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Dadadadada….. ok I’m a bit sad LOL…. But here is my finished quilt-as-you-go top:

Nothing like setting a goal to get me moving!! – I wanted to get this sewn together by the end of October and I’m 2 weeks ahead of schedule – amazing!! Maybe a little something to do with the fact that upon doing some measurements I discovered 56 blocks (the original goal) was actually a bit overkill – and 42 blocks would be about perfect (very glad I figured that out BEFORE I made the other 14 ahem!!).

It’s still waiting on being backed and bound, but at least the top is all done YIPPPEEEEE. I have chosen a bright aqua sheet for the backing (decided a cotton sheet would make my life a lot easier than sewing strips together!!). I’m still pondering whether or not the colour is a little bright though. I originally wanted to have a patterned backing, but the only nice patterns I could find were a polycotton blend – and I’m not so fond of having polyester as part of it, for breathability reasons… So I’m going to sit on it for a few days and see if bright aqua is right. It does make the colour “pop” and it’s only for the back I suppose, but I still don’t want something too too bright… it needs to be perfect.

And just as a side note – look at some of what turned up in the mail this week (and there’s more to come heh heh heh). Loving the exchange rate at the moment!! Go the Aussie dollar!!

Go and check out Sew & Tell Friday and be inspired.

*Edited to add:  Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and suggestions!! I love reading them!! After a few days of pondering I have decided that I’m definitely brave enough to go for the bright aqua and that it will be the perfect colour!! It looks awesome – I will post again soon once I have it finished. I still have to pick something for the binding. I’m actually considering doing a scrappy binding for this quilt – any thoughts/suggestions?

The final (approximate) size of the quilt is: 42 blocks in total – 7 blocks wide and 6 blocks tall. They were 14 inches prior to finishing, so they will be somewhere around the 13.5 inch mark finished.
(I actually moved my needle over a mm or so when I was sewing my final blocks together, so my final seams were slightly more than 1/4 inch for this quilt. Because of it being quilt as you go I just wanted to be on the safe side and also in a few places my blocks were a bit wonky and sometimes the fabric didn’t go right to the edges of the batting and such like (shhhhh don’t tell anyone 😉 ).

13 COMMENTS

  1. this is just beautiful! loving the colors and the pattern! have you thought of a pieced back? with the aqua sheet and maybe a few more squares?

    the fabric is divine!

  2. What a beautiful quilt! It looks perfect on your bed! And you’re new fabric yumminess…..how fun! I am new to amylouwho’s site and her “Sew & Tell Fridays” and I’m so glad that I found her site and your’s as well! 🙂

  3. Lovely. I have been meaning to try out a quilt as you go top. It’s on the looong list to “someday”s. 🙂 I think a sheet is great idea for the backing. I just did the same with a quilt I am finishing up now. So easy!

  4. Beautiful work!! It fits perfectly in your room! Love the colors and the design.

    I think you should go with the bright back. I LOVE bright colors and when you have it on the back people always make a little gasp when they flip the quilt over and are surprised by the fun color. But you know what works for you!

    I use sheets a lot even in the fronts of my quilts. Cheap way to get a lot of fabric. I did find out the hard way that some sheets pill so make sure you wash and dry it before you use it. :o(

  5. Love the fabric, especially the owls! Where did you buy it from? From your comment about the exchange rate, I am guessing the US…

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