Friday, March 23, 2012

finish it up Friday, week 20

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
I finished my oatmeal quilt top!!! It measures 62" x 72". And it's 100% scraps!

this quilt was finished thanks to:

-My phenomonal neighbor, Martha, who stepped into my crazy 3 ring circus life yesterday to help me iron. She ironed and I sewed. For hours!! It was wonderful! Thank you so much, Martha!!

-My massive adrenaline rush after my first book signing last night. A HUGE thank you to all of you who came out to the library last night to listen to me share about my quilts and my new book. The evening totally excedded my expectations. YAY!!! After that, how could I sleep? The way I see it, if you can't sleep, why not quilt?!? :) I finished this top about 1 this morning. :)

-and all of YOU who join me in this challenge each week. If I didn't have the accountability, I have no doubt that just a few oatmeal blocks would be languishing in a basket somewhere, creating more chaos. So I thank YOU for keeping me motivated. It's just the push I need!

Ok, now it's your turn! Link up your finishes for the week and cheer on someone else, too. :)
Happy Friday to you!


62 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I LOVE this quilt!! And I was with you last night at 1:00 AM sewing. Just had the sewing machine all warmed up and had to keep going :-)

Jo said...

I can't wait to see how you end up quilting this. For some reason it is screaming BLACK or Charcoal thread to me. Got a copy of your book...WONDERFUL, but I knew it would be!

sue said...

This is fabulous! Neutrals usually make me nervous but I'm ready to try this quilt!

Cyndi Frailing Nelson said...

Beautiful quilt! Amazing how neutrals can make a stunning quilt!

Rachel said...

AWESOME job, love the way the fabrics play together and that it came from what you had. Great job!!

randi--i have to say said...

your neighbor sounds like a sweetie!

i am looking forward to see the quilting on this one. i really like the toned down hues!

Marion said...

That top turned out SO beautiful!!!

Lauren said...

That is a really interesting quilt - I like it!

Carla said...

Just so beautiful

I want one now

Congratulations

nancy said...

i love this quilt ao much! would look neat in any color, but i especially love the elegance of the neutrals. very cool and inspiring!

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Great quilt...love the monochromaticness :) we have a quilt that was made for us for a wedding present in similar colors.

elizabeth said...

I have always planned to make a neutral quilt..but haven't yet. I love this scrappy version : ) Simply beautiful.

Lesly said...

Love those soft neutrals!

Ashlea Tenner said...

Beautiful!!

beth said...

Congratulations on a book signing AND a great QUILT top!

Diane said...

I love this quilt. I've had a neutral/oatmeal quilt in my head for quite awhile so it's good to see how it looks! I didn't realize you are from Wisconsin until I saw the Dodgeville retreat. I'm sorry the dates don't work for me. Love your blog.
Diane from Madison

Anna said...

love it so much, and yay for using up scraps! congrats on the book signing, that must be such a rush!!!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Obrigada vizinha leal de amanda!!Quem ganhou fomos nós,por que talento não falta a esta mulher,esse trabalho ficou lindo como sempre.DEUS abençoe vocês.beijos.

Aliceart said...

Wow! I LOVE, LOVE this quilt. Has me rethinking what I'll use my neutrals for. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

Holy bowl of oatmeal, Batman! When we spoke Tuesday you had JUST started this!

I want whatever you put in your cereal to fuel my day and run my sewing machine and I'd like my own personal Martha too. :-)

aneela said...

Love your oatmeal quilt, it just screams home-y to me. Glad your book signing went so well - wahhhoooo go you!!! No finishes for me this week, LOTS of starts though ;)

traceyjay said...

I finally have a finish to post! woo hoo!

Great oatmeal quilt... I'm a big fan of mixed neutrals.

And congratulations! Can't wait to see what you've dreamt up...

unfinishedquilts said...

OMG! That is gorgeous!
Love it!

Terriaw said...

How fun to have help making this quilt! I think I have two neighbors who like to quilt, but we never get together.

You had a book signing?! Dude, that is awesome! That must have been so thrilling. Wish I could have attended.

Kristal said...

Oh I love this quilt idea. Now Id be a stinker and bind it in a color.

evaj said...

Oh,, I love it!!

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

wow, I love this quilt top! well done!

Biloba said...

It's a great idea! I'm curious your finished quilt.

Sandra said...

Another awesome finish Amanda! Love the concept because I have tons of scraps:)

amandajean said...

Kristal,

I was kind of thinking about being a stinker and binding it in a contrasting color or dark color, too. so your comment made me chuckle.

amandajean

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Wow! I should work on improv... I am so NOT good at it!

audreypawdrey said...

I love this quilt! I have been drawn to neutral tops like this recently, which is interesting because I do LOVE color. I like the idea of a colorful binding, too. I finally have a finish to show off, so I am linking up.

Angela and Rebekah from your quilt retreat in Ft. Collins from the fall are a part of our front range modern quilt guild now-isn't that neat?

Congratulations on your book signing! That is so exciting!

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

I love how you stick with something and see it through....I need to do more of that!

Maja said...

Just L O V E your Oatmeal!!!
So nice!!!

Becky said...

Very nice!! With 2 boys, a dog and a cat (both with dark fur), I'd be scared to use those colros in my house. I'm glad I can live vicariously through blog-land :-). Thanks for helping me get things done too! I love this Finish Friday party!!

Sarah Craig said...

I love it!! Such an interesting idea, and now I want to get my scraps out and make one too! And congratulations on the book - I finally got my copy from Amazon and it's amazing!!!!

Jennie said...

What a fun way to use some scraps. And I really want to know where you get yourself such a fabulous neighbor!

Can't wait to see the quilt all finished. And thank you for hosting these Friday linky parties. It's a real incentive to have a finish each week!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your quilt is just beautiful. Wish I could have been at the library to hear your talk!

Anita D. said...

This reminds me of a quilt we used to have that Emma made ages ago. I think there was a block not very different than these in it somewhere. Do you remember that?

Almaelou said...

I was at a quilt show today and couldn't believe it; one of the vendors had your book! I grabbed it and started flipping through the pages admiring the beautiful work the two of you did. I couldn't believe that the blogger I have been following for a few years wrote a book and it was in my small part of the country! Pittsburgh, PA I wanted the vendor to say something so I could reply "I follow her blog!" but she didn't notice me drooling over your book. I would have bought it but I have told myself no more book/pattern buying. Good luck!

Samantha said...

wonderful finish! the creams create such a peaceful effect...and what a great neighbor, to boot!

Clair said...

I finished my students' grades, but I cannot post a link. I wish I could say that I finished with my cold, but it is just starting.

Nicole said...

I Love this! It is very calm and subtle. Looks Great

LimeRiot said...

This is such a beautiful and peaceful quilt top! I love the use of all the neutral solid colors.

Mama Pea said...

It really turned out lovely! Way to go!!!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Love your oatmeal quilt! Glad your friend helped you finish it!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for hosting!

Allison said...

I love your oatmeal quilt, it is peaceful & refreshing! thank you for hosting a great linky party!

Michelle said...

Ooooh, I LOVE the colors!

Lisa Lisa said...

LOVE the quilt and LOVE the book! Looking forward to sorting my scraps soon....on one of those nights after work when I'm too tired to sew.

Nicole said...

Amanda Jean, it's gorgeous! I love the different shades and sizes. And how great to have a friend like Martha!
Congrats on your first book signing! It sounds like it was a success. It will be the first of many to come!

Becki said...

I LOVE your oatmeal quilt, everything about it ... the colors, the pattern ... it's just beautiful.

Leslie said...

Oh darn I missed the chance to link up. Love the oatmeal quilt

Esch House Quilts said...

Wow! I just love this quilt top! There sure are a lot of Friday Finishers this week - too bad I'm not one of them. Maybe next week :)

Collette said...

Such a calm, charming quilt!

I wanted to share with you something that cracked me up. I received "Sunday Morning Quilts" this morning--yep, SUNDAY morning! It was actually delivered to my building this morning. (I live in Chicago and the courier they use often delivers on Sunday.)

It made me laugh and I thought it might make you laugh too. Now all I have to do is get the 4 and a half year old to give me enough time to actually look at it on Sunday morning!

Cheerful Homemaker said...

congratulations on your first book signing!

Mabel said...

I pinned a square with blue and green triangles going in a circle, with a white background. I can't seem to find it on your blog. HELP!!! I love it, and would like some info on it.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Ooh, love the way it came together. I know you've had this one in your head forever. Go slabs!

Suzette said...

What Mabel said... I love that block and would like to make it. Where do I find the pattern?

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I was up the next night at 1:00...gotten absorbed into planning a quilt for my cousin and sketching out how I will cut my fabric strips and how much I will have left to work into the backing...

tusen said...

mmm, I like it very much. I can't wait to see how you are going to quilt it.

amandajean said...

Mabel and Suzette,

I went back and found the link. I believe the post you are looking for is here:

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2011/07/fancy-block-friday-4.html

there is a link to the tutorial in that post there, too. hope that helps!

amandajean

Suzette said...

Thank you, Amanda! Can't wait to try it!