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First Finish of 2011

I'm not really a New Year's Resolutions sort of girl. I believe constantly working on small goals works a whole heck of a lot better than setting huge goals once a year. That being said, I did give up Pepsi (my fifth favorite thing on the planet) on January 2nd. That wasn't a New Year's Resolution, though- just finally getting around to actually doing something I'd been talking about for a long time. So I don't have any New Year's Crafting Resolutions. No elaborate rules for myself about fabric buying or WIPs or what to do on what day of the week. I do, however, have some crafting mantras I'd like to keep in mind for this year.

FINISH WHAT YOU START

USE WHAT YOU HAVE

MAKE WHAT YOU WANT TO MAKE, AND MAKE IT THE WAY YOU WANT TO MAKE IT. (Gwen Marston via Crazy Mom Quilts)

So, that's it. Pretty simple, huh? I'm pretty proud to say that my first finish of 2011 fits all three.
Little Forest Wallhanging
Pattern- Little Forest Quilt from the Purl Bee
Started- Febuaryish 2010
Restarted- December 31, 2010
Finished- January 6, 2011
Obviously, I'm finally finishing what I started almost a year ago. I've got a lot of barely started projects like this lying around. I think I've got four or five quilts cut out ready to start sewing. Those are first on my to-do list. It was also made using what I have. No trip to the craft store for this one. Scraps for the trees and trunks. White from a cut up IKEA sheet. Backing and binding from stash. Batting from leftover scraps. And, while I liked the pattern- I made some adjustments to make it just the way I wanted.
Camouflage Gnome and Cottage
I added a little gnome and his cottage hiding among the trees.
Bird Tree and Tree Tree
The original pattern had a seam right down the center of the trees. Not a big fan of that at all. So, I figured out a far fussier way (paper-piecing) to make the blocks which took longer but got rid of that annoying seam. These are my two favorite trees, by the way- a bird tree and trees within the tree.
Little Forest Quilt in Action
The plan is to hang it in the kid's bedroom once I find the appropriate stick to hang it from. Just imagine how cute it will be once I actually make their blue and green forest themed quilts (which have been cut out for months now). Maybe some pale, pale blue paint on the walls and some throw pillows too. Yeah, I'm full of big plans.

Comments

balloongal said…
Oh, it is so cute. I love the gnome.
ezeldabeth said…
i love it! i spied the little gnome (cutie) but missed the hut until you pointed it out...and i love your plans for the room! you're off to a great start, can't wait to watch as you go :) thanks for sharing

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