2/2/13

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Grab hold of the arms of your chair so you don't fall down.  Here's something new:  me setting finishing goals, rather than telling you what I'm about to start!  


And that's not all.  I'm also participating in:

Never Too Hot to Stitch!

It's terrible to start off the month a day late and a dollar short, but that's where I am.  I think I've already missed the linky party for my January finish in the Lovely Year challenge.  I set as my goal to finish the top for the Plain and Simple Amish sampler I was making.  And here it is!


This quilt is off with my long arm quilter now, so I won't see it again until around the end of March.  My quilter, Erin, is very good with traditional designs, and that's what I've asked for.  I can't wait to see what she does with it.

For my February goal, I've vowed to free motion quilt and bind my Two Grandmothers quilt.  This is a former baby "comforter" that I took apart and remade into a baby quilt.  There is a story behind this quilt that you can click on the link to read.  To make it a short story, just know that my mother did the embroidery on these blocks when she was a teenager.  When my oldest son was born, she handed me the stack of blocks.


I wasn't yet a quilter, and so I sewed the blocks together, slapped some batting and a back on it, hand tied it, and voila!  My son's baby comforter was born.  

Now I've taken it apart, repaired the embroidery, and given it a sashing and a border.  I'm trying to turn it into a proper quilt.  It's all ready for quilting and binding, and it's been waiting far too long for its turn at the sewing machine.  This is the month, and I'm linking up at the goal setting party for A Lovely Year of Finishes and the finishes and goals party for the 2013 Year of the Finished Project.  

To read more about A Lovely Year of Finishes and the 2013 Year of the Finished Project, click on the buttons at the top of this post.

12 comments from clever and witty friends:

Kate said...

Plain and Simple Amish turned out beautifully! The revamped baby quilt looks cute too. You had a pretty good January.

MyJourneyBack said...

Can't wait to see what the Simple Amish quilt looks like with the quilting! The baby quilt is so sweet and what a neat story. I am following you now in my little blue slippers. You should see them in your list. And I am signed up for email so I can visit your daily posts.
Come by and see me. I would love the visit and show you around.
Oh I love your cats and your photograhy is beautiful. I have a cat named Rascal. He gets in the posts ocassionally!
Have a wonderful weekend.

LynCC said...

Hey! How fun to see the embroidery you repaired up for quilting now. :) And the Amish worked out very nicely - lots of great areas for quilting magic.

Mara said...

That is so neat that you are giving new life to your mom's creation, I love it.

Hooked on Quilting said...

I love looking at all those blocks, do any of the kids today even know who Humpty Dumpty is? Love it!

Rachel said...

Cheering you on! Can't wait to see that baby treasure all done up! Amish is gonna "WOW" too!

Angel and Kirby said...

That is a sweet treasure you have. All the love your Mom put into it and the comfort it gave your son. Now it is going to be even more loved

Lynne said...

What a lovely heirloom!

quiltzyx said...

Sheesh, I have to wait all the way until MARCH to see the Amish sampler quilted? How cruel.

And now, the 2 Grandmothers quilt, just waiting for that grandchild....

Chris said...

I love both quilts. What a wonderful story for your baby quilt. Too sweet.

Kathleen said...

The baby quilt is gorgeous. I'm probably a little bias at this time as my daughter is expecting in two and one half weeks. Kathleen

Carol said...

Gorgeous sampler and lovely story. Good luck with your Feb. finishes.