Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Goal for "A Lovely Year of Finishes"

It's time to set another goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and see if I can get it done this month.  My sewing room now has brand new wood floors and a fresh paint job, and the furniture has been moved back in, but I haven't yet unpacked all my "stuff."  That's why this goal is being set according to what I could get my hands on, and that would be my Dutch Treat quilt which I started in January of 2006.  I had to learn reverse appliqué when I started this project, and this is the first block I made.

I added embroidery to each of the blocks, working around the appliqué, and unlike the original pattern I used a plain alternate block in order to showcase the quilting.  In June of 2007 it was progressing nicely as a top.

Once it was all put together, including the borders, and then basted, I started losing interest.  For one thing, I had backed the alternate blocks with muslin since the appliqué blocks were technically two layers, and I wanted the look to be consistent.  Secondly, I took some bad advice and basted it using a wool batting which makes it incredibly heavy when added to the double layering.    Another reason for the loss of interest is the fact that we no longer have a Queen bed on which to display it, just a King and two Twins.  The quilting looks nice, though.

There are 255 blocks in this quilt and I quilted 231 of them before setting it aside for the past four or five years.

My goal for March is to hand-quilt the remaining 24 blocks.  That's about one a day so it should be doable.   So.  We shall see.  

I am linking up with Fiber of All Sorts for their March Goal Setting Party!


  1. I think you can do it Sandy. You can always lay it at the foot of your bed or hang it behind your bed to display it. It's too beautiful to just finish and put away. Go Sandy go!!!

  2. Absolutely!! As Mimi stated, this quilt is much too beautiful to just finish & store. What a Gorgeous quilt!! If you are truly uncertain as to what to do with it, I know a dear friend of yours that would LOVE to own it - and she has TWO queen-sized beds... :) <3

  3. What a beautiful quilt! Your hand quilt really elevates the quilt to a whole other level.

  4. This quilt is beautiful! I'm sure you can finish it! Your sewing room floors look great too!

  5. Sandy, you can do it. I am looking to see it hanging at Houston or Paducah and they do require it to be finished. lol. It's doable in your capable hands. Go Sandy Go!