Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First Quilt Finish of 2011

One of my goals was to finish more quilts than last year, well today I finished my first quilt of the year. And that makes me even with last year.  Which means I only need to complete one more to reach my goal... sort of.  I would really like to finish more than that! 

I decided to make my brand new niece a quilt for Christmas. Yes, I know it is after Christmas, but this is the first time I have seen her since she was born Dec. 7th. My sis and the kids came over today and since I waited until the last minute to finish this quilt, I finished stitching the binding on about one minute before she walked through the door!

I actually took this photo as my photo of the day. I have seen a few bloggers who have done this and I though That sounds fun, I am going to try to do that~
I made this quilt in a couple of days, which is record speed for me.
I was in love with this quilt & this quilt, which were my inspiration.

Hard to see in this photo, but I hand embroidered her name on the quilt before I quilted it.

A little vintage doily added on the back.  I used vintage sheets for the front- except the orangeish one is from the shabby chic collection at target that I found at the thrift.  I backed it with pink flannel.  For the quilting I did random lines vertically and horizontally, which was a new technique for me.  I also free motioned hearts randomly throughout the quilt.

This is the first quilt that I have made for someone outside of my household.
Here she is taking it for a spin:)  And yes, that is her hair ... not a hat!  


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

..and it is just beautiful!! What a darling little baby, too. I am sure she will declare it to be her favorite quilt of all.

Happy New Year and happy sewing!


landcuckoo said...

Great going! It looks lovely. I have a collection of things to finish, you may have just given me that burst of inspiration to crack on and finish them!
take care
Sarah x

saganaga said...

i love the added touch of the doily in the corner on the back ~ clever idea : )

MissesStitches said...

Beautiful! And I love your quilting design. I always like freeform randomness like that. Definitely going to try it.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I vintage sheet quilt is on my list for this year. =) This one is adorable!!

Sophia said...

What a beautiful quilt - and a beautiful little girl! I love all that hair! :)

Thanks for the inspiration to actually use my sheets instead of hoarding them. I'm challening myself to make several quilts as gifts this year, too, and I'm already halfway done on my very first one.

betsy said...

i am so inspired by this quilt... i recently became addicted to using vintage sheets and hope to finish a quilt top with them asap!

Jan said...

Just found your blog and wanted to tell you that is beautiful. I think I need to try and find some vintage sheets now. And that baby is real cute, so much hair.
Happy new year, and I added you to my blog list.

ricebabies said...

So very lovely. I am collecting but I am not sure I have enough for a big project yet.

Colima said...

Good job on the first quilt of the year! Your new neice is a cutie pie!