Sunday, August 15, 2010

Finishes!!

I actually have been making progress on some quilt projects lately. I'm trying to stay focused and get some finishes so I feel free to start a few new projects this fall. Here's the reproduced quilt I made from an old doll or crib quilt. The finished size is approx 22x25 inches.
I had to show you the backing. Kathie sent me this shortly after we met blogging and I thought it would be the perfect beautiful piece for the back.

Because the hst are busy enough I machine quilted the rows between them, then handquilted the center using this stencil. I didn't really want more straight lines.


Here's another project I'm not quite ready to show. I'm handstitching the binding down so that means I'm very close to a FINISH!! Woo-Hoo!

I brought my niece and nephew into Portland on Friday for a day of school shopping. We left the house at 6:30AM and returned home at 10PM! When they lived with us a few years ago shopping was a bit easier. Now that Hannah is 17 and Zack 13 it takes a bit more time. I was exhausted, but it was fun to spend the day with them. They lived with hubby & I for 5 years and I don't get to spend near as much time with them as I'd like to.

37 comments:

  1. That is some great backing fabric! Can't wait to see the other quilt. Wow, That's a long shopping trip, do you still have money in the bank? A day like that with my Daughter, costs me a pretty penny!

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  2. Finishes what are they? That quilt is cute. Glad to see you are getting quilts done.

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  3. Beautiful finish !
    I love the blue backing fabric of the secret quilt ...XOXO

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  4. That is a gorgeous finish Lori! And it looks like great fun (and tiring) to shop with your niece and nephew. Thanks for the tips on my quilt. I do want to finish it, just don't know where to find backing for it. Do you think just a solid color and try to match the solid on the front?

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  5. Just to look at the picture, the quilt looks like it would be much bigger. Small pieces! And a good finish.

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  6. Your little quilt turned out so nice. I love that red backing too. I'm anxious to see what's inside the other pretty backing.

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  7. That is a really great little quilt! It is so great it even caught my eye peaking out of part of the picture where you show your almost finished quilt. I counted and am guessing your HST's are 1"? What thread to you use when you machine quilt a small quilt between rows? I bet you miss seeing your niece and nephew after having them with you everyday for so long. Glad you enjoyed your day.

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  8. Wonderful little quilt. Tiny pieces. Tiny. I love that backing -- I used it on the back of a quilt recently too. Isn't it luscious?

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  9. Your half square triangles are TINY!

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  10. Great finish...the backing is perfect! Looking forward to the reveal of the other one. School shopping is so much fun!

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  11. My goodness they look small 1/2 square triangles. Love th backing fabric. I do like to see nice backings.
    Sounds like your niece and nephew have got a great aunt and uncle.

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  12. beautiful finish! I love the center - and all those HST -
    the backing is beautiful - thanks for showing it!

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  13. just beautiful
    oh I love this little quilt. great hst I see in that quilt!
    hmmm I have a few I could use for my own little quilt too.
    I am glad you used that stencil for the center adds life to the quilt i bet...
    congrats on a finish...I am looking forward to a few in Sept too!
    Kathie

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  14. Love the backing fabric and your finished project.
    Lucky niece and nephew you have there. I always loved buying for mine too. Still do matter of fact.

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  15. Lori,
    Great little quilt and love the backing. I cannot believe how grown up Hannah and Zack are. Wow, what great looking kids! Good for you for still being a big part of their lives.
    Kathy B

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  16. Gorgeous quilt...love the backing!

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  17. What a wonderful finish!! I adore all the hst's in this one. I do love the backing fabric! I can't wait to see your other finish. I've got some back to school shopping to do too.

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  18. Love that one with the gazillion HST's. It appears bigger than it actually is. Is that turkey red fabric on the back? It looks similar to one of my turkey reds that I just love to fondle...although I have used some.

    Great finish, Lori and I can't wait to see your next one!

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  19. Aren't finishes just the best feeling ever! The red backing is awesome and looks so authentically vintage. And clever you to show just the back of an almost finish!!

    That is one long shopping day but sounds like you all had a great time together. Those are moments they will remember...

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  20. I too got a special piece of the backing from Kathie and it is waiting to be used for a special little quilt.

    cheers
    Christine

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  21. Cute kiddo's and oh my what a day you all must have had!

    Love your little quilt Lori...all those hst's are worth all the work :o)

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  22. Love your quilt and the quilt design:)
    I am trying to finish up some projects, but the whole construction, repairing the yard, and a host of other issues keep getting in my way. I need a Calgon day.

    Anyway, so nice that you could spend some time with your lovely niece and nephew:)

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  23. Fab little quilt, all those tiny pieces. I love it.
    I bet your niece and nephew wore out your credit cards! My girls always do.

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  24. A lovely finish! I love that backing fabric!!! Gorgeous!

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  25. Beautiful backings on both quilts. I'll bet the one you're still working on is as wonderful as the one you just completed. I like the idea of mixing hand and machine quilting & may have to try it.

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  26. Thanks for your comments on my new blog venture. I'm afraid that putting on a new binding on the tablecloth quilt won't work. The fabric is so weak that it's starting to tear in places. Right now I'm using it to cover the brand new quilt that is on that bed, it protects the new quilt from direct sunlight. So, I guess it hasn't been retired yet.
    I noticed that you are a Napoleon Dynamite fan. My DIL told me tonight that she used to work at the food place in Preston and that her locker during her senior year was the very locker that he used in the movie. Who knew she was a celebrity - ha!

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  27. Mmmm! I love your new finish! And I can't wait to see the one you are finishing right now!

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  28. Gorgeous little quilt and what a sensational turkey red backing. I really like that devils claw pattern. I once had a nice set of 1880 indigo devils claws and sold them - wish I hadn't now!

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  29. The HST quilt is gorgeous! Wow! all those tiny HST!!!

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  30. The HST quilt is gorgeous! Wow! all those tiny HST!!!

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  31. like most people. I also love the red backing.

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  32. I'm loving the HSTs in your quilt, Lori. Wow - I REALLY like this quilt. It's just fantastic.

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  33. what an amazing little quilt and my mind boggles at the size that those half square triangles must be~!!~ YIKES

    oh i have been missing my daughter so much lately. she's so very far away and her 25th birthday is coming up . . . reading the bit about back to school shopping gave me a whole new perspective and gratitude for the day~!!~ thanks for the smile.

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  34. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the backing fabric. In fact, I have some of it on my shelf. What a nice aunt you are taking the kids shopping. They sure grow up quickly.

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  35. Woohoo - you have been busy. Love your quilt and the gorgeous red backing is perfect. Can't wait to see the "hidden" quilt - it's back is also gorgeous.

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  36. Love your finish - what a great design!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful day with the young'uns *s* Hope you are able to spend more time with them soon - they look so happy in the pic!

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