Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Goal...complete!

My August Lovely Year of Finishes goal was to get my "LOVE" quilt quilted. 
So far, this is probably the quilt that I put the most time thinking and planning how I was going to quilt it--I just couldn't decide, and some of the things I wanted to do, I didn't feel like I could actually accomplish.

What I ended up doing:
--1/4" spaced straight line quilting in the letters; pebble quilting around the letters, and then "stripes" in a diamond around the center section. The stripes are alternately filled with wavy lines and circles.

I am happy with how the patchwork is still the main focus of the quilt--that was my main concern, making sure the quilting didn't distract from the piecing. I'm looking forward to getting this bound so I can wash it...hide some of the not as great stitches!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

So satisfying...

Quilting has taken back seat to all the usual summer fun this year, so I'm especially excited about this finish because it's been a while since I've had one.

My sweet nephew, Baby J, was born in April, right around when I was first working on this quilt. In a few days, the postman will be delivering this: 

I had it quilted at one of the local quilt shops here in town, the Bernina Sewing Center. I wanted a fairly simple pattern that wouldn't take away from the busy-ness of the fabrics, but that also had a modern feel. I really like how the pattern looks on the quilt!

An orangey-red dot is on the back, and I used the same fabric from the sashing for the binding.

Can't wait for this gift to arrive!
And next? Another niece was born last Friday. Looks like it's time to start another baby quilt!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Lovely Year of Finishes August Goal

It's time for an August Lovely Year of Finishes goal. I'm working on reducing my pile of quilt tops, so my August goal is to get another one quilted on my home machine.

This one, from a Tula Pink pattern:

I currently have two thoughts on how to quilt it...the first is to do straight line quilting in a square spiral like I've drawn below (except with straighter lines...excuse my Photoshop skills, but you get the idea!).

The second is to quilt each quadrant differently, similar to Tula's original pattern, except using simpler, easier-to-execute designs. I'm a little concerned my version might be too busy for this type of quilting, though.

I'm open to opinions and other ideas. What do you think?