Friday, November 4, 2011

Finish It Up Friday

This post is inspired by Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts - I've been looking forward to having something to post all week!

I FINALLY finished a quilted I started, ummm (should I really admit this?), several years ago and had it quilted by a local long-arm quilter (Brenda Garrison of Brookhaven Quilt Studio) almost two years ago. Quilted TWO YEARS PEOPLE! Beyond ridiculous I know. But we moved and I was a little busy with the kid and you know how it goes, right? Please tell me I'm not the only one who does stuff like this...

But I realized with this project that there is always one key thing that's stopping me and if I can get over THAT then it's usually a quick finish. Initially with this quilt it was the quilting - this is way bigger than anything I've quilted. After looking at the quilt sandwich being moved from spot to spot in my sewing room I realized that the actual quilting is my least favorite part of making a quilt. So I paid to have it quilted - wonderful decision! Brenda does beautiful and reasonable work and I'll be using her services again. Then it was the bias binding and curved edges. I used a June Tailor curved ruler to draw the curves on the edges and I've already posted a link to the continuous bias tape tutorial that I used. Once I decided to get over my fears and just get on with it, the quilt that I started almost three years ago was done in less than a week. A lesson to be learned for sure - get over myself and get busy. These are all Heather Bailey fabrics and the Big Print Pattern I purchased on etsy. This has been washed and dried and is now laying on the back of the couch waiting to be snuggled under and I could not love it anymore. LOVE! I think the colors might also be nice on H's bed or for a picnic that it's done there are so many possible uses for it :-)

I also finished this table runner that I started back in January. The hold up on this one? My fear of free motion quilting. I decided to just do some straight line quilting on this and get it DONE for crying out loud. I'm planning on practicing my FMQ on some small doll quilts for H (she won't notice or care hoe wonky they are, right?). I had been wanting to try this Bento pattern so I used a jelly roll of fabric that I wasn't in love with but I think it goes pretty well with the color of our dining room. It looks kind of small on our giant table, another thing to think about next time I make a runner (a little wider would look better). But still TWO finishes in one week?! I am on fire people, on fire!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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