I had to make a promise to myself to complete some unfinished projects before diving into any new ones. So, I am pleased to share with you not one but two completed projects! You have no idea how proud I am.
The quilt was actually the first one I ever made, and I'm mortified to admit that it was nearly ten years ago that I started it. I had never, ever considered making a quilt before, but I was at an Anthropologie store one afternoon and became overwhelmed with the desire to make my own quilt with what I envisioned being a very French country theme, eventually settling on a simple nine patch design. I had the most fun selecting all the fabrics and held onto the inspiration long enough to complete everything but the binding. Oh, the binding - so, so tedious. I know there are those out there who actually enjoy this final step in the quilting process, but I just consider it a necessary evil to an otherwise enjoyable endeavor. And so, my quilt has gone unfinished for these ten years until now while I continually started new, more exciting projects. I spent my evenings last week diligently stitching, and Sunday night I stayed up until 2 a.m. watching old 120 Minutes while working on it - refusing to quit until it was finally completed. Such an exciting life I lead...
Here is a shot of it on the bed and not a very good one at that. Taking pictures of a quilt is not so easy, afterall, but I think you get the idea. I placed it on the bed to get a view of it, but its permanent home will be on the guest bed.
Next up was the little bear above that I started a couple of years ago. I rediscovered it while working on my studio last week and decided it was a project that also needed completing. To be perfectly honest with you, I can't even remember why I was making him, but he was a little guy I designed and hand stitched and remember really enjoying making. I couldn't tell you why I didn't finish him, but I think it all worked out for the best because I was able to give him to little J, who already loves him dearly - promptly naming him bare bear.
Now that I've gotten those things cleared away, I'm ready to get started into a couple new quilts - one at a time...I think.