Friday, October 12, 2012

a patchwork finish


I'm so happy to finally finish this patchwork quilt!  I decided to go with stitching the binding down by hand, which is why it has taken so long.  Well, to be honest, I haven't been diligently sewing on it all this time.  Every few days I would take it out and sew a little more.  I can't tell you how much I really wanted to push this aside and cut into something new, but I needed to finish this quilt.  Crossing it off the list has done a lot to free up my brain for calmer, creative thoughts on my other projects.  Does anyone else feel that way when a too long WIP list is made a little smaller?


The quilt measures approximately 75 inches by 90 inches, and is made entirely out of scraps and fabric from abandoned WIPs {I decided I won't feel guilty about letting go of WIPs I truly don't want to finish as long as the fabric gets used for something else}


I'm estimating this quilt represents 11.25 yards of fabric liberated from my closet :)


The back is pieced from two different blues, both from abandoned projects.
 
Swim, Bike, Quilt
 
I started this quilt during last year's 100 quilts for kids, and have just finished in time for this year's quilt drive.  Better late than never, right?
 
Knight's Quilt Shop is one of my LQSes. {basicly, if I can drive there and back in one day, I consider it an LQS} They collect quilts to donate to the Barbara Bush Pediatric ICU at Maine Medical Center.
When I first started this quilt, I had asked about size requirements.  At that time they didn't have any, but it looks like they do now.  I hope they still want it!

Edited to say: I called before bringing the quilt to Knight's Quilt Shop.  It is a good thing, they couldn't accept it.  They can't take quilts that will hang over the mattresses and interfere with any medical equipment.  I plan to make them another quilt better suited to the PICU's needs this winter.  Never fear, this quilt found a loving home, though :)  I donated it to a silent auction our church was having for the youth group.  It sparked a small biding war :)
 
I'm going to party like crazy and link this {giant} bit of happy patchwork up all over blogland! :)
You can find me at these fine parties {I may update the list as I do more linking}:


25 comments:

lesleyworth said...

a fantastic finish! love how bright and colorful it is! and how generous of you to donate it!

April said...

Wonderful Finish! I really love patchwork and yours is so big!! Beautiful. :)

Karen H said...

Very nice quilt - I love colorful patchwork. :)

tara said...

Thats a big scrap finish! Congrats

Sarah Craig said...

Allison, that's so pretty! I love the wild mix of colors - whoop whoop!!

FarahLin said...

wow... it's gorgeous! Love a simple patchwork quilt. Well done on a beautiful finish, Allison! :)

needle and nest said...

I love it! And I think my favorite part of this post was when you mentioned how much fabric you used (and that some came from other projects). How wonderful to know that you were able to liberate so much fabric from your stash! I bet that felt awesome! :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Fantastic finish and so great to use up your wips and stash! I'm sure they'll want it and it'll be much loved!

M-R said...

Yay for a fun and freeing finish! Yes, that's exactly how I feel about my WIP list! :) Glad you linked up, Allison!

Janine said...

This looks really fab! who would guess you were using up wips and stash :)

Celtic Thistle said...

That is a lot of liberated fabric, and for a good cause too! Sounds like a win-win all round.

Denice said...

Very cute. Some little kid will love snuggling with this quilt. Way to get rid of 11 whole yards and a WIP!

Sheila said...

Oh my. This quilt is awesome. I love simple patchwork scrap quilts. Someone is going to love this.

Lyndsey said...

I love the quilt. It is so bright and happy. I agree if the WIP is something you really don't want to finish then liberate the fabric for something else. That way there is no need to feel guilty.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

I love this kind of quilt! It looks wonderful and inviting!

The Mayo Family said...

Beautiful Job!
Nice to have used fabrics & have such a great quilt!
Do you mind sharing what size squares did you use?
I have a sis wanting a old regular
"Patch-work" quilt! She is funny as she is not a sew-er and her wording is so cute :)
So...I think this is what she is talking about....I am trying to decide on cutting size :)
Thanks~
Blessings~
Lori

Kristan said...

I love simple patchwork! Great job. I bet you're thrilled that it found a loving home. :)

Carolyn said...

Love it! I give you so much credit for hand stitching the bonding down on that huge quilt. And I totally understand how good it feels to complete something that has been n the WIP pile for a while.

claudia w said...

This quilt has just cheered up many lives. It is so colorful and cheery! You are a blessing to many. And whoa,! You sewed the binding by hand?!? You go girl!

Connie said...

What a wonderful quilt that will make some child very happy! Thanks for sharing.
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felicity said...

WIPs can literally and figuratively weigh us down - you have a gorgeous finish here. Way to go!

Caryn said...

I love this quilt! It must have felt great that when they responded so well at the auction too. What a great ending for your abandoned WIP's!

sulrossgrad said...

A worthy finish, indeed! I am all too often tempted to start a new project before I finish the one at hand. But I have been successful at stopping myself from starting anything new until I finish the project at hand. It always feels so good to finish a big quilt! Cheers to you!

AllyJo said...

I love the yumminess in a patchy quilt. I'm glad it was able to raise some money too. BTW, I have an Allyson and I LOVE New Hampshire. Live Free or Die.

Elizabeth said...

Such a fun quilt! And I'm really glad it went to a worthy cause. Congrats on a great finish! Thank you for linking up!

xo -E