May UFO Challenge Quilt

I finally finished one of my first quilts! I started it four years as part of the very first American Patchwork & Quilting quiltalong. The pattern, called Tone it Down, is by Lissa Alexander and you can buy it here.

I’ve had the blocks done for years, but was a little disappointed in how they turned out. Each block has almost 100 pieces, and as a beginner quilter I wasn’t too great at cutting accurately, sewing straight, and pressing, which was crucial to the success of this quilt. Out of the 20 blocks I made, only 16 were the correct size (the smaller four I used in my pieced backing).

The original quilt has sashing, too, but I skipped that because I ran out of enough fabric. I was using a mix of Sweetwater prints from Moda with other things from my stash. The fabrics were perfect for fussy-cutting and cute touches if you look closely enough!

Although these colors aren’t my favorite anymore, I embraced the bright colors of this quilt! I did a pieced backing and binding, and used three colors of thread to quilt (red, green, and blue).

And as part of my goal to label all my quilts, I added one in the corner! Fun fact: to motivate myself to finish faster, I make my label in advance with a future date on it. The deadline always helps finish faster!

The quilt is big enough for a throw size and will make a perfect picnic quilt! The rainbow colors are so happy!

My husband and I tried it out today with some cheese and crackers! But it was almost 100 degrees and very windy, so we didn’t enjoy it too long!

This is my fourth UFO (unfinished object) finish this year thanks to the UFO Challenge. Have you joined yet? It’s so motivating! Get more info about the Challenge here!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram @lindsmayland to connect more!


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