A finish, a finish!

The Forest QAL top is quilted bound and washed. Why is it black cotton attracts so much dust in the washing machine by the way? Any tips on stopping this happening as we have this issue with OH’s work trousers too? Anyway I digress…

I’ve successfully achieved my Lovely Year of Finishes target for this month, one of my Finish-a-long targets and entered it into the QAL linky party (my first ever QAL finish) all in one swoop, not bad! Here’s some close ups of the quilting as I did a few different textures…

And the back fabric is all one piece…

Size – 44″ x 54″ – ish, sort of a large baby quilt or a small lap quilt.
Number of blocks – 5 paper pieced blocks with a lump of improv and black pieces for spacing in between.
Time to piece – 14 hours approx
Time to quilt – 3 hours approx (home machine)
Fabric – Scraps… tree fabric is Jeanean Morrison, In My Room though.
Backing Fabric – Some correct weight stuff I found on sale in Ikea. Pretty!
Binding Fabric – Black cotton facings- my favourite technique
Threads – Cotton piecing, quilting with polyester threads and Bottom Line.
Batting – Black 80/20 Hobbs.
Quilting- A mixture of wonky vertical lines, leaves, zigzags, bark effect, pebbles….

Completed as part of the finish along Q3- original post here.


  1. Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Congrats! It looks great. I love the way the creatures stand out against the background 🙂

  2. Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    really lovely!

  3. Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Looks beautiful, Kerry! It’s fun how different kind of quilts these fantastic blocks have made! x Teje

  4. Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    That looks really good. I’m having a go at a small EPP project with an animal theme! Any tips?

  5. Posted August 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Your quilt turned out wonderfully!

  6. Posted August 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Yup, stop washing your snotty tissues in the machine 😉

    The quilt looks good though!

  7. Jess
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    I love the layout you’ve chosen – it looks amazing!

  8. Posted August 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Love the way you have put the blocks together to make a story. WHat? there is no story? Ah well, there is in my mind!

  9. Posted August 21, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Hey! I couldn’t think of a nice way to use the FQAL blocks in any arrangement – I think you did a really good job — and of course I can see the story too – what a question 🙂

  10. Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    Ahhh! I remember seeing this layout on flickr and thinking how absolutely original it was! Fantastic result!

  11. Posted August 25, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Very nice finish! Good to meet several goals with one project. Saves time. LOL

  12. Cheryl
    Posted October 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    This is AMAZing!

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