Thursday, May 27, 2010

Finished projects

This was a 'quick' project that was in Quilter's Companion - a magazine which comes with a DVD (very helpful when you are like me and HATE reading instructions). The design is by Lisa Walton who's amazing hand dyed fabrics I bought at the recent Craft show in Perth. (They don't feature in this quilt though - I'm not that quick!).I was almost creating a new record for myself and was headed to finish this quilt in a week, until I sewed myself to it!
Yes, I put the machine needle (on my brand new machine) all the way through my finger while quilting this! I calmly turned the hand wheel on my machine to remove the needle (ok, after yelling some words I will not repeat here), and went and knocked on my housemate's bedroom door. She was trying on outfits for a wedding, and not sensing any urgency in my un-urgent knock (she didn't hear the yelling), she got changed and then found me slumped on the bathroom floor!

I was lucky the needle didn't break in my finger or go into the bone (it went around the bone) and that my wizz-bang new machine was is 'needle down' mode so the needle only went through my finger once!

So it took me a few extra weeks to finish this quilt as I then had to get over my fear of quilting again! (I have learned my lesson - don't shiraz and sew!)

The quilt was made for my goddaughter Talia because I am a crap godmother and never send her things for her birthday or Christmas! It's inspired my best friend to start quilting again despite the fact that her boyfriend threw out her sewing machine (an old Pfaff of her mothers - absolute tragedy) and her stash of favourite fabrics!

This quilt took a fair bit longer to finish. I think I started it early last year and finished it at the start of this year after having wanted to make it for a few years. Sorry the pic is dodgy - the quilt is on the floor of the unfurnished flat I had in Geraldton (one good thing about having floor space!) and my dog's favourite toy, Pooh Bear has snuck into the picture. At least I managed to get the dog off it!