First Finish of 2015!

23 01 2015

I have a completed quilt!

And it feels amazing!

Night Sky Completed Quilt - Front

Night Sky Completed Quilt - Back

Quilting was done on Sandi’s mid-arm machine – my Janome is being a PITA. I’ve determined I’m just going to sell that beast and invest in an alternate mid-arm machine. The day I was using the frame, Sandi had on hand a medium dark grey for top thread. We dithered a bit on whether or not it would be all right, but I was very much of the mindset that finished was the most important thing.

Once we stepped back and looked at the quilted sandwich (done up in a large, fairly dense meander), we were quite happy. It turned out beautifully!

In keeping with my determination to use up as much stash as possible, this quilt ended up being very scrappy toward the end. For my backing, I used five different prints, three of which were from the same line, Habitat by Jay McCarroll. I had quite a lot of this fabric leftover, due to using it for a swap. I also used two cuts of Urban Garden by Erin McMorris, and a larger cut of a Heather Bailey fabric (Freshcut, I think, but the selvage was long gone).

The binding even proved out to be scrappy. I’d originally been planning on using a strong yellow fabric for the binding. With the backing ending up such a hodgepodge, however, I chose to pull two graphic black and white prints from my stash, and used what was remaining of those two prints to make the binding. It was quite serendipitous, actually. When I’d finished attaching the binding, I only had eight inches left over after. I truly had just enough of those two prints, which was good, because I just eyeballed the yardage I had and said, “Meh, it’ll be enough.”

Our front lawn is chewed up, due to the snow plowing that took place in December, so I couldn’t do my usual overhead shots. I’m sure the neighbors walking their dogs wondered at the crazy lady throwing a quilt over the wood fence.

Marking this for the 2015 Finish Along! My list of goals is here!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, for Finish it Up Friday. Also linking to From Bolt to Beauty, for Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday. Also linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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15 responses

23 01 2015
thesewingchick

This is beautiful – Congrats on your first finish of the year!!

23 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

Thanks so much! I’m so excited to be finishing something so early in the year.

23 01 2015
Sandra

Wow, this is a take-your-breath-away quilt! Now that’s saying something for me, because black and yellow is not my go-to colour combination, but wow I do love this! Stars are my favourite block though… You did a super job, and the binding is just perfection! “Crazy lady throwing a quilt over a fence”…lol I can SO relate…

23 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

I had moments where I wasn’t sure about some of the blocks – not enough contrast, I thought – but now that it’s all together, and I can step back, I’m extremely happy with this quilt!

23 01 2015
Micki

I love your quilt. Very striking and the color combination is great. I like the variety of sizes of your star blocks. Is this your own design or a pattern?

23 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you very much! My default neutrals tend to be grey and black, so I had a healthy selection to work from.

This was from a pattern by Camille Roskelley, called Night Sky. You can find the PDF version of this pattern at http://thimbleblossoms.bigcartel.com/product/night-sky-pattern-178-pdf-pattern

24 01 2015
Carla

Oh I love it! What a gorgeous colour combo

24 01 2015
karen berrisford-snow

I agree, great colour combination. Star quilts always make me smile ! Yours is beautiful!

24 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you so much! This is a favorite color combination of mine, and stars quilts have always enticed me. I’m so pleased that I decided on joining up with the quilt along for this pattern.

24 01 2015
Christina

Beautiful quilt, great job! Isn’t funny, just like cooking, we’ll eventually be able to eyeball fabric amounts ;D

24 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

It is funny! I find myself doing it most often with backings, which should probably worry me… I could end up in a bind if I fail to eyeball yardages correctly.

26 01 2015
Lynette

I *love* this quilt! Such a fun mix of yellow with whites, blacks, grays. And the scrappy binding is clearly perfect. 🙂

26 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

I’m a fan of using up what I have, so I was really thrilled with the scrappy binding!

14 04 2015
shecanquilt

Your quilt is beautiful. I love the colours and the scrappiness!

14 04 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank you! I’m a big fan of scrappy – it’s how I started quilting – digging out of old fabrics my mother had but wasn’t going to use.

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