Friday, August 11, 2017

Finally Finished

There are some quilts that have a deadline or specific reason to be finished (gifts, quilt show entries, etc.) and they generally get done in a timely manner. Then there are the quilts that are started with no specific goal or plan for their future. Those are the quilts that might hang around unfinished in my sewing room, sometimes for a very long time.

That was the case with my Woven Ribbons quilt. I remember exactly when and where I bought the pattern and fabrics for this quilt, a smallish quilt shop (since closed) in St. Paul, Minnesota in the summer of 2004. I thoroughly enjoyed piecing the quilt and was very happy with the fabric choices and the way the top turned out. I'm not sure exactly when I had it quilted, probably 2007 or 2008, and it has been hanging around needing binding ever since.

Woven Ribbons
42" x 49.5"

I had put this quilt on my 2017 UFO Challenge list, and it's number came up in June. I pulled the quilt out and had it hanging on the closet door, but the binding still didn't get finished. Sometime in July I saw it hanging there and realized "I know exactly the person who would love this quilt." It was a friend at work who was moving away to a new job in South Dakota. That was the motivation I needed! Within a few days, the quilt had a binding and hanging sleeve. My friend did indeed love it--in fact, she was wearing the same colors that are in the quilt on the day I gave it to her. 

Just a couple days ago I got a message from her with this photo of the Woven Ribbons quilt hanging in their front stairs. She let me know how much they love the quilt, which tells me that giving it to her was the perfect choice. I think the quilt looks right at home in their stairway!

Strangely enough, now I am missing that quilt and thinking about making another one with different fabrics! 

Linking up to:  Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
                      Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Julie in GA


  1. I can see why you are missing it and want to make another--I remember when that quilt was featured in a Quilters Newsletter is beautiful and you did a superb job on it...hugs, Julierose

  2. Wow! Those shades just make it want to jump off the screen. Beautiful!

  3. What a neat wall hanging, I like the dimensional quality to it. I can see why you want to make another one!

  4. This is so neat! The color placements really give it a three-dimensional feel.

  5. Hi Julie,
    How wonderful that you finished a UFO, and that it went to a home that is really enjoying it! Funny how the colors look so different. The fabrics you selected really work in the woven aspect - the shading makes it seem like it really is woven. I can see why you miss it now and think you SHOULD definitely make another. Although, not for your UFO pile . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. That is such a cool quilt. I totally get not being motivated if you are making it "just because" and not with a real plan. If you do start another one, I bet it doesn't take as long as the first!

  7. Some quilts just get done on their own schedule. Love the colors in this one. It looks great hanging there in the stairway.


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