Friday, March 31, 2023

Only a year late

 Hi all! Yes, thank you, I am feeling much better now. It took a lot of laying around on the sofa, but that's just the kind of assignment I am well suited for. When I was sick as a kid, I used to lay on the couch and watch soap operas with my grandmother. Have you seen daytime TV lately? It is definitely not those soap operas!

Anyway, once I dragged myself to the shower and started to feel human again, I finished up a quilt top that I started a year ago. We should be very pleased that it only took me a year, right? Take a look:


If you recall, last year I started this for the Hands2Help Challenge. It was supposed to be a quick quilt, and it really was, it just took me a year to get around to it. (You can get the pattern, such as it is, right HERE.) Sarah is back for the challenge this year (hurray Sarah!) so I thought I should probably finish it up to donate this year.


This quilt used up just about every single colorful 2-1/2 inch square that I had saved, and a whole bunch of white squares that I had either already cut from scraps and leftovers or I cut down from hunks and chunks of leftover white on whites. It feels so great to have all of those pieces cleared out and used up in a cheerful quilt.


There is a ton of variety in the squares I used, everything from Christmassy prints to colorful batiks. Just toss it all in! The alternate squares look gray in the pictures, but they're really a print that has some blue and red dots interspersed in there. In person it looks quite good, not gray at all.


This quilt top is just about 50 by 60, and I realized as I finished it that it would be the perfect quilt top to send to Victoria Quilts Canada if I added one more row or a border to each end. I think that's what I'll do, and it will get made into a nice finished quilt much sooner than if I tried to quilt it up. It took a year to finish, why take another year to quilt?

Hope you all have a good weekend. Spring is busting out all over here, and this is what it looks like on our hillside:
 

 Can you GET more springy? It's full of pollen, but I love it!
 
If you haven't been over to Sarah's to find out about this year's Hands2Help, you can find a bunch of information and sign-ups HERE. Go check it out and leave Sarah a nice comment while you're there!
 
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished or not Friday, and the Quilting, Patchwork, Applique linkup.

17 comments:

Gretchen Weaver said...

The quilt is very pretty and it's great to have it finished for this year's charity quilt drive. Happy stitching!

Susie H said...

Great job! I love all the colors -- so bright & cheerful!

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

Wonderful finish and it will be loved.

Sara said...

That's a terrific scrappy quilt. My bins of squares (1.5", 2.5", 3.5", 5") just never seem to get any emptier, even though I dig into them all the time to find just the right colors.

Glad to hear you are feeling better!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That's such a pretty design, Mari! The background fabric is perfect for all those scrappy squares. Your beautiful hill of daffodils and green grass is a sight for sore eyes tired of the winter landscape, too!

grammajudyb said...

I second Diann's comments above. Love seeing your spring covered hillside. We have snow again today!!!!! That quilt is fabulous. I'm off to check out the pattern.

Pat said...

This is a great design to use 2.5 inch squares! It will be loved when it arrives at it's forever home! (whenever that may be! )

Sharon Kwilter said...

Great quilt. I used to do a lot of cross-stitch when I was stuck all day on the couch.

Jannette said...

I think that I already have a few tops ready for Victoria Quilts, but I have most of the required blocks made - so it's a good thing that you linked the tutorial! Thanks!

Kathleen said...

That is a beauty and I am so glad you are feeling better. Fun that it will go to H2H this year; you did an awesome job stepping in for Sarah!

Kate said...

Glad you are feeling better. Love the vibrant colors in your donation quilt. Doesn't matter if it took a year, it's done now.

Preeti said...

You are in good company, Mari. OK, not on the sofa. But Diann just finished a quilt that she started a year ago and it is lovely. You know somethings are worth the wait. Hope your Sunday is sunny with a side of daffodils. They are absolutely lovely. When I go out for a walk, I pluck a couple to bring the beauty indoors.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

The year off made the colors even more colorful haha!!!
Glad you are feeling better!!

piecefulwendy said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better, and I'm sure that pretty quilt helped you heal a bit more. I need to go read Sarah's H2H post - I'm behind! We are waiting and waiting for spring to show itself here (5 inches of snow this weekend - sigh).

Suzanne said...

So bright and fun! ​50”x60” is the exact size for the adult quilts for Victoria's Quilts for the US though! Why not send it to them?


For whatever reasons their donation info is listed under their Volunteer tab… https://www.victoriasquilts.com/workshop/workshop.php

Danice G said...

Another colorful and pretty quilt. So glad that you were able to finish it now, and that you are feeling better.

Susan said...

Thank you! It's now on my list of leader-ender projects during the next year, so maybe I'll have a year old one in 2024!