12/12/19

Semper Finished!

When I left you yesterday, I had several possibilities on my sewing room agenda. As it turns out, my only trip into the sewing room yesterday was to retrieve a blue spool of thread used to sew the label onto Semper Fi. It was the last thing I needed to do to call this very large quilt a finish.


Sadie helped yesterday by staying put on her window shelf while I sewed the last of the binding.


My goal was to turn the fourth corner, and then I realized only about 40 inches remained to get it into the finished column. So I just kept going.


When the binding was finished, I laid it out on the floor. Sadie consented to sitting there for some scale. Big quilt. Little cat.


Then I took a few random pictures of the quilting.



And then I sewed on the label.


And now, it's folded up, ready for gifting, although I'll probably re-fold it so that the label appears on top.


So that was a good day's work. I loved making this quilt for my friend, and I love even more that it's finished. It's like getting a new lease on life. For my new lease, I'm celebrating by making a trip to the grocery store today. I know...such a party girl! Andy and I have been friends since high school, and so he can say he knew me when.

This was my goal for December's


So, I'll be linking up to the finishing party at the end of the month.

The unconfirmed plan is for all of us to drive to Kalama, Washington, next week, meeting halfway for lunch and a hand-off. It will be fun to hand it over to them in person. Also, I've already scoped out the availability of quilt shops in the area, and so I'll combine both for the trip up there if I can do it and still avoid rush-hour traffic.

As for today, I'll get back to work on the Tiny Tree blocks. There are two to make today, and then I'll try to get caught up on the Garden Sunshine quilt blocks.

18 comments from clever and witty friends:

Katie said...

Yay for a finish! The quilt looks great and I've been eyeballing that twirly star, thinking where it might fit on a quilt from the Rack of Shame... And I totally get the new lease on life with a finish, but I feel it even more when the quilt leaves my home for it's new one. That has been happening a lot lately with all the procrastinated projects being finished in time for the holidays. (What will I sew now?)

Julierose said...

Hearty congratulations on a beautiful finish for Semper Fi; your quilting is stunning on this one...love that label, too...
I always feel at loose ends when I've just finished a long-time-coming
project...not so, you, I see...enjoy hugs, Julierose

QuiltShopGal said...

Your Semper-Fi Quilt is stunning. You did a great job designing and quilting it and I'm sure your friends will treasure it always. Very special.

Quilting Babcia said...

Woo-hoo, Congratulations on a great finish! I'm sure your friends will love this tribute to Andy's service. And I'm equally sure you're going to love working on some tiny projects for awhile. Enjoy your grocery trip, today was the dentist for me, we're such party animals!

Vicki W said...

You deserve desert and a beverage after that!

Cathy said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish! And here’s wishing for a fun and safe Handoff Day too.

Janarama said...

Such a kind and thoughtful thing for you to do for your long-time friend who served to protect our country. The quilt and quilting are beautiful! Please thank Andy for his service.

Shirley said...

That is such an awesome quilt! I would read your progress reports and be tired just reading about your daily input on the project. What a major accomplishment! I am sure it will be a very special gift. You can feel so smug for such a wonderful accomplishment and in your planned time frame.

Anonymous said...

Semper Fi came out great. A very ambitious project indeed! I like the twirly star quilting. Sadie really does show how big the quilt is.

Teresa F.

Louise said...

Congratulations on a fabulous finish! I can't wait to hear how thrilled Andy will be when you present it to him :)

piecefulwendy said...

I hope you sat back and admired that quilt for a bit, then patted yourself on the back. Great finish! I know Andy is going to be very impressed.

QuiltGranma said...

It is a very nice finish, and happy for you that you got it done!

kc said...

Wow, that's a beaut! And the quilting really shines! Still love the binding too that label is the bomb.. is that a USMC patch on it? I know your friends will treasure it, and you, as if they don't already. I always find it a big relief when I get a custom job completed, especially if it's a biggie, with a deadline. I had to do 2 double sided garden flags, b4 turkey day, with my back doing its own thing, and coach repairs requiring travel, AND a craft sale table. I was sure glad to get them in the mail!

Della said...

What a beautiful finish we have in Semper Fi. You should be very proud and I'm sure Andy will be thrilled. Personally I get a bit lost in my feelings when I finish a quilt, especially a large one as this. After working so diligently for a finish I always feel kind of lost when the finish is accomplished.

quiltzyx said...

Congratulations! I too love the twirly whirly star quilting - as well as all the rest. All-in-all a fabulous finish!!

Linda said...

I enjoyed the process of how this quilt came to be. Outstanding job - it is magnificent!

Kate said...

Congratulations on the finish! It turned out beautifully!

Patty said...

Wonderful quilt! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!