After 26 Quilts

26quiltsgridbFrom April 2013 to April 2014 I set a goal of finishing 26 quilts to celebrate my 26th year. It was an insane project that truly took me until May of 2014 to complete 100%, and definitely kept me busy – at one point, I was finishing a quilt a week. But, in all of those months of quilting, I can say, without a doubt, I accomplished the goals I set when I first started this project. I am a more confident quilter. I have tried new techniques and, as a direct result of this project, have participated in two quilt swaps (more on these coming soon). I have shared woven love with friends near and far, and in the process, created a plethora of memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Most importantly, I learned so, so much. A few of the tidbits I discovered include:

  • Quality fabric is expensive, but worth it
  • The “simplest” of quilts can be the most appreciated of gifts
  • Seam Rippers are my best friend
  • It’s always a good idea to buy more needles and thread that you’ll think you’ll need
  • Audiobooks are awesome background noise
  • Cats are strongly attracted to quilts – both finished and not
  • Quilting is an excellent ‘escape’
  • free-motion quilting is harder than it looks
  • corner matching can make or break your pattern
  • Like anything else, you can have too much of a good thing (It took me three months after #26quilts to want to pick up another piece of fabric)

While I do not have anything planned for my 27th year, I am still quilting. In fact, I have at least 5 quilts on my list that need to be finished before Christmas. So, all in all, I’m calling this one a huge success. To view a complete list of all 26 quilts, click here. For a glimpse of my upcoming quilting projects, follow me on instagram.

Happy Quilting!

 

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