A Gardener’s Journal Quilt – FO 17/2013

I suppose that should be FF0 17 – finally finished object!

I posted the first completed stitcheries for this quilt on 11 July 2010.

We’re now in August 2013…so just over 3 years to finish this quilt.

*hangs head in shame*


But finished it is.


And, having fallen out of love with this project halfway through, I’m thoroughly besotted with the finished object.

The backing is just some inexpensive polycotton sheeting from Abakhan.

IMG_8784_edited-3I quilted around the edge of each patch and then straight lines around the borders using the edge of the foot as a guide.

Although I suspect I could be pushing the limits of the Trade’s Description Act by calling them ‘straight’ lines as I swear there isn’t a single one of them to be found on this quilt. But that’s OK. It’s turned out far better than I’d envisaged. And I’m just really, really relieved to have it finished and out of the sewing loft.

That said I think it’s only fair to clarify that the my tardiness with this quilt is no reflection on the pattern.


It was purely a case of having started to sew I realised that, whilst I absolutely love machine sewn quilts, they aren’t something I particularly enjoy making.  But this was the first quilt I ever attempted so I didn’t know.  I also knew nothing at all about quilting in general, but it turns out that didn’t matter…Anni Downs knows plenty and she makes it really easy to cut, embroider, piece and finish this quilt.

I just took it step by step and here I am, so I highly recommend this pattern.

And, after all this time, I’m really happy I made this quilt…I just don’t think I’ll be in a hurry to start another machine sewn quilt.

Back to the hexies I go!

16 Responses to A Gardener’s Journal Quilt – FO 17/2013

  1. Jane G says:

    Oh,it’s gorgeous. I’m so glad you persevered and got it finished,it can now become a treasured family heirloom

  2. It looks wonderful – well done!

  3. Sandy says:

    Wow, that’s wonderful! No need to be ashamed, 3 years isn’t bad at all. Congrats on finishing!

    • Thank you…I’m really pleased with it. I’m just really rubbish at having projects lurking that should be done and dusted in a much shorter period of time. 😉

  4. Tiffany says:

    beautiful quilts! Your so talented. 🙂

  5. Janet clare says:

    Looks beautiful!

  6. Stunning, absolutely stunning. And the only quilt I’ve ever made took me 16 years to finish!

  7. K. Johnson says:

    Very nice! Great ideas! I have some cross stitch pieces that I did back in the 80’s that I am thinking about incorporating in a quilt too. But I really love your garden theme! Lot’s of love stitched there in that quilt! Hold your head high!!!!

  8. K-Line says:

    Are you kidding me – this is a work of art! It took a mere 3 years to create but you will have it forever. I think you have a SPECIAL talent with the quilts. And I say this as someone who has very little time for them or the act of quilting. Yours really come alive. They bring a sense of history.

    • You are so kind. Thank you! It’s already been used as a den, a car track and for snuggling under watching movies. Hopefully it will be woven into the kid’s childhood memories.