I decided this year that I wanted to make my best effort to participate in some of the Project Quilting challenges. And, while I am pretty comfortable sewing anything in the clothing/bag/accessory realm... quilts are scary. Yes, hush all you quilters, they scare me.
When we were little (like 7 or 8) my Great Aunt tried to get us to quilt. My younger cousin, who is pretty flighty, had the patience to sit there and do it, I on the other hand, got bored sewing square after square, and I wouldn't pay attention and my rows would end up all wonky. But, many (many, many) years later, I have decided that I can do this this...
I made a quilt for my older brother's wedding, and I really enjoyed it, even though I found it insanely stressful, but I need the push to force me out of my comfort zone, so Project Quilting seemed like the perfect thing.
This week, Challenge 3, the challenge was Sweet Treats and you can read all about it here.
And, remembering, I am still in my 100 items (misery) challenge, so I shopped my stash.... and with help from Inara (as always), decided on:
I wanted to make it sort of like a nerdy pixel quilt, so I pulled up Powerpoint... and here is where you get to laugh at me... Some very nice friends said the first one "sort of" looked like an animal:
In retrospect, I wish I had rounded off the tops of the feet like I did the ears and maybe extended the hands and rounded those off too.... but all in all I'm really happy with it....
So then to work... Here's progress when I had a moment of "do I REALLY need to put a border on?"
Then I got down to pin.... and realized these were the only pins I had...
Which were slightly less than fun to work with (note to self, pick up bigger pins), and then on to the quilting... My walking foot and I aren't really on good terms, so it was a little slow going for the stitch in the ditch around the bear outline and the border:
Am I the only paranoid one who does this every little bit?
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After that, some stitch in the ditch around the gummy bear blocks and add the binding... and TA-DA!!
I will definitely play again for the next challenge! Stay tuned, we've got a busy week around here!