Friday, January 25, 2013

Ta Dah!!!!

Do you remember those nature films teachers used to show years ago?  The ones where a seed would sprout, grow into a plant, and bloom in just a minute or two?  I loved those movies!  I'm pretty sure they used to show them on Sunday nights on the Disney show, but we were always at church on Sunday nights---except for the one Sunday night each year when my brother and I were suddenly taken ill.  Strangely, this seemed to coincide with the broadcast of "The Wizard of Oz," which is really a terrifying picture if you think about it....

Any way---last night I posted pictures of my Baltimore Album quilt top.  Tonight, I am happy to present.....(drum roll, please!).....the finished quilt.  Ta-Dah!!!!

A million thanks to Mimi Dietrich and her book, Baltimore Basics.  Although it is now, sadly, out of print, my very wonderful husband ordered a copy of it directly from Mimi for my birthday.  I really challenged myself with this quilt--new techniques, fabrics that were out of my comfort zone--and I'm really happy with what I've learned.  And now....on to the next quilt....'cause there's going to be a wedding.....:)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stage One--All Done!

Oh, my goodness--it has been entirely too long since I updated this blog.  I don't think it's laziness exactly--more like distraction.  All kinds of exciting things have been going on, but first.....ta-da!!!

Here's the top--all the blocks and the appliqued border!  It isn't the greatest photo in the world, but I hope you can see the little bluebirds of happiness in each of the corners.  They may be my new favorite--I've always included hearts in my quilts, usually in the quilting, but there just may have to be a bird or two in every quilt in the future....

The top has been finished for quite a while--in fact, long enough so that I put the last stitches in the the binding today.  It's drying after its wash (have to get rid of all the washout blue marker and any oils from my hands.  Just barely in time--my quilt guild's "big reveal" (doesn't that seem like it should be in capital letters---the BIG REVEAL---followed by a drum roll?) is Monday night.  I can't wait to see what everyone else has been doing!

P.S.--Thanks to Karen for asking how this quilt was coming along--I needed a little nudge to get busy posting again!