Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"I love it when a plan comes together."

I know it's not much, but I AM making progress on the t-shirt quilt.

Here are some blocks laid out....

Since this photo was taken, I've sewn all 12 blocks together and now I'm deciding on the borders. I had some whitish fabric with different color polka dots picked out but I'm definitely not in love with it. My friend Christy suggested piano keys. Brilliant idea! It will be more work but totally worth it for this quilt. I can't wait to get started!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Funkified Finish

I finished the Elephunk quilt that I was making for a friends baby awhile ago. He was born March 15 and I had the quilt to him fairly soon after. But I'm just now getting around to posting the pictures. I was so excited to start this quilt. But as I was making the blocks, I began to get really worried. I didn't like the colors that I'd chosen. And when I finished the blocks, I laid them out and HATED it. I was so upset! But knowing that tops always look better after they are quilted, I continued with the project. And once it was finished and pulled out of the dryer, I fell in love, love, love with it. Absolute love.

during the quilting process, I've gone through periods of not liking a quilt to liking it (and sometimes the opposite) but never with such extreme feeling as with this one. Some quilters stop in the middle of the process and rework blocks they might have concerns about. Or they don't finish the project. I have considered these options when a quilt isn't going to way I'd like. But in the end, I've found that if I trust my original instincts, it almost always works out.

It would have been difficult to give this away but the recipient loves and cherishes it so much. I'm always happy when my quilts make their way to a good home.