One More Quilt Top Finished

For my recent quilt retreat, I prepped material to sew three quilt tops. Over the two-and-a-half days I got a lot done, including one quilt top finished, one done except borders applied, and one with a boatload of blocks created. I already showed you the first two of them. Now I’ve finished the third quilt top, too.

This will be another quilt intended for my local VA hospital. They have requested quilts finishing at no bigger than 48″ x 60″. The size works well as a lap quilt for most people, but most importantly, the quilts are tangible symbols of appreciation and respect.

I love block quilts with chains. The puss-in-the-corner blocks are so easy to make and create those chains effectively. What doesn’t work in this quilt is the lack of value contrast. Because of the prints used and the fairly narrow range of value, this is all a bit mushy. As you might be able to tell from the close-up photo, though, it’s actually much prettier in person than it shows in the top photo. And I think it will suit one of our hero-patients just right.

With the end of February rolling up on us, I only have one finished quilt in my count for the year, as well as the three completed tops. Another (the house quilt) is in process. But I’ve been working hard on other projects, so I don’t feel (very) sorry for myself.

How’s your year coming along? Are you making progress on things (however you define that) as you’d hoped? 

21 thoughts on “One More Quilt Top Finished

  1. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    Lovely quilt! Donating to the VA is such a good idea. This year I’ve pieced one quilt. My friend is quilting it for me. I’m stuck on what to do next when it comes to piecing another quilt. My plan to make a One Block Wonder has been put aside for now. I find this project to be s bit intimidating. I am progressing in my goal to learn free motion techniques and thread sketching. I practice these techniques frequently. I also started making hexagon to use scraps. I am on target with my quilt journal hexagon blocks. I find myself making crafts instead of designing and piecing quilts. This is my way of procrastinating.🙃 I need to get back on track.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I think the track is only dependent on whether you’re happy with what you’re doing. Unless you have obligations to quilt, if you’re happy crafting, then carry on, and don’t worry about it! I’ve mentioned I have other projects going, so though I’m not quilting as much as usual, I’m still busy with productive effort. I’m not always doing what I’d prefer to do, but it’s all okay.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  2. katechiconi

    I love the elegant contrast between the florals and the geometric shapes, plus it’s a lovely peaceful colour scheme. I think I’d be delighted to be given this one!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks, Kate. I’ve mentioned before that my primary standard is, would I be pleased if someone gave this quilt to ME. Here the answer is “yes,” so I do think it is a worthy effort.

  3. Kerry

    Super! I particularly like the lighter chain darkening on the outer chain – and love the star in the centre!
    I also like chain quilts – currently playing with an Irish star chain (Wedding Dress Blue) as a leader and ender, but will be taking it on retreat to complete.

  4. Emily

    I’ve finished two quilts so far this year and I’ve just pinned another ready for quilting. I’m feeling extremely focused and getting finishes is so unlike me!! I’ve been bolstered by lots of UFO challenges online:) I’m always happy sewing when it makes me happy and at the moment feeling in control of my UFO’s is making me smile 🙂

  5. Dot Newbold

    I love this quilt Melanie, both the design and the colour choices. It may lack strong contrast, but the result is very peaceful and calming… not such a bad thing for veterans, I think.
    Would you mind if I used your pattern idea?

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I don’t mind at all. The blocks are 6″ finish, in a 7×9 layout, so the center is 42″ x 54″. I cobbled together 3″ wide cuts of border (you wouldn’t believe all the seams!) so the finished top should be 47″ x 59″. Thanks for taking a look.


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