Trail Mix is Finished!

This quilt was made for my grandson K. He’s such a cutie, and he loves the outdoors which made the Trail Mix charm pack a perfect choice.

Trail Mix Quilt Finish

Trail Mix Front

The design is simple; I just did rows of blocks. I cut some of the blocks in half and varied their placement for interest.  This is the first time I’ve done a quilt without adding a border around the entire quilt and I really like how the rows flow all the way to each edge.

In addition to the charm squares, I added a couple fabrics from my stash. One of the pieces I added was this green with all the lines.

Trail Mix Quilt Green Stripe Print

I used this fabric in the very first quilt I made ten years ago – it was a gift for my son. Now the same fabric is being used in a quilt for his son!  So cool……

Trail Mix Quilting Detail

The sashing is Kona Chocolate and I love the richness it adds to the quilt. Adding a strip of bright green to the top and bottom breaks up the brown and gives a fun vibe.

The front came together quickly and so nicely.  Then it was time to do the back. I really like pieced backs, but so far I’ve only been brave enough to do strips of fabric. (It’s easy for me to do the math with strips.) So, I kept to what I know I can do, added some of the chocolate and green and used a light brown print for the backing.

Trail Mix Quilt Back

The back of Trail Mix. I’m obsessed with that green!

I opted to quilt straight lines on each of the sashing strips using my walking foot. I didn’t want to quilt the print strips because I wanted to keep some softness.

So, the quilting part should be easy, right?  Wrong!  I fought my way through the quilting with this one because that tan fabric kept wanting to pucker, and stretch, and pull, and basically just misbehave. Oi!  Look how bad this was:

*&($% Puckers!!

*&($% Puckers!!


I wasn’t going to rip out 12 seams so I decided to keep on going and see what happened.  Thankfully, it somehow worked out and by the time I was finished quilting there were no puckers.  I don’t know where they went, but I’m glad they’re gone!

Now here comes confession time.  The tan fabric is a cheapo fabric I picked up at a local fabric store. And by cheap I don’t mean inexpensive. I mean cheap – as in quality. But hey, it matched. While I was working on the quilt I started to question whether I had basted it correctly because how could a fabric act like this? I’ve never had trouble with the way I baste, but I guess it could be a possibility.  But then, when I got to the green strip (good quality quilt fabric) it sewed like a dream. So, lesson learned!

I PLEDGE TO USE QUALITY QUILTING FABRIC ON THE BACK (AS WELL AS THE FRONT) FROM THIS DAY FORWARD!  And if I slip up occasionally, and you catch me, you can slap me with a wet noodle! 🙂

Okay, back to Trail Mix. I love the quilting, it turned out exactly like I wanted and I’m pleased to have my first Christmas present finished!

Front Quilting Detail

Front Quilting Detail

The binding I used was a pre-made I bought on an impulse.  I love how the rings on it looks like the rings on a piece of cut wood, so I think it matches the overall theme of the quilt.

Trail Mix Quilt Binding

I’m very happy with the way this quilt turned out and I know that K is going to just love it!  Now, if I can only hold on to it until Christmas (I may have to gift it to him early).  🙂

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and T.G.I.F.F. hosted by Ms. Midge.  Be sure to visit these great blogs and check out all the other finishes!

Have a great weekend,



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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10 Responses to Trail Mix is Finished!

  1. Sorry you had to learn on this quilt about cheap fabric. It looks great either way.

  2. Kate Yates says:

    I love the sashing! The quilting in the brown sashing is just perfect. I have never thought to use brown in a quilt, but I really like it, and it makes a nice man or boy quilt. I also love that you were able to use some of the same fabric from your son’s quilt–nice addition!

  3. Joanna says:

    That binding fabric is absolutely perfect! I love how you still had some fabric from your son’s quilt to “pass on” too 🙂

    Strips on backings are easier for me as well. Especially with trying to keep it all straight and lined up when you’re basting!

  4. I love how this turned out, Beth! The binding is wonderful – I love the wood grain! Bummer that you struggled with the quilting, but I am glad it worked out in the end. I struggled with a perfectly great Kona solid, once, and it can be quite maddening!

  5. Cheryl says:

    I love this quilt. The dark brown and the little green strip really set off the prints from the charm squares. I totally agree with using quality fabrics on the back of quilts. I was quilting a charity quilt earlier year and was having all sorts of issues I never usually have. I realize looking back that it probably the cheap backing that was causing a bunch of the issues.

  6. Deanna says:

    I really like this combination of fabrics. My favorite is the woodgrain pattern you used for the binding.

  7. Lynne Tilley says:

    First of all, I love this quilt SO much. It’s just gorgeous, and the simplicity of the lines, and the colors, so masculine, so warm and comforting. In addition, the overall design has given me an idea on how I can transform an old worn bedspread from my husband’s grandmother that I use as my “blankie” into something wonderful. There are pieces left that are still good, and I can make it fresh and wonderful and still have the precious memories it has given me over the years. Thanks so much for the inspiration, and for sharing your beautiful quilt.

  8. I am so impressed that your first Christmas gift is done and it isn’t even September yet. Well done! I’ve started basting every four inches at the most and it’s been helping a lot!

  9. tonijosews says:

    Simple and beautiful–my favorite kind of project. And I am SO IN LOVE with the fact that you were able to include some pieces of a fabric from his dad’s quilt. Truly special. 🙂

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