Friday, March 28, 2014

Project Completed: Winter Whispers Eagle Quilt

The finished wall quilt.

Last Friday (just like today), I took a "Me Day" vacation day to have some time to myself and quilt. I have had very little quilting time since Christmas break from work, so I am burning up some extra vacation days to relax, have these days to myself, and catch up on quilting projects.

I used last Friday to do the binding and finally finish up this wall quilt. It's a Winter Whispers kit that I purchased four years ago at Road to California, and finally pieced and machine quilted this past Christmas vacation when I rented some computerized longarm time at Quilter's Garden in Yorba Linda (their website still has their old address in Anaheim).

I fell in love with the entire Winter Whispers series when I first saw it at Road, and knew my outdoorsman husband would really dig this eagle pattern. I intended to finish it up over Christmas break and have it ready to hang in our family room as our post-Christmas winter wall quilt, but that just didn't happen. So now it's ready for next winter.

A close-up view of the meandering quilt stitch on the quilt top. 
And the meandering stitch pattern on the back.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Project Completed: 12 Days of Christmas Quilt

The completed quilt.
I took quite a bit of vacation time over November and December this year to enjoy some down time, much of which including quilting. This is a quilt I finished and started in less than three weeks, a kit I'd had around for several years. It felt great to get this quilt kit out of my stash, but more importantly, it felt wonderful to find the right home for it.

This kit wasn't a Christmas gift, it was a thank you gift to my brother-in-law, his wife, and his family, for them to enjoy in cold Michigan over the Christmas season. I mailed it off to them in early December. As with all of my quilts, I wanted to keep this one too once it was done. I love the bright heartwarming jewel tone colors. 

Renting time on my local quilt shop's computerized longarm machine.
I love this cute featured panel, telling the story of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
A swirly holly and ivy pattern covers the entire quilt.
My nephew enjoying the quilt and a good book.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Project Completed: Easy Pretty Baby Girl Quilt (Charm Squares or Fat Quarters)

The completed quilt.
I forgot to share this post back in October when I completed the pretty baby girl quilt I started in September for my coworker and friend, who was expecting her first girl. The indoor iPhone photo of the finished quilt (above) doesn't do it just justice, but it's the best photo I could capture at the time. I absolutely adore these fun bright girly colors, and my friend fell in love with it as soon as she opened the gift.

Using the computerized longarm at the Quilter's Garden.
Working on the binding.
I love this girly floral whimsical machine quilting pattern.
My friend Latha opening the gift at her baby shower.