Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A "hallelujah" quilting moment

Do you ever have "hallelujah" moments?  You know, when you are so relieved that you think angels just might start singing?  Okay, the angels are a bit extreme, but I did have a "hallelujah" moment this morning when I put the last stitches in the binding on a quilt I have been working on for a while.  It's a quilt that has plagued me.  I almost scrapped it a couple times.  I made multiple mistakes and had to unpick it many times.  The quilting didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked.  I'm just so relieved to be done.  The good thing though is that I actually really like it now that it's all bound and finished.  I cut it out a month or two ago when I was still working on the subway quilt.  This quilt is also made of lots of little squares.  I'm not sure what I was thinking when I decided on the pattern, but I might have a sickness.  I need to stop with the little squares. 

It's actually a gift for my brother and his wife for Christmas.  I found out a few days ago that they are coming up for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas.  I really wanted to give them their quilt early since they live in a furnace and have about six weeks of "winter" each year.   I decided to push through and get it all finished up so I can give it to them while they are here.  They might as well get as much use out of it as they can. 


Now I just need to throw it in the wash and wrap it up!  I'll most more pictures after they open it. I don't want to spoil too much.

My other project has been working on a mug rug for my swap.  Here is what I came up with.  I know, more small squares.  It really is a sickness.  I do think I'm going to make a second mug rug to send along.  I have a fun idea for a wonky log cabin that I want to try.  None of the fabrics I used are actually Christmas fabrics.  It was fun to pull together other things from my stash.

11 comments:

  1. Yay! I can't wait! Sorry it ended up being such a pain to make.

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  2. SO cute! and I can't wait to see the quilt!

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  3. Hooray for finishing your quilt! That's such a good feeling.

    I love your mug rug! I really love that you didn't use Christmas fabric but it still looks so festive. I need to come up with a holiday mug rug for my partner!

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  4. I know, I've been doing lots of little squares too lately. I have no idea why. It needs to stop.

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  5. I love those hallelujah moments! After writing up yet another to-sew-before-Christmas list, I'm hoping for a full choir of angels singing when I'm finished!

    Your mug rug is adorable. I love the colors and the binding. I've got some of that waiting to get cut into.

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  6. I just finished a quilt for my niece for Christmas. I was SO not feeling the love, so it sat there all year. I made a rule that I wouldn't make another quilt (except for commissions) until it was done. So...?

    No quilts that I wanted to make for a year! Not my brightest idea....

    Very glad to have finally finished it. Now I can have some fun!

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  7. That quilting looks great! I can't wait to see the whole thing!

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  8. I had a hallelujah moment yesterday morning but it quickly turned into a I want to have a tantrum like a 2 year old moment when I discovered that I miscounted my squares and had 88 instead of the 90 I thought I made. Weep, weep.

    Can't wait until you can post the whole quilt and I love the mug rug. Super cute and amazing that none of it was from Christmas fabrics.

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  9. Every time I finish a project is a hallelujah moment for me! Congrats on completing the quilt - I look forward to seeing it. The mug rug is adorable!!

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  10. The corners look very interesting, I can't wait to see the rest of the quilt! Cute mug rug too!

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  11. Did you see your mug rugs on Heather's blog today?!

    http://alamodefabric.blogspot.com/2011/01/expose-unknown-crafters.html

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