Wednesday, April 13, 2016

THE FinishYou've Been Waiting For...


I'm super over the moon excited that I was able to finish all my first quarter goals for the 2016 Finish-A-Long. I actually split my list into quarterly goals and yearly or ongoing goals. Granted, I didn't set the bar too high, but in my book it's much better to under promise and over deliver! Even though it was originally on my yearly/ongoing goal list, I just barely missed the mark by days last quarter for completing what is my biggest finish of the year... my Facing East quilt!  


So, it really wasn't my orignial plan to share my new quarterly goals list and my "tah-tah" moment at the same time! This finish is a very long story that I've been talking about here throughout this whole past year.


When I first started this quilt, I had always thought that I would send this out to be quilted by a longarmer because as a new quilter I just didn't trust myself to tackle such a complicated design. I suppose that all those projects in between helped me build the confidence that I needed to go for it. I decided that simple quilting really was the way to go... sometimes more really is just more, right?


I still haven't worked my way up to free motion quilting for such a large quilt, so the graduating circles were quilted with my walking foot... and boy, oh boy, talk about some major quilt stuffing!?!


I usually end up doing a simple pieced design on all my quilt backs, which sometimes get more attention than the much more complicated fronts.


 Can you spot my little helper trying to hide in the corner?
 

Quilt pattern: "Facing East" from Savor Each Stitch by Carolyn Friedlander
Started: January 2015
Fabrics: Basic Grey Grunges, selected fabric accents from Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler fabric, and various additional prints. Low volume background fabrics

Finished quilt size: ca. 63 x 83 in. (160 x 210 cm) 

 

So, I think this quarter is starting out with a bang, getting to share my first finish of the quarter right out of the gate! I'll be carrying over my yearly/ongoing goals as well as adding a few new things like my Churnstile blocks and Green Smoothie audtion blocks.

How was your first quarter? Any big goals in sight for this quarter?

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and Sew Cute Tuesdays

27 comments:

  1. Wunderschöner, farbenfroher, moderner Quilt der noch dazu hervorragend gequiltet ist!

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  2. What a beautiful finish! Love the circle quilting. TFS!

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  3. What a wonderful way to start the day! Seeing this sun rising in the East! I love how you quilted your Facing East, Allison. The offset circles emanating from the center of that block is genius. Love that they are unevenly spaced, just like ripples on the water. Congratulations on a beautiful finish - quilted by you!

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  4. Your quilt is stunning, with so many different colors and motifs. They are very well distributed. And your quilting is just perfect for the theme.

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  5. Oh YAY!! This is soooo awesome Alison!! Congratulations!! The quilting is FABulous! And I love love love the back too!!! Enjoy an amazing finish!!!M

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  6. Didn't think that this quilt could get any better, but that quilting adds such a cool dimension! Good choice :)

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  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the quilting and totally understand the joys of stuffing a big quilt in a domestic machine!

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  8. Beautiful! Congratulations. It is a very striking quilt.

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  9. This IS the quilt I have been waiting for! Really beautiful and the quilting looks perfect. Congratulations Allison!

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  10. Beautiful and the quilting is perfect! (I'm a free motion chicken as well).

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  11. I love it, Allison!!!! It's FABULOUS! I wish I could see it in person...
    (Best workout you've had in a long time, huh?!)

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  12. This quilt is amazing!!! I've been wanting to quilt one with circles like this for quite a while, but I haven't gotten the courage up yet. I just love it! Great job!

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  13. very good work! clap, clap clap!
    Leeanna

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  14. Wow - this looks fabulous. The perfect quilting choice too. Did you draw all your circles on first?
    I think this is another quilt that has been added to my never decreasing one day list.

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  15. Beautiful! I have quilted circles once before but only on a small quilt. The fabrics you have used and the pieced backing make this one of my favourite quilts! So great to see it finished!

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  16. This is my first time seeing this and the quilted circles give the whole project an amazing finish. It's lovely.

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  17. So wonderful - I just love how this has turned out!! Great that you ended up quilting it yourself and you did a fantastic job!

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  18. Congrats on the finish. I love quilting in circles too!

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  19. Love the quilt Allison. The color of fabrics used is so scrumptious looking and your quilting is fabulous! You are so creative.

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  20. Great quilt, you have done a great job.

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  21. Had to wait till today, so I could read your post with the due attention. Those are beautiful pictures! And I just loooooove that quilt. The quilting turned out great. Congrats for the finish, really a bang to start Q2 with :)

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  22. Wow, that turned out beautifully! Well done on the quilting, that really makes it!

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  23. What an absolutely stunner I LOVE the pattern you've used and it has great impact with the semi-solid fabrics. Gorgeous finish. On behalf of the global 2016 FAL hosts, thanks for playing along!

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  24. What a stunner! Make more of these quilts for life!

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  25. What a great finish ! I really love this pattern. Congratulations for your quilting.

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  26. Wow, you did that with a walking foot! I certainly like the effect. Excellent finish ~

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