MCM #57 – We Have Pictures!!

I was so excited to see a glimpse of the sun through the clouds on Friday. I was sitting at my machine sewing when all of a sudden there was light shining through my window. You should have seen me – as soon as I realized it was the sun I was speeding around the house gathering camera, tape, my shoes and quilts.

Specifically the Twelve Year quilt.

Of course, by the time I got the tape on the quilt and hung it on the outside wall, the sun was behind the clouds again. I tried to wait it out and it was a battle with the wind trying to blow my quilt away. It must have been quite amusing for the neighbors to see me wrestling the quilt and looking at the sky over and over again. “Is it a bird?” “Is it a plane?” Oh well. Someone has to provide the entertainment for them, so it might as well be me, right?

Needless to say, these aren’t the best pictures. The quilt is hanging crooked and the clouds were fighting the sun, but at least I got a few dry pictures to share with you. (If you look on the lower left side of the wall, you can see how wet it still was.)

Card Trick QuiltThe quilt really is straight and square, but it certainly doesn’t look like it here. That’s me, a bad tape job, and the wind. Ignore that, and just look at the pretty quilt. 🙂

I am very happy that it took me so long to finish this quilt. I mean, when I pieced the top it was the first quilt I had ever made. (And all those points are darn near perfect!) At the time I didn’t know anything at all about free motion quilting – I had never even heard the term. I definitely didn’t have the skills to quilt it myself.

But now I do, and I love how it turned out. Just look at all that crosshatch stitching. Makes me want to do a happy dance every time I see it.

Crosshatch FMQ

I’ve already shown you the feather/matchstick border, but here’s a shot of the design as it rounds the corner. Not all the corners look this good, but it gives me hope to know that it’s possible to for me to have decent cornering feathers. Is that even a term? Hmmm….I think it is now..

FMQ Feathers Border

I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting in the quilt and I am a big fan. It was wonderful to stitch. Even with all that crosshatch quilting, the quilt drapes beautifully and doesn’t feel stiff at all. It feels light, not heavy, but is wonderfully warm. All these pictures were taken after the quilt was washed and dried, and you can see there was not a lot of shrinkage.

So there’s the Twelve Year quilt. This is my first finish of the year. I told you before that I wanted to finish it before the end of 2016 so I wouldn’t have to rename it. My Mom reminded me that since the quilt wasn’t even made until the summer of 2004, then it’s still only 12 years old until July. Yes!!

How about one more picture? Then I’ll stop. Promise.

Card Trick Quilt Finish(See, it is square!)

I’m very proud of this one. I love the piecing and the quilting. What is funny is I’m pretty sure I would never choose these fabrics if I made this quilt today, but I do love the look of them here.

And that, ladies and gents, is my crush for this weeks Main Crush Monday! It was my OMG for January, and I finished it with plenty of time to spare. I’ve already been thinking about which UFO should become my February OMG. I’ve got two that are competing to be next, so we’ll just have to see which one wins out.

Now it’s your turn to share your crush with us. What are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? We would love to see! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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26 Responses to MCM #57 – We Have Pictures!!

  1. dawn tornes says:

    Your quilting is gorgeous! Love the feather and matchsticks! I also really like the colors and how your solids play with the floral! Seems no one has seen the fun in a while…I just posted about the same.

  2. Your quilting looks amazing! Thanks for linking up with Elm street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  3. Andree says:

    Hi Beth, your quilting is really stunning. Congrats! I’ve never used wool batting but I think I will give Quilter’s Dream wool batting a try since you recommend it. Thanks.

  4. Tracy says:

    I’ve done the same thing before (though my neighbors are too far away to be entertained by my antics, and my children aren’t even aware that it’s not ‘normal’ behavior. haha You created an excellent picture with your words – I could see it all clearly 🙂
    Excellent job on the quilting! Interesting about the fabric choice – I still really love the 2nd quilt I made (first was a baby quilt for my youngest, and apparently – I gave it away in a cleaning frenzy, as it is nowhere to be found) but I wouldn’t pick those fabrics today, either….
    Congrats on your first finish of the year!

  5. SarahZ says:

    I am so happy to see this beauty! The pictures are good! And yay for smart Moms!! I know how satisfying it is to finish something so long in the making! Like a burden lifted and changed to a happiness! xoxo!

  6. Congratulations!!! I think I’ve been working on my pineapple log cabin quilt since June of 2014 and still have 12 blocks to go before I can even assemble the quilt top, let alone quilt it… Anyway, I can imagine what a huge sense of accomplishment it is to finally scratch this one off your WIP list and enjoy it as a finished quilt!

  7. It is very pretty! Congratulations for finishing it so early in the month.

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  10. Shellie says:

    Beth, I have been so anxious to see those pictures. It’s absolutely beautiful!!!!! You did a wonderful job. Looking forward to seeing you soon at our sew-a-thon.

  11. Jasmine says:

    This is beautiful! I love your custom quilting job on it. The loops and feathers are perfect.

  12. Hi, Beth! I love your 12 year old quilt. I think the colors are great. That’s a very interesting block pattern. It gives it a 3D look. I have a 20 year old quilt still needing me to finish hand sewing the binding which I started after Christmas. I needed something warm to wrap up in before I flew back to warmer weather. It will now have to wait until I get back up north. Thanks for the linky party.

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  14. Tish says:

    Beth this turned out BEAUTIFUL!!! Everything about it! Congrats on this finish and getting another monkey off your back 🙂

  15. Congratulations on the finish and how awesome to be reminded that it was still the 12 year quilt! I’m also glad you got a bit of a break and saw some sunshine. We’re still getting snow here but the rest of the week should be sunny for the first time in a while, which is something I’m excited about. 🙂

  16. Yay!!! COngrats on the finish and for being so far ahead!!! Yay!!!

  17. Jayne says:

    I am sure you are thrilled with this finish! It’s gorgeous and your quilting is so inspiring!

  18. Vicki in MN says:

    I decided I am going to use your idea for a border for the quilt that is on my frame right now. I usually don’t have very wide borders but this one is wide enough. I have seen this border before but your reminder of it came at just the right time!! Nice work on your quilt and congrats on the big finish:)

  19. Such a pretty quilt, and beautifully finished, I love long-term projects that show you how far you have come, those feathers are fantastic!

  20. Little Quiltsong says:

    This quilt is gorgeous!!

  21. Beautiful patchwork, stunning quilting. Although it took 12 years the finished quilt has definitely benefitted from your skills having been developed in that time.

  22. How cool! It looks wonderful. I do very minimal quilting, so I am in awe of the quilting you did. Take care, Mary.

  23. Cindy says:

    Twelve years… but boy is she a beauty!

  24. Congrats on the finish! Finishing off that first quilt is always special. My first sat unfinished for 17 years, so you did really well on getting yours done!

  25. That is a wonderful finish, Beth! It looks beautiful!


  26. The quilting on this is wonderful!! You have every right to do a happy dance. Whether you would pick these colors again or not, it still looks great! YAY FOR A FINISH! (I hope to join you on that in a few days)

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