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chinese coin quilt

I reached my goal of finishing everything that was on deck before the new year. barely. I was still binding the quilt new year’s eve night until we had to go out. I love the way it came out (and having it finished!) and wish I had photos showing the whole thing. but being short and not finding an empty enough wall have made that hard. I might trick tom into helping me next weekend though; I didn’t have the heart to make him stand outside when it was super cold this weekend.

chinese coin quilt (back)

I originally started quilting in close together, vertical wavy lines with grey thread. after eight lines and what seemed to be eternity, I decided that this wasn’t the way to go time and texture wise. I really wanted this quilt to be soft, something I could sleep under. the close lines were creating a stiff and rough fabric. of course this change of plans meant I had to rip out all the quilting, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you sit and do it. remember, this is a queen size quilt! I started over, this time with orange thread in random diagonal wavy lines. sooo much faster and drapey and so much easier to maneuver. the binding is carolina chambray in peacock, the best color ever.

chinese coin quilt (back)

with all this finishing, I have nothing on the needles or by the sewing machine. there are worse problems to have I’m sure. but now I really don’t know what to do with myself, there are almost too many opportunities. I know I want some cardigans and socks, I’m just not sure which cardigans and socks. this makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to walk to one of my bookshelves, grab some fabric or yarn, and make whatever I want. I think this is going to be my goal for this year, just being thankful. let’s face it, sewing and knitting aren’t the cheapest hobbies out there- especially if you add stashing (and a love for cashmere) to the mix. this year I just want to use what I have and enjoy the moment. not really a resolution, but more of a reality check.

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  • Stephanie January 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Awesome quilt and I’m glad you’re happy with it. I love your “reality check.” I need to do a bit more of that as well.

  • Virginia January 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    The quilt looks lovely!
    Knitting what I want to knit has become a huge thing for me after Christmas. I shall be more selfish this year.

  • Amy January 11, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    A beautiful quilt and a great reality check… 2010 is off to a great start!

  • Oiyi January 12, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I love the color fabrics you used. It looks like a cozy blanket.

  • CraftyCripple January 12, 2010 at 5:00 am

    I adore your quilt. The colours are amazing. I hate it when I run out of projects, that is why I always make sure I have several on the go at once, so at least I have something I can churn out while I plot my next move.

  • SylvChezPlum January 12, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love your quilt, esp. those orange colors ! Looks so cozy and warm 🙂

  • Diana January 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Love the way the warm yellows and oranges work with the deeps plum and green in your quilt. lets see the whole thing!

  • Allyson January 12, 2010 at 10:46 am

    How beautiful! That orange is stunning against the dark colors.

  • stefanie January 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    GLORIOUS! I love the back!!

  • Seanna Lea January 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Beautiful. I love the idea of taking joy in what I have. It’s so easy to just want something else and forget the bounty we already have (I know I do it every time I go into the yarn store without taking time to look at my stuff).

  • Rain January 18, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Love the quilt 🙂

  • Heather January 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

    So with you on the using-what-you-have concept. With the rapid fire stream of shiny, new commodities it’s so easy to forget that what we already have is sufficient. This Chinese Coin quilt is stunning, love the browns and greens with the splash of orange!