Friday, January 3, 2014

Patchwork Punctuation: 2014's first finish!

I've decided that I should have a quilt *almost* done at the end of every year.  That way, during the first week of January, I can finish something and start the year feeling super productive, when I really did most of the work in 2013. ha! 

Patchwork Punctuation is all DONE! YEAH! It was a beast to quilt on my 20 year old machine with 6" of throat space, but it is all done, bound and ready to be sent off to my nephew for Christmas.  *ahem--a little late* ;)  I can't wait to get my other machine back from the shop! 

I spent the better part of the last three days quilting and binding it.

This is the quilting I was able to do before my machine went into the shop.  I was having fun playing with FMQ for really the first time on a big quilt.  But it started skipping stitches and catching.. which they are still trying to figure out.. everything else is checking out perfectly on it, but it's been FIVE weeks!  Hopefully they figure it out soon. :(  Anyway, I finally decided to just do straight line quilting on the rest of the quilt so it's mostly straight lines with just two or three areas of FMQ.

And then onto the binding made of all of the leftover scraps.

The design is something I sketched out onto graph paper last April when I was trying to figure out what to make for the AG Make it Right Challenge.  I hope my nephew likes it.. he's a freshman in HS this year.  Hard to believe! I figure he probably likes to text his friends a lot so hopefully this one suits him. :)

Today wasn't the best day to take pics outside.. :/  The back is green polka dot..

It's about 84 x 84".  And now it's all bundled up and ready to be boxed and mailed.  Whew!  Glad to have that one all done!

Oh, and someone else wanted me to send a New Year message to anyone who might happen by. :)


P.S.  Thanks to Jeifner for commenting and telling me about this.. hehe

linking up: six sisters' stuff, TGIFF, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finish it up Friday, Creative Connection, Anything Goes, Friday Favs, LAFF, Showoff Friday, Link Party Palooza, Flaunt if Friday, Freedom Friday, Weekly Creative, Farmgirl Friday, Diana Rambles, Creativity Unleashed, Showoff Saturday


Nicole said...

Wow! That is a big one to do on a 6" harp! Kudos to you! I'm impressed. It looks great! Wishing a speedy recovery for your machine.

Sharon said...

Very fun and unique quilt...perfect for a 'texter'

I agree with you about having that first finish of the year thing. I did it as well and it feels good ;) I like the quilt, super cute!

Cath said...

Happy New Year Kelli, looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us this year!
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Great idea to start the year with a finish - I'll bear that in mind for 2015!

Charlotte said...

it's fab! I bet he loves it :-)

Well done for battling through in the end, I'm sure he'll love it! 5 weeks without a machine though - eek!

Happy new year Buster! And the rest of you of course ;o)

Unknown said...

That is a great finish! Love the quilt! The backing and binding are perfect for it. Your FMQ is impressive! Your mascot is adorable.

Unknown said...

That is a great finish! Love the quilt! The backing and binding are perfect for it. Your FMQ is impressive! Your mascot is adorable.

Pretty! That's a lot of hard work, I know. I made four throws as gifts, spent all of Dec. bent over the sewing machine! I Love your quilting stitching over the fabric. I wish I had a deep bodied machine to do that type of stitching. Great Job!

That's really nice, and so big to be doing on a home machine, great job.

jeifner said...

Nicely done! I'm sure he'll appreciate it. There's a Ryan Gosling meme about handmade gifts after Christmas :)

Great quilt and quite a feat on your sewing machine. As for the machine.... I had a problem with my machine when I was in the middle of making a dress for my granddaughter. I tried everything to fix it and eventually gave up after several hours which involved all the ladies from my patchwork group. I then took it off to be fixed. Would you believe I was using the incorrect FOOT? Did I feel like a fool. The lovely repair man told me it was quite a common mistake and was often overlooked when trouble shooting.

Melody said...

Gorgeous first finish.

What a lot of work you have done! Looks great! I am making a mental note to do a quiltbinding made from the scraps too- super idea.

Jeneta said...

That's a biggie - I love it! What a great idea to have something almost finished at the end of one year so that you look amazing right at the start of the next year! I am super impressed. I'm aiming to get me floor clean right now, let alone finish a quilt!!

Jasmine said...

This is an awesome quilt for a teenage boy. I am sure he will love it. I had a lot of problems with my Janome doing FMQ, and I tried quilting with the feed dogs still up, it sounds weird, but it solved my problems.

Wendy said...

The quilt is gorgeous, what a wonderful gift! Hope you have a very happy new year :)

Lisa Lisa said...

Wow! I can't believe how big this quilt is! How did I not know it was going to be that big??? Crazy and so cool!

It's AMAZEBALLS as usual Kelli!

Gina E. said...

Hi Kelli, Happy New Year! I don't know if you have seen the blog I set up to keep track of the quilts donated to me for the babies of PNG ( but I just wanted you to know that your two lovely quilts are now in PNG with all the others, and will be distributed to native families over the coming weeks. My cousin plans to photograph each quilt with its new owner, and email them to me, so I can publish them on the blog as I get them.

hydeeann said...

WOW!!! what a great design. I think your idea of having something to finish first thing in the year is awesome. =) I did that on accident last year and it really boosted my list of what I worked on and finished for the year by having 3 items done so early in the year. he, he!

I adore the way you tied up the quilt to gift! very cute.

I didn't finish my FIL's birthday quilt until 3 days after his birthday, and finished the binding on my inlaws Christmas mini quilt before bed on Christmas Eve. Story of my life!

Sarah said...

That's a huge quilt to do on a small machine! Well done. Anything that big ive sent out to long armers. I think it's a great quilt idea for a teenage boy. I'm off to find you on Instagram. I've just joined this year. You're welcome to follow me at sarahkrothe and see what I'm making there.

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