Thursday, July 4, 2013

Who would have thought?

Seriously, who would have thought that I would miss binding a quilt?

I just realized I have not put a binding on a quilt since December last year.  At least by hand.  I machine bound the two donation quilts each month. And I've missed it.

I have a lot of tops that are ready to be quilted (I counted at least 8 without giving it much thought).  That probably means there are more.  I know that's not many to most of you, but it makes me a little nuts to keep making tops and not finishing them.

Sadie (the Gammill that lives with MacQuilts) is in the midst of a home renovation and should come out of wraps soon.  I'll be anxious to get to Chicago and see friends -- and Sadie!

But, because of the generous spirit of a quilting friend, I have had the opportunity to use her HQ16 and get my feet wet with a bit of longarming. I have not done any since November! Some things come back to you -- some things take a bit longer.  I played around with a mystery quilt top that I am sick of and forced myself to finish. It's big.  It's heavy.  And it's QUILTED.  It will get a machine binding and be ready for donation when the need arises.  And it will be done!

Once I played around with Ethel (the HQ16) and got the hang of her, it was time to "go live" with a quilt I cared about. As an aside, Ethel is a sister to Lucy (a bigger HQ that lives with in the same home).  How wonderful is that -- two long arm machines!  One computerized and fancy and one a good reliable machine.  But I digress.....

Baby C's quilt is finished!  Quilted.  Bound.  And delivered - before she was!

I hope you are getting a chance to finish a project and smiling as a result of it.  I also hope you are as lucky as I am to have so many generous quilting friends.  Aren't they the best?

Jan

26 comments:

Diana said...

Very cute quilt. I am jealous you are going to long arm. Have fun.

Diana Mattoni said...

I love the simplicity of this quilt and the fabrics just work so well together. Great job!

Linda said...

Love that quilt. Sweet!

Rhonda said...

Did you say binding......I wish I'd gotten that far....LOL
Your quilt is lovely. Love the colors!!

Bonnie said...

Yea for finishing. I am piling up quilt tops too.

mycreativecorner3 said...

So pretty I love that quilt. I agree when you take time off the rust can set it for me and long arming. I usually quilt up one of my tops before I do a customer quilt if it has been a while... I have about 5 tops to do and 2 are queens.UFO and WIPS make me a bit nuts

Britney Mills said...

I love the colors and overall design of this! So awesome! Come share it at our weekly link party http://www.theprincessandhercowboys.com/2013/07/on-display-monday-9.html

Thanks again for sharing!

The Sassy Quilter said...

So cool you are getting to longarm. Looks great. Happy Quilting!

Jill Shepherd said...

Another pretty quilt! I'm just at the beginning of learning about quilting and have never seen a real quilting machine! Would love to sometime!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

Very pretty and congratulations on your long arm experience!

Karen

Crystal Kirk said...

Wow, your quilt is gorgeous. I too just started sewing and quilting. I find that the quilt is taking me some time though.

Great post!
Crystal

Plum Cox said...

What a pretty quilt - lovely! What a lucky baby!

Leigh Anne said...

What a pretty baby quilt! I'm sure the recipient will love it :) I'm a little jealous of your quilting friends with all of their toys!!

Taryn said...

Very pretty quilt! The colors are so soft and beautiful and I love the quilting!

EveryDay Bloom said...

I love the quilt you have pictured here. Trying to figure it out...it can't possibly be pieced? Is it appliqued? So curious. Love the little patches...they seem to defy easy assembly (looking like true patches).

I never miss handwork...ever. Maybe I haven't done enough? Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

I have to admit that I love binding by hand too. :) Beautiful quilt and quilting, Jan! Would you mind putting a link back to TGIFF! so your readers can find us? Thanks!

Ana Lopes said...

LOvely quilt! I love the white detail around colorful fabrics.
Hope you have a good weekend!
Hugs from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Love this quilt and the gorgeous fabrics! I have the Sweet Sixteen Midarm quilter and I'm finally finishing my quilt tops. So nice to finally finish a project!

laura west kong said...

I love hand sewing bindings!

Jessica Christensen said...

What a sweet baby quilt! I'm sure it will be well-loved.

Jane said...

Lovely colors!

LynCC said...

What a pretty baby quilt - I really love those fabrics.

Sarah Craig said...

Lucky baby! That's a sweet quilt! Whoop whoop!!

Susan@Organized31 said...

What a lovely quilt! And finishing a lingering project is so rewarding. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It is so soft and pretty!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!