Thursday, January 14, 2016

Two Finishes!

The baby shower I learned about in mid-December is being held this weekend. I won't be able to be there, but it was my goal to have the baby quilt I've been working on ready to be presented at the shower. Goal achieved!


It's about 48" square, bound in blue since, according to reports, the expected infant is a boy. I didn't think to get pictures before I laundered it. The quilting was done with white thread so it was hard to see even before shrinkage happened. The quilt turned out fantastically crinkly and cushy though. (There's flannel on the back.)

The other finish also had a close deadline, the first of February (just to be on the safe side). I amazed myself yesterday by pruning the quilted sandwich, making binding, applying the binding by machine, and then hand stitching the binding down all the way around the twin size quilt. All in one day! With no apparent ill effect to my hands or shoulders - yet.


This is the first of the quilts for our twin granddaughters. Most of the blocks were made as a result of my participation in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015.


The second one is on the long-arm now. I'm a lot less concerned about getting the pair done in time for their birthday with one under my belt already. :- )

I chose a multi color print for the binding. It would have been nice if there had been enough for both quilts but that was not to be. However, it was gratifying to have a perfect place to use this print that had been in my stash for 20 years or more.



The quilting shows up really well on parts of the back:


Although it may not be as obvious once the quilt has been laundered. I used a Cicely Mary Baker panel and border print for the bulk of the back of both quilts. This one happens to be in pinks, the other is more blue and purple.


All in all I couldn't be more happy with the way these two quilts have turned out. I only hope the finishing of the second twin's quilt will go as smoothly as there's another project in the pipeline I'll want to be able to give my full attention to when all the parts are in hand.


11 comments:

knitnkwilt said...

I love the mix of prints in the background of the top one. I haven't managed to get prints to work together like that yet.

Sharon said...

Both quilts are so beautiful! I love the baby quilt - so much to look at and such fun colors. And the "twin" quilt is great with all those Ohio Stars. I love that you added a few that didn't match, just to be interesting. Great job! I'm sure both quilts will be very loved.

Nancy J said...

That wonderful sense of satisfaction when a quilt is all done in time. Super blocks in the next one, and what a binding!!!I love it.

Ivani said...

Congrats for the finishes! Beautiful quilts.

gayle said...

Woohoo! With two down, the pressure came right off, right? 8)
Absolutely lovely quilts. I especially like the cheeriness of the baby quilt - you just know that quilt will be loved and snuggled galore!

talltalesfromchiconia said...

Oh, bravo! They are absolutely gorgeous, and I can't believe the speed at which you've finished up. That binding is truly inspired, as well. The quilting, too, is wonderful. What lucky, lucky youngesters.

tialys said...

Both beautiful Sue and well done for getting them finished in time. I like the way you casually throw in that you have a quilt 'on the long arm' at the moment. It must take the pressure off a little, knowing you have your own in-house professional quilter. Still, there's always the binding to do. I use the same method for binding and, although it seems to go forever, I actually quite enjoy it and it does make for a nice finish doesn't it?

Sheila said...

Colorful, Wonderful, Beautiful finishes! Congratulations! I LOVE both of them.

Raewyn said...

Wonderful quilts! Great to see all those stars and neat that you are meeting deadlines!! I'm sure all quilts will be very well received!

desertskyquilts said...

Both quilts are terrific. I like that multi-colored binding. Did you quilt yourself, or did James do them for you? Either way, the flowers are a great pattern for a little girl's brightly colored quilt.

Quiltdivajulie said...

GORGEOUS !! Congratulations on two winners with another in the works. These quilts will be greatly loved by their future owners.