Category Archives: A Lovely Year of Finishes

It’s Not Looking Good for the Home Team

I finally got around to my Lovely Year of Finishes goal and started machine quilting. I LOVE the Timeless Treasures Sketch Flannel… LOVE IT! But, this is a decent size quilt and it’s heavy!

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My strategy involves slinging that roll over my shoulder and leaning in as I quilt. This is my first time quilting away from seams, so I did a lot of marking.

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I was worried about the charcoal thread showing up on the back (and showing off all my mistakes), but I actually love the way the star pattern shows (and I know that when it crinkles up you won’t be able to tell if it’s straight or not).

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Still not thrilled with the stay stitching knots. I know this quilt is going to get heavy use, so I want to know it’s secure and I don’t have enough confidence in a couple back stitches. I am trying to reserve judgement until I have it all washed up. I will definitely take lots of before and after pictures. This photo shows the knots a little bit more.

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I had just started in on the background sections when this happened.

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I was able to wrench the needle out without breaking it, but it went downhill from there and that put an end to my weekend sewing. Hopefully I will be able to start up again tomorrow. There’s still a slim chance I’ll get it done by the end of the month, but if not I have plenty of hand sewing to do. I’ve been fussy cutting Cuzco.

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Obviously its been making its way into my bee blocks, but most of it’s destined to be hexies. I won’t be abandoning my beloved one-inchers anytime soon, but I decided to play with scale and go with big six-inchers too. I just need to decide on a background fabric.

I am still obsessed with scrappy neutral backgrounds, so I splurged on a Kona bundle with my birthday gift certificate. I usually just stick with a few standards, so this feels especially indulgent.

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Meanwhile, today was my 18th wedding anniversary. My favorite flower and the first flowers my husband ever bought me were Daisies. I also love yellow roses. Excuse the iPhone photo (and Cate eating yogurt). He did a good job. It feels like Spring!

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Wishing everyone a Happy Monday!

Linking up to…

Plum and June

January: A Lovely Year of Finishes ~ You’re Never A-Lone Star 1 & 2

At the beginning of January, I linked up to A Lovely Year of Finishes with this photo on Flickr…

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I used Jeni’s Giant Star tutorial to make two quilt tops.

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I’m calling these “You’re Never A-Lone Star 1 & 2” and plan to quilt them in a diamond pattern to look like a Lone Star block. These tops are for a special twosome and the name couldn’t be more perfect for them. More when I get them quilted up and gifted.

This was my January A Lovely Year of Finishes goal. I’m linking up…

Finish It Up Friday

A Lovely Year of Finishes
Plum and June