Happy Hour Stitches

October UFO Challenge Project

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Finally, after four years of working on this quilt, it’s done — just in time for winter! I picked it up from the quilter’s while driving to my family’s house and used my Thanksgiving vacation to finish the binding.

The pattern is Tula Pink’s 100 Modern Quilt Block City Sampler quilt. It finishes at 90″ square and is a great bed cover for the cold winter months.

I started this quilt four years ago as I was learning to quilt. The simple block designs allowed me to practice cutting, pairing colors, and getting an accurate 1/4″ seam. I learned a lot while making these 100 blocks and am excited to have a finished quilt to show for it!

I pulled color inspiration from my bedroom for this quilt. My bedroom is brown and dark blue with touches of teal and lots of plants. When choosing colors, I pulled five to six fabrics in five color palettes (brown, dark green, light green, teal, and blue). Limiting the amount of fabrics in each color palette allowed me to get a scrappy look without the mess of too many shades.

I finished the quilt top while on a quilting retreat with coworkers in September, and bought my backing fabric from the quilt store we were at. Hen & Chicks Studio in Conrad, Iowa, has an amazing retreat space and selection of fabrics, so they were amazing helping me finish this long-time project! They also have a few quilters in the area, so I left my quilt with them to be finished!

Logan from Deer Creek Quilting did a phenomenal job with the quilting! I asked for a swirl design to help balance the geometric block designs and soften the edges of the blocks. The swirl and feather combination looks so interesting and really enhances the whole quilt!

In my usual fashion, I used my scraps from the quilt to make a scrappy binding! With the cream borders, the pop of color around the edges frames the quilt and pulls out the colors of the quilt!

I also labeled the quilt as part of my new goal to sign and date every quilt. You can also see a peek of my backing fabric, which is a blue and green geometric print. I usually use pieced backing from my leftover fabrics, but with a quilt this size, it was much easier to buy yardage.

I can’t wait to snuggle under this quilt this winter! The happy colors will really brighten the days! If you need help finishing projects, join the UFO Challenge! It has helped me finish a project a month this year!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”
Lindsay


P.S. I’d love to connect on Instagram! Follow me at @lindsmayland.

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