A while back I mentioned that the I'd finished the cross stitch that's in my header (actually, a few months ago).
It is one of the first things I decided to finish after my needlework "hiatus". Out of curiosity I looked for a date on the pattern. Wow... 1983. (Thankfully it wasn't dusty blue and pink ducks! lol) Here's the full shot.
I'm going to frame it myself, venturing into new territory. Thanks to the internet, I found lots of info on ways to tackle it. I think I'll document what I do and share it here. Call it a tutorial if you must. If nothing else, it'll be a good reference for me. It's on this weekend's to-do list.
Speaking of lists, I have my goals for 2010.
- First quilt finish - #1 goal for the year
- 2 wall hangings - got the bare walls in place
- 1 lap quilt - a must when you live with snow 1/3 of the year
- 2 table runners - so my furniture doesn't feel left out
- A few small, fun things - such as a pincushions & a bag
- Wool penny rug - yeah, I'm on that bandwagon too
- 12 blocks of the Civil War Bride Quilt - towards a 2011 finish
- 30 Nearly Insane blocks - I'm afraid a higher goal would be crazy (get it? crazy?... never mind)
- Hand quilt something - this will be a new skill
- Something out of Kaffe - I love what I see & it pushes me out of my normal range
- Finish the "this-is-not-my-burial-shroud" project - a secret, revealed in due time
- Carve out a spot at my home for my sewing - versus borrowing the dining table
- Stitchery time > (greater than) time spent blog reading & surfing the net - Last, but definitely not least... can you relate?
Number one, I knew this would not be done by hand. I think my old machine and my old skills are up to the task.
Number two, needed to pick a design. I poured through my inspiration books.
Oh for goodness sakes, the pressure I gave this poor quilt. Because I kept thinking, this will always be known as my "FIRST Quilt". When people say, show me your first quilt, this will be "The ONE".
You should be rolling your eyes by now.
At least I found one rational brain cell in all of this... I shouldn't pick something too big or difficult... kind of interferes with the goal.
Remember the goal? A finished quilt.
Meanwhile, I was checking out my favorite blogs and spied something. I really liked the design.
Photo courtesy of Lori
Lori (of Humble Quilts) showed this vintage quilt and offered a quilt-along with the cute name of Cheddar and Crackers. The catch? The quilt-a-long is for a little quilt, 24" x 24".
Does a little quilt count as my first finished quilt? It felt like I was cheating. But I don't care. ;-)
I think it may be perfect for one of my other goals, hand quilt something. !
I've signed up for tomorrow's Friday Night Sew In. Time to put up or shut up. Just do it.
Show and tell on Saturday.