A Quilt for the New Year


I'm not going to lie.  This quilt has some issues.

Please ignore the crap on our bedside tables...

But for today's purposes, I'm going to focus on the positive.

One of the things that I love about quilts (especially scrappy ones) is that you can incorporate leftover fabrics from other projects into the quilt, allowing you to have a quilt comprised of so many positive memories.

The yellow polka dot fabric is left over from a little skirt that I made for my niece for her third birthday.

The blue apple fabric is from the Oliver and S playsuit that I made for Baby O.

But most special of all, the blue and purple patterned fabric is left over from the birthday dress that I made for Baby O for her first birthday.  Long after she outgrows that dress and it's packed away in a box, never to be seen again, I'll be able to look at this quilt and remember when Baby O looked like this.

I'm hoping that all the positive memories from the fabrics in this quilt erase all the negative memories from the actual making of this quilt.  Ughh!

The quilting of this quilt on my little home machine was a less than enjoyable experience.

There were times that I thought I was going to pull a muscle as I tried to get to those inner blocks!

Despite the lover's quarrels that this quilt and I had at times, I think that we've arrived at a good place in our relationship and we're excited to be entering 2011 together.

Happy New Year to you all!  May 2011 bring you much joy and happiness!


  1. What an amazing quilt! I love, love, love it.

    I'm totally impressed that you quilted it on your sewing machine. Looks great and so full of beautiful fabrics.

  2. Well, I think it's just lovely! A string quilt is on my to-quilt list for 2011. I love how each fabric means something to you, that's really cool.

    I saw your comment on my blog about my new machine, and came over to say hello - did you know your Blogger profile doesn't have an email address associated with it? Anyway, to answer your question, my new machine and I are getting along okay. I'm learning a lot about how it works, and there is definitely cursing along the way, but mostly because I'm not the sit-down-and-read-the-whole-manual-before-I-touch-something kind of person. I'm sure if I studied the manual well enough, there would be far less cursing. So far, I've quilted two pillows, one with a meandering stipple and the other straight-line style, and I must say, it was a lot easier than on my old (read: small) machine. I definitely plan to keep everyone posted on the learning curve! :)


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