Monday, March 28, 2016

A Finish! 1stQ 2016 Finish-A-Long

It may be the only finish I'll have for the first quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long but its a finish nonetheless! I got sidetracked this first quarter with making my grandson's "Robots All In A Row" quilt and co-hosting Moda Bake Shop's "ABC Birthday QAL", so I didn't come close to completing all the projects I listed at the beginning of the quarter (see my 1stQ list here). I'm okay with that and I'm super happy to have this four-patch quilt out of my UFO pile!
Four Patch Squared by Thistle Thicket Studio.

This quilt started as a four-patch demo a few years ago, using a construction technique I'd seen done by Me and My Sisters. I searched their site and can no longer find the instructions, but I did find a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co. on their You Tube site. Those four-patches, made from a charm pack of Lynette Anderson's " Quilter's Garden" that I won at a quilt show, laid around for quite awhile before I decided I needed to do something with them. I searched for coordinating fabric and finally found some "Neutral Territory" fabric by Donna Becher for P&B Textiles in two colors that I liked. I just framed the four-patches in the two colorways and then set the blocks in an alternating pattern. Quite simple but kind of blah.
Four-Patch Squared by Thistle Thicket Studio.

So the quilt top laid around for another year or two until I signed up to do the 2016 Finish-A-Long and the UFO Challenge 2016 in January. I was determined to get at least one thing on my list finished before the first quarter ended so I dug this out last weekend to quilt it.
Four Patch Squared Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.

I found the perfect quilting pattern called "Modern Gem" by Anita Shackelford. I just love the movement this pattern creates and it was just the pop this quilt top needed to take it from ho-hum to awesome!
Four Patch Squared Quilt by Thistle Thicket Studio.

Now if I could just come up with some better backdrops to photograph my quilts. I seem to use this split rail fence a lot. But it does show off the quilting quite well. I'll be linking this up to the 2016 Finish-A-Long for 1stQ finishes later this week.

Well, I'm off to load another quilt on the longarm. Could I possible have two completed projects this quarter?