MCM #33 – A Finish and More

Have you ever had a week where everything started out hunky-dory and then blew all out of control? That is exactly what happened to me last week. Now, just because things got out of control doesn’t mean it was bad news, it was actually just the opposite.

I had consultations with two new clients. Both ordered quilts. One will be a king size and the other is for a twin bed. The consultations included trips to the quilt store, sketching out ideas, and then ordering the fabric we couldn’t find locally. It was time consuming, but so much fun!

I was also asked to do the quilting on two full size quilts for two different ladies. Even though I have been doing some quilting for others for a while now, adding these two clients is a bit scary. These are the first two who have come to me from a referral and I had never met them before. I’m so thankful they are trusting me with their quilts, and am praying they will be happy with the work I will do for them.

So, I have a lot to be thankful for from last week, and a lot to crush on this week!

And guess what? I finished quilting Checkered Past AND my sister’s rail fence quilt!! Whoop!

Because of all the running around I was doing last week, my blogging time suffered and I didn’t get pics taken of Wissa’s quilt yet (my sister’s nickname – don’t you love it?) 🙂

But here are pictures of Checkered Past:

Checkered Past Quilt Front


Checkered Past Quilt

I used the leftover jelly roll strips and charm squares and added them to the back. I think this is my second favorite quilt back. My first one is here.

If you would like to make your own version of Checkered Past, here are the tutorials for both the Shoo-fly Block and the Checker Block. You can also find them by clicking on the Tutorials tab in the menu bar.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have a confession to make. About half way through the quilting, I found two huge puckers in the back. I had basted this quilt about 4 inches apart all over, so I have no idea how those puckers happened.  I was able to pick out the stitching and fix the second one, but there was NO WAY I was picking out half a quilt to fix that first one. After I was finished with the quilting, I stitched the pucker down using the invisible stitch I use when binding. Then I washed it. I wanted to take a picture to show you the pucker, but couldn’t find it! Woohoo! It disappeared right into the texture of the quilting.

So, now you know I’m not perfect and there is a wrinkle in this quilt. But since I can’t find it, I’m not going to let it bother me and you shouldn’t either. 🙂

Checkered Past Pieced Backing

The texture of the quilting is fabulous! All those orange peels and flowers combined to create a yummy, cuddly quilt.

Quilted Texture

The binding is scrappy from the jelly roll scraps and I love the way it just adds to the look of the quilt.

Quilt Binding Checkered Past Quilt

Oh, and I decided to leave those sashing pieces in the Shoo Fly blocks unquilted. I’m so glad I did. They really stand out and gives your eye somewhere to rest when looking at all that texture.

Unquilted Plus Texture

Look at the fuzzy little helper I found when taking these pictures. He was a great helper – did what he was told and no back talk! 🙂

worm in tree

So there you have it – all my crushes for this week! I hope to have a more regular blogging schedule this week, after all, I have a lot to share with you.

Now, what is your crush this week? I would love to see what you are working on or what has you excited to be in your sewing space. Your crush can be anything sewing/quilting related – new fabric, a new tool, a new technique you’ve learned, or any project you are working on. Thank you so much for linking up! Come join the party!

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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20 Responses to MCM #33 – A Finish and More

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  2. SarahZ says:

    I really do super love this quilt! I love that it is made with Persimmon…such a fun line! I think when my Denyse Schmidt collection grows a bit this will be a serious front runner for what to make!!! I just keep coming back to look at this!! 🙂

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  5. Susan says:

    Here’s a thought. A mistake that isn’t visible is no mistake. =) It’s sort of a version of Asimov’s “A difference that makes no difference is no difference.” I love the quilt!

  6. I always leave here learning something new. Thank you for all your little shared thoughts, Beth. Who would have thought to go over the wrinkle with invisible thread? Your sister’s quilt makes me think of fall so much. It’s just around the corner already. Your pieced backing IS as good as you say! It’s like getting two quilts in one. Congratulations!

  7. The quilt looks beautiful! Don’t you just love it when problem spots fix themselves.


  8. Vicki in MN says:

    Your Checkered past quilt is so cute!! I found your block tute’s so hope to make one someday!

  9. Jasmine says:

    Congrats on your business. That is so exciting, and this quilt turned out beautifully. I’ve stitched down puckers on the back before too.

  10. Bonnie in Va says:

    Congratulations on all the good things happening in your life. I, too, have a small quilting business. And, I must say I like how you stated no show or custom quilting. But I haven’t put much thought into what will I feel like when I get a referral to someone I don’t know. It means you have got pleased customers but now your going out into the wide, wide world! I’m sure they will love your work and be loyal customers.

  11. Tish says:

    Congrats on your new clients! That’s very exciting news. And also congrats on your finish, Finishes feel fantastic. It looks like it would be a very snugly quilt.

  12. fancyfootfarm says:

    Checkered past is gorgeous! Exciting news on your new clients. It’s wonderful to hear that you are creating the business you wanted to create.

  13. Anne Beier says:

    Great news Beth!! I love that quilt and the back is so cool.

  14. Beautiful finish and congrats on your new commissions.

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  16. Kate says:

    Wow, you did have a great, though busy week. Congrats on the finish. Checkered Past looks so soft, love the colors.

  17. Judy says:

    What a great week, Beth! So exciting to have referrals from happy customers!!

    Checkered past is gorgeous and I just love the back. I’d have a hard time deciding which side to show! As for the pucker on the back, it wouldn’t bother me either – especially if you couldn’t even find it again! It is amazing what a wash and dry can do for those perceived problem areas!

  18. maartjequilt says:

    Congrats with your new clients and work!!!
    Nobody is perfect and that puckers are like mole hills, they are suddenly there somtimes. You have to treat them like mole hills, like you did. The checkered past is a beauty!!! Look forward to see Wissa’s quilt. Heft a nice week!!

  19. Wow, Beth, that is all super exciting news! Two large quilt commissions, two quilts to quilt for *new* clients (from a referral no less), and two quilt finishes… awesome week! I hope things keep going so well for you. 🙂

  20. Your quilts look so soft and comfy – love the texture the quilting gives!!

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