Friday, November 25, 2011

finish it up Friday, week 5

Happy day after Thanksgiving! For those of you who celebrated, I hope you had a good one. We had a lovely not-so-little get together at my house. I'm thankful that I got to spend time with my family. They are wonderful! I'm also thankful that we have some leftovers so I can coast as far as cooking goes. Having pie for breakfast isn't too shabby, either. :)

While the turkey was in the oven yesterday I managed to finish up my Merry Minis quilt. Yay!
When I finished this quilt top, I'll admit that I was kinda "meh" about it. But I feel like the quilt got better each step of the way. How wonderful! (the quilt top specifics are here, if you are so inclined.)
I picked out this awesome backing fabric from the clearance section at Connecting Threads. I think the little sketchy print is absolutely charming and it really compliments the quilt top. It doesn't hurt that it's a lovely shade of blue/turquoise/aqua, either. 
When I get to the quilting point I usually tend to want to rush through just to get it done. I made myself slow down and do it right. I'm so glad I took the extra time-the quilting is one of my favorite parts! I quilted little loops all over in light aqua thread. It reminds me of swirling wind.
The binding is a sweet stripe from the Children at Play line. It kind of reminds me of those old fashioned candy sticks. I love a striped binding! I feel like all the components of this quilt work together so well. I'm happy to have this one off the list and on to the couch. The timing is perfect! The quilt measures 55" x 66".

How about you? Do you have a finish to link up this week? If you do, I'd love to have you play along. Please leave a link to a specific post and join in the fun. Since I'm posting so late today, I'll keep the linky thing open into Saturday. Happy Friday to you!

38 comments:

Heather said...

I'm in love with this quilt. I really like the backing fabric.

Elena said...

This mini quilt is lovely, Amanda!
Muchos besos,
Elena

Betty said...

Everybody must be shopping!
Love your quilt! Thanks for the specs.
I have quite a few charm squares lying just perfect for this. But there's so much yet to finish ...
I'm so sorry not to have finished anything this week, in fact I haven't sewn at all (due to migraine)
But wait until next Friday: I'll be back!!

Shawn said...

I love it Amanda!! I'll have to pass this week ~ Turkey hangover and a little Christmas decorating...

Clair said...

The quilt is fun! It was good to be there yesterday even though it wasn't too long. I, too, ate pie for breakfast today. :)

Jessica Christensen said...

Oh, my goodness, I can't believe you had time to quilt on Thanksgiving Day! I haven't touched my machine for a week! Love this quilt. And the blue and green one from the previous post!

PinkGranny said...

I like this one too! Great job and I like bargain hunting for fabric. It just adds a little extra hand crafting to a project, making it less and less of a cookie cutter kit...which are not bad per se, but what a neat thing to pick it all out and do the whole thing. Way to go.

Cathy said...

I love your quilt!! And I too love a striped binding. Thanks for hosting this linky, and providing the boost to get things finished for Friday.

ga447 said...

The quilt is beautiful, I love the fabric colors and the backing is perfect. This is a keeper.

Angie said...

Ooooh I SERIOUSLY love this quilt!! I want one JUST LIKE IT! :) Happy Thanksgiving! (I have to go now and check out the specifics of the quilt)

Jamie Lee said...

I never buy fabric full price if I can get it cheaper, but when I saw the Merry Minis on CT, I had to buy it!!! I have made 164 tiny Christmas tree blocks with it, but I haven't had a chance to make the trunks yet:)
It will be the first Christmas quilt I've made. The prints are just so darling in this line!!!

I was channeling you today--didn't have quite the right matchy-matchy for a quiltalong, but I decided it's nothing a little sashing can't fix and now I LOVE the way it looks!

Mary said...

I really like this quilt. It looks great set on point.
Thanks for keeping up the finish it up Fridays. It totally motivates me.

Val said...

Where on earth did you get time to finish your quilt and have family for Thanksgiving! The quilt is lovely. I really like the swirly quilting stitch.

Katie B. said...

Your quilting looks great!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Thanks for hosting! This is my first week to link up! Enjoy your weekend!

Amanda said...

Hi Amanda- I finished my retreat quilt, and I was super psyched to submit it to "Finish it up Friday"! It's not perfect, but I do love it.

Luisa said...

Love it! Happy Thanksgiving :)

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

The stripes just add so much to the overall look of the adorable quilt. Happy Thanksgiving.

traceyjay said...

the quilt is beautiful! yea! :)

Svetlana said...

Oh, the quilt is just gorgeous! Love it!

**nicke... said...

very nice quilt. love the backing fabric. and, i had pie for breakfast today too! mmmm... lemon cream!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a pretty quilt looks a little bit like argyle. :)

Heleen Groot said...

LOVE the quilt! Nothing mweh about it! Very clever of you to be able to finish a quilt while cooking a turkey at the same time!

notes of sincerity said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. And what fun you all must have had. :0) I really wish I could play along this Friday. My finishes are still being finished. I hope by the next Friday I will be able to post. :0)
Have a nice weekend.
Sincerely. Trish

Sarah said...

Love that quilt - reminds me of an argyle print - gorgeous!

Michele said...

The quilt is great. Love it a lot. I almost finished the binding on one quilt Thursday night but fell asleep with the needle in my hand so I put it down until next time. Hopefully tonight it will get done and crossed off my to do list.

greelyrita said...

Pure Magic! Two such simple blocks become something homogenous and new. Just like fat and lye make soap. Amazing!

Becky said...

Oh, no I don't have anything DONE, but I am working on tons of things! Love your new little quilt and can't wait to try one of my own (right after I complete all the other projects I have going on!)

Love Of Quilts said...

I am thankful for the left overs too. These are a blessing for us I don't really like to cook.
Love your quilt.

Rachel's Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt.

Karen said...

Great quilt! I love the backing you used!

Suzanne said...

Happy thanksgiving! I'm so glad you had fun. I have made some progress in the finishing and even more in the starting. LOL. Is it any wonder why the WIP pile is always so tall?

Thimbleanna said...

Ha! Only CrazyMom would be able to finish a quilt while Thanksgiving dinner was cooking! I was too busy running around with my head cut off!!! Your quilt turned out great -- Love that binding!!!

AnnieK said...

Just back home from out of town, and catching up. I LOVE your little quilt! I'm so glad I didn't miss seeing it. :-)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

No link because we've all had flu this last week :( That quilt is great and I agree the backing fabric is cute!

justducky65 said...

I love that blue fabric from Connecting Threads. I have shopped from them and I absolutely love their fabrics, not to mention the coordinating threads. Thanks for showing your project to us!

quirky granola girl said...

your striped binding makes me swoon a little.

Mama Pea said...

That back is just the perfect compliment to that quilt. Just great. Honestly, I do not know how you get so much done. It puts me to shame. Really. I can't finish anything, it seems.