I have a lot of quilting related plans for this year, and one of them is to actually finish some of the projects I started and dropped along the way during the past ten years or so since I started this obsession hobby.
I already shared the finished City Sampler quilt I made with Tula Pink’s awesome book, City Sampler.
And, more recently, I completed and gave away two quilts that are Shabby Chic style (hence the name of this post, get it? Not too shabby? Forgive me as I amuse myself)
These quilts were made with blocks constructed sometime during the year 2006, coincidentally, the year the twins were born and therefore everything gets a little hazy.
You might remember the patchwork parties that were created by a dozen online quilt shops where each designed a different block and a finishing kit.
I purchased 12 block kits, one from each shop, and chose my favorite final setting (aka finishing kit) from 1 of them.
I made the blocks right away, and fell in love with the Marti Michell templates that each block referred to qin their instructions. Which of course meant that even though they also offered cutting sizes, I needed to buy all of her template sets. I still love them, by the way.
Alas, as what seems to happen to me much more often than I would like, I ended up with 12 blocks in a box and the fabrics for the finishing kit were extrapolated into the stash at large during the great BOM bomb.
I have pulled the blocks out and re-pressed them several times over the years.
My niece was born just over a year ago and well, yeah, I still needed a baby quilt for her. So I pulled out those blocks and had a good look.
And wondered where the finishing kit parts could be.
These blocks needed a little oomph and white space to make it work.
I found a jelly roll, a few fat quarters, chose to use a few different whites to make it look like not having them all match was intentional, threw in a few more fabrics that seemed to fit the collection (3 sisters) and got to work.
Hmm, did I really need to use all 12 blocks in a single quilt? Nope! One for the baby and one for us!
For the first quilt, I created a layout that included 6 of the blocks and a sash made up of four patches and strips of white. Much better!
Then I got to work on the second quilt, which was meant to keep and I knew I wanted it bigger, but still only had 6 blocks to work with. I used all the bits and pieces of fabric I could find and created four 20 something-patch blocks to intersperse with the others as well as more sash.
I loved it!
I know I have mentioned many times on the podcast that my in-laws are super helpful and especially recently, given all of the goings on with Max.
Sarah and I (she was really looking forward to snuggling with this one) decided that the best idea would be to give it to them. Thankfully, they are so easy to impress and were quite surprised and thankful for the quilt and the sentiment.
And now that’s two more finishes to add to the tally. OK, technically, it’s one, but they both could have ended up in new unfinished piles, so I’m gonna take the win on this one!
What about you, any finishes lately?