Finish #4


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.

Finish #4

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.

Just a tiny portion of my ABD 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…

I told the truth!

I started this quilt shortly after Christmas 2005 (I think it was actually 2006). It’s from the book, Take 2 and Add A Few by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs.



Take 2 and Add A Few, by Atkinson Designs
Take 2 and Add A Few

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.

Flannel on the back
How yummy is that?

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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  • Wendy Tuma

    Love the quilt and I know the good feeling from getting a quilt completely done! I had to chuckle at your nap with a death grip on your needle. While you held on to your needle while sleeping, I lost my needle TWICE while stitching, under a quilt (not the one I was stitching), with my cat on my lap. Thankfully I found it both times without impaling me or my cat! Happy quilting!

    • Lori East

      Yikes, Wendy! I am envisioning just how that worked itself out…I think I am so paranoid about losing them that I hang on for dear life! I’m also afraid that one of my dogs will find it if I drop one…they will eat nearly anything.

      • Wendy Tuma

        Well, thankfully, I have a patient husband and a wand magnet. I found the needle myself the first time, but needed his help the second. I’m also notorious for quilting barefoot. Usually that’s not a problem, but I did “find” a needle last week by stepping on it (lightly, thank goodness). Sheesh. That’s how I live dangerously. LOL.

        • Lori East


          • Wendy Tuma

            Yup, that’s what I said. I don’t know how the needle escaped to the floor. I’m usually very careful about that. :-/

  • shelly

    You are right on track with one a week! I think you’re gonna do it — 55 in a year! Me, I’m still slogging away on #1. Guess what point I’m at — yep, the binding! And I’m pretty fast at binding, it’s just that I haven’t sat down to do it (I hate the trimming part).

    • Lori East

      Well, so far, so good. Let’s hope I can keep up the pace!

      I trim before I bind so that when I sit down to do it, all that’s left is the handwork. But yeah, there’s that sitting down to do it part…which is usually when I fall asleep. If I could train my hands to stitch while I slept…