Race to the Finish

Fall is a busy time of year for me! There’s always lots of traveling (both for work and for play), and it’s a difficult time of year for me to keep up my sewing. In the next month, I’m out of town for 15 days. That’s a lot of time to skip sewing. And although I don’t mind bringing my sewing machine and supplies along while I travel, it:

1. Makes me feel pressured to sew a lot to make packing and traveling with all my supplies worth it.


2. Makes me feel guilty when I don’t sew as much as I thought (which is all the time).

Because a vacation should be about relaxing and a work trip is always busier than you think.

So, this month, I decided to use all my traveling as an opportunity to finish some UFOs. I have a stack of quilt tops just waiting to be finished, so I decided to race to the finish on some of these quilts so I could bind while traveling.

Binding is one of my favorite parts of quilting and requires minimal supplies, so it serves as both a relaxing and portable project. It’s something I can do while spending time with family, while winding down in the hotel room after a long day of meetings, or as a passenger in the car.

The first project I tackled was a flannel Christmas quilt that has been sitting in the closet for a few years. I stitched pieces of leftover batting together (can’t shop for new supplies when you’re a late-night sewer, right?!).

Then I did some basic quilting. Since it’s flannel and I didn’t prewash, the looser quilting gives it some room to shrink after the first wash.

(Also, can we talk about that backing fabric? That thermos print from Dear Stella is so cute!)

The I chose binding. I did an Instagram poll and got really great advice, so I chose the brown polka dot. I’m usually a scrappy binding girl, but that brown was so yummy and really framed the quilt perfectly.

As I was sitting at my grandparent’s house in Arkansas doing a crossword puzzle with the family, I finished the binding.

The surrounding woods were the most beautiful backdrop to this woodsy Christmas quilt!

NOTE: I’ve gotten lots of questions about this pattern! I got the quilt top already finished and don’t know the pattern, but it is just a bunch of 3.5″ squares sewn together! Hopefully this info helps you replicate the look if desired!

Look for a “Race to the Finish, Part 2” coming soon for more finishes this month!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


Did you finish a UFO recently? Share pictures with me on Instagram @lindsmayland!


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