Hi everyone and welcome to the last and final part of the I Love Home quilt-along! I hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have and that you have made good progress on your blocks! Today is the day you will all will be receiving the border instructions in your email inbox. If not, please go here: https://jacquelynnesteves.com/i-love-home-border-and-finishing-instructions-are-here/
Being a featured blogger meant that I had to keep up on my blocks every month because I had to have something to share with you all. So I was doing really well keeping on top of this project and had dedicated all of last week to finishing the entire project up so I could share all kinds of wonderful finished quilt photos with you….
….and then I got hit by the worst BUG ever!! This thing snuck up on me and hit me like a ton of bricks, and it was all I could do to crawl out of bed in the morning, spend the whole day on the sofa watching rubbish on TV, and then crawl back into bed in the evening. Every day I thought that I couldn’t possibly feel any worse and then the next day I would be proven WRONG! Anyway, I think things are finally going in the right direction, but needless to say that I did NOT get in a lot of quilting time and my quilt did not get completed :(.
Let me show you what I did get done though! I decided to use my favorite Quilt-As-You-Go method, where you quilt the blocks just to the batting. I love QAYG because it is so much easier to work on small sections, rather than a large completed quilt top. ( If you would like to learn more about this method, I shared a tutorial slide show that you can find here).
So I layered my blocks on my batting, marked my quilting lines with a soluble marker, and got to work quilting in the ditch and on my marked lines:
When I was done quilting my blocks, I decided to come up with a simpler border ( remember, I was trying to get this quilt top finished and I needed something simple and quick!). So I came up with a plain 4 1/2 inch border idea ( which reflects the size of the outer blocks), but needed a cute cornerstone idea. After perusing a few quilt books, I found this adorable block in one of Judy Hopkins’ books: Its design allowed me to pull in the orange, white, and blue that I have been using throughout the blocks, so it was perfect!
And here is a look at what I will look like when all completed:
And a look at the entire quilt:I am quite pleased and can’t wait to actually sew everything together! Please do check back in to see the final result! And don’t forget that you can check on everyone’s progress in Jacquelynne’s Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SewQuiltyFriends.JacquelynneSteves/
Alright, before you head off to work on your quilt, you would probably like to know about this month’s giveaway…
I have to tell you that I LOVE Heat ‘n Bond and use it ALL THE TIME! I love it so much that I buy it by the multiple roll pack ( think 4 rolls at a time!) and when I couldn’t find it in that quantity, I ordered a BOLT….yep, that is how much I love it. So I am very excited that one of you will win a $25 gift certificate from ThermOWeb! Good luck and here is what you need to do in order to have a chance to win this prize:
- Leave a comment on this post telling me how close you are to finishing your I Love Home quilt.
- Comments are due by 12 pm midnight EST on Sunday, December 10th, 2017, after which I will randomly pick a winner.
- Please make sure to leave me a valid email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!
- And don’t forget to visit all the other bloggers for even more chances to win!
- The Crafty Quilter
- The Inbox Jaunt
- Designs by Sarah J
- Farmhouse Quilts
- Penguin and Fish
- Podunk Pretties
- The Quilting Nook
- The Sewing Loft
Good luck, and don’t forget that if you would like to receive my blog posts on a regular basis, that there is a sign up spot in the sidebar!
Until next time~happy creating, and wishing you a very Merry Christmas season from our house to yours!
( My post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission if you decide to buy something~ Thanks for supporting my blog!)