a finish. finally.

Scrappy Picnic QuiltI can’t remember the last time I sewed a binding on a quilt. It’s been that long. I’ve been plugging away at tops, but have not had any finishes to report — until now! And this one has been a long time in the making! This quilt, the first I ever started, sat in the bottom of my linen closet for so long that it needed sunglasses when it came into the light.

Scrappy Picnic QuiltI didn’t even have much to do on it. I had to finish the quilting and put a binding on. That was it! But getting all of that fabric under the machine to finish up the chevron pattern had become such a chore as a brand new sewer, that I had given up. And I had built it up in my head for all of this time. But now that I have a few years of sewing under my belt, once I got back to it, I realized it really was not bad at all! And it feels like a tremendous burden has been lifted. . . isn’t that funny? You don’t realize that unfinished projects are causing mental stress until you finish them, and then you can let out a huge sigh of relief!

Scrappy Picnic QuiltThis quilt was made with all of my favorite fabrics at the time. There’s a good deal of AMH, some Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt, and a couple of coordinating pieces from my mom’s stash. I had no idea how big the quilt was going to be when I started it. The chevrons are not exact. And I never would have picked the batik on the back. But I was just trying it to see if I liked quilting. Little did I know! Even without finishing it, this quilt would be the gateway to an addiction I never dreamed of! All I can say is, NO REGRETS!

Scrappy Picnic QuiltFinishing this quilt was one of my goals for the 2014 Finish Along, so I’ll be linking up with The Littlest Thistle and to TGIFF and Crazy Mom Quilts !

Have a great weekend everybody!Scrappy Picnic Quilt


  1. Yay! So happy you were able to check this one off your WIP list. I’m not a fan of batiks, either, but from my perspective, it looks great on the back, bringing out the otherwise underplayed aquas on the quilt top. And I know what you mean about the mental burden of projects unfinished. I like to have a few WIPs going at any one time, but too many stresses me out. I even think that’s why I keep my stash under (fairly good) control. All that fabric represents projects that aren’t started, let alone finished!

  2. Yay, well done! I’m laughing at how you discovered the quilting wasn’t as bad as you remembered. I do things like that all the time (build them up to be big things) and then when I actually do them I’m all ‘huh. so that wasn’t too bad’. Why do we keep doing this!
    How cool to rediscover those fabrics again – you might not dig your backing fabric but you had great taste when you pieced the top. It’s fun to see all those now famous fabrics playing together.

  3. Wow – that is one pretty quilt and quite a story. It does feel so wonderful to finish a project my finish for the Finish Along Qtr 3 was in the drawer for years – how sad. Well, so happy for you that now your little one can enjoy it. It’s beautiful – and I even like the backing.

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