Sandy Quilt # 4 is Finished!

Welcome to Spring!

Another week has flown by and once again it’s time to connect with

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

The majority of last week was dedicated to wrapping up one of my largest challenges.  Read on and you will discover what I am referring to.

Another Quilt is Completed

With mixed emotions I am sad yet overjoyed to announce Sandy Quilt # 4 is finished.  The joint efforts of the wonderful ladies that constructed the individual blocks coupled with the hours I logged to assemble the quilt top, apply the quilting stitches and finally frame it with a binding have now come to an end.

A Look Back

Sandy Quilt # 4 is the fourth of four quilts I have assembled for the Hurricane Sandy Quilt Project sponsored in part by the Quilting Gallery.  Historical details of the process can be found here, and here.  Let’s take a look at its vital statistics:

  • The quilt has 6 rows of 7 blocks each for a total of 42 blocks.
  • The quilt measures 84.5″ wide  x 96.5″ long.
  • The blocks originated from Canada (20) , Florida (2), and Utah (20).
  • The quilt has two borders.  Border # 1 is pink and measures 2.5″ wide.  Border # 2 is black and measures 3.5″ wide.
  • The binding is black and was made from the same fabric used for the outer border.
  • The brand of batting is Warm & Natural.
  • The backing was made from a blue and green colored flannel.  The printed pattern is called Butterfly Scarf.  I purchased the bolt of fabric many years ago.  Who knew it would be used as a backing for this quilt.
  • The outer border was quilted with a bubble or pebble stitch.
Sandy Quilt # 4
Sandy Quilt # 4
  • The pink border has a swirl pattern.
Sandy Quilt # 4
Sandy Quilt # 4
  • The body of the quilt was stitched with a random swirl pattern.


  • For the first time ever I recorded the number of hours my long-arm quilt machine was used and the number of stitches applied.  I logged five hours and thirty-six minutes and tallied 220,699 stitches.  That’s a lot of stitches.

Enough with all the numbers now let’s take a closer look.

Sandy Quilt # 4
Sandy Quilt # 4
Sandy Quilt # 4
Sandy Quilt # 4
Sandy Quilt # 4
Sandy Quilt # 4


Cross that One Off

Well there you have it.  Although I am able to record this one as a successfully completed project for the 2013 A Lovely Year of Finishes challenge there’s an endless list of other items awaiting attention.  No time to bask in the glow.  Time to move on to other projects.

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I’m linking my post with Freshly Pieced’s Wednesday Work In Progress and Sew Bittersweet’s A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Both blogs are a wonderful place to peek in on the progress of other quilters.  Don’t miss the opportunity to check them out.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

It’s Naked

Got Your Attention Didn’t I!

Relax!  I was referring to the rollers on my long arm quilt machine.  I finished quilting Hurricane Sandy Quilt # 4 so that’s why the rollers are empty (I’m doing a happy dance).  All that’s left now is the hand stitching on the binding.  By the end of this week the entire project should be completed.

Want To See What It Looks Like?

I don’t intent to show photos of the whole quilt until the binding is all done.  I will, however, tease you with a few samples.  Here you go . . .




Do you like what you see?

So What Else Has Been Going On?

Not much!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on all four of the Hurricane Sandy Quilts.  Unfortunately they’ve monopolized my schedule and left very little time for much else.  I’m looking forward to a change.  Hopefully I’ll know how to handle the void they leave in my day.  Perhaps I will have to brush up on my time management skills.

I’m Linking Up

I’m joining the ladies over at Freshly Pieced and A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Make sure you hop on over.  There’s so many other lovely projects to catch up on.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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March Goal

I am having the best time participating in Sew Bitter Sweet’s A Lovely Year of Finishes.

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Having registered for this year-long challenge has given me the motivation to complete some of those projects that have been gathering much too much dust.

So far this year I have finished two of the four Hurricane Sandy quilts I made a commitment to.  The first was finished in December.  The second one in January and the third quilt in February.  It seems only natural to declare my fourth and final Hurricane Sandy quilt as my March challenge.  I really do need to speed things along so that I can get quilts # 3 and # 4 shipped to New Jersey.

Here’s a sneak peek at Hurricane Sandy Quilt # 4.  Stay tuned for photos and updates on my progress.