07 May 2014

ALYoF April and May !

a mini quilt is my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes for May but first a roundup of my April almost finish !

The Happy Weekender quilt was my goal for the April ALYoF and I'm happy to report that I added the borders to the already half made top and also completed the quilting - yippee !

If I'd got my butt into gear I might have had the binding done before the ALYoF linky deadline - I just needed to clean off my cutting table so I could trim and square up - its funny though - I was tossing up about machine sewing the binding or hand sewing so I think that was really the issue that held me up !

I'm pretty happy with the quilting - its an all over "meander" of loops and hearts - this is the second time I've used this design - I feel pretty comfortable with it already so I'm hoping that if I keep practicing I might even be able to think about using another design on my next quilt (or maybe the one after!).

this weekend I'm going to trim and square it up and sew on the binding and I think I might machine sew it down - I need to practice so that I can use it on charity quilts that might get a little more rough treatment in the washing department :)

onto my ALYoF project for May ...  I want to finish the Thimbleblossoms mini quilt - Puddlejumping - which uses the rolling stone block.  I've used a Wallflowers charm pack (by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew) which I think is just adorable!

Its small, simple (although a smidge fiddly) and just the right size project to get done in a few weeks -  I've sewn the blocks together but it still needs sashings then basting, quilting, and binding - oh and yes mum, don't forget the label :)

 A Lovely Year of Finishes