Finishing Frenzy

I’m not sure what it is about fall, but as I feel the year wind down, the push to finish things gets impossible to resist. During our recent move, most of my projects got piled into bins and boxes and safely tucked into a storage unit. And after the transition, as I was unpacking I realized I had so many quilt tops and a shocking lack of finished quilts. So, I tucked in and went to work.
Finished Fall Quilts!

And now I am happy to say I am making progress through my pile. So, rather than make it appear that I created all of these quilts in the last month, I am going to go through them oldest to newest.

Completed quilts-3

Do you remember way back here when I posted the tutorial for this fun chevron quilt? Right. Well, the top was as far as I made it at that time. It is a pretty big quilt to tackle on my home machine. I ended up sending this one out to Sarah Russet and she worked her magic and sent it back. I bound this one by hand and now it is officially DONE!

Completed quilts-13

Then, there is this Hex-a-chevragon quilt that I wrote a tutorial for here. Once I saw how cute it was, I knew I wanted to make it a lot bigger. So, I made a bunch more blocks and stuffed them all in a bin when fall came. With a bit of help from my mom (Thanks, Mom!) I got the top all put together last spring. But we were in the middle of moving and my motivation fell apart. But I pulled it out again last week and LOOK! It is done! I couldn’t be happier with this one. The pattern is a breeze (Really!) but it looks so fresh. I can’t wait to put this on my little boy’s bed next summer.

Bangles Quilt with Shelburne Falls and Chicopee

Then, sometime last winter I got Sarah Fielke’s pretty book in the mail and couldn’t resist her Bangles pattern. Shelburne Falls had just arrived and it seemed fitting to make a Denyse Schmidt tribute quilt. This quilt has at least one piece from every single line Denyse has released. Of course, I finished the top and set the entire quilt aside since I couldn’t decide a fitting quilting design. Perhaps its a good thing I did, since now I was able to bind it in the grey Florence stripe. It’s still current! (And I love how the quilting on this one turned out! I am glad I waited!)

Hip Holiday Spin Cycle Quilt from Westwood Acres

Then, in July my sweet mom came to visit and, while I was tempted to tell her to tackle my unfinished projects pile, I handed her a fat quarter bundle of Hip Holiday from our shop, Cluck Cluck Sew’s Spin Cycle pattern, and both of my littles and I took off for beachier climes with my husband. I came home to a gorgeous finished quilt top and two very spoiled little people. This one is HUGE. I think I am going to put it on the guest bed this Christmas and hope it brings good company to join us for the holiday. There was no way I could tackle this one on my machine, so I once again sent it to Sarah (Thank you, Sarah!). She drew snowflakes all over it. How perfect, right?!

Clover Sunshine

And you may actually remember the Clover Sunshine quilt I made right around back to school. This one was gorgeous with just six blocks, but I really wanted it ‘me’ sized. The points are not perfect (I won’t be writing a tutorial) but the effect of these fabrics is just stunning. If you haven’t already picked up your Clover Sunshine bundle, I would say run! don’t walk. It is such a pretty collection and I just can’t imagine not having another (bigger!) quilt out of it.

In order to get these done, I had to change a few of my habits. Usually, I like to piece my quilt backs. Like this:
Completed quilts-16

or like this:
Completed quilts-6

But for the other three, I chose solid backs that would make the process go faster. For some that meant a trip to Ikea. For the Bangles quilt I chose a 58″ wide Anna Maria Horner needleworks print (and I am now obsessed with that print for backing!). For the extra large spin cycle quilt I bought a piece of solid white that was 90″ wide. I felt a little like I was compromising, but I am truly happy with the results for each quilt. And sometimes, finished is better than perfect.

I also have always hand bound my quilts. This time, I did two of these by hand and three by machine. And you know what? The machine bound quilts are just as warm.
Finished Bangles Quilt at Westwood Acres

So thank you for following along! I have another dozen or so projects I am trying to tackle before the end of the year. And at least that many that I want to start! Are you finishing things up, too? Join us on Instagram for a little challenge (and quite a lot of bribery! check out the #westwoodacresgiveaway stream or follow me @acraftyfox_amanda)

Clover Sunshine Quilt


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18 Responses to Finishing Frenzy

  1. 1
    SarahZ says:

    Wow! I am SO inspired!!! I just moved too, and I have started more than I have finished! The quilts are gorgeous, and I love your photo settings! Thanks for the nudge :)

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    Sonia B says:

    Beautiful finishes, Amanda! I thought I recognized your shooting location from the beginning and then when I got to the stairs shot, my guess was confirmed . . . beautiful setting. 😉

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    Julianna says:

    So many lovely finishes! WOW! I wish I could be so self-motivated:)

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    Shelley says:

    I love how each of these came together. They are beautiful! You are certainly determined and Im sure you can reach your goal at the pace you are going!! TFS and for the challenge!

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    Sarina says:

    Great job on the pile of beautiful quilts! It is easy to get stalled out somewhere in the process (backings?) so great you were able to push through and finish!

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    Heather Braun says:

    They are all gorgeous! We are in the process of getting ready to move ans I haven’t been able to sew much, but I want and NEED to finish something a couple of things. Like my Halloween quilt, my sister’s patchwork pillows, designer star pillows ans two waldorf dolls. Once we leave at the end of the month I won’t have my machine for a month. I’m already upset about that! Lol thanks for motivating us Amanda! I can’t wait to serve what you finish next!!

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    I am hand finishing the binding on my first quilt today!

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    Mary Ann says:

    Oh yes, I have a pile of tops waiting for me to move forward too. Seeing these finishes is very inspiring. In a long afternoon I could probably get the backings decided and even some bindings made while they went off to the quilter!

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    Hilary says:

    Wow these are all so gorgeous!! I love the Hip Holiday Spin Cycle quilt and the Clover Sunshine quilt. I have a stack of quilt tops that is slowly growing. I really need to get them quilted.

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    Carla says:

    What a beautiful display of quilts! You have gorgeous finishes–
    Every one!

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    Lynne Tilley says:

    They are all so gorgeous. I have one on the table all sandwiched, basted and ready to quilt, another still in the cutting stage, and one more completed top, still trying to figure out a backing….. I must finish these before I do anything else!!

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    Angie says:

    These are all so gorgeous! What a great feeling it must be to have them all completed! It’s very inspiring! And, if you’re anything like me, once you have some of those older projects done, you feel more free to start new projects. :) thanks for sharing!

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    prsd4tim2 says:

    Oh, I love seeing all these wonderful finishes! Well done, beautiful daughter. I’m so happy to have played a small part in some of them (but watching your littles was the real treat!) I have a HUGE stack (8 quilts!) of my own UFOs, and most of them are already sandwiched and ready to quilt. I need to get busy, don’t I? Thanks for the motivation.

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    Lara says:

    All so beautiful! Good on you x

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    Helen Malanchak says:

    I love all of your finish up quilts. My friends and I attended Sarah Fielke classes last month in Christchurch NZ. One friend and I did the Fancy That class and my other friend did the Bangles quilt. Sarah also showed us her very restful method of hand quilting. She was wonderful.

    My fav quilt above is the Clover Sunshine quilt…….did you make the pattern up or can I get it somewhere on line. Sad face about no tutorial.


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    Erica says:

    Oh my gosh those stairs haunt me.

    But seriously, you are amazing. These are all beautiful.

  17. 17

    beautiful quilts and beautiful photos. You have a lot of work to be proud of.

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    Sarah says:

    Yeah, I’m feeling inspired too! To get the flimsies into the finished pile. You have a super mum. She can look after the kids for a weekend and finish a quilt too! If only!