Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Finish for WIP Wednesday

My quiltathon is still going strong... here is my ABC Charm Quilt which is one of my Q3 and September Goals. This is also UFO Finish #40 for 2013. The charms in this quilt are from an online 2008 swap on the HGTV Quilting Forum. Each of us was assigned a letter and cut our fabric into 26 6.5" charms. It was a fun package to open when the swap was complete!
My letter was "A" and I found a print with aliens on it. You can see it below followed by Bugs and Candy Corn in the top row. I shopped for the cute teal alphabet print to use for the 4 corner squares/cornerstones and added the striped sashing. I used teal thread from Connecting Threads for the quilting.

I always find it interesting to see which fabrics jump out and catch my attention once the quilt is finished. As I'm doing the quilting on these scrappy UFOs I really enjoy studying the fabrics on each pass. And, it is rather amazing to me how good a quilt made from fabrics contributed by 26 people sight unseen can look!
Can you identify the letters in both pictures? The Guitars on red are one of my favorites. I'm not much of a fan of Spiders but the ones below are pretty cute. "U" is kind of a tough letter but the Utensils are perfect!
I had enough of the alphabet print to use as backing and since I'd already used a stripe I chose the black & white polka dot for binding. I had to show you the Queen of Quilts and the Wolves too!
I'm going to be sending this quilt to a little boy in our extended family who just turned 3. I hope he has fun using it to learn his letters and of course cuddle up in too!

What's Hot:
  • Puppy Baby Quilt - My tension was off while I was quilting it so Mr. Ripper had to get busy... then I unscrewed Mr. Juki's throat plate and cleaned out gobs of lint. Oops! Cue round 2 of quilting.
  • Thimbleberries Jacob's Ladder - It is sandwiched and next in line.
  • Four Patch & Friends - Just a few more seams for a flimsy... then it's going in the mail after photos are taken to my LAQ.
  • "And Sew On" QAL - September's block is coming along and I'm loving it!
  • Blue & Yellow Strings - They are going up on the design wall - might be a flimsy yet this month.
What's Next:
  • October and Q4!!
I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday@Freshly Pieced.
September Finishes


  1. I have never been part of a swap group. This one looks like it would have been such fun!!

  2. That striped sashing is so perfect!! And paired with the dot binding, it will be exciting for the young boy to receive! I can imagine the challenge to find the appropriate fabrics for the assigned letter. It really turned out well.

  3. What a great alphabet quilt! I'm sure the little boy will love it.

  4. Well look at that! You did it and I'm sure he will enjoy looking at all the fun things

  5. Two finishes - well done! You are really cruisin' along on those goals! You are an inspiration - I've not had a finish since spring and it is starting to bother me looking at the 5 little quilts that just need binding.

  6. Your alphabet quilt is adorable! Sew colourful! Great finish!

  7. Love that sashing--it really makes that quilt special--lovely piece hugs, Julierose

  8. You are making wonderful progress on that september list of yours! I added your blog under my: people who inspire me I find we have a lot in common and your blog motivates and grounds me at the same time.

    with smiles,

  9. Very neat idea and I love the striped sashing. Such a cute kid quilt idea.

  10. Your alphabet quilt is great. Love the print you used for the backing and corner blocks.

  11. Hooray for a finish and some fun projects in the works! I love that stripe and the polka dot binding with the charms! So fun! :)

  12. fun quilt. I did that with a group a long time ago but never used made anything with them yet.

  13. I totally agree -- fabrics from 26 people, sight unseen, go together really well! Love the Oranges and Pansies and Thimbles. And that Queen of Quilting fabric is too cool! Love the stripey sashing and your cornerstones & backing is just perfect. This is a really fun quilt & I'm sure your little guy will love it! I can just hear it . . . "g is for guitar." Congrats on another great finish (40 this year? Wow!) and thank you for linking up.

    xo -E

  14. What a great idea resulting in a fun quilt! Hope the little one loves it!

  15. Thanks for sharing Deb! I was hoping you'd stop by today:)V

  16. such a fun quilt - thanks for sharing....


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