Tuesday, January 15, 2013

First finish for 2013 and a win

All finished!! :)

I made this quilt for a friend who has been our neighbour for the last 30 years. Late last week she moved to a retirement village and the quilt is a gift for her new home.

The setting of the blocks is based on that of the Blogger's BOM quilt on Jackie's blog.  The 8 outer blocks are all nine patches, there are 4 Ohio star blocks and for the centre block I used the instructions from Sarah Fielke for the last Blogger's BOM block .

I pin basted the quilt and used Sharon Shamber's basting method with 2 boards.

When I machine quilt I usually wear gloves so I can grip the fabric. At this time of the year (and particularly this year!) it is too hot here to be wearing gloves. I remember reading recently on  Diane Gaudynski's blog that she uses a Neutrogena hand cream.

This one works really well!!  You only need to use a tiny amount on your hands to get a great result!

I did all the quilting with a walking foot. Stitch in the ditch around the blocks and a small design in each of the outer triangles.

Here is a view of the back...

Late last year I was very lucky and won the Quilter's Gallery Blog Hop giveaway on  Monica's blog :)

...and there's more!!!....

Twelve patterns from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, 2 magnets and a key chain! I think there is going to be lots of quilt making for me this year!! :)   Thank you Monica!


  1. Just Beautiful Miriam I'm sure your Neighbour will Love it.

  2. The quilt is beautiful! And nice win! :0)

  3. Your quilt for your friend is very lovely and that is sure thoughtful of you.

    I use that cream too for good grip. I was surprised to find how well it works.

  4. It's beautiful Miriam -- what a thoughtful gift!

  5. What a lucky neighbor! She will love that beautiful sunny quilt.
    Great win! I think you'll be busy for awhile.

  6. You do have a lucky neighbor! I am sure she will enjoy it in her new retirement home.
    Congrats on the win!

  7. beautiful finish and what a special gift for your neighbor. I know she'll treasure it!

  8. Looking good Miriam.
    Will I see you Friday?

  9. Like the colors you used on the quilt top--very happy quilt!! Glad it is going to a good home--what a nice gift to give for a special neighbor. Looks like you won some grand patterns--she is one of my favorite designers--you can use almost any fabric collection with her designs & they come out fantastic!!! Have a happy sewing week. Judy

  10. A lovely quilt Miriam - well done! Your neighbour will be thrilled with that kind thought.
    Every Stitch

  11. What a pretty finish.
    Diane is a great teacher - I enjoyed her classes.
    My goodness what a bunch of wonderful patterns you won!
    Thank you for sharing.