It’s done, it’s done! Finish #4 is finally in the books. I’ve talked and talked and talked about this quilt and now it’s done.
What took so long, you ask? Well. I’m a little embarrassed to tell you. I sewed the front part of the binding on before the beginning of the year and the quilt has been folded, holding its place in the ABD (all but done) pile.
I started hand-stitching the binding down on the back a couple of weeks ago, and I think I told you that I was not putting a sleeve on it because I intended it to be a “throw over the back of the couch at Christmastime” quilt. I was planning it for napping. Well, mission accomplished.
Nearly every evening that I’ve piled this thing in my lap to bind, I’ve managed to fall asleep under it, needle still in hand. Fortunately, I must have some kind of death grip on the needle because I never lost it or stuck myself. How pathetic am I? Ah well, it is what it is. I’ve reached that age I swore I never would, when almost every time I sit down in an easy chair, I go to sleep. Sigh…
If you don’t know Atkinson Designs, check them out. They have loads of patterns for some great quilts, and all of their patterns make things so easy! The piecing was done eons ago, and done in a snap at that. I may well make this again someday, and I rarely want to remake something I’ve done.
The quilting was done by my friend Phyllis Arnett. Phyllis lives in Bourbon, Missouri, and is a fabulous longarmer. She loves what she does and it shows! (I hate to admit it, though, the quilting was done about a year ago. Sigh…) Phyllis and I met at MQX Midwest in Springfield, Illinois, in September 2014, where we had an absolute blast.
Have you been to MQX? Their next show is coming in April in New Hampshire. The next one I’ll be at is in Springfield again in October this year. If you’ve never been, it is well worth your time and effort to go. There are classes from some of the top names in the business and amazing displays of machine-quilted quilts. And yes, there are plenty of vendors too! Seriously, just go. You’ll be glad you did.
Anyway, my quilt is done. The fourth of my 55 finishes. Hooray!
How are you doing with finishes this year?
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