A Year of Lovely Finishes - January 2015 on

Monday I shared with you my Must Make List for 2015 and in that list I declared I was going to take part in A Lovely Year of Finishes as a way of staying motivated and on track. Well, it’s January (already!??! Hee hee hee) and so I’m here to proclaim loud and proud what will be (one of?) my first finish(es) for 2015.

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I’m going to make it my Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap quilt. Seems like a no brainer really, it’s not like I can’t not finish it. (Well I could, but that wouldn’t be very good quilt karma now would it!)

I have to admit that I struggled a bit with coming up with a plan of attack for this quilt. My partner said they liked solids, text prints, Heather Ross and Cotton and Steel which now that I’ve come up with a plan of attack seems like a no-brainer but it’s taken me a month of thinking about it to finally have my no-brainer moment.

My partner had only a couple of images of quilts in their instagram feed, but they had a photo of a bear paw and given my current love of this block I thought it would be a good place to start. I’ve also been crushing on the #scrappybearpawquilt hashtag on instagram and decided this would be a fun time to try and make my own.

My partner didn’t really specify a colour scheme and so again I just stalked their feed until I found a colour palette that they seemed to like and then added the purple because I needed 4 colours and I thought it would work.

So, here’s where I’m at….

Scrappy Bear Paw mini quilt for the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap - made by Angie Wilson of

And yes, I did cry a little at cutting into my prized Heather Ross stash but I figured it’s for a good cause and everyone should have a gnome and a beagle in their lives. Plus I can rest easy knowing that it’s going to someone who’ll appreciate it for the awesome that it is. (Just when I think I’ve seen all the Heather Ross I could covet I find more… this year I’m adding to my collection with a little more Heather Ross wonderful, I promise!)

I’m quietly happy with how it’s turned out. I was originally thinking about doing the paw’s in tone-on-tone with the one feature block, but in the end decided to do all solids and I’m really happy with how it’s come together.

I used my (surprisingly) vast collection of black on white/cream/beige text prints for the background and I like the white on black text print as the centre block. I think it provides a nice contrast. I’d love to see a whole quilt done like this, and maybe one day I will make one (once I have a cutting machine that can bulk cut all the squares!).

I just need to join it all together, quilt it, bind it and then pop it in the post by 16th January.  And when it’s winging it’s way to it’s new home I can start thinking about the #rainbowminiswap quilt I want to make. (Between you and me if I can pull off the design I’m hoping to it’s going to be one of my favourite quilts of the year. No pressure!)

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  1. It looks fantastic! I’ve had a couple of swaps where my partner didn’t really have many pics in their feed too – it makes it tricky doesn’t it?!

  2. Well dang it! I can tell from the description of your partner’s IG feed that it’s not me. I LOVE THIS! Heather Ross is an absolute obsession with me right now. Love the texty background too! Great job!

  3. Yes a cutting machine is on my 2015 Christmas list … I’m cutting a whole heap of shapes for my hubby’s quilt at the moment and it’s so tedious – I just want to get sewing already! Love how you are spreading your love of fussy cutting in this mini quilt swap 🙂

  4. haha! I have my mini as my January goal too. It does feel a bit like cheating doesn’t it because you would have to have special circstances not to get it done. Still a finish is a finish! Yours looks lovely – I am sure your partner will love it.