“Finish What You Start”

“Finish what you start”. Isn’t that what our mothers used to say? I started the Fat Quarter Shop 2016 Mystery Block of the Month because I love getting little packages in the mail. I especially like them if they are filled with pretty fabric.

Well, 2016 went by and then 2017 and 2018. I would make a block here and a block there until they were all done. Now, in 2019, I am finally ready to finish this lovely quilt and have an empty box in my sewing room. Sweet!! That box won’t be empty long

Each of the 12.5″ blocks were so fun to make. The instructions were easy to read and follow. I loved each finished block, but I think this one is my favorite.

No wait, maybe this one! Lol! – Well, I really liked them all.

I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to finish my quilt blocks. The program sent this layout. I wasn’t too sure that I liked it all that well.

I think it was the large side leaves and plain border. But when I just looked at one block with the adorable block border, I fell in love! The small block border made each block look like a beautiful flower🌸

Isn’t it so unique and fresh looking?!

Now it was time to decide on a layout. I started by laying them all out in the original pattern layout.

Hmm.. what should I do with those blank spaces where the leaves were supposed to be? I had quite a bit of extra scrap fabric so I decided to fill in the sides with a checkerboard strip. I sashed in between and added an off center checkered strip on the top and bottom as well.

Brilliant!! Now I love it❤️❤️

Time to quilt! I am putting this one on the long arm quilting machine and hope to have it done next week. My nephew may be the lucky recipient of this quilt because he is getting married to the most beautiful girl next week. I had better hurry!!

Happy sewing 🙂

Have you ever joined a Block of the Month program from the Fat Quarter Shop? If not, I highly recommend you give it a try. The fabric and the pattern are included. The fabric is always high quality and they are never stingy.

21 thoughts on ““Finish What You Start”

  1. That really is lovely, and the checkerboard is the perfect solution AND a great way to use up some scraps (you know i’m going to be happy about that!). I’m unlikely ever to join a Block of the Month program; I never use other people’s designs or patterns except one or two here and there for specific purposes, but I do love looking at what other people have made.

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  2. Hi Tracy! What beautiful fabrics and I am so glad to hear you not only finished up this project but that it already has a loving home to go to. Your nephew and his bride-to-be look so young! I wish them great happiness and many blessings. They will definitely enjoy your quilt and feel all the love you’ve stitched into it. While it is hard to let quilts go sometimes, I’m sure in this case you are happy. Happy Friday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. That’s a lovely quilt, Tracy! I always look at those block of the month quilts…yesterday I was drooling over the Farm SAL with Lori Holt, but I can never bring myself to sign up with drawers full of fabric STILL in the closet 😂! I wonder how much longer I can hold to my fabric fast…(except for what I bought to complete F2F3 blocks.)

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  4. I love this quilt. Congratulations on finishing it! What a gorgeous pattern, I love the blocks and the fabrics.
    Congratulations to your Nephew and his new wife. They look beautiful

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  5. Playing catch-up here. I do like those blocks, and I like your final layout decision. What a beauty that will be. Lucky nephew and new niece to receive it. They are a very attractive couple. Are they getting married at the temple there? I don’t often join BOMs or buy kits. I still have one that has 9 blocks to go, from when I did succumb, so one of these days I’ll finish it, as you did this one.

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