Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Craft Challenge success!

I did it! I managed to finish Emma's quilt by the end of September. A while back I proposed a craft challenge to get people to finish the crafts they were working on or letting lay fallow, before you could start a new one. And finish it by the end of September. Of course, I cheated on that new craft part, but I also managed to finish one other project as well by the end of September.

Here's what I did: I sewed 5 Halloween napkins and 1 full-sized quilt.

See that pile of fabric squares in the picture above? That's what it looked like in mid-August. Here's what it looks like now (don't mind the fabric pen markings - I still need to wash it). It's cotton fabric on the front and flannel on the back and the borders, so it's nice and soft and cuddly. The batting is 100% organic cotton. Not bad for my first quilt, if I don't say so myself. And, did I mention I completely hand sewed the whole thing? A completely electricity-free made quilt?


I was thinking I wouldn't finish it by the end of the month and then figured that I'd finish it by her birthday at the end of October, but I went full steam ahead and got 'er done! Now I can start the pajama pants I bought fabric for when I was cheating.

How did you do? Did you finish what you started?

6 comments:

Billie said...

How I wish! How did you manage so much free time?

During the last couple of months, I managed to finish hand quilting my quilt and attaching my binding to the front. I am now almost 1/2 way through attaching the binding to the back.

I also finished hooking my rug and doing part of the proddy work. Lots of time needed for finishing it tho.


And then there was the cheating *sigh* While I might not have started any other projects, I did collect materials for other projects. I decided to collect material for:
1. A quilt for my step-father
2. A cat blanket for my couch
3. A scrap quilt made from a couple of strip remnant bags

I didn't touch the curtains that need to be sewn or the cross stitch project that is on the go.

Michelle said...

I was impressed... and then I read that you hand-stitched the whole thing. Then I was totally boggled! Great job - it's SO pretty :)

I failed utterly at this challenge, but in my defense I was so sick I spent two WEEKS in bed (and I have four children, the oldest of whom is all of 12). I did start a new sweater's first sleeve last night, though.

Crunchy Chicken said...

Let's just say that I watched a lot of movies. One of the benefits of handstitching is that you can do it anywhere, from the couch or in bed (watching movies online).

Liz said...

That is beautiful! Well done for getting it finished.

Sherry said...

It's beautiful! I missed the challenge, but I did have a dream a few nights ago about starting to quilt again. Now, to dream up the time to do it :-)

Erica said...

You hand sewed that? Holy sheetcrackers. Color me impressed. I really need to learn to sew ... at least enough to reattach a button or something.

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