This is my own quilt! Finished in my studio! I did a freehand all-over feathery flower design on it because I rarely get to do that dense of a design on my customer quilts. I began last night and finished this afternoon. It was quite therapeutic to be doing my own quilt, and refreshingly stress-free to not care if it didn't come out perfectly. In fact, I didn't even tie and bury any of my threads. I just snipped 'em! Woohoo!
In the past few years I've begun so many of my own projects. Before I became a longarm quilter, I always finished one project before I moved on to the next. And then I became that fragmented person I thought I'd never be. In my project box are about 6 or 7 unfinished quilts in various stages of incompletion. According to my spellchecker, that is actually a word.
Anyway, most days I look over at my Unfinished Projects Bin with a quivering lip.
And then yesterday something wonderfully unexpected happened: I ran out of customer batting! So I just had to do the responsible thing and begin to finish something. Anything.
This Log Cabin quilt was the result of teaching my first quilting class last year. Since I only had one student, I didn't want to stand around and give orders. So the logical thing in my mind was to sew along with her. The downside is that I inadvertently increased the contents of my Unfinished Projects Bin.
But, the upside is that I finally got to play in my studio today! And this is what came out:
I can tell I am in dire need of more practice. But the fun of it was so distracting that I didn't even care if the motifs weren't as smooth or perfectly-spaced as I would've liked.
By the end of the day, I had already gotten the backing pieced for the next unfinished project. Which I hope to finish over the weekend.
This very pretty customer quilt was finished yesterday, and I love how the Camellias look on it:
The thread color is so perfect, that I keep looking at it and smiling. I ordered 2 spools of that specific color from Fil-Tec this week so I can be sure to always have it on hand.