I so admire the delicate, precise stitches of a beautifully hand quilted quilt. I can only imagine the patience and dedication quilting by hand requires and I love the vintage feel a quilt has when it’s done by hand.

About a year ago I was given a partially pieced quilt top by my youngest sister. (She tried, but quilting is just not her thing.) So I finished the top and, after much persuasion and encouragement from my quilty sister, I decided to try to hand quilt this baby sized quilt.

You know, it’s good to try new things. When it doesn’t work out, at least you can say you tried – right?

I tried. Didn’t work. I absolutely couldn’t do it. And my admiration for those of you who do hand quilt grew tenfold.

Unexpected Quilt

UNPICKING THE HAND STITCHING

This week I wanted an easy project to work on just to keep my sewing mojo during Christmas week. So I picked out all the hand stitching I had done  and did a nice loopy meander on the baby quilt. I finished hand stitching the binding while watching a Christmas movie and voila! another WIP finished.

Quilt Front - Unexpected

FRONT OF QUILT

The quilt was originally suppose to be large enough to use as a picnic quilt, but I had to rework it so it’s a bit smaller. It will make a great donation quilt for a sweet little girl somewhere.

Unexpected Quilt Close-Up

I’ve learned that there are some things I cannot do and I’m okay with that. I’m happy to call this a finish! I’m naming this quilt ‘Unexpected’ because so much of it was a surprise to me.  I also think it’s a fun name for a baby quilt. 🙂

I have several projects lined up for 2015 and I can’t wait to get started! Today I’m linking up with TGIFF @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! @Confessions of a Fabric Addict