Thursday, December 1, 2011

Done ... and done!

Another finish!  YIPPEE!  This is the wedding quilt that I fussed about in an earlier post.  This was a case of procrastination -- pure and simple.

 I'm thrilled to say the wedding quilt is bound, labeled, wrapped, and delivered.  Out of my house and off my list.  Considering they were married in mid-October, it's not exactly early.  But it's done and hopefully the bride will love it.  Her favorite season is fall and her color palette is autumnal.

This is from American Patchwork and Quilting (one of my absolute favorite quilting magazines!).  When I saw the cover and considered what fabric I had with me in our temporary living apartment, this was just what the doctor ordered.

I was able to get it assembled and made a quick trip to Chicago to visit friends and take advantage of one friend's generosity with her Gammill.  This one (and three others) were quilted in two days and then home I came since Thanksgiving was the following week and there were more boxes in the house to unpack (or hide).

I used a faux Minkee backing since winter is upon us here in the states.  Note to self (and all other quilters out there):  watch for after Christmas sales of "blankets".  About three years ago (or longer) we cleaned out Linen's N Things (about a year prior to their going out of business) when they had "blankets" on sale for about $12-15 dollars.  They were king sized and were two huge pieces of faux Minkee (not fleece) that were bound together. All we had to do was cut the binding off and we had two huge pieces of plush fabric with no seams.  I have two left and always keep my eyes out for sales at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Wal-Mart, K-Mart or any other home store that might be clearing out their bedding section.  They make a huge mess when you cut them apart (best done outdoors if you can) but it's so worth it.

I hope you're finding time to piece and finish any holiday projects looming over your head!  Jan


Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I love this quilt! I was so tempted to start it as soon as my magazine came, but I haven't ... yet. ;-)
I'm your newest follower~ not sure how I found you but I've spent an enjoyable amount of time reading past posts. :-)

amandajean said...

what a gorgeous finish! what a beautiful wedding gift! how great that you could quilt so many quilts in two short days on your friend's Gammil. i bet that was a treat!

great tip on the blankets, too! i'm going to keep my eyes open.

thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

maria said...

Such a lovely quilt, the piecing is amazing. I wish I had a friend with a Gamill!

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

What a beautiful quilt, and I love the backing idea - I'm going to be keeping my eye out (although it's summer here in Australia, so I guess I'll have to wait a while!)

Judee said...

That is a beautiful quilt! Your friend will be so pleased. I use fleece for the backing on my cuddle quilts for the hospital but I will look for these "blankets."

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
Yours, Ulla