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?!).
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.
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!