Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Finishes: A Virtual Sew-In

A group of my online quilting friends held a virtual sew-in last weekend. Amazing how motivating that can be! With the regular check-ins, chatting, and sharing of progress pictures all weekend long, it almost felt like we were all together on a quilting retreat. We often talk about organizing a real retreat someday. Now that would be a blast!

This was my sew-in project, a birthday gift for a six-year-old little girl. A very spontaneous project, yet every bit of it was hiding in my stash, just waiting to be pulled together into this little quilt. Love when that happens! I used the Warm Wishes pattern, a free download from Quiltmaker.com, and I was super impressed with how fast the top came together.

Every smidgen of the Little Mermaid print was used. The aqua/white polka dot filled in for the last round of blocks, "growing" the quilt from baby-size to kid-size. The borders finished off the teal print, and it took the very last bits of both purples to make the binding. A nearly "scrapless" project!

The backing is a super thick and cozy solid teal flannel. It was purchased by my mom over 20 years ago, and yet it fit my quilt top exactly, without an inch to spare. Simple straight-line crosshatching made the quilting go fast.

All finished (48" x 57"), and sooo cuddly...

Also during our sew-in, someone shared the link to this flannel receiving blanket tutorial video from Missouri Quilt Company:

I couldn't resist giving it a try. These are SO cute, I want to make more and more and more...

Closeup of the "self-binding"...

And it's Friday! Be sure to check out all the great Friday finishes at:

Amylouwho's Sew & Tell Friday
Link a Finish Friday at Richard Quilts
TGIFF, hosted this week at Quilt Matters
Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Have a great weekend -- and thanks for stopping by! :o)

11 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What pretty colors!!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

That will be a fun quilt to have and enjoy for many years. The colors are really beautiful.

Sara said...

Love the Little Mermaid for sure--very pretty finish

Claire Jain said...

Oh my gosh! I would have loved that quilt as a kid :-) Jenny Doan is awesome, too. I have taken a Craftsy class by her. Thanks for sharing!

Janine said...

This is such a lovely quilt for a little girl!

LynCC said...

This is so cool! I just love how you've showcased the Arial fabric (and jealous that you had some!) ;D

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Thank you for your very nice comment on my summer sampler quilt...greatly appreciate it.

Michelle (LemonadeGal) said...

Thank you for commenting on my quilt. Your's is lovely! I'm sure this quilt will be a treasure to a little girl! I love that you were able to use stuff you had on-hand. It is a great finish!

I have made a few of those self-binding blankets, too. I love how they come together.

~Michelle

Kat said...

This is adorable! One of my daughters is a redhead so of course, Ariel is very popular at our house. I Love the purple with the teal, great combination!

JanetK said...

That Ariel quilt is so pretty - what a great gift for a little girl!

Janine said...

Your mermaid quilt is beautiful and this is a great tutorial:)