I Had To Finish It

scrap quilts, sewing room

tn_FreeVintageImagesofChristmasClipArt7_jpgI no I said I needed a break and I did and do – and the best way to take care of that was to finish the darn quilt!!  And I did.  I started machine quilting again in the morning and finished it in the early afternoon and immediately attached the binding while I had the tables out – then I could put the tables away and have my space back.  Then I relaxed the rest of the day and got my hand stitching out and chilled!!  Next time I have any machine quilting to do I will try the suggestion of earbuds and music.

Hopscotch folded and ready for me to work on hand stitching the binding which is so much more peaceful to work on!  I am linking to Cooking Up Quilts MCM #51 and Em’s Scrapbag.


The sewing table back in place and a little more room to work in my narrow room.


Two more Scrappy Baskets done  as you can see on the above photo – the backgrounds are going to be a variety of neutrals although you have all only seen the darker one until now – it was just that I had cut 5 pieces to start, I will begin to mix in more light colors.

The last leaf stitched on the Snowman Winter Scene and the last embellishing done, there were more things in the pattern, but I decided this was enough for me.  Now I will remove the tape from the edges, press it good and measure.  Next step find a padded stitchery backing or make one and get a frame.  It is so nice getting a couple finishes yesterday.


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34 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Dec 12, 2016

    Congratulations! Hopscotch is finished! Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment today and enjoy NOT quilting on your machine.
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    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      yes I doubt I will machine sew today

  • Sharon S Dec 12, 2016

    I’ve been away from my computer for several days – it’s always a treat to catch up on your blog. Question……did you baste your Hopscotch quilt before machine quilting it? I checked out your previous blogs and couldn’t see any thread or pin basting. I just finished a Christmas wall hanging, but I definitely pin basted it before machine quilting, otherwise I have problems with tucks and pleats in the backing. Congratulations on another finish!!!

    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      I pin basted Hopscotch several months ago. I take the pins out as I go and so when I was done quilting in one direction they were all out and out of the way. I managed to get it all done and found only two little tucks on the back when I got finished, they are so tiny then when I went to look a second time so I could fix them I couldn’t find them for the longest darn time so I do not think I am going to fix them – after washing and drying and shrinkage I have a feeling I would have to really look to find them

  • Deb Dec 12, 2016

    Congrats on the finish and freed up space again ! 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      Yes, not having that space was really driving me crazy

  • Pale Blue Corner Dec 12, 2016

    Congratulations for finishing the quilting, as a revard among others you have your room back 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      Love having my space back

  • Barbara Dec 12, 2016

    My hat is off to you for quilting that big quilt on your home sewing machine, it’s a real work out that I generally avoid. As proof I have several tops waiting in the wings for quilting, maybe next year. Love the wool piece and would like to see it framed and , if you have time, instructions on how you do the framing.

    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      I think it is the biggest quilt I have machine quilted and so glad I stuck with it and got it done and out of the way in a week. I haven’t framed a picture like this before so I will try to take photos along the way.

  • Ramona Dec 12, 2016

    Yay! for your quilting finish! It feels good to have that behind you, I know. I agree… stitching the binding down is so peaceful. Your snowman is adorable.

    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      I will take hand quilting and hand work any day over machine quilting!!

  • Sandra B Dec 12, 2016

    Congratulations on a great couple of finishes, Karen!
    Hopscotch looks great…love the quilting … I know I have said this before, but I am always amazed at the beautiful quilts that can be made from such simple shapes… And you know scrappy quilts are my favorites!
    Your little snowman picture is great…looking forward to hearing about your process for framing it….
    And your little appliqué baskets are growing in number! Again, love the scrappiness!

    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      thanks Sandra – I will post a photo of the finished Hopscotch when the binding and washing is done.

  • Kim Webb Dec 12, 2016

    Hopscotch looks great. Congratulations on getting that machine quilting out of the way. Now you can relax with binding it. Have a quilt top completed that is a lattice top made with 2.5 inch blocks that I have been mulling over how to quilt. The straight lines seems like the way to go.
    Enjoy having your room back.

    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      I think straight lines are easiest for machine quilting and has the most look that would give it an “almost” hand quilted looking” I am so glad to have it done – so much so that I have barely done anything today!

  • Cathy Dec 12, 2016

    Congrats on Hopscotch. It has a vintage vibe I just love. I know about machine quilting big quilts – it’s akin to wrestling bears! Kudos!
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    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      it sure is – when I was doing the middle I was thinking “what the heck I’m I doing, I should be hand quilting this” then I would get out closer to the edge and it was like manageable!!

  • Emily Dec 12, 2016

    Congrats on a lovely finish! I really like the snowman applique also. It will be wonderufl when you get it framed.
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    • Karen Dec 12, 2016

      now to find a frame that will fit – I hope I don’t need one made they are so expensive!

  • audrey Dec 13, 2016

    Had to laugh at the way you take a break! I do that too sometimes. Just better to finish and be done with it all.:) Great looking little quilt!

    • Karen Dec 13, 2016

      yes house cleaning was a break LOL – now to get started hand stitching the binding.

  • Mary Ann Dec 13, 2016

    Cheers to you Karen on two great finishes. We will watch to see the final decision on the applique piece. My sewing room will not be back to normal until after the holidays. Everything that needs to be out of the way ends up there.

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  • Dottie bishaw Dec 13, 2016

    Yay, you’re done machine quilting Hopscotch! It looks so pretty, don’t forget to show us pictures when it’s done. Your room looks big again and so organized. Have a great day.

    • Karen Dec 13, 2016

      thanks Dottie – I do love the space organized again although I might have to pack everything up and stack things away in other rooms after Christmas we are talking of redoing the floor and painting – taking shelves down and a complete re-do

  • Vicki Dec 13, 2016

    I get the same way at the end of a project. It seems to reach about an 80% completion and then I must focus until it’s totally done.

    • Karen Dec 13, 2016

      yes I got where I just had to finish and get it out of my way

  • Kate Dec 13, 2016

    Great stick with-it-ness! It has to feel good to have the quilting all finished on Hopscotch. Congrats on all your progress.
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    • Karen Dec 13, 2016

      yes it does feel good – I am working on the binding now

  • Patricia Dec 13, 2016

    Oh! Such a pretty quilt – I love it! I also so admire you ladies who quilt your own quilts – such talent! I’m sure your finish looks even more beautiful in person! Congratulations! 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 13, 2016

      thank you Patricia – it was a little rough at times to get a queen size quilted but thank goodness my Juki has plenty of room

  • Thimbleanna Dec 14, 2016

    Yay — you finished your quilt! It looks great! I love your cute little baskets too — I’d love to make a quilt out of those blocks!
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    • Karen Dec 14, 2016

      I need to get busy with a basket or two but been busy with the binding instead

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