I did it! I finally did it! It took me a year and 3 months, but I finally completed my Hocuspocusville quilt.
It was even on my top 31 things to do before I turn 32.
My 30s weren’t too bad to be honest. But still I feel not easy about being in my 30s.
I’ve decided that this year I am going to make a list of things I would like to do before I hit 32.
1. Learn to paddleboard
2. Finish a quilt with embroidery in it.
Completed March 31, 2012 – HocusPocus Ville
3. Snorkel so I am not afraid
4. Make a multiple layer cake
This was a BOM (block of the month) put on by Valerie at Pastimes Online.
It contains a combination of quilting cottons and silks and is stitched using Weeks dye works 2 strand floss in mascara and pumpkin. I also used some black and orange seed beads as some accents like lights. Valerie put on a terrific BOM and her monthly blog entries about assembly was very helpful. Her finishing kit was incredible.
She let us pick the border, the zinger border, backing and binding colors. We also were able to select between an all cotton finishing kit or a cotton/silk kit. I went with all cotton because I liked my fabric choices.
I loved stitching this one. I enjoyed every minute….alright hour, of stitching. I stitch this anywhere I could. At home, in the car traveling, camping, in the airplane going to Maui, and in Maui.
In the stitched blocks I quilted a small stipple pattern. I am so happy with how they turned out. If I do say so myself it really makes the stitching stand out – which was what I was after.
On the 9 patch/solid border around the middle blocks I used a curvy key/etch n sketch pattern (from Leah Day)
. I first tried a wavy quilting that I think is terrific that bijou lovely uses so much
, but it bunched my fabric a little bit. I will just have to use it on something else.
On the corner stone blocks I stitched a spiderweb, using a sketch stitch technique. I really am happy with how those turned out. It was a harder action then I thought it was – even with all the practice I had done before hand.
In my borders I used the pumpkin patch stitch that Leah Day also had on her free motion quilting blog. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of that.
So there it is. My finished quilt. If you like stitching, give this one a try. I would do it again in a heart beat.