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forever and a day

11 March 2009 2,923 views 26 Comments

Remember waaaaaaaaay back in September of 2006 when I started that brown coin quilt? This weekend I finally finished it. Normally on Saturdays the last thing I want to do is spend another 8 hours in front of the sewing machine (hazards of sewing for a living) but I was feeling the need for an FO.


The quilt top had been finished for a while, so all that needed to be done was to baste the top to the backing and batting and quilt the darn thing. I chose the Heather Ross tadpoles for the back and some Warm & Natural cotton batting from the stash. I didn't bother to baste with fancypants pins or anything;the quilt wasn't that big to start with, so there was no need. I marked the quilting lines in chalk and was off to the races.

it's happening!

I usually machine sew the bindings to finish, but I've never really been satisfied with the end results. This time I sewed the bias strips on like I normally do (Heather Bailey has a great tutorial) and then handstitched the binding down on the bottom side. 100% better! I'm not much for the love of hand sewing, but this was more like mattress stitch in knitting. Invisible! Magic! (Thanks to Carolyn for pointing me in the right direction with the blind stitching.)

oh yeah, I forgot

Dig that mitre

A quick trip through the washing machine to get the chalk lines off and she was done. Whew!

chocqua goodness

Gnome coin quilt finished

I've pulled all the photos from start to finish and put them all in a flickr set here.  Whew! Done!


  • grumperina said:

    Yay! Gorgeous! Also, I’m kind of relieved to see that you used chalk for your quilting lines. I thought “you people” did that kind of stuff naturally :).

  • Vanessa said:

    It’s beautiful! What a lucky kiddo. And that must be a great feeling, to get this FO off your back!

  • jennifer w. said:

    Wow – GORGEOUS!

  • carolyn said:

    YAY DONE!! :) i haven’t finished a quilt in….forEVAH.

  • mai said:

    wow. it’s absolutely gorgeous! i want to learn how to quilt so badly now.

  • oiyi. said:

    I remember you working on the quilt way back when. Hurray for finishing! It looks beautiful. Great colors.

  • Carole said:

    It’s beautiful! I always do my bindings that way. In fact, my joy of handsewing the binding is what made me realize that I’d love knitting.

  • Bobbi said:

    What a gorgeous quilt. Sometimes waiting to finish a quilt (even if its year’s later) is totally worth it!

  • laura said:

    I love that pattern, I have had my pieces cut out since last summer for a queen quilt, but haven’t sewn a one. Love the quilt lines.

  • AJ said:

    Coin stack quilts seem to be so popular lately. I love yours. I love your choice of fabrics, brown and blue is so delectable. Congratulations on finishing it up after all that time!

  • Amanda Elizabeth said:

    it looks so so so awesome!!!!!

  • Kajola said:

    Beautiful! I love the wavy quilt lines.

  • Deb said:

    Great job! I love the soft waves and the colors.

  • Martha said:

    Love it! Thanks for the inspiration to finish mine…sigh…

  • Stephanie said:

    Love the colors, beautiful quilt!

  • Emily said:

    Wow, that is fabulous! I LOVE the undulating quilting lines!

  • sarah b. said:

    Love it!!! The curves are really cool!

  • Dotty said:

    That quilt looks awesome! Must remember it when I have to make a quilt with novelty fabrics.

  • hannah said:

    wow! way gorgeous!

  • Clestial said:

    So cute. Makes me want to cuddle up in a quilt.

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  • whitney said:

    What an amazing quilt! I adore it. The quilting lines are really neat.

  • Kari said:

    It’s lovely! I love your quilting waves, and the color choices! So pretty! Really tempts me to have to make one of my own! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Misty said:

    I really like the wavy quilting pattern. Your quilt turned out to be lovely!

  • gleek said:

    i love it!! it’s fabulous :)

  • Nell said:

    Gorgeous! Great job!

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