It feels so nice to finish up a quilt. I often feel like doing a big happy dance after I finish sewing the binding onto a quilt, or better yet, when I pull a brand new, washed and finished quilt out of the dryer. It's sappy to say, but it's really cool to make something out of a stack of fabric.
This quilt is going up to Connecticut for my sister-in-law and her family. I'm sure they'll put it to good use, what with the ridiculous cold weather up there and such.
I began piecing this quilt using a Thimbleblossoms pattern, Wild Thing, though I wound up only adding one border rather than 2.
I really like the fun feeling the whirlygiggle blocks give to this quilt. I adore Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas line, and it worked really beautifully in these blocks. I love the whimsical feeling of this line, it's just so darling.
I'm debating whether or not I should encourage my sister-in-law to open this quilt up before the holidays so they can enjoy it longer. I'm planning on getting it in the mail right after Thanksgiving.
Size: 55" x 60"
Fabrics: 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics and Kona Meringue
Quilting: Meandering stipple stitch in cream thread
Argh Moment: Thread! While I was quilting, my thread was not cooperating. I had my thread break no less than 8 times, which never happened before on my machine. After cleaning out my machine, the problem continued, so I Googled it, and found that when it doubt, replace the needle. So I did, and all was well. Lesson learned!
Yay Moment: Finally feeling confident when adding the border, certain that it was measured correctly and would line up just right.
By the way, this is what happens when you take a toddler with you to a quilt photo shoot. Insanity ensures!
I'm linking up to a Christmas online quilt show, hosted by Sew Cal Gal, so if you're into holiday quilts, make sure to check it out!
Monday, November 15, 2010