Thursday, January 10, 2008

{ 2007 ends with me in stitches }

Hello!

I hope you don't think I have bloggarhea... 3 posts in one day - *shocking*! I thought instead of cleaning the house today I would catch up on blogging. Good idea, right?

Anyhoo... these are the quilts I made for my girls for Christmas! I finished up hand-sewing the binding on Christmas Eve, as I mentioned earlier. We went away for Christmas so I lugged the quilts, thread, needle, and my new leather thimble in and out of the hotel room, relatives houses, etc. I was determined to get them done in time, and thankfully I did it!

These quilts were dreamed up way back in March/07 when I spotted these luscious Heather Bailey fabrics at Quilt Essentials in Abbotsford. At first I was going to use Heather Bailey's pattern and make one twin sized quilt with a ruffle, but after reading it I realized that you'd waste a lot of fabric, so I decided to look for a different pattern. I found one in the Quilts and More magazine (Summer 2007) called Cottage Romance by Dorothy Faidley, which is the pattern I ended up using. On a side note, I sure wish you could subscribe to Quilts and More. I *love* that magazine! It has so many simple, do-able ideas with complete and clear instructions.

So anyway, back to my quilt story. I cut out and pieced one quilt only to realize that this thing was GINORMOUS! It was way bigger than a queen sized bed! Soooo.... I un-sewed (me, a stitch ripper and 3 cans of diet coke) it down the middle and made it into two twin sized quilts.

I had my friend Rhonda (the Quilt Nut) add my borders since I am measurement challenged and she also quilted them on her longarm quilting machine. You can see close ups of the amazing quilting job she did! Each quilt is done with a different butterfly design.

So, there you have it, my last crafty projects of 2007. I wonder what my 2008 quilts will look like.

-Cindy

PS. Click on the photos if you'd like to see a close up.


9 comments:

  1. i love it - I un-sewed (me, a stitch ripper and 3 cans of diet coke)lol!
    you did a fantastic job on them

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  2. these are awesome! 3 posts in a row is a great way to spend your day!!!!!!

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  3. wow that verigated thread on the butterflies looks so neat! bet they were a huge hit!

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  4. WOW they look gorgeous. I missed your post, so it was great to see 3 today!! I know your girls loved them. I also finished one for my mom, and put pictures up on my blog with the same fabric..That was my 3rd quilt with Heather Baileys fabric (and I did make the one with the ruffle) and you are right, there was a lot of extra material...which went into my moms quilt..I don't have too much left over...You did a fantastic job!! BTW I love your new profile picture!Chris

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  5. these are gorgeous!!! thanks for sharing all of your talents!!!

    hugs,
    JEn

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  6. Hey Cindy...they turned out great! It's so nice to see the finished product. What a perfect addition to your new home....

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  7. Hi...these are absolutely gorgeous. :) Love the colors...I wish I could sew. Jennie

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