Figuring out how to balance sewing time and blogging time is going to take some work it seems!
Last Wednesday I completed my first quilt of 2011!
2010 was definitely a year of starting projects. I'm hoping that 2011 will be a year of completing projects.
This fabric is much more "girly" than what (I think) I am usually attracted to. I prefer dark colors, and I live in a house full of males, so there isn't a lot of pretty going on around here.
I originally bought just the charm pack at one of my favorite quilt shops, Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, WI. But they had this quilt on display, and I couldn't get it out of my head, so I went back and they were kind enough to let me return the charm pack and purchase the kit to make this quilt.
I've had the top done and stuffed away for awhile. I waited until I bought a free motion foot and used it to practice my stipple quilting. It is far from great, and I wouldn't even call it good, but I tend to be hard on myself.
The kit included a striped fabric for the binding. I have seen some quilts with striped binding that look amazing, and I have two planned for the future, but I didn't feel like that fabric brought the whole quilt together very well. The nine-patch squares are quite vibrant, but the borders are rather bland. So I purchased a pink from the same fabric line and I love the way it brought the whole quilt together.
And now...my boys are asleep...so I have a quilt top to finish. And with any luck, I'll blog about it in fewer that five days this time.