Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Back to School Finished

This is Back to School and my first finish of 2016! I believe I started this back in the Fall of 2009--it was featured in Quilt Sampler magazine on the cover and was designed by Temecula Quilt Co. My plan was to make it from my scraps which I was able to do.
The top had lingered in my hope chest awaiting quilting for over a year or maybe two I confess. Machine quilting is my least favorite thing. I know I hit a wall with making the houses especially the small ones--templates and fussy cutting are NOT my favorite.
The pinwheels and snowballs were easy, but the baskets were a bit more challenging. The top and bottom borders were a little difficult because they were set on point, but I persevered and got it done.
I quilted it on the long arm with allover loops and natural colored thread--the quilting really only shows up on the black print border. 
I made a quick label. I have been attaching my labels before quilting and just quilt right on through them. This quilt measures 46 x 55 inches after washing. My tastes have changed to more bright and modern since 2009, but this country, traditional quilt will look lovely hanging in my country home.
I apologize for the rotten pictures, but it started dumping very wet snow as soon as I got outside. I took quick pictures and ran back inside to a dry and cozy sewing room where I did a happy dance for my first finish of 2016! This quilt was also my goal for the OMG January 2016 Challenge (see the link on the right hand sidebar)--DONE before the first week of January YES! I better dig through my cabinets and find another UFO to tackle.

39 comments:

  1. Hooray for finishing a UFO. That is one of my goals for this year :)

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  2. Kudos for finishing this quilt! It's a beauty...I made one too from the magazine, I loved it instantly. I know what you mean about those fussy little houses...yikes!

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  3. I love this quilt! It's been on my TO DO LIST since it was on the cover of Quilt Sampler! Good for you! You must be tickled!
    P

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  4. It is such a good feeling to finish an older UFO like that! It looks very cozy! I have an older one like that, too, that I need to finish up, but it is hard when your tastes have changed!

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  5. Wonderful! I made this a couple years ago and its one of my favorites.

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  6. What a beatiful quilt, congratulations to finishing it, so gorgeous.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  7. Beautifully done! Congrats on having a finish so early in the year.

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  8. Glad you finally finished it. It's a beautiful quilt.

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  9. What a wonderful way to begin the new year, a beautiful finish. It always feels good to get another UFO done.

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  10. I know how good it feels to check a UFO off your list. I stuck with it last year and managed to finish at least one per month. Good luck with your goal this year!

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  11. I've had this pattern bookmarked in the magazine and will probably never get around to making it-good for you to have sewn it up! Congrats on a lovely first finish for the year!

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  12. Congratulations Tanys, it looks lovely. I'm glad you persisted and finished.

    I've got nearly every Quilt Sampler but don't recall that quilt. It looks lovely.

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  13. Well done on your first UFO finish, it is a beautiful quilt. Photos in the snow are wonderful.

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  14. I think I might have a kit for this quilt. Wonder where it is. You did well.

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  15. I always wanted to make that quilt too! I just thought it was so charming. Good for you for finishing it!

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  16. Oh man DID this not feel good to get finished! Congrats. Keep warm!

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  17. Wow good job. I am not organized enough to have a finish yet this year! I love the feeling of a finish, it's wonderful. Enjoy.

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  18. Wow good job. I am not organized enough to have a finish yet this year! I love the feeling of a finish, it's wonderful. Enjoy.

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  19. Well done on the finish. Sometimes it is hard to push ourselves to finish a quilt when our tastes change.

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  20. Woo hoo for finishing an UFO! Isn't it a great feeling to have it done?! Great job with it, Tanya!

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  21. Very cozy looking quilt. Yay! for getting it finished!

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  22. Congrats on your finish! Good start to this year for sure!

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  23. Congrats on your first finish of the year! What a fun pattern! We featured your quilt over on the FWFS blog! :)

    http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com/2016/01/fabric-frenzy-friday-features_11.html

    Lindsey

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  24. This is beautiful! I know what you mean about machine quilting being a bit of a bottleneck. It is for me too. I love piecing blocks. I don't really care as much for joining the blocks into tops...but I do that readily enough. When it gets to sandwiching and quilting I am slow. I think it's partly that the sewing machine needs to be set up for quilting...and then that kind of ties it up and no piecing gets done while the quilting is underway. I do have two machines now and so that is not an issue anymore. I will have to come up with a new reason why I am slow machine quilting.

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  25. Great quilt!! C0ngrats with this finish. I love it.

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  26. I adore quilts with house blocks in them, and yours is just lovely! It will look gorgeous hanging on a wall, or draped over a piece of furniture, preferably in a room with a great fireplace! Beautiful job!

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  27. Jumped here from Sew Cute Tuesday. I love it when I can finish a long ago abandoned UFO! Although your tastes have changed, the quilt is still wonderful and it will look great in your home as you say. Great job and congrats on another finish!

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  28. congratulations on your first finish for 2016 and thank you for sharing by linking up at Bits 'n Bobs for Design Board Monday!

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  29. Congratulations on your first finish in 2016! And the fact that it is a UFO is especially rewarding.

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  30. Congratulations on achieving your OMG for January! The quilt looks great.

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  31. Congratulations on your wonderful finish!

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  32. Well done on sticking with it and having such a lovely quilt at the end.

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  33. I love your color choices. What a wonderful quilt. Congratulations on your OMG. I'm also very fond of Temecula Quilt designs. Aren't they great?

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  34. It feels great to get an older UFO completed so good for you! This OMG party might be just the thing for us procrastinators.

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  35. It is great to see this all finished! Love the scrappy snowballs!

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  36. What a great way to start the year. The houses turned out really well.

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