Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Couple Random Quilt Finishes

Although I've been busy making quilts, I can't show them on my blog yet. They are for a variety of quilting magazines and I need to wait until the issues are published. But I did get two small quilts finished.

The first quilt top is from a book of star quilts by Alex Anderson. I probably made the quilt top in about 2005 or 2006. I made it on a whim, completely from scraps and fat quarters in my stash. Even the backing was pulled from my stash. But it never warranted paying a longarm quilter to quilt it.

Flash forward about ten years when I had a Handi Quilter HQ Avante equipped with Pro-Stitcher for computerized quilting. This became the perfect quilt top to practice digital quilting with Pro-Stitcher. It was the first top I quilted with Pro-Stitcher.

There were a few missteps and boo-boos, but when I looked at it a few weeks ago, I realized the mistakes aren't all that obvious. So I decided to bind it and call it DONE!

My other finish was a Schnibble pattern by Carrie Nelson (aka Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.).

I had previously used this fabric to make a baby quilt for a nephew's new baby (she's now about 10 years' old). I had enough leftover fabric to take it to the Winter Quilt Fest several years ago where I was taking classes from Carrie Nelson. (NOTE: I try to NOT buy new fabric for retreat classes since unfortunately there's often no guarantee that I'll finish the quilt when I get home.)

But, I did finish this one -- at least the quilt top. Then last fall, probably six or seven years after finishing the quilt top, I decided to quilt it. I knew that there would be baby girls born to nieces and nephews that would need a new quilt. (And three babies are due this spring -- one of which we know for sure will be a girl.) So, last week I finally got the binding on the quilt and my mom happily hand-stitched it to the back of the quilt.

Add these two random finishes to the three quilts for magazines I've finished, and my year-to-date quilts number five. Not too bad for the first six weeks of 2018.

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