Shop Hop Top

The July Shop Hop quilt top is all finished and ready for quilting! I’m pretty pleased because normally I’m fairly enthusiastic early on with these things, but then in spite of my best intentions a few months (years?) go by and the blocks are still sitting unmade – if I can even figure out where I put them (to keep them “safe,” of course). Tell me I’m not the only one!

First, the remaining block:

QuiltBeeBlock

This one is from The Quilting Bee in Fonthill – hands down the shop we were most impressed with on our travels. Big and open with lots of space and “balconies” along each side where the quilting machines were located. Loved browsing in this shop – a great discovery!

I was lucky enough to farm out the machine embroidery for the applique to Sister #1 who has a fancy machine that does blanket stitch (and so much more – remember the Crazy Quilts?). Thanks, Sis!

And here’s the finished top which includes all of the blocks from the past few weeks (see here, here and here if you’d like to look at all of the individual blocks):

ShopHopTop

Love it! The finishing design/kit is from The Quilt Place in Shakespeare. Doesn’t that colour combination make you think of cool fall days, a cozy blanket, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate? It sure does for me :). At the risk of having to wrestle it away from the grand daughter, I’m considering red minky for the back – that should up the cozy quotient exponentially.

While not a finish in the absolute sense of the word, I’m still calling this a finish and linking up with Finish-it-up-Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts – because I’m so pleased to have the blocks and top complete, and within two weeks of acquiring the last blocks, no less.

And, just because, here are a couple more photos from our Wisconsin trip that I didn’t include last week – both from the La Cross Public Library. The first one is from outside the library:

YarnBombing

Yarn bomb, anyone :)? And, they rent bike locks inside at the circulation desk – how cool is that?

And this one is from inside:

LibraryQuilts2

I’m always so impressed by the generosity of quilters – how wonderful to share these quilts with the public like this.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday!

L

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2 Responses to Shop Hop Top

  1. TinaG says:

    Yes, that quilt is ready for fall. I love the yarn bomb on the bike rack. I guess yarn bombing is a thing now. Quilters are so incredibly generous! I will have a story on Andover Fabrics blog next week (http://blog.andoverfabrics.com) that is a true testament to that fact!

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