Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Finishing a Project

I've finally finished my friend Kate's baby quilt (to be shared by her twins) and shipped it on its way to CT.  No matter how simple or complicated a craft, I always feel great when I finish and then start pondering my next creative venture.  I definitely want to sew a few things for Andrew and Wesley (sock monkeys and quilts) and begin planning their first birthday party (invites, decorations, etc), but before that, I have an order for bibs and burp cloths for one of my best friends, and I also have 2 more gift quilts on 'backorder'.  My sister-in-law Janet and I have also been discussing possible handmade products to sell on Etsy.com.  She loves to sew and create things just as much, if not more than me!  It would be our dream job to get paid for creating, instead of working a 9-5 office job.  We've brainstormed a ton, and although we cannot come up with anything completely original, we can definitely put our creative twist on things that are already out there.  More to come on that, hopefully!
This quilt took me quite some time to finish, but I'm pretty pleased with the results.  Although I'm not happy with the 3 stripes down the middle (I only outlined-quilted the stripes instead of doing the swirly quilting pattern that I used on the rest of the quilt).
I always learn something new on each quilt I make.  This one has the best binding I've ever sewn.  I haphazardly followed this tutorial on one of my favorite blogs, created Heather Bailey who is coincidentally my favorite fabric designer. I don't think I followed her directions perfectly, but the binding is smooth and the corners are perfect, which is a first for a Marge quilt!


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