Friday, June 27, 2008

Finish Five Challenge

Hooray !

Here is my first "Finish Five Challenge". This is the baby quilt I have been working on. It is a little late, but the baby is not here yet, so to me that is on time.

I ended up cutting back about 2" from the original size of the borders I had added. They were overwhelming the quilt a little.

This is a detail of some of the quilting. I did hearts for the first time in the white sashing. I like how they turned out.

I used my walking foot in the border. For some reason I hate to quilt borders. I think it is the idea of all that space still left to quilt after you have already done so much. This fits the quilt I think. I showed the best corner. The others are not so good!

I am also working on another project. I put it on the back burner a few months ago and kind of forgot about it. When I am finishing projects and doing a lot of borders, bindings and quilting, I always miss piecing. So I pulled this out to work on for a break.

This design is called Double Pinwheel. The fabric is Moda Picket Fences that I got a few years ago. The big fat quarter stack. I am loving this fabric. It is so fun to work with coordinating fat quarters sometimes. You can't make mistakes matching fabric!
The pattern is in this book by Evelyn Sloppy. I love this book. I could make every quilt in here. One thing I have learned lately from blogging is to look beyond the picture in the book. I have always followed the authors suggestions to a T, including color choices. Other bloggers have showed to me it is ok to be adventuresome and change color combos, etc to suit yourself. Elementary quilting to some, but it has taken be a long time to get to this point. So I am pulling out some older books and "rediscovering" some patterns I thought I would never make. It is like having all new books all over again. Do you know what I mean?
This is the quilt as it appears in Evelyn's book. I am not sure yet how I am going to do my borders. My quilt is going to be more scrappy looking thanks to the jumbo fat quarter stack.

Believe it or not I have more pics but I will save them for a later post. Those of you who stuck with my through today's ramblings, well thanks.

Have a great quilting day. I am doing a little quilting today. A little lunch with the girls and a lot of quilting (hopefully) this weekend. 110 degrees here. Good to be inside.



Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Donna....just beautiful, and the quilting

Rhonda said...

Lovely quilt! Congrats on the finish! I have a baby top of the same pattern that I'll finish up too for the challenge.
And that book is great!

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on getting your first challenge quilt done. Very pretty! Hope Benji enjoys his cool summer look :)

Christine said...

Your baby quilt looks great. Adore those Simplicty fabrics.

Jo Jo said...

Hi Donna, Your quilting looks great. I am to scared to even try. I really like your quilt. It has my favourite fabrics in it too. Jo x

Knot Garden said...

Beautiful baby quilt and beautiful quilting. I love the colours of the blocks in the Picket Fence fabrics. Changing the look of the pattern will make your version unique.

Kathy Wagner said...

Congratulations on your finishes! I really enjoy seeing your photos, especially the close ups of the quilting - love it!