This year I set a huge crazy goal: I would make 6 quilts in the remaining 9 months of 2013. That might not be a lot for some people, but considering I had only made a total of 3 quilts in my whole life, it was just big enough to be inspiring.
Today I've written about the power and magic of setting big crafty goals, over at Sew Mama Sew. You can read it here.
Since I think it's a safe bet that I'm not going to finish another quilt in the last few days of the year, I wanted to update you on my goal (and show you my newest quilt, which has been an internet-secret.)
This year, I finished:
- Emerald Isle (pictures and full story here).
- Red Kaffe (more below).
- Candy Christmas (more below).
- A baby quilt.
- Crystal Coast, another collaborative quilt with my mom.
No, I didn't reach my crazy goal of 6 finished quilts. But I DID finish (and start) more quilts than I have in any other year. And I know how 2 handmade quilts in my house and gave my mom another fabulous gift. I've also had more quilt ideas than I do what to do with. (Next up: something like this and this.)
This quilt started as a fabric bundle my mom bought. Last December she passed it on to me, because she just wasn't into the colors anymore. I got obsessed with following #scrappytripalong quilts on Instagram. Even though this fabric bundle was nothing like you'd usually use in a quilt like that, I decided cutting up all those big prints would make an interesting, fractured quilt. (You can read more about the details here.)
I finished it around the beginning of August, but it still hasn't had an official photo shoot.
Final verdict: SUPER HAPPY.
After writing this post on holiday gift-crafting, I had an epiphany: My mom really appreciates a handmade gift. She cried when she opened last year's quilt. So if I'm going to craft for anyone (I hadn't planned to), it's gotta be a quilt for her.
I had this epiphany late in the afternoon on November 14th.
I went right to Fabric.com and started to click around for fabric ideas, then found Stitched in Color's Penny Patch QAL and knew it was the perfect pattern. I hit the fabric shop on November 15th and bought everything I'd need + found a few pieces that would work, left over from quilts mom + I have made together:
I starting cutting on November 19th…
And kept working…
I pieced the top in two nights, the week of Thanksgiving.
I sandwhiched it late Wendesday night, so that I could be handquilting during the Thanksgiving drive.
And then I spent every spare second, for 3 weeks, handquilting with cream thread, inside the big squares.
On December 18th I trimmed it…
and machine stitched the binding to the front:
and handstitched the binding to the back:
I finished it in the car on the way to Mom's house on December 20th and wrapped it on the trunk of my car, in a parking lot.
And I gave it to Mom the morning of December 21st!
Final Verdict: TRUE LOVE.
How about you?
What goals did you set in 2013? Which do you reach?
We're reviewing our year inside the Starship this week, and finding our own North Stars to guide in 2014. Boarding closes next week, so beam up before then!