I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Monday, January 7, 2013

First Finish of 2013!

Hey Blog Buddies,

First of all, thank you all so much for the kind comments on Hare's Christmas!  I think I photographed the piece while it was still a little damp.  As it dried, the small bleed became less and less noticeable, so that's good news.

I didn't finish my January 1st start, if that's what you were wondering.  My "slow and steady" sewing strategy paid off sooner than I expected:  I finished piecing my quilt top yesterday!  And sewing only 2 or 3 blocks a day was a totally painless way to do it.  (Definition of a block:  two pieces and one curved seam.)  I started cutting the fabric in early November, so the entire process took about two months.

It was a little tricky
laying out the blocks to be sewn.
The pattern is somewhat random,
but I wanted to keep the circle-in-a-square design evident.
The batik fabric is just beautiful--
the photo doesn't do it justice.
DH (he's in the above photo,
you can see his fingers in the upper left corner)
likes muted colors and traditional quilt patterns.
He did say that this quilt top is "growing" on him.
I plan on using it as a wall hanging in my dining room
which is very neutral and needs a pop or two of color.

Here is a close up:

The curved seams were a big challenge.
I'm happy with the way the project turned out,
but I am "one and done" sewing curves--too stressful!

Hope your new year is off to a flying start!
Thanks for visiting!


cucki said...

Wow so pretty xxx

Angela Cruz-garcia said...


Karen said...

Very very pretty! I would never know that you struggled sewing the curves cause they turned out great! :)

Beth Pearce said...

That is fantastic! Those curves do look very tricky, but you did them great!

EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulations!!! It's lovely.

Julie said...

So bright and vibrant, beautiful!

Siobhán said...

Congratulations on the finish! The quilt top is beautiful. You go girl on those curved seams!

Chris said...

Gorgeous quilt!

Giovanna said...

What a gorgeous quilt, congrats!

Jane said...

That turned out really great! Can't wait to see it in person.

Sally said...

Wow that is one gorgeous quilt!

Carol said...

What a bright and beautiful start to the new year! Congratulations :)

Emma/Itzy said...

This looks great, I love the effect :)

Silverlotus said...

Wow. It is so beautiful!

geeky Heather said...

That quilt is AMAZING!!! I can't imagine sewing all those curved seams! Congrats on the finish.