Today I am hosting the TGIFF link party. Thank you Slice of Pi for the invite to host!

When she asked if I was interested and might have a FO to share, my brain had to process what might be available to post. My first thought was Sweet Liberty, a Disappearing 9 Patch QAL with The Crafty Quilter. Sure, it was just a top, which I had no idea how I was going to quilt, nor did I have backing or batting on hand. But who worries about those things? So I said yes. And then I was left to the reality of my bad decisions.

I picked up batting and backing fabric, but my back was short, so out came the scraps, again! Now, my blog readers can tell you how OCD I am, they could tell you my scrap solution caused some angst. But I ignored the fact my creams were stacking  and continued on my way. It’s just a back on a picnic quilt, get over it Chris.

Sunday morning I attempted to spray baste in my garage on a table. Fail, the back kept wrinkling. So inside to a cooler clime and hardwood floor with Painter’s Tape. Better, but man it’s hard working around furniture! Tip: next time move the 54″x54″ ottoman out of the way.


This is the ottoman in question

Then off to the dining room table to get the quilting started. But not even halfway done, I ran out of thread!! Ugh! Time for a break.

I duplicated the quilting I did on the Project Bag

Once I got the interior quilting done it was time to address the border. And I put it off until I knew I had to get it done. The how was eluding me. I almost opted for piano keys, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. And then it hit me, duplicate the lines of the block out into the border.

And now for the full reveal. I picked up this rickety part of a ladder while visiting BioGirl. I love it, but Hubster wants to freshen it up before he allows it in the house.

All photos are pre-wash

Finished size 68″x80″
Dog added for size

From start to finish this project just took over and demanded to be done. How I wish I had finished it last week for Independence Day fireworks watching, but that’s OK, there’s always next year!

Now it’s time for you to share what finishes have happened in your sewing room this week.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Linking with:
Whoop Whoop
From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto
Peacock Party
Busy Hands
UFO Busting

40 thoughts on “Friday FO TGIFF

  1. Laura Piland July 12, 2019 / 12:41 am

    This is a fantastic finish, Chris!! I love that you volunteered for TGIFF before even having a finish! And what a great excuse to get this one finished! Thank you for hosting this week!

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 10:11 am

      Thanks! It was just what I needed to get this one done. Now I need to “create” more bad decisions to maybe get other projects to a finished state. LOL! > >

  2. Denise July 12, 2019 / 8:27 am

    It turned out beautifully. I’m glad to read that I am not the only one who has projects that are plagued with one problem after the other. We both overcame and conquered tho. Have a great weekend.

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 10:08 am

      Thanks! It was a fun project, those Dis9Patches were so addicting! I think this will be my go to for baby quilts. > >

  3. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting July 12, 2019 / 8:37 am

    Great patriotic quilt, Chris! Close enough to the 4th. I love the quilt ladder! And I did wonder, what does your 54″ square ottoman look like?

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 9:58 am

      Thank you! The ottoman looks like a huge square! Sorry, couldn’t help. But it really is a huge square upholstered cushion. I will try to get find a photo of it. > >

  4. Karen Goad July 12, 2019 / 8:51 am

    it will be nice to see what people have – I never seem to have anything finished to share!

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 9:57 am

      Yes you do! And you have such gorgeous stuff to share!!! > >

  5. rl2b2017 July 12, 2019 / 8:55 am

    Hi Chris! You crack me up. Who looks at the back?? Just every single person I’ve ever given a quilt to – they usually like the back better. Grrr. But they would NEVER notice your stacked cream pieces either! And a 54″ square ottoman – that’s huge and comfy I’ll bet. I just love how this turned out and the fabric choices are fab. Of course, adding the dog for a glamour shot makes it extra special. I think you’ll have to pick a day for a nice picnic to test it out and make sure it’s just right. Your pictures with the ladder look fab! Great job all around. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 9:56 am

      Thank you. It was an absolute joy to make, well, except for those moments when half the quilt was rolled up under my machine throat! Those were times I was questioning my sanity. LOL > >

  6. Jayne July 12, 2019 / 9:34 am

    But you finished it!! You worked around and you worked out the problems that came your way. The payoff is a beautiful finished quilt that you can be proud of!

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 9:55 am

      Thanks. Yes I did finish, and I am going to be proud, warts and all! > >

  7. Needle and Foot July 12, 2019 / 10:08 am

    That ladder is soooo cool. I love finding stuff like that! Nothing like a deadline to cause nine million hiccups to occur. The quilt is so sweet – very well done and I bet you will love using it. I love the colors you used. That backing is perfect. 🙂

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 10:11 am

      Thanks! Yes, once we have a deadline Murphy will come to visit. LOL > >

  8. nothingbutknit2 July 12, 2019 / 1:28 pm

    I love it!! Your tale of getting it done sounds like everything I try to do:( Wait! You didn’t make it for the dogs;)

    • chrisknits July 12, 2019 / 1:32 pm

      LOL No I didn’t make it for the dogs!! Thanks.


  9. Leanne Parsons July 12, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    Fantastic finish! It will be perfect for fireworks watching and picnics 🙂

    • chrisknits July 13, 2019 / 11:05 am

      Thank you. Now, where can I find some fireworks? I think the local ones are all over at this point. LOL > >

  10. Anja @ Anja Quilts July 12, 2019 / 9:14 pm

    It looks great. Well done.

    • chrisknits July 13, 2019 / 11:56 am

      Thank you! I have tried to respond to this comment 3 times, sorry if none of them reached you.

  11. Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty July 13, 2019 / 7:05 am

    Oh, how many finishes have a story like this behind them?! I’m glad you persevered! (And “dog added for size” — HA!)

    • chrisknits July 13, 2019 / 11:05 am

      Only the times where we are under a deadline!! LOL Yes, the dog loves to be added for size, or really whenever I lay things on the floor. > >

  12. quiteayarnblog July 13, 2019 / 4:28 pm

    Your quilt turned out great! Love the quilt and love your photos 🙂 Having one of your helpers added for scale (and to add glamour) definitely added to the effect – so cute!

    • chrisknits July 13, 2019 / 4:39 pm

      He is such a helper….NOT! Thanks

  13. delightedhands July 13, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    I had to laugh at the doggy on your quilt! I thought Lena (my kitty) was bold to get right on a new blanket–that dog is way too comfortable with claiming that quilt!

    • chrisknits July 14, 2019 / 12:00 am

      Yes, both dogs are very bold, they will lay or walk over whatever I place on the floor.


  14. Frédérique July 14, 2019 / 2:58 am

    What a story! You did it and beautifully, well done!

    • chrisknits July 14, 2019 / 5:33 am

      Thanks! It was such a fun project.


  15. Shasta July 14, 2019 / 11:19 am

    That is a beautiful finish! I too tend to jump in and then have to figure out the how afterwards. The photo shoot on the ladder and with the dog are precious!

    • chrisknits July 14, 2019 / 11:20 am

      Thanks. My brain doesn’t always keep up with my mouth sometimes, so I get myself in a lot of last minute situations. LOL! Thanks, the pups are always game for photo shoots, especially when I don’t want them in the picture. > >

  16. Kate July 16, 2019 / 6:25 am

    Congrats on the fun finish! Nothing like a looming deadline for motivation.

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 8:35 am

      Thanks. Yes deadline crafting is my motto! LOL


  17. Jeannie Gray Wiant (@JGKnits) July 16, 2019 / 12:59 pm

    Oh! That quilt is gorgeous! Also, Congrats! on your recent fair ribbons. Something went wrong when I tried to post my comment to that blog post and it got deleted.

    • chrisknits July 16, 2019 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks! And Thanks! LOL. I have noticed internet things have been real screwy lately. Wonder what’s up? >

  18. Tish July 16, 2019 / 2:02 pm

    I love how this turned out! It will be perfect for picnics and fire works watching. Congrats on your finish!

  19. Julie C. July 18, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Your quilt is beautiful, Chris, and well worth the effort! Great choice on quilting design, too!

    • chrisknits July 18, 2019 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks! The quiltalong was fun!


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