Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Lovely Year of Finishes, The Saga!

This is what happens when you take a few years old "Fanciful Felines" panel by Laurel Burch, the 'sashing' from another panel of chickens fabric, some Jet Black and a lot of (mostly) "Flutter" by Riley Blake and put it all together.

So basically I started here on January 1 (Goal post here) I don't really think you can see the wave at this point but it was that blue and white fabric border that was the start of my problems:

I got to this phase still thinking that I could "quilt out" the problem which just seemed to magnify as I went:

After this picture I added another of those thin orange borders and started adding checkerboards and things just went downhill even faster so on the 21st I started tearing all the borders off.  I took it down to here which got it back to where it was flat that was on the 23rd:

The good thing was the borders were for the most part already completely pieced except a half dozen flying geese, a few checkerboards and the entire piano key border had not been pieced at this stage so I started sewing borders back on, in a different order and got this by late on the 24th:

The 25th was spent piecing two more sides of the piano keys, sandwiching and beginning the FMQ.  By the time I went to bed very early in the AM on Saturday the 26th I was here (this is the back):

Then the 26th, 27th, 28th and about 5 hours this morning were spent quilting and binding. And now, I am happy to say it is finished!

Today after it came out of the dryer this is the texture on the back:

 And the texture on the front:

Front of the quilt.  The light was not very good at all outside:

The label:

The quilt back (I almost like the back more than the front!):

The requisite rolled up picture just because I love them!

The quilt finished at 62 1/4" by 67 1/2" after the washing.  I just LOVE how this one turned out.  I think it is getting gifted to the person that I made it for later tonight or maybe tomorrow morning, whenever we can catch her at home.  Part of my January goal was to have it done and in her hands by the end of the month, so it will be done!


supersara20 said...

Gorgeous. I wish I knew how to quilt so I could finish up a few quilts instead of saving money to have it done.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Congrats on the finish!

Samantha said...

I'm going to comment here as well as the email that I sent so others can see it if they are interested.

I started learning FMQ just this last year. I highly recommend Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project blog.


Mara said...

A Lovely Finish, the back is just as fascinating as the front, and I love the 2 different borders.

Michele said...

I really love how it turned out and I'm glad that you didn't give up on it and just threw it in the UFO pile. The quilting is really great too. Congratulations!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

How awesome to have this UFO done! It really looks amazing! All the different quilting patterns look so pretty from the back. This quilt will be loved for sure. The border thing sounds like a hassle but they still look stunning all put back together. We are having 70 degree weather today so I hope you are having something nice as well!

Pen Pen said...

Girl, from start to finish in less than a month! With all that detailed quilting! It's so pretty...love the cat blocks, too. You put a lot of detail into those borders... love it!

Cindy said...

Wonderful, wonderful job in spite of the challenges! Congratulations on your finish.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

Beautiful job, Samantha! I'm just learning FMQ--such gorgeous work in year ... I love Leah Day's posts, now I just have to work in time. Thanks for sharing and not putting it all away in frustration!