A Friday Finish

A post from Kelli–


Well it’s Friday.  And that means another Friday Finish!  This is a quilt that I actually started a while ago (probably 3 years atleast).  The first quilt that I ever made was a pattern by Miss Rosie and ever since, I have been hooked on her patterns.  When I first saw this quilt on the internet, I fell in love.  I loved how the colors played together and looked very rich.

Looking Glass 3When I was making the quilt back in my beginner days, I wasn’t always the best about quarter inch seams.  Sometimes they were a bit over, but more commonly a bit under.  When I had this top done, I had it sitting in a chair in my sewing room and Puppycat had jumped up and peed on it.  Being the young naive quilter that I was, I just threw it in the wash and then figured I’d have to iron it out really good after it dried.  I’m sure that you could imagine my enjoyment (or lack thereof) when I opened the dryer to find a bundle of thread and mess with a quilt top mixed in.

Looking Glass 1It was then that I learned that quilt tops should not be washed until they were quilted.  I also learned how important a quarter inch seam was.  Many of the seams that I had sewed throughout the quilt that were a bit less than a quarter inch had frayed and left little holes throughout.  Then it got packed away because I surely didn’t want to deal with that mess!

Looking Glass 2When I was bringing a few quilts home for mom to quilt, she asked me about this one as she remembered me making it, but didn’t remember what happened to it.  When I told her, she guilted me into fishing it back out and fixing my little mistakes.  I did and I’m really glad that I did.

I think that I’m going to keep this one around for a while and may give it away as a wedding gift.  No matter what I do, I’m really glad that I dug it out and finished it.  And you can bet that I will never, ever again wash a quilt top before it’s quilted!

If you are looking for the pattern you can find it in this book, A Touch of Rosie Quilts (Leisure Arts #5103).

On a different note, I want to give a shout out to my lovely parents as they are celebrating their 27th anniversary today.  They have been the best parents that I ever could have asked for and a wonderful example of what to strive for in a relationship and friendship.  Here’s to hoping that the next 27 are greater than the first 27!

We have a giveaway going on here for a sewing book and we have a giveaway for a Visa gift card from Glidden Paint going on here.

Today, we are hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.




10 thoughts on “A Friday Finish”

  1. Happy anniversary Jo. Yesterday was hubby and my 26th wedding anniversary. Hope you have a wonderful day and get to spend some special time with your hubby.

  2. Happy Anniversary to the young ‘uns…only 27 years?!? Probably passed in the blink of an eye!
    This quilt brought you so many lessons. I think it says a lot about your character that you learned from the experience, moved forward, fixed your mistakes, and ALSO made a fantastic quilt! You rock!

  3. Lynne in Hawaii

    Happy anniversary to Jo and her DH! Kelli…great job of fixing and finishing the quilt. It is lovely. It is amazing to me how mistakes can allow creative juices to flow…learning to regroup and fix them. Some of my best work was done covering up ooopsies not to mention the lessons learned.

  4. What a wonderful quilt! Aren’t you glad you faced up to the finish? You get my vote for best use of an oil tank in a quilt photo, too.

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