Monday, February 2, 2015

First 2015 Finish!

Indian Summer is finally finished!!!

This quilt was started in either 2007 or 2008, I can't remember which.  Either way, it is much too long.  The pattern is by Judy Niemeyer and was the perfect easy paper-piecing project for a newbie like me back then.

It is STILL one of my favorite quilts!

Which makes it even harder for me to understand why it took me so long to finish it.  I even quilted it last year - it's waited an entire year to have its binding applied!!!  Oh well.  I think the problem is that I really don't enjoy applying borders or bindings, so I avoid them.  I'm seeing a definite a pattern of putting these tasks off until the end of time unless something or someone lights a fire under me.

Can you believe I still had the binding fabric with the quilt???

The "fire" in this case was my Music City Guild UFO Challenge list.  I decided the only way to get some of these languishing projects off my To Do shelf was to assign them a number in the UFO Challenge - and sure enough, Karen called #10 for this month - binding Indian Summer!  And as much as it pains me to to admit it - if it weren't for that Challenge, this quilt would still be sitting on that shelf unbound ..... *hangs head in shame*.....  I could sure take some self-discipline lessons from some of you!

I suppose all's well that end's well, and thankfully this quilt's journey to completion has finally come to an end!

Yes, I sew most of my bindings on by machine!

As you can see, the front looks like a hand-sewn binding ....
but the back gives it away.  Still neat and tidy, but not hand sewn.
Which is perfectly fine with me!!!

I'm totally HAPPY with this quilt!  I've always planned for it to take up residence on the downstairs sofa in the great room.  I've been giving a little thought lately however to hanging it in the upstairs hallway to add some color.  Color is something it certainly has in abundance!!!

This is my first finish on my 2015 Finish-Along goals list for Q1!  You can see my list HERE if you like.  I had hoped to get at least one done in January, and I almost made it.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I'm also linking up with the following fun linky parties:
(You can check them out by clicking on their buttons in my sidebar to the right)

Tuesday Linky Party
WIP's Away
Binding Blitz

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. I hate squaring up blocks so I end up with lots of blocks hanging around, waiting to be put together.

  2. Way to go! You did a terrific job on this finish!

  3. Yay!! Your first finish! And a beautiful quilt at that. Isn't funny how we are all different? I love binding my quilts. It means a finished quilt is just around the corner. My least favorite part of quilting is preparing the backing. Therefore, I have several that are waiting to be delivered to my LAQ because the backing isn't finished!!

  4. Oh, this is so pretty!! How could you let this sit so long and lucky you had the binding still with it. I do a lot of machine binding now too - I see no problem with that.

  5. This is one of MY FAVORITES too!!! I love it! I'm not surprised that your binding was with it however, because I think you are one of the most organized ladies that I know. I like doing bindings because it is very relaxing to do the hand stitching on them. It also means I can cross off another UFO that has been waiting too long to get finished. Congrats on your first finish for the year.

  6. Ohhhhhh, such a beauty!!! I also hate doing the borders (unless they are pieced) and bindings! Unless it is a competition quilt, the binding is done on the machine :) I'm right there with you!!!

  7. Just beautiful. Love the mix of colors!
    We needs thinks to push us to finish sometimes, don't we?
    I've got to break down and try that machine binding sometime! Looks great.

  8. So colorful and so pretty! I love the pieced border. Congratulations on the finish!

  9. Wow! Your quilt is just glorious!!

  10. For Judy Neimeyer, Indian Summer is one her easiests, but also one of my favorites. Great job on the quilt and congrats on the finish! Some day I'll get you to teach me that machine binding technique.

  11. totally fabulous, the fabrics are making me crazy for wanting them....

  12. Teresa!!! It is gorgeous! Judy Niemeyer is one of my absolute favorite designers. I swear, we think so much alike. I adore this!

  13. Way to go, Teresa!!! It's a gorgeous pattern, with lovely fabrics and BEAUTIFUL work
    (no surprise there)!!! What a great quilt to cross off your list.

  14. That turned out so well. I love everything about this one - design, colors, quilting and the binding!

  15. Congrats on the finish! It's a gorgeous quilt.

  16. Congrats on the finish! It's a gorgeous quilt.

  17. Absolutely gorgeous Teresa... what a colorful beauty! Love it.

  18. Your quilt is absolutely amazing. Congrats!

  19. Beautiful! I love batiks, and am tempted by but inexperienced in paper piecing. Maybe I will give it a try!

  20. Beautiful. I love your colors!

  21. Congratulations on your beautiful finish!


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