I cannot believe the pressure I sometimes put on myself to finish quilts. Deadlines are motivating, but there are times when I get crazy to finish a quilt, and it's usually at Christmas, which is already a stressful time full of deadlines!
I just finished the Quiltmaker mystery called "Secret Window" which I started back in July. I am always surprised when a quilt is started and finished in the same calendar year!
I got my kids to hold up the quilt real quick before I wrapped it, so I didn't get a good photo of it but here is the finished quilt:
This quilt is made primarily from Sweetwater fabrics in the "Pure" line. I have loved every fabric line that Sweetwater has made so far (click here to go to their blog), and particularly like some of their prints that have inspiring words.
I must say that I made "record time" in piecing a simple backing and wondered why I usually grumble about that step of the process???!
This is a photo of the back of the quilt. I quilted a simple horizontal/vertical grid, then some stars in the 12 brown star blocks, and finished with the feathered border.
The quilt turned out better than I thought it might have at various points in the mystery (read this blog post for more details on that).
This lovely striped binding was stitched down by hand, while I filled it full of healing thoughts and loving wishes for the client who will be receiving it.
And here is the pile of presents all ready for Santa to deliver to her...the quilt is the gift on the top with the silver bow!