Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Finishing stuff

I think one of my goals for this year is going to be to try to finish old projects laying about the place .... and there are so many of them. Whenever I'm hunting for something I come across another one. So my other goal is to clean up my sewing room, and the first step is to finish a few abandoned projects.

This is one of them, a small log cabin quilt. The borders don't really go but I've also given myself a few rules about finishing things without buying new fabrics, so my new mantras are "near enough is good enough", and "whatever it takes to finish it".

I spent yesterday sewing binding onto both of these quilts, plus another big quilt even though I haven't finished quilting that one. I think it is quilted enough for the batting not to shrink any further. I started hand quilting it a couple years ago and then abandoned it. I'd like to finish it though, there is just so much quilting to do .... and my fingers hurt from sewing on three bindings. I even have a blister!

I found this great site with some free stitchery patterns a few weeks ago and printed off a few that really appealed to me but so far have only completed one (above) which I antiqued with some Parisian essence.

Note: Thanks Tanya of Tanya's Prim Thyme Designs for correcting me. The above is actually one of her patterns, available for free here: http://www.patternmart.com/pattern/9045/Free+Prim+Crow+Stitchery+Pattern

It is Australia Day todayhere and everyone will be off to celebrations. The biggest thing around here is at Parramatta Park which is where some of my family and friends will be today. I don't plan on going if I can help it, Spice is a bit down today and won't let me out of her sight. She's eating, so I don't think she's sick, but I think she may have hurt herself somewhere as she is sad and she was whimpering a little last night and wanting to be cuddled all night. I can't find any injuries, so maybe she just pulled a muscle on our walk yesterday afternoon. I hope it is just that. There is nothing sadder than a puppy who has lost her wag.


Anonymous said...

Happy Australia Day Vanessa! I'm trying to use up my stash too and it is one of my 'rules' for 2010. If your fabric doesn't quite match try dying it in a weak dye solution. toni xxx

Thimbleanna said...

Lovely projects Vanessa - I especially love that log cabin. I hope Spice soon finds his wag! Happy Australia Day!!!

Lisa D. said...

Good for you for finishing and using only stash. I should make that pledge, too! What pattern did you use for your quilt with the At Water's Edge fabrics? It's really pretty!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love both of those quilt tops...great job! Don't you love finishing things?

a good yarn said...

Poor Spice, I hope she is okay. You have some lovely projects there. Good for you to set yourself the task of finishing them. Ann :-)