Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Two Year Bloggiversary and Lifetime Finish #14

I actually missed it!  My very first blog post was April 17, 2016.  Hurray for two years!  Time really does fly when you are having fun and I DEFINITELY am.

OK, enough of that.  Today is really about my latest finish.  I love it so much!


Presenting Sweet Dreams which will be a gift for my youngest granddaughter who is turning one year old on May 31.  I actually got it done early!  Isn't this porch so purty!  I've been eyeing this place for a while.  It is on my way to work and I thought would be a perfect place to take pictures so today, on my way home,  I got up the nerve to knock on the door and ask if I could take pictures of my quilt near her tulips and on her porch.  She said "Of course!"  Country people are so nice!


So the top of this quilt went together super fast but of course, when that was all done I had no clue how to quilt it.  I knew I wanted to do feathers in the border, but the rest of it had no idea.  Here's a view from the backside . . .
One thing I did learn was not to make the curves too close to the edges.  Keep them closer to the middle.  I ended up with some pretty large feathers because of the spine being too close to one side but overall I think it looks ok.  I'm still learning and improving so that's good.

 I happened to be commenting on one of Tish's posts (Tish's Adventures in Wonderland) and we got into a conversation about this quilting dilemma and the next thing I know she's designed a quilting motif for me and get this!  She even sent me video's of her drawing the path to take without having to break thread.  Tish you are amazing!  She is right in the middle of mentoring New Quilt Bloggers, designing a mystery QAL and not to mention all of her own quilting projects and UFO's and she takes time to help me.  I was amazed at her generosity in sharing her time with me.  Thank you Tish!

She said she got the inspiration for this particular motif from Susan at Quilt Fabrication so thank you too, Susan.  You helped me and you didn't even know it!

Here's a closeup of the shapes in the gingham squares.  They kind of turned out looking like hearts.


This was the first use of my labels that I had printed, but even though it says "Handmade with love", the Janice Holton part sounds pretty impersonal for my own granddaughter so I'll probably embroider  something a little more personal with the year on it somewhere.  I should have thought of that before I finished it.


In between taking breaks from sewing on the binding, I entertained myself by making another house block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This month the color is yellow so here's my happy yellow house.  Designed my Sandra at Mmm Quilts!



This week was a very soul satisfying week in the creative department.  
I am finally learning how to FINISH!  
Robin, my BQF, aren't you so proud of me?  

Next project is quilting Ashley's quilt!

Oh, by the way!  I want to thank each and every one of you who have responded in the comments when I ask for help and advice.  I LOVE THAT!!  You say things that I would never have thought of and I always learn something so please keep it up.  This is my favorite thing about blogging and it is how I learn every time I do a new project.  So thank you!
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23 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quilt! Your granddaughter will have a forever memory of you making it for her. I know, because my gramma made one for me. Just love the colors and it looked wonderful laying next to those tulips...country folks are wonderful. Janice

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  2. Happy Anniversary. The quilt is beautiful. I can't believe you knocked on some stranger's door to take photos. I love it!!

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  3. Beautiful feathers, soft, cuddly quilt with a vintage feel and Congratulations on your blog anniversary!!!

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  4. Happy Blogaversary, Janice! You've covered so much in 2 years' time! Your sweet grand daughter will cherish this beautiful quilt. The checked border is so fresh and girly!

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  5. Hi Janice,
    What a wonderful quilt and how kind of Tish to help you with how to quilt in one continuous movement. Sweet! That's what I always need help with - mapping out the how-to once I figure what the what is!! Your picture on the porch is so cool! The tulips and geraniums look so perfect with your quilt. The little yellow house is so darn cute, too! It looks like a happy place to live. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. This quilt turned out just perfect!! And what a great setting for those photos. I love the "country" feel of it. :) The quilting is just lovely too. You need to give me some lessons on that!

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  7. Love the colors & quilting in your granddaughter's quilt! So pretty!

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  8. Such a sweet quilt for your granddaughter! 😊 That porch really is the perfect photo spot for your quilt! And I agree, the online quilting community is the best! 😊

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  9. I am SO proud of you and am looking forward to having the summer off so I can get back to my quilting! It looks like you have much to teach me!!

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  10. Belated Happy Blogaversity Janice, doesn't time fly when you are having fun! The quilt is beautiful and your quilting wonderful, you certainly haven't lost your touch. It looks lovely in the lady's garden, what a lovely setting and how kind of her to let you take the pics. Congratulations on your lovely finish.

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  11. What beautiful photos, with the geraniums and tulips!!! You are somewhere waaaay warmer than us. Our first crocus just came up today, which made me very happy! And your quilting is so lovely. You are such a brave quilter. That is one pretty quilt!!!

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  12. It came out beautifully, Janice! Tish IS amazing. I don’t think she sleeps 😉. Your quilting looks absolutely terrific. I have yet to feel confident enough to quilt feathers on a 'quilt that counts'. Well done!

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  13. Janice, this is gorgeous and your feathers look amazing!! Great job!

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  14. Your pics of the quilt with the flowers are so lovely. The stitching on your quilt really carries out the delicate fabric theme. Keep up the good work!

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  15. PS - Your yellow house is the happiest on the block, a ray of sunshine. O

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  16. Congrats on a gorgeous finish! You did a great job with the quilting. Your yellow house is very bright and fun. Good luck with the next quilting project. Happy stitching this weekend. (Did you find any suitable purple fabric for the matching quilt for the other granddaughter?)

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  17. LOL, you probably surprised the heck out of that homeowner when you asked to take photos. She probably never even thought something like that would happen. Good job! And congrats on your two-year blogiversary. Times does fly, doesn't it?

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  18. Congrats on this soft, sweet, beautiful finish! It's perfect for a little girl. Your granddaughter will love it! Big smile on my face picturing you knocking on your neighbor's door for permission to take photos of her porch! Only quilters understand that, LOL!

    Your quilting looks so, so good. It makes me happy to read about your excitement and pride about improving :)

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  19. Hi mom! I love this quilt so much, I am excited for you to finish my quilt :)

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  20. What a fun looking yellow house! I also really like the gingham binding on your granddaughter's quilt.

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  21. Happy blogiversary! What a beautiful sweet quilt! And I love your houses, the yellow one especially - looks like we may share a love of florals!

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  22. What a sweet quilt finish for your GD. Happy belated Blogiversary:)

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