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Paper Pinwheel Lap Quilt and Bed Runner Finished!

I got a lot of TV watching done while I was hand sewing the binding to the back of the Paper Pinwheel Lap Quilt and Bed Runner. Monday night we watched the entire first season of Broadchurch. We hadn’t intended to watch all eight episodes but the writers of the first season were masters of the cliff hanger ending!

And then Tuesday afternoon, I watched a wonderfully, funny movie called The Magic of Belle Isle (<-affiliate link) It’s the uplifting story of an author who has lost his desire/ability to write and the family who inspires him to begin again. If you get the chance watch it, I highly recommend it.

It was sunny enough Tuesday morning for photo taking but by the time I got to that last stitch in the afternoon, it had clouded over and another snowstorm rolled in. Thankfully, yesterday the sun shone bright… cold but not cold enough to keep us from taking photos.

Paper Pinwheel Lap Quilt and Matching Bed Runner

I started out by stitching in the ditch, outlining each of the pinwheels and also around the outside of each block.  Then I quilted the large 12″ floral blocks with the hearts and loops free motion quilting that I practiced while quilting the last of the hen and rooster placemats.

Heats and Loops Quilting on the large blocks

The quilting shows up better in this photo of the back taken before we ventured outside.

Back of Hearts and Loops free motion quilting

Next I fmqed a spiral in the middle of each of the pinwheel blocks to make it look like the pinwheel was spinning.

Sprial Quilting on the Paper Pinwheel blocks

Again the quilting shows up better in a photo of the back.

Back of Paper Pinwheel block with the spiral quilting

A photo of the lap quilt on it’s own…

Paper Pinwheel quilt on snow bank.

And one of the bed runner by itself…

Paper Pinwheel Bed Runner

When I was working on these two quilts, I wasn’t sure they’d turn out nice enough to donate as I planned to do.  And they are by no means perfect but once I got the binding on, it seemed like I could finally see the quilts as a whole rather than their imperfections.  I hope that whoever receives them feels the same.

Here’s one final photo…

Paper Pinwheel Bed Runner and Lap Quilt

The Paper Pinwheel Lap Quilt and Bed Runner were my ALYofF goal for February. They are also two more projects checked off my 2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals. All that’s left of that list to finish are another set of 4 placemats and several completed embroideries that need to be turned into something.

Now that may sound doable but I’ve also got a secret project on the go for the Tree Bird Blog Hop that runs from March 13 to 23. My day is the nineteenth. It’s a good thing March has three more days than February. I’m going to need them!


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  • Leanne
    April 14, 2015 10:26 pm

    Beautiful quilting!

  • Susan
    March 9, 2015 1:17 pm

    Finally making it around from all the AYOLF links! I love your finish! That’s a pattern I’ve been meaning to try for a long time, and this may jolt me into actually doing so!

  • Muv aka Lizzie Lenard
    March 3, 2015 6:32 pm

    Hello Susan,

    The quilts have turned out really well, with a lovely crinkly look from the quilting. You are quite right about binding – once it is on you no longer see what might have bothered you while you were making it.

    Well well well. I have never watched Broadchurch, so decided to look up a bit about it. I just had to laugh when I saw some of the places they have used as locations, including the next village down the road from us.

    Take a look at this picture on my blog and tell me if you recognise it

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

  • Julie Stocker
    March 3, 2015 7:07 am


    Thanks for your link up with Pet Project Show at Pink Doxies. You know, people see different things when they look at quilts, and I keep seeing Texas in you pinwheels! I know they’re not, but–. Nice job on your machine quilting.

    Finishes are wonderful, and we need to celebrate them. You’ve got a few here for your 2015 Windy Side quilt along. Congratulations!

    And so you know, I LOVE Broadchurch. Great series! While I can’t sew by machine and watch t.v.–too distracting for me, I need a few projects to handstitch and watch just like you.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

  • Lynette
    March 2, 2015 10:16 am

    Nicely done 🙂 It’s funny how binding can do that. And thanks for the movie recommendation!

  • Gosia @ Quilts My Way
    February 27, 2015 6:05 pm

    Such a lovely quilts !!!

  • Mary
    February 27, 2015 10:15 am

    Both pieces look so nice. The hearts and loops is a great overall quilting pattern.

    I’ll be watching for your bird project.

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