I was so excited to see a glimpse of the sun through the clouds on Friday. I was sitting at my machine sewing when all of a sudden there was light shining through my window. You should have seen me – as soon as I realized it was the sun I was speeding around the house gathering camera, tape, my shoes and quilts.

Specifically the Twelve Year quilt.

Of course, by the time I got the tape on the quilt and hung it on the outside wall, the sun was behind the clouds again. I tried to wait it out and it was a battle with the wind trying to blow my quilt away. It must have been quite amusing for the neighbors to see me wrestling the quilt and looking at the sky over and over again. “Is it a bird?” “Is it a plane?” Oh well. Someone has to provide the entertainment for them, so it might as well be me, right?

Needless to say, these aren’t the best pictures. The quilt is hanging crooked and the clouds were fighting the sun, but at least I got a few dry pictures to share with you. (If you look on the lower left side of the wall, you can see how wet it still was.)

Card Trick QuiltThe quilt really is straight and square, but it certainly doesn’t look like it here. That’s me, a bad tape job, and the wind. Ignore that, and just look at the pretty quilt. 🙂

I am very happy that it took me so long to finish this quilt. I mean, when I pieced the top it was the first quilt I had ever made. (And all those points are darn near perfect!) At the time I didn’t know anything at all about free motion quilting – I had never even heard the term. I definitely didn’t have the skills to quilt it myself.

But now I do, and I love how it turned out. Just look at all that crosshatch stitching. Makes me want to do a happy dance every time I see it.

Crosshatch FMQ

I’ve already shown you the feather/matchstick border, but here’s a shot of the design as it rounds the corner. Not all the corners look this good, but it gives me hope to know that it’s possible to for me to have decent cornering feathers. Is that even a term? Hmmm….I think it is now..

FMQ Feathers Border

I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting in the quilt and I am a big fan. It was wonderful to stitch. Even with all that crosshatch quilting, the quilt drapes beautifully and doesn’t feel stiff at all. It feels light, not heavy, but is wonderfully warm. All these pictures were taken after the quilt was washed and dried, and you can see there was not a lot of shrinkage.

So there’s the Twelve Year quilt. This is my first finish of the year. I told you before that I wanted to finish it before the end of 2016 so I wouldn’t have to rename it. My Mom reminded me that since the quilt wasn’t even made until the summer of 2004, then it’s still only 12 years old until July. Yes!!

How about one more picture? Then I’ll stop. Promise.

Card Trick Quilt Finish(See, it is square!)

I’m very proud of this one. I love the piecing and the quilting. What is funny is I’m pretty sure I would never choose these fabrics if I made this quilt today, but I do love the look of them here.

And that, ladies and gents, is my crush for this weeks Main Crush Monday! It was my OMG for January, and I finished it with plenty of time to spare. I’ve already been thinking about which UFO should become my February OMG. I’ve got two that are competing to be next, so we’ll just have to see which one wins out.

Now it’s your turn to share your crush with us. What are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? We would love to see! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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