Feb 26, 2010

DQS8 Finished!

Sew & Tell Friday
 

 I'm so excited to be finished with my Doll Quilt Swap 8 mini. It will be in the mail today to someone special somewhere in the world (it's still a secret!). Go here to see some other great doll quilts.
Lessons Learned
  1. When what you thought was linen is really just stretchy (yet beautiful Daiwabo taupe) cotton, it might not be the best choice for whirlygigs or other blocks with anything like bias edges. Three of these turned out to be enough.
  2. Lace edging is beautiful, but when you are just showing the tiiiiniest bit of it, it just might shrink so much that your partner won't even notice it--after all the tries it took to get it straight, etc.
  3. If you continue to use pink fabrics because you really think your partner will like it, be prepared to be teased mercilessly by your friend at the LQS about your so-called hatred of pink (BTW, we will be giving away pink on Sunday).
 

Successes
  1. I really DO like all the texture in this little thing, which shrunk to smaller than the required size :(
  2. I really DO like the taupes and pinks here, my two least favorite colors (never say never!)
  3. When your machine seems to hate all pink/red threads (justifiably so, I think) and produces only ugly stitches with it, it is indeed a good idea to try a little hand quasi-quilting with some of the heavy threads you've been hoarding.
Come back for Simplify Sunday's Pink Giveaway! Check out the other Sew & Tells here.

Graitudes
  • Finally discovering the secret to excellent French toast--awesome eggs (doh!)
  • Ready to sew on the binding for Grandma's quilt tonight while Apolo wins more medals.
  • 4 out of 5 days of sunshine to get me through a cloudy weekend.

20 comments:

Dee said...

I appreciate the lace on the edge! This is a very fun, calming, pretty, and elegant little quilt!

If your partner doesn't like it, ahem. I'm just sayin'!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll figure out where the bird fabric came from and post it, hopefully, this weekend!

Fabulous Friday Finish!

Kristen said...

Beautiful quilt! I bet your partner loves this.

I love the hand stitching. It's the extra perfect touch!

Mrs Moen said...

It's gorgeous! None of the details will ever be unnoticed by a quilter; your partner will appreciate it for sure. I'm just getting used to working with taupes myself, and I'm quite pleased with the results. The stretchiness of some of the fabrics are not growing on me though...

Karen said...

You have done an awesome job. The texture in your quilt really adds to its beauty.

pinksuedeshoe said...

The details and the texture are beautiful. Truly. And that little bit of lace makes the whole thing just so elegant!

Michelle said...

I would so have that quilt...I love, love, love it!

Sew It UP! said...

The texture of the linen looks so soft. I love the finish! I'm sure your partner is going to love this!

Rene' said...

Kolleen, I think this is really great! I love the taupe and pink combination. Thanks for pointing out the lace as it is hard to see in the photo. Great touch. I am sure your partner will agree with all of us and love it! Thanks for sharing.

The Tripp Family said...

love it! I love the texture, the lacey edge, & the red hand quilting. Beautiful job!

Leslie said...

despite the hardships it gave you...it looks amazing!

Mary said...

This looks fantastic! Well worth the hard work, I'd say!

ivoryspring said...

Very creatively cute!

jlk said...

I love the texture.

Millie said...

I think it's beautiful!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I really like this because there is so much little bits of detail to see that it makes it a very interesting quilt.

Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhhhh, I love the texture of the fabrics and the burst of floral!

Nicole said...

Very nice! I'm taking notes on your lessons learned. No need for everyone to suffer, eh? :) I think the little peek of lace was just the thing - even if it was a bit of a headache.

ktquilts said...

If I were your swap buddy, I would be totally forgiving of any and all size requirements...that quilt is darling. You can see all the attention given to it! Great gift, and great finish!!
Blessings,
KT

amylouwho said...

Really cute and I love your lessons learned! I always need to hear things like that!

Rita E said...

I think it's lovely ... and I enjoyed your lessons learned!