2017 Finish-A-Long : Q1 Finishes

Oh, what high hopes I had for this quarter!! If only I had know while creating my original list, how much illness and snow would happen. In other words, this quarter was NOT a smashing success. But, I did finish two items on that list, made progress on three others, and I kept up with my monthly clubs... so I'm content. That said, I'm going to SMASH next quarter. Just watch me! :) 

So... without further ado... the finishes.  

First up, is my Winter's Lane Quilt (Item #4 on the list). This was low hanging fruit relatively, making it the perfect place to start. It's been so long since I originally bought the fabric that I no longer really love it. I'm very happy with how it turned out... but... it was not the most joyful, "oh my goodness I love this!" finish. Luckily, one of my boys really does love it, so that's good. And I do adore the feel of the back which is a chocolate knit. I'm super happy to have this marked off the list.

Project Details:
Pattern: Jelly Roll Jam (modified)
Fabric: Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie
Pieced: By Me. (Quilted by Kate.)
Bound: By machine (one of my first!)

Finished Size: 48”x74"


Next up was, oddly enough, the coordinating project, the "Winter's Lane Something" (Item #3 on the list.) I had pieced remnants from the above quilt... and knew I wanted to do something with them. I also had enough yardage of coordinating blenders that it was a no-brainer for me. I ended up doing a double sided runner. I knew I didn't want anything larger than that... and a runner seemed like a manageable project to practice quilting on my home machine. Ironically enough, I like this more than the quilt. Maybe because one side is pieced more modernly than the original pattern? (And way more my current style). I'm actually thinking this will be gifted to someone I know who will love it more than I do. How's that for knocking off a Christmas gift early!? ;-) 

Project Details:
Pattern: Improv Piecing based off the Jelly Roll Jam
Fabric: Winter’s Lane by Kate & Birdie
Pieced: By Me
Quilted: By Me
Bound: By hand

Finished Size: 12.5" x 36"


Last up is not a finish from the list (and won't be linked)... but worthy of a share and a few photos since it's my FAVORITE THING EVER. It's not often that I see a line of fabric and need every.single.print. In fact, it's only happened twice. When I saw the preview for the "Holly's Tree Farm" by Moda, I knew I needed it. NEEDED. But I was also really low on "fun money" at the time it came out. So I purchased a layer cake and told myself it would have to do. When I stumbled upon the pattern for  "Moda Love" ... I knew what had to happen. I had the gray fabric on hand and whipped this up quickly. Over a year and a half ago. Yup. That's how I roll. Last Spring, I decided that it really, really needed to be backed in the coordinating "Farm Store Fronts" ... which required some scouring of the internet. (But I found it! Alas, not enough to match the seam...) Last summer I had a coupon for machine quilting through Southern Fabric. I knew they had a holly pattern I liked... so off it went. It was done in no time at all. And so it sat. And sat. And sat. Until our first big snowstorm of the year when I made the binding and attached it. (By hand, because I'm a sap for hand bound items.) Now the only question is ... WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?! 

Project Details:
Pattern: Moda Love
Fabric: Holly's Tree Farm by Sweetwater
Pieced: By Me
Quilted: By Southern Fabric
Bound: By hand

Finished Size: 72" x 72" 


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