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This is my second finish of 2011 and unlike my first finish I did a decent amount of work on this quilt this year. I quilted, bound and buried all the threads this past week. I love what Oh Fransson is doing on hers but since I’ve never tried free motion quilting I wasn’t game to try it for the first time on a quilt I love so much! Instead I opted for what many consider an old stand by but I’ve never actually tried before- stitching in the ditch.

I really like how it came out, the quilt is so fabulous

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That I didn’t want the quilting to detract from the “map appearance” of it.

I have one more quilt that has already been pieced and basted to finish before I really dig into my WIP pile. But the sense of accomplishment these are giving me is a really motivator to tackle the rest 🙂

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It’s a bit of a stretch to consider this my first “finish” but it is technically true. I started this quilt in November and by mid-December had finished piecing, quilting and even binding this quilt. But as usual I got stalled burying the thread tails. I really hate this part! The obvious solution is more continuous line quilting where the threads go off the edge of the quilt but it just doesn’t seem to be my style…

I thought I would manage to bury all the threads while traveling home for Christmas but eventually I got bored and the quilt sat in my car untouched until this week when I finally managed to finish it. I really like how it came out and I’m impressed with myself since I pulled most of these solids from my stash and still managed to make it work. The hardest part was the binding, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. I ran across this one on the sales rack of a local quilt shop and quickly snapped it up. If I had known I was going to use this when I started I would have added a more aqua toned blue but even without I think it all works really well together.

The quilt is for TH’s and my friend B.’s new son F. One of these days I will manage to gift a quilt before the baby is born…. TH and I know F’s parents from the military so the color scheme is fitting and masculine enough to please F as he grows up from a baby into a young boy. It’s also larger than a crib size quilt for the same reason. I hope he loves it!

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Unfortunately I don’t have a full picture of the last quilt I made in 2010. The one my nephew E is sitting on was actually made for his dad. As you can see in the photo the quilt uses a lot of Echino fabrics and a simple black and white color scheme. I really love how it turned out and at 72 inches by 90 inches it is the largest quilt I’ve ever made! Even more impressive was that I started it on the 20th of December “gifted,” it unbound on Christmas eve, and finished it on the 28th! I spent hours the week of Christmas pushing to get this done. My only regret is that I don’t have a better picture of it! It was shipped to Italy on the 30th so maybe once my brother gets settled in he will take a picture of the whole quilt for me.

The second to last quilt I finished was for E and I would happily have kept both these quilts for myself!

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Looking back on 2010 I completed quite a bit! Here are most of the things I’ve done. Almost all of it was for Christmas so I didn’t get pictures of everything or everything completed….but I’m still proud of myself. Now I just need to finish the stack of WIPs I have from 2009 AND 2010 😉

2010 Completed Projects!

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