Friday, September 20, 2013

Missing U

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I finished binding my Missing U quilt this morning. The sun peeked out for just a minute when I was taking photographs. Perfect!
This pattern is one of Cheryl's from Sunday Morning Quilts. I am (VERY) slowly sewing up her patterns from the book so I have a full set of samples to show when I speak and teach. Oddly enough, I haven't run out of scraps yet! Ha! I made a few changes to the pattern, of course! (We are big proponents of "make it yours".) I left out the random white block in each of my slabs and I made the blocks bigger, so they finish at 16.5". The bigger the blocks the fewer you need! :)
It's REALLY hard to capture the awesomeness of the binding in photos. I changed the color of the binding to correspond to each block. It was definitely time consuming, but I am so glad that I did it! It makes the blocks go "off the page" so to speak.
For the backing I used an Ann Kelle Remix print down the center (LOVE that fabric) and added a strip of aqua polka dots down either side. I had a more elaborate backing planned, but easy won out. There is a LOT of color and pattern going on in this quilt, but I love it all the same.
Ok, so this photo might make your eyes hurt a little bit....but look how those binding seams match the block seams. Sweet!!!! For the quilting I did a free motion swirl over the entire quilt in white thread.
The quilt measures about 50" x 66". So happy to have this one finished! And.....this is scrap project # 14 out of 101!

Now it's your turn to link up your finishes. Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!

54 comments:

Vera said...

Beuatiful colors. Congrats on great finish!

Melissa Corry said...

I love the way you customized the binding to go with the quilt. It really does make the perfect finish!

Svetlana said...

absolutely gorgeous!!! and that binding was such an amazing idea, love, love, love!!!!

Darcy said...

This turned out so beautifully! LOVE that Remix fabric too :-)

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

This is so pretty and I love your scrappy binding. It is perfect with each block...well done!!
Amanda

Christina said...

Just beautiful! I wish it was mine.
Christina

snips said...

Love this so much! And the binding... just perfect!

Nicole said...

LOve all of the scrappy projects! I have this book too and am totally inspired to take it back out and start a project. Great job as always, love your work!

Izzy said...

I love this one! And the job you did on the binding is amazing. Beautiful finish!

Heidi Grohs said...

I finally got that book. Someday I will get to one....

Katherine said...

A happy, scrappy rainbow of colour. If that alone wasn't enough to have me smitten, that binding takes the "squeeeeeal" factor up several notches!! U didn't miss a beat with any part of this beauty, my friend. Truly fantastic. Bravo!

a maidenhair fern said...

It's beautiful, I love it! I've always wondered what you do with those neat little boxes labeled for different colored scraps. As I'm cleaning my sewing room (I guess I should say house since my "sewing room" incorporates a part of almost every room in the house) this morning, the scraps are taking over. I'm contemplating how to incorporate some little cute way of organizing those scraps . . . ticker tape scraps too! Thanks.

Di~ said...

LOVE! this quilt! good job on the binding detail! The clothesline setting is so fun!

Suzanne said...

The precision with which you pieced the binding to match the blocks is astonishing. And as for that Ann Kelle Remix, I would love a scrap of that to work into a project of my own. :-)

Little Island Quilting said...

Gorgeous. I think I am too lazy to do the binding trick!

Lorna McMahon said...

Missing U is just fabulous! The matched binding is so complimentary to the quilt. Love the loopy quilting, too! Great job, Amanda Jean!

Lisa Walsh said...

The binding is amazing! Love it!

bethanndodd said...

Love it! And the binding is fabulous!!! Smiles~Beth

Sarah Elliott said...

Great colors! Love everything about this quilt!

jan said...

I am going to start calling you "AJ" not as in Amanda Jean but as in Amazing Job. And what was that last post about perfectionism? I mean look at those binding/seams matching up.
hmmhuh. Yep AJ!

bios said...

Bravo! The colours just zing with joy and the colour-coordinated binding really finishes it off beautifully.

LYNN said...

Beautiful!

Charo said...

It's so gorgeous!!! I love it, so colorful, the binding different for each block is perfect ,
Congratulations!

Ava said...

Your quilt is perfection.

Jen said...

I love this quilt! I bought your book because of this quilt. Just started it last night and I'm already in love with the book! Haven't even gotten to the patterns yet, still reading the text. Thanks!

beth said...

wowzers! Look at that binding!

Carolyn J. said...

Love the binding on your quilt - how 'bout a a tutorial? It must have been a very tedious job!

claudey said...

Beautiful! Love the binding. But how do you plan it around the corners?!?

Holly said...

It looks fantastic, Amanda Jean! I love both the quilt and the binding. How did you get the seams to match so perfectly? Did you make one long piece of binding or did you do each side individually?

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said...

Love the binding!

A Nudge said...

So colorful - a really happy quilt.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Yay! Did you use my binding method to save you headaches on matching all of that?
Love the way it came out.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Yay! Did you use my binding method to save you headaches on matching all of that?
Love the way it came out.

quiltswithpersonality said...

Fabulous quilt ....just love it and the binding is fabulous. Thank you for hosting the linky. Have a great weekend. Marie

capitolaquilter said...

changing up the binding is such a great touch. love the make it your own attitude - i'm on board with that

MariQuilts said...

Looks great....I really like what you did with the binding!!

Sandy said...

That has to be one of the cutest quilts ever!

Sarah Craig said...

What a glorious scrappy quilt, Amanda Jean!! I love it!!

Christine S said...

Gosh all your quilts are so amazing!! Love it!

Carla said...

This quilt looks like a bunch of fun to make! The binding is a bunch of fun to look at! It's another wonderful scrap quilt Amanda!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Great idea to match the binding, totally worth it as it looks fantastic!

Rita said...

Oh my freaking goodness! (PG rated response!) how did you get the binding to match so perfectly!? Either you are a math genius or a quilting queen (oh, yeah the latter for sure!) this quilt is A.Maze.Ing!
I tried to get a finish to link this week, but alas, spent too much time reading other blogs. Maybe next week... This quilt is totally inspiring me, can I start to quilt at 2am?

Schulz Family said...

I might think that matching the binding to the block is anal, but wow it looks amazing, I will have to put it on my "to do" list. (with the hundreds of other things)

Kay said...

I love this so much, and actually prefer it to the one in the book. Thanks for sharing.

Gunilla said...

To match the binding must be "top of the class" :-)
I love the quilt!

margaret said...

this quilt has really caught my eye, will be checking it out again how I would love to do one like this one day.

Lea said...

Simply beautiful, including the awesome matching binding!!!

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

I love the colors and the improv look of the blocks. I think the binding was a great idea and loved how it turned out.

Qltr89 said...

I did see the awesomeness of your binding before you mentioned it. Wow! That must have taken time to sew together but it looks fabulous and therefore well-worth the effort. Curious, for the corner blocks how did you add to accommodate the corner fold, twice the width of your binding? Thank you for sharing.

Vicki said...

Love the binding. Vicki

Becolourful quilts said...

What a lovely quilt this is!

Glynis said...

Amanda Jean, that binding makes it absolutely fabulous! Amazing effect! Impressed, as always!
Enjoy!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

The binding!!!!! What a fabulous quilt.

Christina said...

It's so pretty! and your quilting is quite joyful.