Finishing what I started

I went into my sewing room  two days ago and started looking through my books/patterns (way too many)… excitedly dreaming of the all projects that I could start next.

But then I heard noises coming from all the piles of unfinished projects!


They were murmuring “finish me!”

I started looking around at all the quilts that were quilted without bindings, half quilted, and other tops in various states of completion.

I have 18 quilt tops sitting in a box.      IN A BOX. Most of which I adore and would love to have on beds and being used.

Okay that was enough to guilt me into finishing up some of these projects and laying my plans to make MORE unfinished quilt tops aside.

I am now on a mission.


I started with the easiest and will move on from there.

I quilted and bound my winter quilt (Winter Green Threads book by Needle’Love, shown here just pinned up to see how it would look, still need to wash it to get the chalk marks out)

Then I moved on to quilting and binding my new springy table runner.  (Sugar Cookies free pattern on Moda Bake Shop)

Next I put the binding on this little civil war quilt (out of a Jo Morton book) that I quilted months ago.

Okay I was on a roll! Don’t stop now Melissa!

I put the binding on the Christmas Cottage Exchange blocks that I quilted in Nov, but never got to the binding part due to holidays.

I am feeling happier and happier!

Today I am digging into my Tops Box and will start to quilt all the smaller quilts…the bigger ones will have to go to the quilter when she returns the two she has already.

I am starting with this one that was partially quilted before my machine went on the blink.

It’s a Turning 20 pattern that I made for the quilt shop, but now will go to my niece for her little baby boy soon to arrive:

So that’s whats been happening at my house.

I hope you may feel encouraged to finish some of your poor, sad, lonely, forgotten projects this month too!

Later Gators!


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15 comments on “Finishing what I started

  1. Flatlander (Linda) says:

    Oh, the guilt!! I wish I only had 18 UFOs. I have so many stuck in so many places that I probably don’t WANT to know how many there really are. A good quilting buddy made a resolution this year to finish projects. She even made up a spreadsheet showing exactly the stages they’re in, what needs to be done, how many more blocks are needed, etc. Oh, the guilt!!!! ;-(

  2. Angie says:

    OH, I love the bluework embroidery on the Turning Twenty baby quilt! What a great idea! Next time I use that pattern, I will try that too! :o)

  3. Erin says:

    Wow! You were busy. Getting all of that finished must feel so good. It’s very encouraging!

  4. Michelle says:

    Go Melissa go! Your finishes are awesome!!!!! I love each one!

  5. kaholly says:

    What a feeling of accomplishment you must have!! Bravo! Thy’re all beautiful, especially the civil war one! ~karen

  6. Libby says:

    Very impressive finishes *s* Hopefully some of it will rub off on my and my abundant unfinished works.

  7. Brenda says:

    Oh Mel, What a roll…you are a quilting machine there Missy. I am in awe of your acomplishments. Absolutely amazing! You keep that up and Summer will find you with an empty UFO box! Woo-HOO! I’m jealous! Love that table runner too. I have a “thing” about hexagons”. I just love them! =)

  8. Diane Cannon says:

    Hi Melissa—i just love all the quilts that you just got finished–I have about 16 tops in my pile–but I hand quilt–sooo—and then I get myself into trouble with so many BOM;s on the net and challenges—but there is always tomorrow–maybe tomorrow I can get to one of those tops—-
    Hugs, Di

  9. Sherri says:

    LOve all of these finishes! This is what I need to do…thanks for the motivation!

  10. Jan says:

    Whow, I am impressed Melissa; and everything … and I mean everything is gorgeous 🙂 Can’t wait to see what else you’ll be finishing up!

  11. BettyLou Cross says:

    Great finishes——–I just finished a Quilts of Valor quilt and waiting to hear from the longarmer. Can’t call that a finish until I get it back and bound. Think I will cut a Schnibbles and a CW doll quilt this afternoon. I thought I lost your blog site but back on now. Betty Lou

  12. kelley says:

    thank you for the inspiration to pull out a few things to finish this month…I shared your blog with the ladies in my eBay group andone of them (primitivebetty) says…”Maybe in March”

  13. So pretty! I especially love the table runner!

  14. Karen says:

    You are my “finishing” idol…it must be the best feeling. I love all of them!!
    Take care,

  15. Liz says:

    I just love your blog, and of course your wonderful family and quilts! Lizzie

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