Saturday, October 13, 2012
Gettin' 'em done
A few years ago I figured my quilting skills had progressed enought that I could make quilted projects for Christmas presents for my coworkers. So I made each one a table topper. One block each, pretty simple, one-day projects. They came out great. You can see them all here on my blog. http://clkinmd.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-presents-tt-galore.html Then the next year came and some of my coworkers had left and I had new ones, so for the new ones, it was table toppers again, but for the ones who already had table toppers I gave them their choice of quilted projects. Now a few picked small wall hangings. Pretty easy, done in no time. You can see some of them here http://clkinmd.blogspot.com/2010/01/getting-finished-part-1.html and some more of them here http://clkinmd.blogspot.com/2010/01/getting-finished-part-2.html But two of them picked table runners and they wanted them long. So .... when Christmas got here I had the tops done, but not quilted. This was before I got my longarm. So I showed them their presents at Christmas and took them back to finish them. Well, that was three years ago. Today I finished one of them. I am so happy and I had forgotten how cute it was and how much I liked it. If she checks facebook, she won't be surprised, but she doesn't usually, so next week this will be on the way to her house. Hope she still has a use for it. Here's some close ups of the cute fabric that I fussy cut in the blocks and used in the borders. I used a chicken wire design for the quilting. I think it came out pretty good. Now I still have one to do, and I need to go dig it out and finish it. If I remember right, it was the prettiest fabric I ever used. I paid someone to quilt part of it and I think all I have left is to stitch in the ditch and bind it. I must be getting better at the hand-sewing part of binding because I'm starting to enjoy it, and I used to dread it terribly. It's so nice to check things off my "Get 'em done" list.