I can finally share the project I’ve been working on most of December. This was a surprise for my sister for Christmas and since she’s been known to lurk around this blog from time to time, I didn’t want to tip my hand in any way. And it worked. She was totally surprised and, I think, happy.
The craziest part of finishing this quilt is that I actually quilted it myself. In case you haven’t figured this out already, I feel like the quilting part is my weakness when it comes to finishing a quilt. Usually I take my quilts to the lovely ladies where I work and they do a beautiful job for a very lovely price. But this time I was determined to do it myself. (I’ve been practicing more lately on the Halloween quilt and the Robot quilt.)
Because I have never attempted anything bigger than a baby quilt on my own machine (and I HEARTILY salute all of you who work magic with you machines on giant quilts!) I took this one to quilt on the long-arm machine. I am scared of free-motion quilting (actually, I’ve done it, but I think my FMQ skills are so stinky) so I went with the straight line look. I was terrified of ruining the quilt and by the time I was finishing the machine and I were practically in a rumble, but by the time I bound the quilt and washed it, I was pretty dang pleased. In fact – I kind of love how the quilting looks in the solid brown on the back. I’m tempted to try it again. One day. When I can make peace with that machine again.