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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:

  1. What a great quilt! I love the binding!

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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

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

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  5. 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.

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

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

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  8. It looks amazing!! Wonderful job!

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  9. Absolutely stunning!

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  10. 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 :)

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  11. what a great scrappy quilt! I love it.

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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...

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  14. 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!!!

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

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

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  17. Anonymous12:37 PM

    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

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  18. Wow! That is a big finish! Very pretty!

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  19. What a sweet quilt! Such a happy looking bed.

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

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

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  22. Anonymous2:00 PM

    the quilt looks amazing, great job

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  23. 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!!

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  24. 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. :)

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  25. Anonymous2:25 PM

    I really do love your striped binding!

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

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

    Thanks for hosting!

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  28. 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.

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  29. Love it!
    Blessings~
    Lori

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  30. 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.

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

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  32. Anonymous6:20 PM

    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.

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  33. 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.

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  34. 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!

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

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  36. 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..:)

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

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

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  39. 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.

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  40. Anonymous4:07 AM

    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!

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  41. I love this quilt, it is beautiful !!

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

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

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

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

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  46. 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!

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  47. Awesome. Another project to add to my list.

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

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

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  50. 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 :).

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  51. Glorious finish!

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

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

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  54. 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?

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

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  56. 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

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  57. 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.

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