Birthday Quilt

How many quilts does one person need?  Not as many as I’m making – that’s for sure.  So, sure enough – most of my quilts have been crafted as gifts.  Gifts actually inspire me the most, though – I love creating something with a person in mind.  With that said, I’ve had a quilt top done for a while, and this week finally got around to doing the quilting – it’s coming along pretty well, using a grid straight line quilting method.  I do love straight line quilting.  I tried my hand at freehand quilting with my last quilt:

It was really hard!  I figure, everyone has their ‘first freemotion’ quilt – so I went into it knowing it wouldn’t be perfect.  But what I didn’t realize is how darn hard it was going to be!  I put 2 needles through my finger (not kidding) not to mention about a 1/2 dozen other broken needles, endless thread and a lot of backaches before I was through.  Definitely a significant undertaking.  I will attempt it again, but it is far more stressful for me than the straight line.  I think I just need to keep practicing.  I love how it came out though.

So back to my latest quilt – it has been underway since January sometime, guess it hasn’t been too long (unlike the last quilt pictured above!).  I think it just feels like a long time because the winter months just tick away so slowly.  If only time passed as slowly during the summer months…  Anyway.  The quilt pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman’s new book “A Practical Guide to Patchwork.”  But I made mine entirely with scraps.  I LOVE the way the quilt top came out.  Every piece of fabric has a different story so it’s really a lot of fun to look at and work with.  I made quite a mess making it, but it was worth it:

The final quilt top:


And it underway on the sewing machine:

This is a gift for my mom’s birthday.  It was in early February so I’m not TOO behind schedule… but I’m looking forward to wrapping it up.  I will post final pics later.

Published by Kate

The basics: I love New England (my home), the outdoors, gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, my kitties, my puppy, my partner in crime Alex and my sons Griffin & Orion, and my family and friends. I occasionally have time to share the things I love here. Enjoy!

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