Welcome to the last finish it up linky party of the year! It's a little odd to be hosting finish it up Friday on Monday, but I didn't want to skip it altogether. :)
Making my dad a quilt has been on my to-do list for the past several years. I started the top last Tuesday night (!!!) and I actually finished it in time for Christmas! Crazy. Pants. Making a quilt in three days isn't that big of a deal on a normal week, (hahaha!) but on the week of Christmas, with so many other things going on, it's kind of ridiculous. (My poor husband.)
I enlisted the help of all 3 kids and my husband to make it happen. The kids helped iron, counted out the quilt blocks and did some of the layout. Everyone helped tie at least a few blocks. Most of the fabric came from shirts that my husband wore in the past. He also suggested the addition of the cow fabric. I love that it was a group effort!
When it came time to photograph the quilt, I had a lot of fun finding various spots around my dad's farm. It was so nice to have my sister and my niece volunteer as quilt holders!
The back of the quilt was already pieced. I made the back for an entirely different quilt, but I ended up changing direction on that quilt. I thought about chopping it up and just using the fabric, but then I came to my senses. (Ha!) So, I built the front of the quilt to fit this backing. It worked out pretty well!
Because of the time constraints, machine binding was a must! It's far from perfect....but it will be durable!
I used polyester batting inside the quilt, which is not my usual choice, but I wanted the quilt to be nice and lofty. I used red heart yarn (!!!) to tie it. I wanted the quilt to have an old school/throwback feel. This is the kind of quilt that I slept under growing up. I knew I couldn't make his quilt too fancy or chances of him using it would be slim. That's just the way it is! :)
The quilt measures approximately 60'' x 78''. I'm pretty sure my dad liked it. It is my hope that he actually uses it!
This quilt is scrap project #122!
As I have done for the past 3 weeks, I will be choosing one winner from the commenters and one winner from the links to win their choice of 3 PDF patterns from my pattern store
, as a thank you for being a part of the party!
Now it's your turn. Please link up your finishes! This is a great time to show off all your Christmas sewing. :) Thank you for joining me for finish it up Friday on Monday! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
Happy Monday to you!
Amanda, there are so many great things about this quilt. I like the masculine feel of the fabrics and love the fact that your family helped to make it for your dad. The yarn tying give it such a homespun feel. Such a special gift.
Oh my word, is that cow fabric old? Because I still have some very similar that I am pretty sure I bought in the 90s. LOL! I was in love with cows at the time. Great quilt! I am sure your dad will love it!
What great quilt! It looks so warm and inviting! I am sure your dad will love it!
GREAT oldie quilt!
Love the old school quilt! I don't have a blog, but my most recent finish is the duffle bag I used as my carry on bag for a recent flight. I finished it 4 hours before I left for the air port!
Your quilt is fantastic. You considered who your dad is and what he would like and made everything to suit him. What a thoughtful daughter AND quilter. I am sure he loved it; the quilt is fantastic, the fabrics are gorgeous and most important, his daughter made it. Wonderful, wonderful Christmas gift and finish. Not to mention you got rid of a backing waiting for a quilt and a hime!
Wow, love this! The addition of the cow fabric with all the plaids is perfect! And I think the cows agree! Great photos on the farm too.
I love this quilt, and that your kids helped. Your dad must be thrilled. I also love the backing -- if it were mine I'd consider it reversible and give both sides equal time!
Nothing like a deadline to get a project done! Beautiful love filled quikt!
Your quilt is fantastic! I love that you tied it. Well done.
The great thing is the loving way you considered his preferences! You are a faithful and respectful daughter. Where's that farm....WI or MN?
We inherited a similar quilt from my husband's mother. She was not a quilter, but we appreciate our rustic quilt when we watch TV. Hopefully your dad will love yours!
A handsome quilt, beautiful photos and a very thoughtful Christmas gift. Love that you used a backing that was waiting around for a front. And the dark binding provides the perfect frame. Your family efforts on this finish are sure to be appreciated!
Looks double sided to me :) Great pics too!
Love it....and that you tied it with yarn......I love too that it is double sided....I am pulling for your Dad to use it....
What a beautiful quilt! I love all the modern quilts, but sometimes just a traditional, older style, easy pattern quilt is just wonderful!
I have several projects in the works at the moments, so the last FINISH I had was the kids' Halloween Costumes, I think. I have 5 quilts in the works, 2 only need binding on them, so I should finish those up soon!
Lucky Dad! Happy New Year
This is my first time linking up. I have been following you for awhile.
While mine is not a true quilt - it is fabric art in quilt form.
I have just discovered art quilts and am fascinated. I am just beginning on the road to quilting.
What a great quilt! And how wonderful that your whole family helped to make it possible! Happy New Year!
I love how masculine this quilt is. The cow fabric is very fitting. Happy New Year.
I love this quilt, it is so calm and content, perfect for a dad.
Your dad's quilt came out great!it reminds me that I have a quilt (similar in style) that my mom made in the 70s that I need to rework. I purchased a new backing for it and I'll need to take all of the blocks apart as they are ripping at the seams...a labor of love, but worth it to keep the most comfy quilt ever!!!
I love that your family all worked together on this gift! And I adore the pictures with cows!! :-)
I'm impressed that you could make a quilt the week of Christmas!
Love your quilt and the team work it took to make it happen, before Christmas yet. Now that is a memory your children will keep close to their heart :)!
I love your Dad's quilt. So many memories in our quilts. What a memory you created with everyone joining it to get it done. Merry Christmas to you all.
I love the simplicity and practicality of this quilt. I know your dad will love it AND use it (I also have to keep things simple for my dad- too pretty and he is afraid to use it!)
I love the cow fabric! Such a cool team work quilt!
So funny that you had to make it SO simple and functional that your dad couldn't "keep it for good". Well done.
Love that the whole family had a hand in the completion of this great gift for your dad. Makes it so special. The pictures at the farm are terrific.
I never would've guessed the back was made for a different quilt.
I love the quilt and the cows too. I was finishing two quilts the day before Christmas also. You are so talented and to have your whole family get involved is great. Hope you had a nice Christmas.
Looks so warm and comfortable ... And the back is just perfect for that quilt ! Your photo shoot is really great as well.
Wow, three days would be a triumph at any time of the year. Well done - and fingers crossed your dad uses it intensively! Happy new year, and thanks for you great inspiration through the past year. Mel
How could your dad not love that quilt!! It is a perfect man's quilt. Love that last picture with the cow checking out your work :)
shirts -> quilt is about the best! I am sure he will love it.
Nice quilt! It is very masculin (can we say that in English? Anyway I'm sure you all understand what I want to mean :) ). You were very courageous placing this quilt just beside the cows!! They could have been hungry haha! Your dad's farm looks like a wonderful place to live by the way!!
Nice job and fun that your family participated so much on the process! I think your quilt will be juts perfect for your dad and I like those yarns so much :)
I love this quilt, and the cow fabric was a perfect addition.
Wonderful farm photos, too!
I like your Dad's quilt. I am glad to see that someone else ties quilts. Nancy
What a fantastic, sentimental finish! Your pictures were great!
What a wonderful gift for your lucky father!
A wonderful gift for your Dad, have a blessed new year!
Wow why do we do this to ourselves ?? The very last minute sewing - every year it happens and every year I vow never to let it happen again!
Crazy pants - love that line! Didn't everyone grow up under a quilt like this? Very nice! Cheers!
What a wonderful masculine quilt, really it is reversible! Both sides look wonderful. I hope he does use it, and feel wrapped in a hug from you every time. Happy New Year! Thank you for doing this linky every week.
Well I just knew there would be other quilters out there desperately finishing quilts in time for Christmas! Beautiful, FINISHED, and lucky Dad!
I love the fun that the cows add.
I am sure your dad will love it. I also made a quilt for my dad by cutting up my husband's shirts. My dad was a farmer too and would have appreciated the cow fabric.
Nice quilt. Don't think I could get one done in 3 days. Good job.
A quilt in three days. 110% crazy pants.... though in my family, we'd say pants on head crazy! :) Good for you for enlisting everyone's help. I'm sure it will be well loved!
This is such a cool quilt. Very much a guy quilt. I know you Dad will love it!
Oh wow! I am in awe of the speed with which that quilt came together! It looks wonderfully cozy and perfectly in place around the farm 😀
My dad is the same way. I made him a quilt using the jelly roll race pattern and he actually uses it. If I had made it fancy it would be stored away for "someday."
Love that your quilt was a group effort, too!
Beautiful quilt and I love the pics on the farm!
I love that the making of this quilt was a family affair! The quilt turned out great, I bet your dad loves it. Your photos on the farm are wonderful as well!
Nice job. Dads are so hard to give a quilt to. I enjoy reading your blog.
What a great quilt! Amazing that you did it in three days. A tight deadline is a good motivator.
Oh, what cozy and homey looking quilt! Love all those plaids and that wonderful pieced back. Great team effort for a brilliant gift for your Dad!
Great quilt! The only quilt I made for my Dad, who has been gone ten years now, was very similar even down to the tying method of holding those layers together. "Finish up Friday" on Monday or Tuesday if you are in Australia like I am!! Happy New Year!
Great quilt, and it SO reminds me of one from my grandma's couch on her farm under which many a nap was taken by several family members! I especially love the "on the farm" photo shoot. And made in 3 days!!!
You've inspired me to clean through my favorite colored shirts in hubs' closet that I think are "too worn out." Great finish! Happy new year!
I'd also give the back "equal time" if it were up to me.
That last photo made me smile.
I love the star! Not over powering, just perfect for this lovely gift!
Great way to match a quilt to it's owner. Bet it's comfy!
What a fun year of finish it up Fridays! I always look forward to Friday mornings to get some weekend sewing inspiration! Happy new year and happy sewing!
Love the quilt. Those are my favorite kind, the use it without worry kind plus it just looks snuggly.
What a great setting for photographing your quilt--just perfect!
I found your blog midway thru the year and have been stunned at how much you accomplish. I have upcycled men's shirts and could make this quilt. People tend to not use the fancy quilts but will use something more utilitaritan. Best wishes and hoping your have as productive a year as 2015 has been.
I love the homespun look of this quilt. Happy New Year!
Ooooh! How I looove this quilt!!! And such a quick finish with help of all those elfs :-)
The pictures are in a beautifull setting.
For many years I collect my husbands shirts to make quilts for the three children from his first mariage. This idea with the cowfabric is so nice, perhaps I use it too as my husband is a farmers son and we live in the countryside.
Thank you for all the wonderful posts this year!
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How wonderful to make something you know will be used by your dad. I like it even more because it is simple. Thanks for sharing and giving me added inspiration.
Such a great gift and great way to create family memories. Love the last pick with the cow (or is it steer?) investigating the quilt.
That quilt is charming, Amanda. Like you said, it's a throw-back to when quilts were first made. I have one very similar to this one, made by my grandma, but all the patches are polyester suit fabrics! Ha! You might imagine how heavy that quilt is! But it's tied and special... though never used. :-) I hope your Christmas with family was merry. I bet being back at the farm was wonderful. Blessings in 2016.
I absolutely love the quilt!! Especially the addition of the cow print. I love that it adds elements of personalization for your dad. We just bought a farm and I am so excited to take pictures of my things around the farm and barn. Beautiful work!
Very nice. Looks quite similar to the one my mum made for me when I was a kid :)
Fantastic "Man Quilt"! I think I might need to start one of these! Thanks for the inspiration.
What a cute way to photo the quilt!
What a beautiful quilt for your Dad but what great memories for your family of making the quilt. That is priceless. Thanks for sharing so much with us throughout the year.
In questa trapunta c'è tutto l'amore. Tutta la famiglia ha contribuito alla sua realizzazione, i tessuti sono recuperati da camicie di tuo marito e la realizzazione richiama il classico patchwork. Mi piace tantissimo e vorrei tanto realizzarla. Spero tanto che sia piaciuta anche a tuo padre.
Ora ti saluto augurandoti ogni bene per il nuovo anno a te e a tutti i tuoi cari.
Un saluto dall'Italia.....Silvana
I love your FO because it is for family made by family. What a gift! Happy Christmas to you and congrats on finishing another scrappy quilt.
You don't know how refreshing it is to read a blog post and see a simple, easy quilt that looks fabulous and will be used and loved! I started my quilting journey making levi and corduroy patch quilts, tied with red yarn, like this (way too heavy, but great for picnics!). I'm sure your dad loves it!
I love the simpleness of the quilt and it being tied. The simplicity of these types of quilts make them just as beautiful to me. And funny, it seems in my house that these type get used the most. No one will use the pretty fancy quilts in my house. Thanks for all the ideas
Amanda Jean, I love this quilt. It reminds me of quilts from my childhood, and quilt my parents had on their bed made from squares of recycled wool clothing. I'm impressed that you've recycled so many of your husband's old clothes. That's one area I've resisted. Great finish in time for Christmas!
What a fun quilt! I love the colors and how you hand tied it with the red yarn!
I love the old comfy look of this quilt, the fact that your family helped in its creation for your dad, the cow fabric, and the photos on the farm especially the cows. Wishing all of you a happy healthy productive scrappy 2016!
I LOVE this quilt! It reminds me of the quilts my grandmother made using the army blankets each son brought home after they were discharged from the service. They were as heavy as an X-ray blanket, but warm and toasty! I can't wait to see what quilty goodness the 2016 brings. Happy New Year!
Simple and masculine! You hit this one out of the park! Love the star on the back too. Great job and I love the addition of the cow fabric too!
The quilt is great. I'm sure your Dad will use it. Have a Happy New Year. Nancy P.
Love the quilt. Great idea to have everyone help makie it. Matsche.firstname.lastname@example.org
I love that it is a usable quilt. I'm sure that your dad will get great comfort when he is wrapped up in it. It is lovely.
Beautiful quilt ! As someone who grew up learning to sew clothing, I especially appreciate the carefully cut and stitched plaid fabrics that are all neatly squared.
I love the masculine, homespun feel of this quilt! As I am part of a Lutheran church mission quilting group that ties quilts, I appreciate that a quilter like you can still call this tied cover a quilt!
I love this quilt and that you managed to get it done by Christmas. And that it was a family effort! And that backing -- perfect!
Great quilt for your Dad. I love that it was worked on by members of your family, filled with love!
Oh, Amanda Jean, your photos of the quilt with the cows looking on are absolutely priceless! What a wonderful way to document your dad's farm and your quilt. I hope he gets to see the photos, too! Congrats on getting the quilt finished in time for Christmas -- it's FAB!
Love the way you made this quilt to specifically match the recipient's tastes, and also that it was a group effort. That makes it extra special!
What a lovely gift for your dad, and tailored just to his tastes! I don't know how you manage to make your quilts so quickly, but it's something for me to aspire to :)
It's beautiful CrazyMom -- big patchy quilts are my favorite! I Love your farm pictures too -- perfect! Happy New Year!!!
What a fun quilt and one so full of meaning for all of you! My favorite part is the red heart yarn! Hope your holiday was full of joy and wonder!
I love the quilt Amanda Jean. (My name is Barbara Jean and in my family we always used first and middle names.) The quilt is the same kind I slept under as a kid. My grandmother made one for me that had a lot of blues and reds and all in flannel. I loved it but it was stolen from me by my ex-husband. But I still remember it. And if my Daddy were still alive this is just the kind of quilt he would have loved. He didn't like anything fancy.
By the way, I loved the farm pictures. Really made it feel homey to me.
I love your quilt! I love the back too, it really could be called reversible because both sides are so nice. Hugs,
Wow, well done getting that finished for Christmas! I bet your Dad loves it! Thank you for your contestant inspiration that keeps me motivated and challenged.
What a great quilt with a great story! I love that it was a family affair! Love the colors and the backing! I especially think this quilt looks right at home at the farm! Glad y'all had a fun Christmas!!! I want to go make a quilt and tie it now!!!
I just love this quilt more and more each time I look at it! It is so masculine and rugged, but also beautiful and unique!
love the quilt for your dad, especially the red yarn ties. very sweet gift.
Love the quilt and that your whole family worked together to get it made. My husband and I work together on all of the quilts that are made at our house. He does all of the cutting. I also love that you call it a quilt. I got a short lecture about the difference between a quilt and a comforter. "A quilt is never tied. If it is, it is a comforter." I love tied QUILTS and always will. My grandma always made her quilts this way and there is so much love in those little red ties.
I love this quilt. It so reminds me of my grandmother's quilts. I have one she made of men's wool suits and jackets. It is so heavy and warm.
I also the love the cow fabric. Do you have any idea what collection it came from?
Love the quilt, I've slept under and made many a quilt similar to your dad's. I think it took longer than 3 days for me to make one though. lol
Love the team effort, great quilt. Happy New Year!
The simplicity is beautiful.
I love your photography - especially the pic with the cow looking over at the quilt! Very enjoyable post! Thanks
It's a fantastic quilt... very Christmasy and masculine at the same time :)
Love that it was a family effort!
It's such a special quilt. Can't believe you finished it so quickly. If it was me I'd still be thinking about it. Something I hope to change in 2016 so I get more done. Love all the farm photos too. Makes me think of my family farms back in Indiana. Happy New Year!!
Oh My !! I can see why your blog is called crazy mom !! I would be so (extra) stressed if I started a quilt just before Christmas !
Thanks for the giveaway.
I love family effort! And that backing, so perfect for the front. My most recent finish is a Raiders pillowcase and fleece throw (both pieced from remnants).Also done during the week of Christmas.
It is so much fun to do things like this at Christmas time when it is group effort. Nice quilt! I am sure your dad loved it.
I was moved to tears to read such a labor of love for your father. If it fits him it is worth the hours spent.
Happy new year!
Hi, I hopped to you from Jenny at Romany Quilting. So many years ago, I made my Dad a quilt, well, not really, as only 2 layers. and many years before digital cameras. He wasn't well, and still showed how much he liked it.And my Mum, a seamstress, dressmaker, and sewer of everything on a farm, from clothes to cow cover repairs. how she would love to see all our quilting creations. Maybe you can have a few days rest now, and for your Dad, a real family togetherness, from the quilting, to the tying, to the photos.
I know that fabric is soft without even feeling it--nothing like old shirts for a cozy touch. Your dad must love that everyone had a hand in putting the love in this quilt :)
Cow fabric is adorable. And even more so that you took a pic next to the cows. Great finish :)
Love this cozy quilt perfect for your farming father! And it's cow-approved, too! Love the photos. Happy new year to you, AmandaJean.
Amanda Jean, What a great tribute to your Dad. We know how they are, all shy and quiet about gifts such as this, but I know he loves it. He's probably showing it off to folks when they visit:)
I love a tied quilt and that was my first intro to quilting in the 70's. My mom got me involved w/the ladies aid group at our Lutheran church (fellow Midwesterner here from Wisconsin) and we cut up jeans, wool coats, shirts, and made quilts for our sister church in New Guinea. In fact she would let me stay home sick from school on quilting day at church, usually in Jan and Feb. Thanks for such a great memory:) Happy Monday and Happy New year to you too! Diane
Oh, my goodness, it's the perfect 'dad quilt', and that it was a family affair, makes it all the more special!
Great quilt for your Dad! I think he will definitely use it, I would!
I love this quilt. I like the back almost the same as the front. It is a perfect "man" quilt and I love that it was a family effort completed in three days.
I love the quilt made to go with the amazing backing! So fun!
This is a wonderful quilt. I'm sure it will be very well loved. And your photography--perfection.
I normally do not care for tied quilts, to me they somehow seem like cheating. But this is an absolutely wonderful quilt!
I just love the group effort and I 'm sure that will mean a lot to your dad. I love the cows in the quilt and in the pics. I think the back is as lovely as the front. Maybe I should cut myself some slack and try a tied quilt again! :-)
What a wonderful way to remember your dad and I do hope he uses it. Yours is special because you get to see him enjoy it now. I made something similar, another idea for you. For my 3 children and myself I made a wall hanging of ties, using my Dads ties and the background was his linen handkerchiefs that he always had with him. I treasure mine. Virginia email@example.com
It's a wonderful and manly quilt! By the way, I was totally imagining a cow shirt before you reading that the cow fabric was added additionally!
What a wonderful quilt! I love that the whole family worked on it. It makes me want to snuggle down and take a nap!
I love your quilt-for-Dad! It is very cozy looking, practical, and created with much love. Great job!
I love your Dad's shirt quilt, something special about its homespun feel, but your photo staging was inspired! I loved the picture with the cow about to lick it! Nothing like a bit of cow slobber to christen a quilt!
Simple design quilts without all the fancy quilting are my favorite! This is the perfect combination and the cow fabric was a great addition. I hope he uses it as it was a labor of love. shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com
Sometimes you do live up to your blog name;). I think the quilt has a great homey "dad" kind of feel to it. I made my dad a manly looking quilt a few years ago. He died this summer and his hat and the quilt I made him were the two things I took home to remember him by. I have the quilt hanging on a rack in my bedroom. It's dirty (he had three dogs) but I don't think I'll ever wash it.
i think we all have a square block quilt that has been tied. I know way back when i was in 8th grade or high school one of my best friends ever, in my entire life, moved. I was heartbroken over the loss of my friend. I made her an quilt in 3 days, start to finish.
Your quilt has brought back so many good memories. Your dad will love it.
I love checking out all the Friday links to see what everyone is showing off. It inspires me to work on my projects. I love this blog thanks for posting consistently on it!!! Thank you
That's a great blog that you have. Great work!
The cow fabric was a nice touch--how fun! I also did some crazy last-minute quilting. Why do we do this to ourselves?! Haha
Love the photo and how you made a quilt that suited your father. I love the old style simplicity of it. Happy new year Amanda Jean.
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It's special that your whole family pitched in and worked on this quilt. Love the pictures with the cows!!!
What a precious gift from your whole family! I'm sure that your dad loved it.
Love the addition of the cow print!
What a great quilt for your Dad! We had quilts like this growing up & slept on pallets made of quilts when visiting my MoMo. Your photos were great too! Happy New Year to you & yours!
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