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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10 comments:

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

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  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)

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

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  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!!!

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

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  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. =)

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

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  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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