Wednesday, March 12, 2014
First finish of 2014
I finished my first quilt of 2014 in February. It was a simple machine applique design that I had started back in November for my newest neice, Annabella. I was just in time too - I finished it three days before she was born and it arrived at her home the day after she did! The design was inspired by a duvet cover in Baby Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo. I drew the animals onto the fabric freehand and then used a zigzag stich to applique them. It was super fast and easy. I choose this pattern because I wanted a simple and fun baby quilt that would allow me a large space to practice some free motion quilting. Some frustrations with the quilting on this quilt led me to putting it away twice. I was trying to free motion quilt a fairly simple loopy design but I was having a lot of tension issues and had to unpick most of my work on both occasions. Eventually, it all worked out and I am really please with how it turned out.
I also finished my Riley Blake challenge project that was sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild. It was a fun little group of fabrics that I used to make a giant tote bag. The bag is large enough for my big cutting mat and rulers and still have room left over for several projects - the perfect bag for future Seattle Modern Quilt Guild sew-ins!