My Sunshine Quilt

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After years of hoarding the fabric, then year ago starting to cut the pieces and a little bit over a a week ago finally proceeded to sewing, my quilt is done. And look at it! It’s glorious!

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Excuse the blurry Instagram image but I wanted to show you the quilt in situ. And it’s still glorious!

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I might want to considering cleaning the phone camera lens, don’t you think? Anyhoo, piecing the thing together wasn’t too terrible. MOST CORNERS MATCH! But when it was time to combine the backing, batting and the top, I ran out of floor space. This naturally caused some wrinkles on the backing but I think I can live with them. Hello! It’s my FIRST EVER QUILT! How could it possibly be perfect? It’s perfect in its imperfectness. There.

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I probably didn’t use enough pins either. I actually went to buy more but they were those short ones and wouldn’t have worked anyway. So what I did was that I pinned the entire thing in sections before quilting. There wasn’t too much shifting, even as I don’t own a running foot.

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The binding! Which I made myself! I used already quite thinned out vintage sheet but since I’m looking for that eventual weathered look, it works just fine for me. So yes, it will be fraying sooner rather than later but I have plans for that.

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This is where I thought the worst part was over. The top was pieced and I thought the quilting and binding would be a piece of cake. I guarantee that the quilting was the worst. Tedious and felt like it took forever. Of course in real time, the piecing took longer but as you see your progress so quickly with that, the time felt shorter.

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As you can see, I didn’t go with the 9 block-route (which I should have but meh, what can you do) but made these 4 square blocks which I then combined in rows of one. I was so excited at this point as I could start visualizing how the quilt would look ready.

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Can’t tell you how many times I first counted and then re-counted my pieces, my duo-blocks and then these four-blocks. I didn’t want to find myself in the end and realizing I’m missing blocks. Let’s just say the original cutting brought me to tears more than once. 572 pieces. 286 patterned ones and 286 white ones. And yes, I really kept counting them over and over again.

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I sewed these pairs in chains. There was no way I was going to cut the thread, lift the presser and the needle after every pair. I tried pressing them in layers too but that just didn’t work so I had to press all 286 of them separately. Took forever but seeing those crisp seams was, ah so satisfying.

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All 572 pieces I think. So much potential and I’m very happy with what became with these. This was a fantastic exercise on patience, long-term planning and artistic effort and it shows.

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As for the question will I ever make another quilt again…Hell no. Maybe.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I will be making another post about the things I learned while making this but that it will have to wait till later this week. Hope you like my quilt and encouraging comments are greatly appreciated ;)

Pride Lovin': Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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Marche des Fiertés, Pride Paris. Hundreds of thousands of people marching for love and equality. What’s not to love? I wrote about the march at a Finnish blog called Tämän Kylän Homopoika and you can read it HERE (if you can read Finnish that is). There are also some more photos if you are interested.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Rest of the interpretations of this week’s theme can be found HERE and my first post participating is HERE.

 

Summer Lovin': Weekly Photo Challenge

 

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If you wonder where I’ve been, I was in Paris. Where I found these lovely flip-flops. The beginning of summer was supercold here in Finland. Not anymore. Temperatures knock on 30 degrees celsius. Even in Lapland. Not complaining though, not too soon the weather will be miserable.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. If you are interested, the rest of the interpretations to this week’s theme can be found HERE and my second Summer Lovin’ photo is HERE.

I Truly Am a Winner!

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Do you remember the competition organized by a Finnish company called Myyntipumppu I wrote about? The one where you had to write your worst story about your co-workers in sales? Well…I don’t know how many of you voted but I won! Won. Won. Winnety. Won!

Superb! Here is some photographic evidence about my excitement:

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An entire box? Just for me??? I feel so special…

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Should I start with this bottle or maybe…

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…I should open all three of these (still leaving three for later)?

Thank you so much to Myyntipumppu for the competition and the prize! I’m going to have one happy and bubbly summer for sure! Oh and if you want to know what the story was, you can read mine in HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

My Friend Is a Foodie

I think I’ve mentioned my friend Niko one time or another over here. Our conversations usually involve fashion, men and food. That’s it. I try to be his political conscience but his eyes glaze over if I try to explain something more complex to him.

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Anyhoo, couple of weeks ago on my last thrifting trip I called him ex-tempore if I could drop over since I was quite close to him. Well, I called before I left and he said no but then a styling job thingy he was supposed to do got cancelled so I was again welcome.

After our usual banter of insulting each other in various ways, Niko brought forth the best of himself and FED ME! He really is the hostess with the mostest.

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There’s a point to this story. Niko is getting a new grill this year and we are already planning an All-Day Grill Fest. One day of just eating, drinking and being merry!

I’m submitting this to this week’s photo challenge because I think this portion is work of art. Maybe I should start putting some effort in my cooking? Just a thought.

-Thrifty Finn-