Monday, June 30, 2014

Just under the Wire!

As I dig through my old unfinished projects, with each discovery comes the decision do I finish the quilt or simply abandon the project and put the fabrics into my stash.  Many of these projects are older fabrics and not to my current tastes so finishing them is not that enjoyable.  But some are a past challenge that I gave up on for technical reasons and I hate to feel like it got the best of me.
This fabric and partial blocks have been hiding away for years taunting me.








Well, I finally decided to not give up and fight this one to the end!


I could no longer remember exactly what I had planned but this is the final layout I came up with.  A lot of the squares and the sashing pieces were already cut so I had to use them as they were.





Lining up all those tiny 1/2" sashing was a real bear but I carefully measured and pinned each piece, which paid off when all the intersections lined up!

    
 For the backing, I simply surrounded a lovely floral with leftover fabrics from the top.  The fabric collection is by Moda and is called Ivana, probably circa 2008.
 
Some echoed leaves for the quilting just to give it a nice all over texture.
 
Finish Along 2014 
So needless to say, I am super happy to share this finish.  It was one of the items I included on my Second Quarter Finish-A-Long list with Katy at The Littlest Thistle so with this being the last day of June, I am finishing it just under the wire! 

(Thanks Katy at The Littlest Thistle for keeping me focused on these older projects!)


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16 comments:

Valerie Reynolds said...

Congrats! These are the hardest finishes...esp with that tiny sashing. But it made into a beautiful quilt...and I bet it feels great to have got it done!

Shannon said...

I really like your quilt! It pays to never give up! ;)

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations for finishing a languishing UFO! The detail you paid to lining up the small sashing shows.

Jenny Bonynge said...

Done! A sweet cool feeling to that flowery quilt...

Julierose said...

Oh really nice quilt, Cynthia! I have a lot of those mid-tone flowery fabrics, too...they have been hanging around since the 80's yikes--you did a great job! Like that sashing a lot...hugs, Julierose

Quiltin Jenny said...

What a great way to show off these gorgeous fabrics! Nice job!!

Quiltlady said...

Beautiful quilt! Well done - enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
WOW that is beautiful. Well done

Mary R. said...

Great work not letting a bunch of fabric get the best of you! I love the way you did the border, it adds a lot of interest to the quilt.

Astrid said...

Congrats on the finish! It's lovely and a great way to show off the fabrics.

Pauline Perry said...

Congratulations - I bet you feel quite pleased with yourself now! Hope so - it's not easy to continue working on something you are not that thrilled about - and look how it turned out - it's beautiful.
Pauline

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Lani Glasser said...

This is beautiful, congratulations for not giving up!

Jacky said...

Yes, congratulations ! I am the world's worst for not finishing things!
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SewPsyched! said...

Yahoo!!! and I love the back!! I, too, had to edit the old WIP pile, and it was really surprisingly freeing to make the decision to just put things back into the stash, or send them along. XX!

thequiltedcat said...

What a wonderful finish! I love all the flower fabrics - very summery!

Katy Cameron said...

Congrats on the finish!