Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Holy crap! I finished something!

Yes, even I can manage a finish now and then.  Well, mostly then.  But for once, now!
Yeehaw!

Usually when I'm hit by a squirrel, I want to start something new.  In this case, the squirrel wanted me to grab an old project and see it through.
Remember this  project?  I had a sudden urge to quilt it (but not to photograph the quilting process), which I proceeded to do yesterday and today.
 

And I even tried out a different kind of binding that I'd been wanting to play with. 


I made a flanged binding, using the yellow/orange dots as a constant fabric for the flange, and a variety of orange prints for the main binding fabric.  (There are lots of tutorials available for this binding.  Here's one now.)  Since this was for a relatively flat table runner, I made my strips narrower - the yellow was 1.5" and the oranges were 1.25".  It worked perfectly!


Normally when I get ready to sew a binding on, I compulsively measure it and remeasure it to make sure it's long enough.  This time I decided to just let it be a surprise.


Phew!  It was a happy surprise!  Plenty left over.

You can sort of see the quilting here -


I used green thread and straight lines in the background, spacing them randomly 1/4" to 1" apart, then free-motioned curved "pumpkin ribs" in orange thread on the pumpkins themselves.

And here's my finished Pumpkin Patch.


 Complete with the required toes...

Gotta go mark it on the calendar, now: "Feb 28, 2017 - actually finished something!"


17 comments:

Libby in TN said...

Such a happy pumpkin patch! Congrats on the finish; I'm proud of you for trying the flange binding.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

You have to be careful of those squirrels... they are devious and oh-so dangerous!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Woo Hoo! Great finish Gayle. What a way to finish off February.

Chantal L. said...

Congratulations my friend. It is just charming, a darling of a pumpkin patch. You did a great job with the quilting and the flange. It's something I want to try too and starting with a mini quilt is brilliant. Love the different threads used to embellish the pumpkin and the background. Bet you can't wait to use it up now? ;^)

Ariane said...

Congrats on a wonderful finish!! Love it!!!

Sally Trude said...

Congratulations! I use squirrels to help me finish projects. I sprinkle some bird seed out on the back deck. This brings birds and squirrels. Apparently this is more fun for Molly and Buddy to watch, and I get a short spurt of productivity.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I've been wanting to try one of the flanged bindings - thanks for the nudge. And congrats on the finish!!!

Gretchen Weaver said...

I love Flange binding!!! Your table runner is lovely. Congratulations on the finish! To celebrate, go eat some chocolate. Blessings.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Great finish on your pumpkin patch--you're way ahead of the game for holiday sewing!!

Angie said...

Great finish and now you're ready for Halloween 2017!

Julierose said...

Your pumpkin patch is so adorable--love it..I've never tried a flanged binding--it looks great on your piece...Kudos on your FINISH!! Hugs, Julierose

Cathy said...

Flanged is such a funny word for such a nifty binding. I have yet to try flanging my binding.
Congrats on your finish. I feel like some pumpkin pie now and think I'll go get some out of the freezer and make a pie tomorrow. Thanks.

Robin said...

What a darling pumpkin quilt. The binding really is a great accent. I love it.

Kate said...

Congrats on a fun and fabulous finish!

kmkat said...

Most excellent!

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

A wonderful finish to be proud of! :) I have never attempted a flange binding yet...bucket list, I guess :)

audrey said...

Lol It does feel good to finish, especially something this cute! I need to do more of the finishing myself.:)