Friday, 13 December 2013

another finish

Diagonal Strings is done. It probably shouldn’t have taken as long as it did. The blocks weren’t made by me. They were already quilted. All I had to do was cut and add sashing and cut and add binding.

But you know what it’s like when you’re not feeling the love for the project. It waits. It occasionally growls at you as you walk past.

And eventually you have to get it finished if only to silence that “so close and yet so far” feeling.
Diagonal Strings finished 
Anyway, it’s done and it’s even got a label (I often forget those on the quilting group quilts). This is the first label I have added while attaching the binding – what a great time saver; and the label is less likely to come adrift too!
label and sashing
Isn’t that sashing fabric pretty? A whole metre of that fabric was donated; some people are so generous. I also found about half a metre of the brown fabric I used for the binding in our store cupboard; I wasn't expecting to use brown, I was looking for a burgundy, but the brown works perfectly. Don’t look too closely at my corners; I must have gone too close to the corner with my machine stitching while attaching the binding (I’m still a newbie, remember!) – I didn’t have enough fabric to turn properly!

Now it’s ready for next year’s Airing of the Quilts in April. I’m halfway – I promised myself I’d make six and I’ve done three The fourth is nearing completion so I’m not too far behind.

And in just twelve days, Christmas will be behind us and I can look forward to some solid crafting time.

This weekend, WM and I are off to a little village called Ebor in the New England Ranges (approximately 570km, 355 miles from here)  to share Christmas with Mum, my sister, two nieces and their boyfriends, my nephew, my 8-month-old great-niece (this is my sister's first Christmas as a grandmother), DD, SIL and our Grandsons!
2013-12-01 Ben and Daniel
It’s these two I’m most excited to see! Aren’t they handsome? (a child at pre-school produced that scar on Older Grandson’s face – we’re praying it’s not permanent!) The best news is they’ll be here for a whole week and their parents will be here too so we can just be grandparents!

There won’t be much crafting time but family is way more important, right?

Linking up with Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday which is being hosted by M-R Charbonneau over at Quilt Matters.


  1. Yay for a well-earned finish! The brown binding goes great with the sashing and I'm sure it will be loved and appreciated!

  2. Very handsome boys and a lovely finish!

  3. I hope you have a wonderful family time, Lynne, and enjoy all those little ones. The scar looks to me as if it should clear. This from a mother of one extremely accident prone boy and two others who collected their share too.

    I remembered a playgroup christmas party where a small boy, thankfully not one of mine, jabbed a pretty little girl on the face with a sharp pencil. The point broke off under the skin and was there for at least a couple of years.

  4. Well, I'm definitely "feeling the love" for that quilt. The colours and pattern are perfect.

  5. I think this string quilt finished up wonderful.....super great job you did on it. Enjoy those two boys....handsome they are.

  6. What a great accomplishment! It looks wonderful! You have a lot of good things on your schedule...enjoy!!!

  7. Great looking quilt, and those boys are so handsome! What's not to like in this post? Have a wonderful time!

  8. Fantastic news. Have a great time with your family.

  9. Love this! I think your corners look good! Have fun!!

  10. The quilt looks great. The sashing and binding are perfect. Enjoy your time with your family. The grandsons look very sweet. Merry Christmas.

  11. I think your quilt is just beautiful. I've yet to see a string quilt I didn't love! Have a great time with those sweet boys.

  12. Congrats on the finish. Hope you fully enjoyed the holiday with your family.


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