Well, it only took 7 months, but the Noah's Ark quilt is finally finished and is listed in my Etsy shop! Hooray!
I found this colorful printed panel at my local Hancock Fabrics store back in November. I had never quilted anything other than straight lines before, but I thought the picture was basic enough that I could manage to outline the shapes using my walking foot on my machine.
Over the next two weeks I spent every spare minute of my time quilting around every shape in the picture. I was determined to get it finished before Christmas. Ha!
What I thought would be a simple, quick project turned out to be anything but (this seems to happen to me quite a bit now that I think about it, hmm). There are a lot of lines, curves, twists and turns in this picture. Which meant a whole lot of starting and stopping, moving the quilt around for a better angle, clipping threads, etc.
Believe it or not, I did finish the actual quilting before the holiday. The only thing between me and finishing this quilt was sewing the binding onto the back of the quilt, but for some reason it got pushed aside in favor of other projects. This weekend, just a mere 6 months later, I decided to finally sew on the binding and call it finished. The Noah's Ark quilt is officially marked off my to-do list.
It was definitely a challenge, but knowing that a child will play on it, snuggle under it, and (hopefully) love it to pieces makes the blood, sweat, and tears I put into it totally worth it.