Here's a little project I finished up today.
This a baby quilt for my youngest nephew.
He's eight years old now.
This thing had been sitting in my scrap fabric box, 75% finished, for all that time. It bugged me every time I got into the box. I'd made one using the same pattern (from an old Kaffe Fassett quilting book - I don't remember which one) for his older brother. I hoped to get a second quilt out of the leftover fabric, but I just didn't have enough, so I lost steam and never finished it.
But my procrastination over the shirt inspired me to dig it out this week. I added one more strip of blocks to the length to give me an odd number on each side (9 by 11 blocks) then pieced together some leftover muslin for the back, made a sandwich, and did a quick stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.
The bias strips for the binding were already cut years ago, so all I had to do was sew them together, trim, and attach them to the quilt. I decided to do the final bit by hand, just for practice, since this is a very small quilt. I did that today while listening to one of the Thread Cult podcasts Lisa G. turned me on to. Then I finished up with a quick wash and dry.
I really love this combination of fabrics, and would do a full size quilt like this if I could find similar yardage. It's a combination of ticking, chambray, a navy and white plaid and various colors of madras plaid. Each square is 2.5" square before sewing, so only 2" square after sewing. Each strip alternates a blue piece with all of the different madras pieces.
Since I ran out of fabric, it's very small. It was 18" x 21" before washing, and it shrunk by a full inch in either dimension after washing and drying, so it's now 17" x 20". It's going to live on the back of my knitting chair, antimacassar-style, and I'm going to use it to protect my thighs from the computer when it gets warmed up and I'm wearing shorts!
Have you guys ever finished a project yeeeeeeears later? I've done it several times!
And there's still one more unfinished quilt in that box . . .