Tuesday 12 January 2016

Goal One, Tick

Feeling quite pleased with myself as its only January 12 and I have my first finish for the year. I feel even better knowing that I didn't even start it until 2016 either. (I just won't think about the couple or so from last year that I haven't yet completed, but they will have their turn).

I'm agreeing that a good name is 'Pink Lemonade' (thanks Bonnie), a simple half square triangle baby  quilt.   
Seems like whenever I go outside to take a photo of a project the wind comes up. It could have something to do with the time of day I complete things and try to capture them. Perhaps I should try in the mornings but when I've just completed something I want to take a photo right there and then. 

I also wanted to make sure I had it quilted today so that I can pass it on to my friend tomorrow. And again, wouldn't you know it, my machine just didn't want to co-operate. I figured it was probably due for its annual service anyway and having done all I could do (new needle, oil, cleaned everything I could get to etc) I just surrendered and took it in to be serviced. I sure hope it comes back on better behaviour. 
So I attached a darning foot to my old faithful basic Janome, dropped the feed dogs and gave it a go, doing a simple loop all over. I don't have a long arm, or access to pantographs, just me and my guiding hands.  Thankfully its a small quilt (34" by 42") and it worked Ok. 
You can see a close up here which also shows that I machine quilted the binding using a little zig zag stitch for a bit of variety: 
As I was trying to use up some fabric that I had already used for at least one quilt, I didn't really want to go out and buy more pink or something that would work for the backing. So I decided to just piece what I had left over. I think that worked Ok. 
I'm going with the thought that certainly the baby won't care, or be aware what she is lying on and I think her first time Mum will just be pleased with the gift. And I'm pleased to be completing project one for the year - win all round!

Until next time,
Linking up with One Monthly Goal. 


  1. Pretty quilt and well done for quilting it! Hope your other machine comes back raring to get those two other quilts finished! Love the pieced back. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

  2. I love pink and yellow combo! And I really love the back you pieced. Good thing we have our "old girls" for backups when the divas decide to have temper tantrums, eh?

  3. Congratulations on your first finish! Love the baby quilt with all the pinks and HST's. Beautiful back too, love the border around the spare blocks.

  4. Good for you for finishing Pink Lemonade! It will make some baby really happy! (or at least the mama and papa!)