Squared Away Quilt Top

The pieces to this quilt top have been stacked up for such a long time! I am so excited to have pieced the top together – finally!! In 2018 I had the best of intentions to sew along with Mari and her Squared Away BOM. Who knows what happened though? I only got about 1/2 way through and set it aside, never completing all of the blocks.

When I was moaning and groaning to Mari about my lack of fortitude and asking her what the heck would I do with these pretty blocks, she said to put them together with some solid blocks and make a top. It is very clear she is the teacher and I am the student, and I am forever grateful. Being an obedient but not timely student, I did as she suggested. Back in February I cut lots of 10 1/2″ squares of a piece of yardage I had from Pat Bravo’s Dare line. Then it sat for a while. I stitched the squares and the pieced blocks together soon after. Then….. it sat for a while. See my pattern? It is not very efficient.

I started to look around in the shop wondering what would work for borders and found the perfect combination!

I love the celery green textured solid with this floral from BariJ’s Sage line. Don’t they look great? There are quite a few green blocks as well as purples and this pulled it all together.

I couldn’t be more pleased. (Well, that isn’t exactly true. If a quilting fairy would come slip into the sewing room tonight, prepare the backing and pin baste this baby, then I would be absolutely thrilled.) That isn’t likely to happen though so the backing choice will be decided upon soon.

It is really a pretty quilt top though. I am motivated to finish this one up now.

I did press it and hang it in the closet for now though. Julia has high school graduation next week. We have a family reunion on Saturday and …. guess who is coming in on Saturday night???

I can’t wait!! They will be here for ten days which is lots of Grammy time. I will be off-line for much of that time because, you know, I have lots of important things to do.

Linking up with:

Needle and Thread Thursday, Brag About Your Beauties, as well as this week’s TGIFF over at MMM! Quilts.

32 thoughts on “Squared Away Quilt Top

  1. Wendy Tuma

    The blocks are really fun, and I love the border fabrics! That green is swoon-worthy, but I just cannot buy any more fabric! Hahaha. I’m so excited for you to spend time with your grandkiddo and son! We’ll just wait here for all the fun photos afterwards! Enjoy!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hahaha – Maybe I should cut you off for a while from shopping! You are so funny. I am really excited for H to arrive. I hope the flight is fun and easy for them. Yay for family time!!! I will share pics later on. Take care Wendy. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I am happy to see the top completed. Long time coming, this one! Now for some family time and then I will be back in the sewing room. I had to clear it out since it is also the guest room. 😉

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Brenda. The sun was shining through the back when I took the photos (on the clothesline). It does look kind of like a nice glow. Nice to hear from you. 🙂

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  2. Diann Bottrell

    Bernie, that looks wonderful! The border fabric you chose really pulls the blocks together. Congratulations on your high school graduate and have a wonderful time with your grandbaby there!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you. I am really happy with the way the border fabric looks. Now for backing fabric. Hmmm…… 🙂

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  3. Louise Hornor

    Your SA top looks so great, Bernie! That bold floral works really well as the outer border. Yum! Have a great time with your family and we’ll wait patiently for you to return and quilting this baby up 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Louise. The floral was a great way to pull it all together.
      Looking forward to heading down to the airport tonight to pick up my Vermont visitors. Yay!!!
      Hope you are doing well and enjoying life.

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  4. Kathleen McCormick

    It is a wonderful quilt and it will be lovely when quilted. Have a great time with your family – see you when you get back to blog-land.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! Family time is the best, right? I will be back soon enough. Take care and have a great weekend Kathleen.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Carole. Now the usual decision…. how to quilt it? I think I am going to gift this to a couple getting married soon. I will likely use a walking foot and some sort of straight line pattern. I have a book by Mary Matsuta and will look to her for inspiration. Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Judy, So nice to hear from you!! Thanks a bunch – That fabric a great find when I was hunting through my stash. Those prints that read as solid work great and (to me anyway) are more interesting than true solids. Hope all is well – See you Tuesday night!

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  5. Roseanne

    Hi Bernie! I’m so excited for you and all the Grammy time. I know you will enjoy the heck out of it. And big congrats to Julia! How exciting all the way around, and especially that all her beloved peeps can be with her. It’s a fabulous way to start a new month, and end a high school career. Onward and upward for her! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Roseanne – I will pass along your congrats to Julia. Now that finals are over she is down with a wicked cold. Funny how that seems to happen. The stress goes down and the bug hits. Right? Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Mari

    Ah, Bernie, you give me way too much credit for this lovely top that you made. It turned out great! I love the borders. They really bring those blocks to life. Can I suggest the wide back gray polka dot for the back? Enjoy your granddaughter’s visit! (I know her parents are coming, too, but we all know who the important visitor is!) Have a really fun week!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      No Mari, you deserve tons of credit. I would not make these sorts of blocks were it not for your tutorials. Those take soooo much time and effort on your part. Sometimes I don’t know if people appreciate (enough) the thought that goes into these. I appreciate it!!
      The gray would have been great but I am out of it. I do have a different one that isn’t a widleback and it might be perfect. I will have to take a look at it. (well, once I am done with my grammy duties!!). 🙂

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  7. JanineMarie

    So pretty, Bernie! It has such a light spring/ summer feel with that beautiful border. So much fun for you these last few weeks—have a great time with your family. That last picture is just adorable. What a personality!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I am just loving this quilt Janine. Sometimes it comes together so well. I have a wedding at the end of June and I am hoping this will be finished – or maybe gifted just a tad late? It would be a nice summery quilt for them. And, yes, such a personality! She is really a character. 🙂

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  8. Linda (txquiltgal on IG)

    Combining the angular blocks with the pretty floral print is just perfect, and the colors just make it all pop. Nice Job!
    Wow 10 days! You will all have such a great time, just be sure to kiss those sweet little cheeks as much as possible. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Absolutely!! I can’t wait for the fun to begin. They arrive tonight at 8:30 which will be so late for her. I hope she isn’t all out of sorts. It is an hour long drive from the airport to our house so she might just fall asleep. Long travel day for a toddler. Thanks a bunch Linda. Hope your newest grand baby is thriving. Do you see him soon?

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  9. Barb Neiwert

    Wow – that sashing and border fabric work perfectly! Just right. I would not have thought of that combination. Congrats on the finish. And of course, you need to attend to the important work at hand. What a fun 10 days you’ll have!

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  10. Sandra Walker

    You cannot go wrong with bari j!! It turned out great; Mari certainly is a great teacher, and I loved watching the Squared Away BOM progress. Bet you had a blast and are continuing to do so this week! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

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