Friday, July 11, 2014

Baby Quilt Finish

Trying for a pretty picture here.  Think I
have a lot to learn!
Yaaaay!  Its a finish!  Finally! 

I really had intentions of getting into this blogging thing "Big Time," as my daughter might say, but that just hasn't happened the way I planned.  I have done some sewing.  Bits and Pieces, here and there.  And I have some pictures, so I am hoping to create a few posts over the next few days.

But something always seems to happen on the way to the computer.  *sigh.

However, I do have a finish to write about, and that's pretty exciting.  This is an OLD UFO.  The top was pieced more than a decade (gasp!) ago.  The intended recipient will start middle school in the fall.  He was born just a few months after my oldest daughter.  That, not-so-coincidentally, was right around the time that my sewing came to a screeching halt. 

His nursery, if I remember correctly was done in greens with a vintage Winnie the Pooh theme.  This really would have been great in there!  Oh well.  He's grown into a fine young man without a quilt from me. 

The quilt is about 42 x42.  The print is called Winnie the Pooh's Day at the Park, according to the selvedge.  It is used on the back, too.  I machine quilted in the ditch between the pieced blocks, but then decided that the center stripe should be quilted too.  Lesson learned: Try to make those decisions BEFORE starting.  Going back and adding lines quilting between lines that had already been done added some puckers, but its really not too bad.  And once its washed and dried, I am sure it will be full of soft, crinkly goodness, and the puckers won't be so bothersome.

This was my first attempt at a binding done entirely by machine.  It went OK.  The first part was great, except that I twisted one strip and didn't double check before I stitched them together.  Thank goodness for seam rippers.  Also, I think I will stick to hand stitching the back of the binding.  Especially on a small quilt like this, it doesn't really take THAT long, and it just gives a much nicer effect, I think.  Or, maybe I will keep practicing putting them on by machine. 

Either way, I am pleased with the overall look of this one, and glad to have a UFO finished.  Part of this return to quilting is to use up or finish stuff I already have before buying or starting something new.  And I am just ITCHING to start something NEW, so I need to crank out a few more finishes, fast!

Given that I seem to be struggling with getting in to the swing of sewing and blogging consistently, I am curious....How do YOU do it?  Is there anything that helps to make sure you get to the computer to write about what you've been doing?  I'm hoping that it comes with time!

Here's one last picture of the quilt, with a buddy.  The quilt will be Project Linus donation, but the buddy is still too loved to be given away. 

I am going to try to link up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, but I admit I'm not really sure how to do that...  we'll see!
Happy Quilting!

- Tami


  1. Visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts, so obviously you've figured it out ;-)
    Congrats to your finishing an UFO, it's really pretty and sure will add warmth and comfort to a child's life.

    1. Thank you so much for being my FIRST commentor! How exciting! I am slowly figuring things out in the short spaces of time that I get now and then. Its so much fun!

  2. Your linked worked - no computer glitches today! Love that you are donating this quilt :)

    1. Yaaay! I got it to work! Thanks for taking time to comment!

  3. Hi Tami. I am glad you got this finished - it has a great story to it, why not keep it for a future baby in you life?? And as for the question of how do I do it - the blogging and sewing thing..... well, I don't do it very well - or I do it to well because I have not blogged for a year - I read others but have not wrote myself, and as for the sewing projects - I am not a great one for finishing, but boy do I know how to start things.

    I am working on being WAY better at starting and FINISHING things, instead of having them hanging around waiting - and I really want to be alot more consistent on my blogging adventure - and making new friends here online. I wish you all the best on your journey here and may you find yourself making things and sharing them online with more vigor and zest in the coming months!!!

  4. Hi Brenda! Thanks for your nice comment. Isn't it somethinghow difficult it can be to maintain a blog or finish a quilt? I go to bed nearly every night feeling like I just didn't accomplish enough. As for starting more than you finish, well, sometimes the fun of a start outweighs the accomplishment of a finish.

    I, too, am looking forward to making new friends here online. I do hope our paths cross often!

    I am donating this quilt because our local Project Linus chapter has a great need, and because my own sweet daughter has been the recipient of many, many donated quilts and blankets. We have re-donated some of them, but each is so special. Its a good feeling to be able to share the gift of a quilt with others!

  5. Welcome to the blogging world! I remember my first time to try linking up. It was a learning experience! But you did it. Great job on your old WiP finish, too!