Finish-a-Long 2018

Because I hand quilt and most of my projects are hand work I don’t anticipate many quick finishes but I know that I’ll at least finish one thing this quarter so …….

The Basics of the FAL

“The FAL is a low pressure community event that allows you to make a list of projects that have already been started but not finished and thus are hanging about in your sewing room as UFOs. The list is linked up at the beginning of a quarter and then at the end of the quarter you link up a link for each item on your list that you finished. Each link is an entry into the random draw for great prizes sponsored by our generous sponsors.”

I am going to enter this Botanical Quilt Top.  This couch sized top, hand appliqued, was finished in February of last year.   These are a few blocks from a larger project.  ( see my post The Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt : A Beautiful History )

I am currently in the process of hand quilting it.

It went into the hoop towards the end of August or beginning of September. A few progress shots along the way :

I am now working on quilting the last block.

After that, the border needs quilting and then I will bind it.

We have some dear friends that just got engaged and plan to marry this summer and I gave them the choice of this quilt, yet to be finished, or the Scrappy Granny that I’d finished prior to this. They chose this one.

I am pretty sure that I can finish this up by the end of the quarter and enter it in to the FAL to have a chance at the prizes :)

Linking up to She Can Quilt Finish-a-Long

Also joining Esther’s Quilt Blog

Hand Quilting ; Moving Forward

Everyone is finally back to school after Thanksgiving vacation ; I had Brent and Kate here on Tuesday for the day. The weather was very mild that day; close to sixty degrees. I did some yard work, they could ride bikes and scooters with just their light jackets on, and my youngest son took them to a local park in the afternoon.

It seemed as if  one day I put out all the Christmas decorations, with snowmen all over the living room, and then next day, Spring arrived!

The hand quilting is moving forward on the Botanical quilt. I finally finished up this block…

I am ready to start on the last one now.  ( There are six large blocks to this couch sized quilt. They are from the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt  project, which has many more blocks to make a full sized quilt. )

I knew that I had some colored quilting thread somewhere leftover after quilting the Crosses & Losses quilt. Naturally, I found it in the last place that I looked :)   I want to quilt the green and purple areas with colored thread.

The family went to a Meet Santa party at a local Elks lodge today. I am not sure who took the photo that my DIL posted on Facebook but I edited it a bit. I couldn’t move that Christmas tree to center it behind them, though, lol ! :)

I will be joining up with other Slow Sunday Stitchers tomorrow at Kathy’s Quilts as I make a bit of hand quilting progress on this latest block.

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