My Modern Maples Quilt: Finally Finished!

modernmaples_2014_001It’s been almost 16 months since I started this quilt! I even wrote a blog post about it back in December of 2012! It’s the Modern Maples quilt pattern from Amanda of Hey Porkchop and can be found in the Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays book.

It’s the biggest quilt I’ve made to date, and I think that was a bit daunting. It was supposed to be a gift for my sister two Christmas holidays ago. I felt horrible that it wasn’t finished and finally took the plunge this past week to quilt it and bind it. Perfect timing too, because last week was my sisters birthday and I couldn’t think of anything to make her.

I seriously finished this thing AN HOUR before her birthday lunch. AN HOUR! So I apologize for the lack of awesome photos, I didn’t have time to plan them out. She loved it and put it on her bed right away. That’s always a good sign.

modernmaples_2014_002 modernmaples_2014_003This was the first unfinished project that I finished as part of my time off from Art School Dropout! If this shows anything, I think I made the right decision.

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I Am A Crazy Lady…

My original gift giving plan was quilts. Loads of Quilts. I had these grand dreams of giving all my immediate family members quilts. Well, as the title of this post says, I am a crazy lady! I realized halfway through the month of December that I would be lucky to even finish one quilt, let alone four. If it was just me here, alone everyday, they would have been finished no problem. But it’s not just me, I’m here with two other human beings who deserve my attention way more than my sewing machine, especially when they both kept getting sick! Damn December and all your sicknesses.

I went through the list of what I wanted to finish and picked out one quilt to do, the Modern Maples quilt by Amanda of Hey Porkchop! that can be found in Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays. (the book has a lot of great patterns, not just this one. I highly recommend it). It’s something different than what I normally sew, and it’s just soo pretty! My sister Ashley really likes fall colors and such, so I thought it would be perfect for her.

It’s now three days after Christmas, and I wish I could say I finished this project!! Ha. I was able to piece the front completely, all 18 leaf blocks and 12 solid blocks. I was also able to piece together the back.

Just so my sister  and brother-in-law didn’t think they were getting nothing this year, I wrapped the half finished quilt with a note saying I would quilt it and return it to them very soon. I’m hoping to have it finished by this weekend, as long as we don’t all get sick…

As for everyone else, I decided to make smaller sewn gifts, which I’m going to share on Monday!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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