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First Finish of 2013

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

I had a bit of a nose to the grindstone day yesterday. I was so determined to get the Siblings Together quilt finished that after a frankly quite horrible run in a blizzard and thick snow yesterday morning I put the radio on and basted and quilted like a mad woman. I finally got the binding sewn on in front of the television last night. Phew.

So here it is….and I hope that sometime in the summer it will make a little girl in care happy.

Here’s the front….A Spring Fever jelly roll for the blocks (started in John’s class at FQR last year) sashed with bright pink Gypsy Bandana.


and the back…pieced together from the Red Rose Farm spots, plus the border from the Gypsy Bandana fabric that I used for the sashing and a long strip of green Gypsy Bandana to make it wide enough. The green was then used for the binding too. Ā I’m really, really happy with how the back turned out.


I quilted this little lovely doing loop the loops with bright pink machine embroidery thread – and it nearly drove me bonkers. The first half went really well, but then the thread started fraying and breaking about every 30cm, which meant that each time I had to sort out the mess and rethread. I have no idea why that happened and changing the needle, faffing around with the tension and cleaning the machine didn’t seem to improve things…but I got done in the end, although it probably took a hour longer than it should have!


I only used fabrics from my stash….most of which had been there a good long while, so I’m claiming 8m fabric use in my stash-busting efforts.

So…. what’s next??

Happy weekend!


14 Responses to “First Finish of 2013”

  1. Kyrena Says:

    Love love love love it! Sooooo nice! And proud of you how you used some stash! šŸ˜‰

  2. Vreni Says:

    Your Gypsy Bandana turned out lovely! Why is it that our machine is so temperamental? Mine often “acts” exactly the same. It works very well for some time and then suddenly there’s a problem. It really is annoying, isn’t it?

  3. Barbara woods Says:

    love your quilt

  4. Diane Neale Says:

    It’s gorgeous Helen. It will make one little girl very happy this summer!

  5. Floh Stiche Says:

    So colorful and bright! Looks perfect!

  6. Katy Says:

    It looks fab, and love the back too

  7. Catherine Says:

    It has turned out fabulously – love the bright colours

  8. Gertie Says:

    This is such a cheery quilt and even better that it is all out of stash! I look forward to your next stash report – I am too ashamed to publish mine…

  9. Elisabeth Says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous, Helen. There is definitely going to be a very happy girl out there this summer. I really love the colours and the fact that it’s made from your stash is like the cherry on top šŸ™‚

  10. Kathy E. Says:

    WOOHOO! Way to go! I absolutely LOVE that pin border fabric on this.

  11. Sarah Says:

    Looks so bright and teenager-ish. A child in care will be thrilled with it! Maybe the thread was old or cheaper quality? I don’t mean that to sound nasty, just sometimes people say that cheap thread is not as good.

  12. Susan Says:

    Fabulous finish!

  13. diane stanley Says:

    this really turned out great and your right, the back is perfect.

  14. CarlaHR Says:

    Lovely finish Helen