I know I start every blog I post with “I know its been a while but…”

Maybe I am not the best blogger on the planet.  I realize now that the time and effort that my favorite bloggers put in to maintain an awesome, content-laden page is enormous, and I have great respect for them doing and sharing with everyone, on top of taking the time to make amazing creations.

That said, I did want to share the quilt I made for Christine, I really think its my best quilt yet.  Its my 5th quilt.  I finished it on May 21.   Its my first time free motion quilting!  That was an adventure.  In the first 1/4 of the quilting, I think I ripped out as many stitches as I sewed.  It was incredibly frustrating, but then…it just kindof clicked and I was able to finish it and be happy about the results.  Yes, if you look closely you can totally see that the stitches are all uneven lengths, and I did “cross the streams” a few times and overlapped my stippling, but all in all I think it looks great for my first time. The quilt was a little smaller than twin size.  I improvised most of the design based on crazymomquilt’s flea market fancy quilt top, I used fewer blocks, and a smaller size block.  I like the top but I think I love  the back of my quilt.  I think its really visually striking, and so bright and really makes me happy.  It hurt a little to give this one away, but the thanks I got from the recipient really made up for it!

the quilt top, for whatever reason I never got a pic of it on the finished quilt.

the quilt top, for whatever reason I never got a pic of it on the finished quilt.

close up of my first attempt at free motion quilting

close up of my first attempt at free motion quilting

the back, my favorite side on this quilt

the back, my favorite side on this quilt

the label. i always label my quilts! also, check out the binding, i made it myself!

the label. i always label my quilts! also, check out the binding, i made it myself!

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