August OMG – We Finished UFO Garden Gate

This year has been designated the year to finish up 12 unfinished objects (UFO).  The number 12 was selected so that we could earn our PHD from fellow quilter, blogger, and friend, Gail at Quilting Gail.  We, meaning me, have been very remiss lately as most of the remaining finishes require just quilting.  They are already layered and are awaiting some inspiration from me to get ‘er done.  So come ‘h’ or high water, one is getting done.

UFO Inspiration from OMG

Sew, this inspiration decision was basically up to me.  I just needed to pick one project to complete.  Just one and then commit to a quilting design.  Okay.  I picked Garden Gate.  Our Elm Street Quilt August OMG was to finish the Garden Gate quilting (somehow) along with the binding.


Here is what Garden Gate looked like the last time I shared anything about it.  That was in October 2017.  Since then it has been layered and waiting, and waiting, and waiting.  It is much more patient than I am, but really what choice does it have.  At least I didn’t stuff it in that closet it is hanging in front of!

An UFO Decision

Sew, I made a decision!  Woot woot.  Now just follow through and get it complete in 30 days.  That is very doable, don’t you think?!  I decided to give the FMQ floppy feathers a try.  I shared a post about this earlier, but the shout out to Beth at Cooking Up Quilts bears repeating.  Her tutorial truly gave me the inspiration and confidence to give this pattern a try.

A UFO and OMG Nearly Finished

Resolving several challenges with breaking thread was the tough part, and then the quilting went fairly smoothly.  My feathers are not of uniform size or shape, and the stitches are not either – plenty of room for improvement.  Handily enough, who really notices the quilting once it is all washed.

Garden quilting

These two pictures reflects the backing and binding, the right after washing.  I’m happy to see that the binding looks like stripes which is one of my favorite looks.  We still love sewing the binding down by hand.

Garden Gate Is Finished Indeed

Here is the finished quilt in all of its glory – ta-da!  The quilt has been washed and dried; it’s all quilty and squishy.  You know what I mean?!!

Garden Finished 2

Did I hear you say you wanted another shot of the finished product??  Well, here you go!  It’s draped on a porch chair (and I thought of you, Wendy!) in a not-very-glam shot.

Garden Gate Finished

We are tickled pink that this is all quilted and finished, and that we met our August goal.  We will be linking up on Patty’s August OMG Finish as are lots of other great finishes.  Check them out!

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25 Responses

  1. anudge says:

    I’m trying to finish up some also. Yours are beauties. Love that mantle cloth. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Beautiful quilt to showcase those sweet fabrics! Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday!

  3. Kathi Riemer says:

    Congratulations on your finish! Your feathers look great on your soft, cozy, scrappy quilt.

  4. Love this quilt! The colors are really cool. I like seeing things that are “out of my box” so to speak. Color combinations I would not think of. Beautiful! The binding fabric rocks!!

  5. Carol S. says:

    What a beautiful finish and I love that quilting!

  6. H or high water, your quilt done! 😉 lol !
    Congratulations Roseanne 🎉 It is beautiful. I can relate to settling on a FMQ pattern, your floppy feathers look awesome.

  7. dezertsuz says:

    Now that’s what I call a great finish! The chair quilt gives a nice shot of the quilting, too. This is definitely a winning finish!

  8. tish says:

    Congrats on finishing!!! The quilting looks absolutely marvelous! You should be very proud of this finish. I love that fabric!

  9. Congrats on another PHD finish. You’ll get your diploma for sure, and actually learn something in the process. The quilting looks great!

  10. I love that design, Roseanne – and your quilting looks great! And now someone gets to use your sweet quilt, too. Nice finish!

  11. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne; I am so glad that you shared another of your finished quilts because they are very inspiring! You are also inspiring me to reach outside of my comfort zone and give these free motion patterns a try. You have done such a marvelous job with this quilt and forgive my memory but I believe it was the last quilt that you did the feathers for the quilting pattern and it also turned out so wonderfully! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on how you were feeling before, during and after your quilting challenge plus sharing the links because it all helps more than you know! Congrats on another delightful quilt finish! Have a spectacular day!

  12. Rose Moy Mikulski says:

    You do dearly deserve a big woot woot for meeting your OMG this month! It’s a great feeling isn’t it. Now you have a beautiful quilt to enjoy and the quilting is perfect to me. BTW did you notice that I finally figured out how to leave you a comment, don’t ask why it took me so long.

  13. Kathryn says:

    Looks great and the colours in this one are to my liking! I know we all pick our own quilting to bits but really as you say once its washed and ready to use – its just loved!

  14. quiltingmod says:

    I have too many tops that just need quilted too. They have found their way into the closet, so they’ll have to be more patient that yours. However, quilty and squishy beats a top any day, and you really just see pretty fabrics and some overall texture — not any of the inconsistencies that you mentioned.

  15. Christine says:

    Yay for getting a UFO finished! I think the floppy feathers look fantastic! I still have to learn how to do feathers too. I never seem to be able to even draw them out right. One of these days, I’ll work up the courage to tackle them!

  16. That is the way to do it. Simple patchwork enhanced by lovely quilting!!!

  17. Patty says:

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

  18. Rochelle Summers says:

    Congratulations on a great finish. It feels so good to have something done, doesn’t it. A biting the bullet is the way to go. Now on to September?

  19. chrisknits says:

    It is awesome! I just need to get into a FMQ mode and try some motifs. Your finish is so wonderful, I don’t notice a scale issue on the feathers at all.

  20. Love Love those fabrics! Beautiful finish!

  21. cheriec12 says:

    A wonderful finish. Congrats!

  22. Gretchen says:

    Great finish! No one is going to notice those feathers are slightly different, if they do notice, just say pooh to you!

  23. Shannon Fleming says:

    Beautiful quilt, Roseanne! I agree, no one can see the mistakes once it’s washed!

  24. Those fabrics are so pretty, aren’t they? And that pattern really shows them off well, I think. Your feathers are just great, and of course I like the patio shot!! Yay! You have a nice finish. Time to celebrate 🙂

  25. Vicki in MN says:

    I absolutely love that you went out of your comfort zone and stuck with it! It looks great in the pic and I bet it is amazing in person!

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