Wednesday, November 17, 2010

W.I.P. Wednesday

I'm a little late this week, but better late than never!!  I didn't make a whole lot of progress on my projects, but I completed my biggest goal!!  I finished free motion quilting my Hushabye quilt.  It took me many, many, many tries and I pulled out way more stitches than I ever dreamed I could, but it is done!  I am not going to pretend that it is the best quilting ever because it most certainly isn't, but I am so proud of myself for not giving up.  Sunday afternoon I decided to just get over myself and just quilt the thing and be done with it.  It turns out once I took the pressure off myself to be perfect I actually enjoyed the process which is the reason we quilt right?

I wasn't able to do the stipple quilting like I had originally planned, but I am happy with the random, wavy, vertical lines I used instead.  Like I said above it isn't perfect, but that's okay.  This is the first quilt I have ever FMQ, so it's okay if there are a few (or a lot) mistakes.  I am hoping that maybe next year when I am a quilting genius I will look back at this project and smile.  I know I will love snuggling under it with my boys!  I am taking a little break from it to work on other projects, but I do plan to bind it this weekend.  I will post a final picture when it's completely finished.

I didn't touch any of my other projects this week, but I hope to make up for lost time since my husband is taking all of Thanksgiving week off and I have been promised lots of sewing time!  Gotta love that!

I did add a new project this week.  I have finished cutting out the top for the charity quilt I am working on for 100 Quilts for Christmas.  I blogged about that here.

Now that Hurst is in bed, after I finish this post, these strips will be turned into a rail fence quilt top.  My goal is to have this finished by Saturday so I can turn it in with the rest of the guild's quilts.  Wish me luck!

My goals for this week are:

1. Finish binding Hushabye
2. Finish baseball quilt for charity
3. Cut out at least one of the Christmas quilts

Hope everyone has a very productive week!


Elizabeth D. said...

Good for you! Now that you've got the first one out of the way, the second one will come a lot easier. I think your wavy lines look great! And yes, you will definitely look back on this and smile. I've been quilting for a little less than a year, and though I know I thought there were tons of mistakes at the time, I don't see them anymore. :)

Lee said...

Way to go!! It looks great!! I'm SO impressed that you finished a whole quilt this way! I certainly haven't managed that!

It's tough to try something like this after seeing all the amazing FMQ that's all over the internet. But you've got the first one out of the way now, so that's a big step.

Thanks for joining WIP Wednesday!

Becky said...

Good luck! I'm pretty new to FMQ-ing too, and yes, it's rather intimidating, but once I started, I was hooked! I love the satisfaction that goes into knowing you sewed a whole quilt, start to finish! Good job!!

Nanabanana said...

Great job of machine quilting!! I'm with scares me to death! But, I have made a promise to myself to start doing more of it!! Your quilt is very pretty! Can't wait to see it all done.

A.J. Dub. said...

Way to go! That is impressive! It is really cute too. I like your wavy lines.

Megan said...

Great job! I really like the FMQ waves...might have to try that myself! I really, really like the fabric for your charity and red, white, and blue is a great combo. Can't wait to see what your finished product looks like! Thanks for sharing!

Happy WiP Wednesday!

Leila said...

That will be such a cute baseball quilt. Sometimes boys get the short end of the quilting stick.

Alycia said...

Good Luck - I like the baseball fabrics!

felicity said...

Great job on the Hushabye quilt! I remind myself all the time to get over myself - it really does help to let go and remember you're supposed to be having fun.