some more until I decided to finish it for my January project.

So here it is, in all its error filled glory:

Springy pink and green quilt

 

A closeup of the problematic border

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