I'm not the best at this quilting thing but I still enjoying trying my hand at putting one together every now and then. So when I decided to do a nine patch quilt for my dad I had no idea that life was going to turn me every which way causing this project to take twice as long as it should to complete.
My dad is retired Air Force and I thought it would be fun to find fabrics that Air Force or military themed for his quilt. Since none of my local, big box stores (JoAnn and Hobby Lobby) had such fabric I turned to Ebay and found more than I could have imagined.
Shortly after the fabrics arrived and I started to cut the patches for piecing together my granddaughter was born. Then work became extremely busy since it was budget and annual meeting season. (I'm a licensed Community Association Manager by day.) And then it was the chaos of the holidays and craft show season.
I finally got it done though. On Christmas Eve I was doing the final piecing when all of a sudden my sewing machine decided to quit working. (Yes, I am a machine quilter - but only for the lap quilts.) After letting it sit for a bit it worked again, long enough for me to finish at least. And now I have to find the time to take my machine in to the shop so it can be serviced. Geesh. It's a good thing I have other hobbies.
At the end of the day the quilt was complete and my when my dad opened his gift he said, "good, I needed another blanket because it's time to throw away the one I have." So I'd say it was a pretty successful gift.