Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. We sure did...the temps were up a little higher over the weekend, so we found ourselves wanting to get out of the house! We went to a couple of movies, out to dinner for Valentine's, a little shopping. We did attempt to go skiing, and even had the car loaded with our skis and equipment and made the drive to the resort, but we decided it was just too windy for us amateurs. LOL 50+ mph wind gusts on a ski lift does not sound like fun to me. :P
I didn't get much sewing done this weekend, though I did finish up a few projects in the evenings. I tried to get a few outdoor pictures, but the wind is still blowing like crazy...so I couldn't do much. First up is the soccer quilt for my nephew. I asked him his favorite color and he said Dark Yellow! He also loves soccer. I'm really pleased with this quilt...the yellow isn't too crazy after all. :)
You can see the snow is almost gone thanks to a couple of days of temperatures above freezing and the flag gives you an idea what the wind is doing! LOL
I had to go inside for a full picture...it would not stay flat outside!
I did the same fun swirly design as a previous quilt I showed...mainly because it was already set up on my machine! But I think it works just perfect!
On the back is a really soft flannel I found at JoAnn's. The black binding with mostly black backing makes for a not so easy time of hand-stitching! The fabric is sooo dark, it was hard to see as I usually stitch at night while watching the TV.
The next finish is my first Schnibbles quilt! I've had these two books for a couple of years, but just have never made anything out of them. I've been seeing lots of Schnibble quilts pop up on blogs and on Instagram lately, so I got itchin' to try one. I had these two OLD charm packs...I think I've had them 5-6 years. Kansas Troubles is a classic though!
I decided to go with "Plan C..." The patterns are really nicely written and they are quick to assemble.
And here is my finished quilt! I love it! I had intentions of hanging it where I have the "Warm Winter Blessings" hanging, but this one is just a bit too small. It's just a matter of moving the hangers...so we'll see!
I did a fun swirly quilting design and used an old homespun from my stash for the backing. The binding was another piece from my stash and isn't an exact match to the Kansas Troubles, but I think it's pretty close!!
And last is a quilt I showed earlier in January as one of the UFO's I wanted to finish up. Well...it's done! We had a new baby boy born to one of the families in the unit and at the last minute I decided I wanted to give them a quilt. I mean, I've known this baby was coming since I met the family last summer...but of course I waited until I get news the baby was born before deciding on a quilt. Since I had this top assembled...all it needed was quilting and binding.
I also decided to machine sew the binding on....this was my first -completed- attempt at this method. I've tried in the past and just gave up because I wasn't happy with the results. This time, I tried a couple of different things and I have to say, I'm mostly happy with the results! It's not my favorite way to finish the binding, but I definitely like the quicker finish! It's far from perfect...but I'll improve with more practice! I've heard that this is probably a more durable binding, especially for baby/toddler quilts that will be washed more frequently. Anyway...it's in the wash as we speak, by the way, and will be ready for delivery tonight along with the meal I am taking for the family!
Whew....that was a lot of pictures!! Hope you all have a great week!