Friday, December 14, 2012

finish it up Friday, 12/14/12

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I'm happy to report that I finished up my drano quilt yesterday. I LOVE THIS QUILT!
 It's big! Measures 69" x 96".
The pattern is a traditional one called steps to the alter. Katy did a quilt along on her blog a few years back, so if you want to make one of your own (and I think you should!) you can find the directions here.
I threw it on my daughter's bed this morning for photos. I think it would be happy living here. (Although I do not think that will happen!)
I love that there is such a variety of scraps in this quilt...good, bad and ugly. It somehow all works wonderfully. I love the black diamond squares that give the eye a place to rest. Kind of.
 I used a simple black and white striped binding to finish it off...
...which ties in the backing quite nicely.

Speaking of the backing...I toiled over what to put on the back. I pieced a whole back out of fat quarters that I had in my stash because I didn't want to buy anything new for this quilt.
I kind of liked it-it felt campy and fun-but it wasn't quite the right match.
So I went back to the drawing board and ended up piecing it with some newly purchased fabric (the red and black) and a bit from my stash (the grey and white). I'm very happy with the outcome.
I quilted it with straight lines using my new Janome horizon. It was so fun! That thing straight line stitches like a dream. No shifting or pulling whatsoever and not a pucker in sight. Woo-hoo! (you can also see more quilting detail in the photo above.)
I'm considering using this quilt for temporary wall art behind my couch. I think it fills up that blank space perfectly. :)
I've heard that these things are addictive. I can testify to that. I'm thinking of starting another...

How about you? Have you a finish to share today? If so, please link up. Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday! Have a good one!

59 comments:

Beth said...

What a great quilt! I love the binding!

tara said...

My co-workers and I are making postage stamp quilts this year and I am thinking about a scrap vomit for mine. They are so fun!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

It looks fantastic! I'm glad you choose the backing that you did, it does seem to go much better and that binding is perfect!
Amanda

Heidi Staples said...

This turned out fabulously! I love seeing all the different scraps together!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Fabulous! Great backing, binding and such a fun design! I have a cookie jar that is gradually getting filled with scrap squares so I can make one eventually.

Elvy Crafts said...

Oh, I love it! What a great use of scraps, perfect for a leaders/enders project.

Svetlana said...

this quilt is simply amazing!!! I love everything about it.

Gingersnaps Quilts said...

It looks amazing!! Wonderful job!

Michele said...

Absolutely stunning!

Aoife O'Halloran said...

I just found you through Hot Pink Quilts, and your drano quilt is amazing! I can't wait till I've been at this long enough to build up the scraps to make a quilt like that :)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what a great scrappy quilt! I love it.

Julie in the Barn said...

I see a Steps to the Alter quilt in my future. I'm always on the lookout for scrap quilt ideas and this one is a stunner. Thanks for the link to Katy's instructions.

Casey York said...

This turned out wonderful! Your scrap quilts are such an inspiration. Maybe one of these days I'll actually work up the courage to approach my own growing scrap collection...

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I adore scrappy quilts! I've been collecting 2.5" sqaures for ages now and I am no where ready to sew it - let alone make a 69"x96" whopper!! Well done!!!

PippaP said...

gorgeous vomit, I've only managed 2 blocks so far, 2013 is my vomit year

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on a fab finish! Bet this one has lots of great fabric memories within it :)

creativecrazygirl said...

That's an amazing quilt!!! I feel happy just looking at a picture of it....I would happy dance by it each time I passed if I were you!!

blessings,
pam

Annalia said...

Wow! That is a big finish! Very pretty!

Christine said...

What a sweet quilt! Such a happy looking bed.

beth said...

What a great quilt....and....you gave us lots of pictures so that we could SOAK in the Loveliness!

Carolyn J. said...

Love the new quilt! Looks like something I should try :)

mindingmomma said...

the quilt looks amazing, great job

Hannah said...

It turned out SO well!! I love it! I'm glad the quilting went so well too, makes it an even nicer finish :-). Great wall art or bed covers, any old where, I say! Good work!!

Muddling Through said...

I like everything about this one - the scrappiness, yet with some order added, the binding, the backing - just all perfect together! Makes some really nice wall art, too by the way. :)

lalinsocal.com said...

I really do love your striped binding!

Carin said...

Love the quilt! It looks equally fabulous on your daughter's bed and as wall art.

Becca said...

Very pretty. I love how it looks behind your couch. :)

Thanks for hosting!

themissymom said...

I really like this quilt. I went back to the original source last time you posted about it. So fun.
Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

The Mayo Family said...

Love it!
Blessings~
Lori

Janice said...

I love this quilt! I agree that the black gives the eyes somewhere to rest and brings it all together. I really want to make one myself, but I am not allowed until I finish up my scrappy hexagon quilt...which will be never.

Karen said...

What an awesome quilt. I love your quilt. I want to make one. Thanks for sharing.

thisyearsdozen said...

Your Drano quilt looks wonderful. I too love working with little scrappy pieces. Love all of your projects.

What great things do you have planned for 2013? Do tell.

Lee D said...

Love the quilt. I so want to share a finish with everyone, but I am afraid my niece might read my blog and spoil her Christmas gift. I made her a quilt out of her soccer and hockey jeresys. I will post in about it in a couple weeks.

Karen H said...

I love your quilt - I'm thinking I need to make myself one of these. I love how you can use up some "uglies" and no one will even notice! Very nice!

Thimbleanna said...

It looks fabulous CrazyMom! I'm so glad you decided to quilt it that way -- it looks great!

Chase said...

This is another great quilt you have here! I would love to make one of this quilt someday.. I have keep a box of scraps that cut into 1.5"x1.5" over the years now. I am thinking a stamp quilt. Maybe in another year or two I can start making it. Will keep this quilt inspiration for now..:)

Love Of Quilts said...

Gorgeous quilt!

capitolaquilter said...

Love the way the quilt came together and the backing and binding really highlight it. Congrats on a big finish.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That is a beauty that I would love to try making one day! Love the black.

Beth said...

Looks amazing! I some....ummm a lot of squares already cut. Maybe I need to start one of these. I do like the black in there.

CJ Tinkle said...

I love your scrappy quilt! I've been saving my scraps for years and I've been having some fun with them lately as well. Congrats on a great finish!

marienaailes said...

I love this quilt, it is beautiful !!

Flowers in the Window said...

Gorgeous quilt! I'm going to check out the pattern right now! Maggie xx

Clair said...

Well done.

Annie said...

Love it, and the idea of wall art just thrills me.

amy smart said...

I love the finish. Your scrappiness always makes me want to start playing with my own scraps.

Sis-O said...

Love your SV quilt. I really want to make one in 2013 to use up scraps.

April (Polkadot Sparrow) said...

Oh, Amanda Jean, it's lovely! I had actually been wondering about your quilt this week, as I've been working on my own "small squares" quilt. I thought, "I still have a chance to finish mine before hers--I've only been working on it for nearly two years!" But alas, you beat me. Ha.

So excited for you. Love the black in it. Adds even more dimension!

Jilly said...

Awesome. Another project to add to my list.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Just to confirm my thoughts are the same as yours: I LOVE THIS QUILT too!!

Jenny said...

I love love love it. I want to make one so bad, but I don't have near enough scraps yet, boooooo.

LimeRiot said...

I \'m almost embarrassed to admit that when I saw the thumbnail in my reader I thought, "oh my gosh!! she made a gorgeous quilted shower curtain!!" :) :). It would be lovely as a shower curtain but I think it's more practical as a bed cover :).

Carla said...

Glorious finish!

Tara said...

It is so, so great! You amaze me! Xoxo

Tara said...

It is so, so great! You amaze me! Xoxo

Robyn said...

I have a question. How many fat quarters did it take to make the backing you almost used? I ask because I'm considering the doing the same thing but don't want "ruin " a pack of them if I don't have enough?

Farm Road Ramblings said...

Why do you call it the "Drano" quilt? Sorry if you've already answered that question. : )

amandajean said...

Farm Road Ramblings,

Why the name drano? It started as a spin off Victoria's (bumblebeans)Everything but the Kitchen Sink quilt (which is amazing!)A friend and I were talking about how funny it would be to make a drano quilt...you know, a quilt that would use all the junk that would normally go down the drain, so to speak...and then i just HAD to do it. and of course the name drano stuck! (yes, it's a bit wacky...but i'd do it all over again. :) )

Hope that makes sense!

AJ

Rissa said...

I finished 3 before the end of the year *happy dance* a baby quilt for my niece out of 2.5inch blocks and shades of pink scraps I had in my stash,made in to tiny 9patches. One in shades of purple 5 inch blocks my boyfriend bought and added some lavender scraps I had, which is slightly larger than a lap quilt. Both for Christmas! And a kingsized one for bf , top is all made from old feedsacks in muslin sacks and differnt patterns of blue sacks made in to pinwheels. I love it! I haven't given it to him yet bc I've. Been sleeping with it haha not sure how to add the pictures here with a linky. But ill figure it out :) I love the drano quilt Its amazing! The border makes it all come together.