27 March 2013

A tardy, yet timely finish

Yesterday afternoon the final strip of fabric was stitched onto my late (that's 1 year, 6 days late) birthday present to myself. 

 A week before my birthday last year, I decided to make a quilt log cabin quilt with 41 "logs", one for each year of my life.  This was the perfect number for a giant courthouse steps block- 10 logs on each side with a large rectangle in the middle (which I counted as one of the logs).

Going by quilter's conventional wisdom, I gave myself a year after the intended birthday to gift it to myself.  I finally started the thing a couple of weeks ago.  And so now the quilt top is double belated- six days later than the original one year grace period.  Sad face.  

The quilt top is, however, an early finish for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Happy face!  Behold my March entry for ALYOF:

At 62" x 76", this is the largest quilt I've made so far.  What to use for the back is a huge question mark.  Should I be a Paganelli purist and only use Sis Boom fabric?  Should I use something I absolutely love, Sis Boom or not?  Decisions, decisions.

Since there's still quilting and binding to be done, I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, as well as to A Lovely Year of Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts.  Check out both of these linky parties for some lovely quilty inspiration!

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  1. Very cool idea. Congrats on getting it done!

  2. Lol, why is it when we have loads of time to do something we always leave it to beyond the last minute?! Looks great though :o)

  3. Beautiful. I love the contrast of the blues and reds, and how they're unified by the similar prints.

  4. This is stunning!! Such a great idea...do you mind if I make one just like it??? I love sisboom and have some stored away just waiting to be put to good use!!!

    1. Not at all! So glad to have inspired you to cut into your Sis Boom stash :)

  5. I came from Melissa's blog, sewbittersweetdesigns. Love the name of your blog. =) What a great idea to give yourself a birthday quilt! I never worry about matching the back to the front in any way. I wouldn't worry too much about being a little off schedule, either. The top is finished! And you'll get the quilting done and bind it and have a wonderful present that is exactly what you want, for once. =)

  6. Happy double late present! I vote for a backing you love. Yay for your finish! :)

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! And you know how I like bright colors - makes me happy just looking at it. Congratulations on the finish - timeliness is sometimes overrated!


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