Monday, February 4, 2013

Longest Work-in-Progress

Many (not a few) years ago - let's just say it - 18 years ago a pattern came out on the Internet from McCall's Quilting. The pattern was "Christmas Wreath" and it was November, 1995. In 2001 (from the date stamp on my printed sheet) I came across this pattern. The wreath was made up of lots of half square triangles in an assortment of greens and reds. In true fashion I looked at it and dove right in. I didn't have a clue to what I was doing. I doubt very much any of these seams were true 1/4" seams. I winged it with fat quarter bundles I got from my local Jo Ann's.

Looking at this WIP brings me back to when my children were young and in some sort of school program. I had hours to myself that I had not seen in awhile so I jumped into those itsy-bitsy HST's with enthusiasm that I've never had before.

I was an extreme amateur tackling something that truly only someone who's actually done this before would do. My points aren't true, my squares weren't accurate but I burst through the challenge like no one's business.
So it is only fitting that I choose this beautiful wreath as my February finish. I will be first of all taking apart batting that I had started to sew in the ditch (I was clueless remember). I have backing fabric already so I'll sandwich, pin and use my walking foot like no body's business. Nothing fancy just straight seams. Then I'll make a binding and find some sort of tutorial on that because I've definitely never added a binding to something before.
Then when I'm done I can cross off my longest WIP, a first of hopefully many finished quilts even if it's just a wall hanging size and getting over my fear of making and sewing some binding. Wow! I do have a little ammunition in my corner that we'll be on winter break for a whole week and it will be give me plenty of time to sew.
A Lovely Year of Finishes Have a Great Day!



Celtic Thistle said...

Judy, you should definitely get marks for enthusiasm and stamina with this quilt! Good luck with the binding I am sure it will be a breeze now.

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