Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Shoo Flying Under the Finishing Wire.

     I've been racing against time working to finish my March Goal  for OMG,and I've managed to do it, with just enough time to get out and take a photo before the sun went down.



       I fell in love with Alexandra Legerwood's Shoo Fly quilt when I saw it in the Spring 2012 Special Issue of Stitch magazine.  It's a pretty big quilt finishing at 60" by 90".  I'm pretty sure I started putting it together right away....so this quilt has been 4 years in the making.   I made the top pretty quickly but it languished in the UFO pile until my daughter claimed it a couple of years ago and asked me to finish it for her.

     My daughter has very specific fabric tastes and I had a hard time finding a backing fabric on sale that I thought she would like.  In the end I chose this butterfly fabric because I felt it coordinates with the front but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been her choice.



      The quilting on the original quilt was outstanding.  I think it was done by Angela Walters and that made it very hard for me to get around to quilting it.  But I pushed myself forward knowing that my daughter not be judgemental about the quilting.  I watched the Modern Quilt Guild seminar on perfectionism and procrastination during the time period that I was working on this and I think it helped me to keep on moving.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.


     This quilt has some of my favourite fabrics in it, including these fun little monkeys,



    
 so I'm glad this quilt is staying in the family and that I will have visiting rights.  
       
     This quilt is my fourth finish for the first quarter of the Year of Lovely Finishes.  My original post is here.  It's also my OMG for March so I'm linking up with Heidi of Red Letter Quilts for One Monthly Goal.  I'm really grateful to both of these linkups for helping to keep me on track.  I'm also linking up with TGIFF which is hosted  this week by Fiona of Celtic Thistle Stiches  , and because I just noticed the link up I'm linking with Anne of Fret Knot Yourself  for the April Kaleidoscope of Butterflies.

19 comments:

  1. Those monkeys are too cute! The quilting is amazing, especially your swirls.

    Reading about your thoughts (after admiring Angela's quilting:, brought to mind a post I read that reminds us 'comparison is the thief of joy": http://quiltyfolk.blogspot.com/2016/03/33-best-of-best-quilting-blogs.html

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  2. Beautiful finish, Lisa! I bet your daughter is so excited to be receiving her quilt. :)

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  3. This turned out really pretty. The greens and blues with pops of yellow are springy but also kind of beachy. Your quilting looks great! I like those peacocks.

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  4. Congrats on a great finish, Lisa! Your daughter will love it. I especially love the swirls in the background. The monkey fabric is very fun, but I'm kind of partial to those peacocks in the picture above it.

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  5. Well Done on your finish Lisa. Lovely quilt and your quilting is great. It's hard not to want your own quilting to be as good as the professionals but we have to be realistic and use them as our inspiration-or at least that's how I move forward with my efforts.

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  6. Well done. I like the FMQ. Congrats on finishing.

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  7. The quilting turned out absolutely fabulous! You did such a good job, I like the mixture of swirls and organic lines. Well done! :)

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  8. You have some lovely fabrics, especially the monkeys. I like how you did your quilting too. Four finishes this year? Wow!

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    1. Full disclosure here. Only two of those finishes are quilts.

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  9. Ooooh what a pretty quilt, that backing is perfect for it too! I am glad I am not the only one cleaning up some older UFO's! Congrats on getting it done.

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  10. What a great variety of greens and blues and the backing is perfect. Beautiful finish!

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  11. I love Shoofly blocks and with those blues...so pretty! Your quilting looks fantastic...lucky daughter!

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  12. What a fabulous finish, your daughter must be thrilled!

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  13. This is lovely! The butterflies on the back are so sweet. Please make sure to use the Finish A Long button or link to be eligible for giveaways! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts.

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  14. Such a beautiful quilt and I love the butterfly backing. It's a Shoo-butterFly quilt! :) I, too, am really staying on track with OMG. It really helps to keep me motivated.

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  15. A lovely finish for spring. I'm sure your daughter will love this. Thanks for linking with Kaleidoscope of butterflies.

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  16. Well done on a very pretty finish and for staying on track with OMG. - The colours of this do feel just right for this time of year.

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  17. Oh wow Lisa it turned out spectacular!!! I am SO partial to those colours, as you may have noticed. I think the butterflies fabric is perfect for the back, and wow, you rocked the swirls and the "L" loops quilting! Way to go. :-)

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  18. This is lovely and your quilting is great too! I so recognise the procrastination bit. I know putting off starting quilting isn't going to help, and yet I do it too.

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