Friday, 24 January 2014

My Linked Squares Quilt

Can you hear that sigh of relief?
The Linked Squares Quilt is finally finished.

I am ashamed to admit just how little quilting there was left to do once I finally gritted my teeth and went back to finish the free motion quilting.

In addition to the free motion quilting, I stitched the ditch around the charcoal coloured squares. It really makes them stand out and I am very glad that I did it.

I ventured waaay out of my comfort zone with the free motion quilting and just sort of improvised a design in the light grey spaces.

Yes its completely wonky, but I like to think of the wonkiness as adding character- ok!?!

I learnt so so much about free motion quilting while finishing this quilt. It was a steep learning curve filled with lots of frustration, but I got there in the end.

Seeing these photos makes me realise that I should have quilted the border more, or at least stitched the ditch around the edge of the border. The photo below makes it look as if there is a big pucker in the quilting in the centre of the top- there isn't- it just looks that way because of the way it was pegged to the washing line.

The same photo also makes it look as if the pieced part of the back is squint. It isn't- or at least I'm pretty sure that it isn't and I can't check now (or re-take the photo) as the quilt is winging its way over to my best friend in Scotland.

In the end of the day, I'm really proud of this quilt- dodgy quilting and all! 

I love the way that the individual blocks in my linked squares pattern come together to form a quilt. I love that I persevered and finished the quilting even though it almost killed me! I love that I have a very special gift to send to a wonderful friend and I'll sit on the edge of my chair until I get the email telling me that it has arrived.

If you like this quilt, you can find the linked squares block  in my Craftsy Store.

I'm linking in with TGIFF which is being hosted by Jessica at Quilty Habit today.
Also linking in with Show and Tell over at Leonie's place.

This quilt counts as my first finish of the 2014 Finish-a-long.
Finish Along 2014


  1. Well done! Good on you for persevering with the dread FMQ! It turned out really well.

  2. It is so stunning to look at Juliet! Wahoo you for finishing it! I am sure she is going to love each and every stitch x

  3. The design and the colours work so well to make a fabulous quilt, Juliet!!! Will send pics of my testing very soon. It's well under way.

  4. Love this block in a quilt!You did an amazing job with your FMQ too. I have the pattern and made two cushion covers which are fabulous.

  5. I thought I heard something :) It looks wonderful and congratulations on the finish.

  6. Who doesn't love a handmade gift .. .. .. (actually I know the answer to that question GGGRRRR but we don't go there LOL)
    This is amazing Juliet and I admire anyone who can FMQ !! !! !!
    Beautiful finish

  7. That is really nice! Congrats on great finish!

  8. Love those colors with the charcoal. I just got 5 yards of that charcoal fabric and LOVE it. Great quilt.

  9. Gosh you are so clever with your quilting. Happy happy best friend! xx

  10. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

  11. It's coming to your best friend in Scotland? I didn't know you cared... ;o) Congrats on the finishes


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