A Happy Ending

As this year comes to a close, its a perfect time to reflect on the fabulous 2012. This year, I found love, found my best friend, pushed my sanity on a zip line (BTW if you ever have the chance to go zip lining, DO IT!! Its a blast!), and discovered more of who I am. On the quilting side of things, this was my first quilty year; the first year the bug really affected me. I made three quilts this year and each one was a mile marker for me:

Minnie Mouse mini: This was the first quilt I did completely on my own. It was also the first quilt that took me to the State 4-H Quilt Show, as well.

Butterfly Path: This was my first larger quilt and was the first quilt that I actually quilted instead of tied. Shhh, don’t tell the others, but she’s my favorite!

Bright n’ Gay: This was the first quilt that I hand-quilted. It was a long process but it was definitely worth it; hand-quilting is my preferred method of quilting!

As this year comes to a close, let’s raise our needles to a new year of fun, happiness, love, and lots of sewing!

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Live Long and Sew On My Friends….

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A Finish for Friday

It’s such a dreary day up here but all’s well because I finally finished the Orange Quilt!!

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I decided to call this “Bright n’ Gay” because it is the Christmas season and, honestly, I can’t do much brighter!
Bright n’ Gay finishes at around 49″ square… Maybe… Anyway I used a quilting cotton (that I have no clue what it is or who its by) on the front and on the back is a nice, comfy flannel. It is a simple patchwork.

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He is bound in the same green as on the front. The binding really ties everything in and I couldn’t be happier.

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This was the first quilt hat I hand-quilted. Needless to say, there are many mistakes. I like to live by the philosophy that if you can’t see it galloping by on a horse, than its just fine. Works for me!

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Guess who I saw while freezing my butt off to deliver these fabulous photos?

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I think Mr. Cardinal likes it!

I’m so glad this project is done; It was supposed to be a “quick” project I started back in September! O well, I’m glad I get to finally snuggle with him.

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-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday and A Stitch in Time
December Finishes

And There She Sat Binding….

Wow, can you say long time, no post? Almost a month, yikes! Sorry about that… If its any consolation, I have had no sewing time! Hopefully this next week will reap plenty of sewing time.
So lets go back in time….
So Saturday, December 1st, I finally, finally, finally finished quilting the Orange Quilt!! I promptly started on the binding and got about half a side. And that’s where we are now…

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As of now, I have one side fully done and half of another side. I really like binding, but I can’t sit and do it for long. (I have the attention span of a Cheerio.) I’m in no rush though…now that I’ve passed my deadline…

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I honestly was not crazy about how the quilt was looking, but the binding is really tying everything together! I’m so excited to finish this bad boy up!!

I think that I’ll add ties in the center of the green and yellow/orange blocks. I’m worried that there’s just too much room in between the quilted blocks… I don’t need a batting disaster! Better safe than sorry, right? Plus, tying would break up the monotony of binding, even if it does prolong the finish…