Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Finished in 2011 Club - No. 2

I spent this last weekend with my dear friend Leslie. We had planned a skiing adventure but the weather and snow conditions were less than cooperative. So we did what we usually do when we get together - sew away! Leslie is working on a fantastic Amy Butler pattern 'Weekender Bag.' And I finished up this quilt. This is my first quilt made using Moda charm packs. I bought them because I absolutely fell in love with this fabric. It is so bright and cheerful, the pictures don't really do it justice. I finished quilting it this weekend and put the binding on. And I've spent my Sunday afternoon reading / rest time under it. Something about it just makes me smile. I tried something new on this one, too. Rather than buying extra fabric for the backing I used some leftover binding and border fabric to piece the back. I actually like how it turned out. The main brown fabric on the back is my favorite from the entire line, I think. I didn't really have a purpose for this quilt when I bought the fabric, and I still don't have a plan for it, but I'm pretty sure I'll be using it plenty!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Finished in 2011 Club

I'm starting a new club. It is a club of quilts. I'm hoping it will have a lot of members! I've been making several quilts a year for several years now. But each year I start more quilts than I finish. I have ended up with quite the backlog. So my goal for 2011? Finish more quilts than I start. We'll see how it goes. This is the first quilt finished in 2011. It was given to a friend of mine at her baby shower last weekend. It helps to have a deadline. This particular friend of mine has a jungle themed nursery and this is her third baby - so I kept the jungle theme but went a bit modern and outside the box with this one. I think I like it! And notice the binding made of different fabrics? That is due to my 'no scraps left behind policy' - why buy fabric for binding unless you need to?!