Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Long Time in the Works - FAL



Looking back, I can't believe I started this quilt in January!  Well, here it is mid-September and it has finally made it to a finished state.  Yippee!

As it is a holiday gift, when I started it I thought I had lots of time to get it done.  But this quilt fought me the whole way.






If you have been following along on this one, you may remember I had a big setback during the cutting and piecing stage.  I cut about half of the triangles the wrong size so everything had to be carefully remeasured and re-cut to salvage the quilt.  Ugh!

Once the top was done, it quickly was folded up and stuck away because I was so tired of looking at it.




Note:  The quilt pattern is Ballerina by Jaybird Quilts.  It was a great pattern with good instructions.  I just got distracted gabbing with friends one night and cut everything using the wrong line on my ruler.  Hmmm...wonder why nothing fit when I went to sew it together?!?



When I wrote up my 3rd quarter finish along goals, I knew I had better list this one in the hopes I would get it out and finish it up and ...and I am happy to say it worked!

I quilted just a simple scroll meander in a black thread all over the quilt.  The fabrics are so busy, the quilting doesn't even show so I am glad I chose something quick.




I did piece a large inset of this great Wintergraphix holiday print by Jason Yenter up the back.  I had purchased it and many others from the same line at a great sale after the holidays a year or two ago.  I knew they would make a beautiful quilt one day.

The quilt is a nice large lap size at  50" x 70".

Giveaway Alert!!  

And if you haven't entered yet, there still might be time to enter the giveaway I am hosting in the previous post.  It will be open until September 18th so hurry on over.


she can quilt 


Linking up with Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River and Show & Tell Tuesday at I have to Say




13 comments:

Susan Owenby said...

Fantastic! Congratulations!

Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...

It's awesome and great job fixing your mistake! Glad you made your goal. I entered your giveaway but couldn't stand it and just bought the magazine. Lol. Such eye candy in these especially yours!

Jenny Bonynge said...

Kudos to you for sticking with it...Not sure if I would have. It turned out really nice and someone is going to be very happy!

quiltswithpersonality said...

Fabulous quilt ...love those blocks!!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Your quilt was worth finishing! It is awesome!

randi--i have to say said...

This is very pretty!

Connie said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish! What a neat quilt! Thanks for sharing.
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I am Just One Mom said...

So happy you finished this lovely quilt. Feels good. Do a happy dance. "You did it. You did it."
For graduation quilts this year, I too used Ballerina by Jaybird Quilts. During the first one I discovered the need for aggressive starching! That made such a difference in each subsequent Ballerina.

Denise Mitchell said...

Very pretty!

A Nudge said...

LOL, Cynthia, I have ufos dating back to 1991! A great quilt - so like the colors. And thanks for linking to Applique Tuesday, like all sort of eye candy.

Renee said...

It turned out beautiful! I love that quilt size.

Jess @ One English Teacher said...

Ack! I can totally identify with the headache caused by cutting fabric wrong, but the quilt turned out wonderfully in the end. No one would ever be the wiser about the hassle of getting it finished if they didn't hear you tell the story. Yay for fixable mistakes!

Valerie Reynolds said...

It really did turn out great...but I love that you share your process. Thanks for rejuvenating this under our Tuesday Archive Christmas theme!