Monday, July 30, 2012

Quilt Finishes

It's been a while ..... even I was a bit taken aback when I realised my last post was more than six months ago - time just goes so quickly. My only excuses are work pressures, long hours and the fact that I haven't had any significant crafty finishes to post here in my quilty diary.

But all that has changed! I had a heap of annual leave accrued that our auditors were quite keen for me to take and I managed to get my main projects either finished or past the critical phases to a point where they could be overseen by someone else. So, I am on 7 weeks leave. Yes, 7! That will get my annual leave down to a respectable 12 weeks accrued.

I've already been off for 3 weeks. My, that has flown! I had to see to a few car repairs and have had a few days catching up with friends. I managed to spend a lovely day in Bowral catching up with some patchwork friends I haven't seen in ages.

Apart from that, I've been sewing! And more shockingly, finishing things!

First up is a quilt top that I pieced from a kit years and years ago and never got around to finishing. This one is big, about a queen bed topper size.

Before going on leave I stocked up on some goodies from Fat Quarter Shop, including a Papillon layer cake. After piecing the top and quilting, I decided to give it to my Mum for her birthday so had to take a hasty photo on a windy day:

The Papillon quilt is a good queen topper size too. I quilted this one a bit more laboriously - 1/4" lines on both sides of each seam, so it took me a little while to quilt but it looks great and I am so pleased with it - although the photo does not do it justice.

And my last finish is this little stitchery quilt I pieced a while ago.

Inspired, I've been dragging out old unfinished quilt tops and working out what I need to finish them. I was lucky enough to find some quilt shops online still stocking some Moda fabric ranges from years ago so was able to find appropriate borders, binding and backing fabric for some of them so watch this space for more finished quilts. I wonder if I can average one a week for my leave?