I felt quite pleased with myself last Thursday, as I managed to get my April project for ALYoF (A Lovely Year of Finishes) fully completed by the end of the month, rather than just to the flimsy stage which I had set as my original goal. Having a 4-day weekend over Easter, as well as a 3-day weekend towards the end of the month for Anzac Day observance certainly helped. 🙂
It was a good learning curve, this project, and at the end I probably felt about 60% happy with how it finished up. I definitely need to work on matching my seams better, and need to take a little more care with the cutting process as well, but it was still a fun project to work on 🙂 I ended up doing some big stitch quilting to tie it all together, using a variegated thread which created a pattern of its own on the reverse side which I found quite pleasing.
First up, a photo of the finished quilt:
Next, a photo of the reverse – you can see the sort of ‘improv’ effect of the variegated thread 😉
And finally, a close-up of the big stitch quilting on the front and back:
As I mentioned in a previous post, there’s a Facebook page for OBW fans (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1435295876732150/), and I’m really enjoying seeing some of the projects people are working on. I’ve already decided on my May ALYoF project (coming up in a separate post), but have been sorely tempted to change my mind and try another OBW after seeing some of the beautiful projects being created … However, since my intention in taking part in ALYoF is actually to finish off some of my UFOs, I’m going to be strong and resist the temptation!
It’s been a lovely weekend weather-wise here in Christchurch – actually, the forecast looked pretty good for the whole of the country – unlike Brisbane on Friday night, when the Anzac rugby league test between the Kiwis and the Australian Kangaroos had to be postponed due to torrential rain and a waterlogged pitch. The match was rescheduled for this evening and is due to start in about 20 minutes – our record in these matches has been horrible, but that doesn’t stop me saying, Go, Kiwis! 🙂