Posted on | May 8, 2012 | 18 Comments

Seems a finishing frenzy has struck at my house!

First I finished the upcoming birthday boy quilt:

and the back:

I quilted this before I got all brave with free motion quilting, so it’s meandering wavy lines using my walking foot.

Then I finished the quilt mountain!

Again, I quilted the main section of the top with wavy lines, but knew I needed something different for the plain sides – that’s when I decided to try my hand at free motion quilting.  Unfortunately, I didn’t allow for fabric shrinkage when I planned how much fabric to add to make the quilt queen-sized…I simply didn’t think about it.

It *barely* fits our bed!  Live and learn!  (btw – making this quilt required, for my enjoyment, purchasing a new bedskirt and new pillow shams, which I found for $12.99 each at Home Goods!  I couldn’t believe it, bed skirts were at least $45 everywhere else I looked.  Love a good bargain!)  I’ve made the bed every day since finishing the quilt.

I’ve also finished some small knitting projects – two pair of socks.

These flew off the needles.  I got the yarn (Trekking, old colorway) at the Destin Spin-In and love it.  I’d like a sweater from this yarn, actually.

Some say it’s manly, but I like it too!

Jaywalkers, from another yarn I got at the spin-in – String Theory Colorworks Continnuum in the Chlorobium Tepidum colorway.  Let me tell you, knitting these was addictive!  That little bit of cashmere (10%) goes a long way, the yarn was bouncy and soft and scrumptious.

And, that’s all the FOs, folks!  For now.  I have finally put together a quilt sandwich with this top from September 2010 and I’ve either lost the binding or never made it in the first place.  I think simple quilting lines and a black and white striped binding are called for.


18 Responses to “FOs”

  1. Carole
    May 8th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    That’s a lot of beautiful FOs!

  2. Erica
    May 8th, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Love finishing streaks! The quilts are beautiful, and so are the socks. I often find myself attracted to “manly” colors, too. I’m not sure why any color that is subtle is also manly, but I guess I must just be in touch with my masculine side. =)

  3. Cheryl S
    May 8th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Oh – I may have to make a trip to Home Goods…
    Cute stuff!

  4. kitten
    May 8th, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    lovely stuff! Two quilts and two pairs of socks is quite a haul.

  5. Manise
    May 9th, 2012 @ 5:05 am

    Beautiful FO’s as always!

  6. LynnM
    May 9th, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    Hey there, I popped over from Ravelry after seeing your Trekking Gentlemen’s Fancy socks. They’re gorgeous! I know gauge is a personal thing but did you cast on the full 80, and did you modify the heel (looks like a slip stitch flap.)

    Amazing quilt! I hope I don’t spoil the joy when I mention that before my cat died of bladder cancer and diabetes she stained the heck out of the “heirloom” my mom hand quilted me. (I know, my fault but let me stand as a horrible warning–keep cats away.)

  7. margene
    May 9th, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    You have been one productive grrl! I love it all!

  8. kmkat
    May 9th, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    I love that your quilts — like the boy’s — have a sense of humor!

  9. Jacey
    May 9th, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    So many good things! Both quilts are beautiful. I really love the way you quilted the nine patch. It’s so fun! And the bed quilt, well, it’s just gorgeous! The socks are awesome, too! I love both pairs! I’m the slowest sock knitter alive, I think.

  10. Tonni
    May 9th, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Love it ALL!!!! The quilt looks just fabulous on the bed… Doesn’t brighten the room?! Almost finished knitting the monkey socks with the string theory yarn I purchased at the spin-in. Think they will be a mothers day gift for the step mom.

  11. Cookie
    May 9th, 2012 @ 5:36 pm


    Don’t worry about the queen sized quilt too much. I went the other way with mine and it barely fits in the washing machine. :?

  12. Lynn in Tucson
    May 9th, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    Holy cow! I am so impressed!

  13. Vicki
    May 10th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Gorgeous projects! I especially love the Jaywalkers… I’ll always have a soft spot for ‘em.

  14. Becky
    May 10th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    Wow, you really have been busy. All the FOs look wonderful. I really love the quilt at the top of the post. Just gorgeous!

  15. j.
    May 11th, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    I love BOTH quilts! I’m partial to the one on your bed, though. It’s light, summery, perfect.

  16. Stephanie
    May 17th, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Wow – all of your FOs are beautiful! I’d like to knit Jaywalkers at some point (maybe with this yarn: I used the Gentleman’s Fancy Sock pattern for Christmas socks for my dad (, although I don’t think it’s particularly masculine – just a variation of ribbing.

  17. Rachel
    May 17th, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    Goodness, you’ve had a spurt of productivity!! Both quilt are gorgeous…I’m a little amazed because it seems like I just saw your ‘first’ quilt not very long ago (but I may be remembering that wrong!). And love both socks…I definitely don’t think the Trek colors are ‘manly’…I like them too!

  18. melissa
    May 29th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    oh golly, there’s so much beauty in this post… where to even begin?!?
    love both the quilts and both the socks – you are one talented crafter!!