Thursday, January 28, 2010

I rock.

I have finished my first quilt ever. It's for my newest niece, Brooklyn. She's over a month old now so it's a little late but...whatever. I'm a hero because I couldn't even sew before I made this. Seriously, I didn't know how to thread a sewing machine and I had to watch a bunch of Youtube videos to figure out how to slip-stitch. It looks awesome from a distance.

I took some pictures for you so that you could admire my mad skills.

Here is a picture of the front that Chris thought would be funny to ruin. Sniff.

Here is the front without any distractions:

Ahem, please note that I sewed her name into the border.

Here is the back:

It looks SO BEAUTIFUL from a distance. But when you get up close... heh heh, well it resembles Frankenstein stitches. I tried to take a picture of it but you can't see how tragic the back looks so well. I mean, I know this picture is not so flattering of my stitches, but I promise the real one is much worse.

Still, I am super proud. Hooray for me! I am awesome.


Kathy Haynie said...

Whoa, you DO rock! (And here I thought this post would have photos of you with Soapy in the rocking chair...) This is so amazing and beautiful! I want to know how you made that amazing border. I am seriously impressed.

I learned to quilt when Julia (my oldest) was a newborn. It was the bicentennial year, and we had just had moved into a "nearly dead" ward. We were the only "newly weds" in the whole batch. These darling old ladies were making a bicentennial quilt, and they let me come to the church and help quilt it. I am certain they went back and night and picked out my stitches. Ouch! They were sticklers. But I learned a lot from them!

Good job, Anna! Keep up the beautiful work!

Katie said...

Anna. You are amazing. I am seriously mega mega impressed. Maybe you should just move in with us so we can sew all the time and have a party. Think it over. And, again, that quilt is seriously very impressive. Much more impressive than any quilts I've made.

Bridget said...

That is so cute. I love the back with the two strips going across. Pay no attention to the Frankenstein stitches. It looks great and you are talented.

My Everythings said...

It's beautiful Anna! Great job. I am way impressed by the hand quilting. I could never have the patience for that.

Patricia said...

Yea!! Anna your quilt looks so great! It's just cute and I'm sure Brooklyn and her parents will love it. It's a wonderful gift!

Lisa Lou said...

I bet Chris is just jealous that Brooklyn gets such a beautiful quilt. I bet he wants one of his very own, Frankenstein stiches and all! I know I do!

Becky said...

Quilts are a labor of love Frankenstien stitches or no.

I saw this very quilt in person and it made me want to lay across it like a weirdo...just like it made Chris. It has super powers. Anna ROCKS!

And since she loaths thank you cards, I just want to take this opportunity to thank her for being my talanted, supportive, wise, and just plain FUN friend! And thanks for letting me borrow your loom...and your book...and...ahhh...I could go on and on about how awesome Anna IS.

Katie said...

You are awesome!! I made my first quilt for Jonah and it is great from afar, but horrible up close. I actually love that it isn't perfect. To me it is proof that I lovingly spend hours and hours doing it by hand, instead of just buying him a blankie (which there is nothing wrong with, I just wanted to make him one thing, because it is probably one of the very few things he will get homemade from me:))

Kristen said...

I love it!!! Congrats! You are my new hero :)

Kristen said...

Okay, also, I've just been reading a bunch of your back posts (I'm at Thanksgiving now) and cracking up, and then reading them to Tom who is also loving them. I feel like I have a new book to read! Yea, me! It's so exciting. Go you.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Anna, this is fabulous! You've discovered a new talent.
(hope you don't mind me sneaking over from Bridget's blog)

Katie said...


We can definitely still be family friends at Christmas. In fact, I think about that a lot. And just the other day I was telling Olivia how much fun we're going to have out there at Christmas. I am seriously so excited. And you totally intimidate me with your mad quilt making skills. So I think we're even.