You know how when you’re doing a big project, it’s a good idea to celebrate the success of each stage? That’s how I feel about quilts. The basic stages are:
1. Piecing the top
Each of these three relatively simple steps take a lot of commitment and dedication for each stage. So I like to celebrate when I finish each step.
So today I want to show you my finished quilt top! I might still put a border on it, but I needed to put my quilting mess away. So I finished this much. The blocks were fairly easy to put together (I used this pattern as a guide). The hard part was trimming each square to the same size. That part was tedious. After that, it was a snap to sew the rows and columns together. I love the way this is progressing.
I hope to get the quilting done in the next week or so. Wish me luck!
What projects have you finished? Please share!
For your consideration today, here is the largest quilt that I have ever completed. This is a twin-size quilt that I made as a Christmas present. I finished it on December 24th! Just in time. *grin* I was able to snap a few pictures before I had to wrap it up. The lighting wasn’t great, so the coloring isn’t true, but I think it looks beautiful anyway. And the recipient loves it, so that is the important thing.
Here is the pattern. This is actually the only quilt pattern that I have used (I have made 3.5 of them so far! [Don't ask about the 0.5]). It’s quick, easy, and fuss-free, so if you are looking to begin quilting, I highly recommend this pattern.
On a related note, I have been reading a lot of ambitious New Year’s resolutions lists online. Resolutions aren’t really my thing. If I want to make a change or take on a challenge, I usually just go for it rather than wait until the date is 1-1. Anyway, I do like the idea of creating one thing per week for 2011. And since I have this little blog here, I think that my Show & Tell will be my accountability. This isn’t too rigid and there aren’t really any rules. But just look forward to seeing something fun and beautiful here every Thursday for 2011.
So what have you all been up to? Please comment and share what you have been creating lately.