Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Finishes

2012 has definitely been a productive year for me. I managed to finish Dave's quilt, which was actually my first finished quilt!

I also finished a tree skirt for my Christmas tree (useless this year since I had to move back in with my parents) but I also finished one for Dave's tree at his apartment.
Both used this pattern - the Speedy Spiral Tree Skirt.  It's super easy to make, and super cute!
I finished 2 UFO's that have been hanging around for a while.  My disappearing 9 patch that I started last November
And also my Pennsylvania Pavement quilt using fabric I bought on my study abroad trip in Africa.
Not a bad year for me considering I haven't finished anything before!
I'm interested to see how much I can get done in 2013. I have MANY projects that I've been buying fabric for but haven't even started yet.  Not to mention the 4 Judy Niemeyer patterns I bought! Haha, it will be a busy year if I can stay on top of things :)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

My first FINISHED quilt!

This is my first finished quilt! It's actually the third one that I started, but first done :) It was a present for Dave :) He worked really hard this year for his new job and I figured he deserved a bit of handmade love :)
It is a pattern called Opposites Attract by Anka's Treasures. You use 2.5" strips and a 60degree triangle ruler.
Picking fabric was really hard for this. I wanted blues and greens (his favorite colors) but no flowers or anything girly.
I even found him fabric that had fish on because he loves to fish!
I wanted a simple pattern for the quilting because my machine isn't really set up for quilting (mainly because I don't have a walking foot...) I did a hexagon shape inside the outer hexagon and a triangle inside the inner hexagon. Here it is from the front:
And also from the back:
The tricky part was the binding! Honestly there wasn't one single right angle on this entire thing. I am also not a fan of inner corners now! Not what you should try the first time you have to put binding on.
The hand stitching may not be the best, but for my first time hand stitching it should hold up pretty good. The night before I gave it to him I spent 7 hours hand stitching the binding to make sure that I got it done. My hand was definitely cramping by the end of those 7 hours. But now I know to not procrastinate for the next one! All in all I was really happy with how it turned out. Frustrating along the way at times, but I think he really liked it :) I'm proud of my work! :) And I am super proud of Dave and his accomplishments and I know he deserved this special gift :)