Friday, February 17, 2017

Bright Curve Finished!

I finished the table runner, literally just in time for the wedding.  Pictures were taken after it was washed about an hour before we left for the reception.  Talk about cutting it close!  Hopefully I will not be cutting it that close again, but I do need to work on getting caught up on all of the outstanding IOUs that I have out for quilts.  One project at a time.  Are you ready for some pictures?  I think it turned out beautifully! TaDa!

I feel like the picture below captures the vibrancy of the colors, and shows the individual block.  Yes, the points are not perfect, but it was my first time doing curves and piecing a top on the diagonal, and I think it turned out great.  The quilting helped to hide it a little, and I do not think it detracts from the overall table runner.

This was my first time washing a quilt before giving it away, and I love the feeling and look it created  that I want to do this every time I finish a quilt.  You can see the texture and the beautiful freehand border I did in this picture.

By finishing this lovely table runner I have completed my February OMG (early for the first time in a long time), and a finish from my 1st quarter Finish-a-Long Goals.  I am also linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict on Whoop Whoop Fridays, and Crazy Mom Quilts at her Finish it up Fridays.

Come back soon, as I have more exciting quilty items coming up!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Making Progress!

I am making progress!  This is a big plus, especially since I need to get this table runner done and washed by Saturday evening for a wedding gift!  Each night I have set little goals for myself, and I am completing those goals plus going a little further, so I will not be putting the final touches on minutes before the reception!

This is a piece with many firsts, including curved piecing and putting together something on the diagonal.  Both of these items could use some work, especially the curved piecing, which I have learned a few tricks while doing this runner.  But, I have also learned that instead of using a rotary cutter when I need to cut patterned pieces, take the extra time to trace and hand cut out the pieces.  It WILL save a whole lot of frustration and unpicking of seams later.  Also, it will help with getting points and circles lined up just right.  If you do not look too closely you can not tell that all the points, and some of the circles are funky.  I hope with some quilting they will look even better.  I am proud of taking on the challenge and not backing out and getting something from their registry.

Now it is time to get the last of the borders on and prep the backing and batting for some basting!  Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, and checking out what other people are doing.


Monday, February 6, 2017

February OMG

January was a whirlwind.  Actually I found a new author and read all of her published works in between working full time, and family scheduled events.  I really enjoyed the author, of course I do love a good romance novel.  But now we are in February, and I have a lot to get done this month (when do I not?), but I have to complete a table runner by this weekend for a wedding, and I really want to get the other table runner for the couple that got married in December done, plus a baby shower gift for my husband's friend's 3rd kid (and first two kids as I never made them anything), and another baby gift for my cousin's new child.  Wow, I'm tired just thinking about it all.

Good thing I have made great progress on the first table runner tonight, which is also my one monthly goal.  It is a little nerve racking as it is my first curved piecing project, but they have not turned out too horribly, only a little, where if I sew it together right/and quilt it it will not look too bad (or so I hope, the end product does not lie).  This project will be done this weekend.

Then the second part of the month I would like to get the 2nd table runner done for the couple that got married in December.  I've had this as my goal for the last two months, and this month will be the month I finish it!  The fabric is starched, I just have to iron, cut and sew the pieces together.  Then layer it, quilt and put on the binding.  Not too hard, especially with a sew day coming up!

Off to link up to Elm Street Quilts for OMG.  Here is to a successful month for everyone!