Friday, April 27, 2012

finish it up Friday, week 25

Welcome to finish it up Friday! I've decided that this will be the last week of the finish linky party, at least for awhile. I may start back up in the fall? I guess we will see then. I'd like to thank each and every one of you who have joined me in finishing. It's definitely been a great motivator for me and I hope that it has for you, too! I'm going to be switching gears just a bit here on the blog. I'm looking forward to the busy months ahead (that will start in May, for me...yikes), and trying to work around that. I think it's going to be good!
For this last installment of finish it up Friday, I'd like to show you my quilt top that I'm calling Sixteen Tons. A bit odd for a quilt name, but hey, it's got 16 patch blocks and coal colored setting blocks...so it actually fits. The quilt top measures 46" x 57". I was SO close to using the sprout green as a background...I even had it ironed, but at the last minute I switched to coal gray. (Honestly, I'm kind of hoarding that sprout green!) In the end, I'm very happy with my choice. I'm excited to quilt this one...it's going to keep getting better and better.

How about you? Do you have a finish to share? Please share your links below. Thanks again for joining my linky party over the past several months! It's been a lot of fun!

A very happy Friday to you!

64 comments:

Gra said...

Hello Amanda! Your quilt looks beautiful....I really like the colors you used.
I have enjoyed very much the links from Finish it up Friday. Thank you so much for letting us share our projects with others.

Nicole said...

Sixteen Tons is beautiful! I think the coal works really well with the blues and greens.

I will miss Finish it up Friday! I've enjoyed checking out what everyone is up to. It's a nice way to end the week.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the months ahead.

KristyLou said...

I am sad you are not continuing this... but good for you for taking time to do other things!!! I love that coal color. It works so perfectly with the quilt :)

Rachel said...

Great quilt!! I am sad to see Finish it up Fridays go. I have gotten to know so many great bloggers from your link party and had so many new people visit me. I hope we will still see great projects from you even in your busy months!!

Cheers!
Rachel
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Dee said...

LOVE it!! It looks so beautiful, those colours are amazing! Good choice on the sashing!

Chase said...

The coal gray really help out the patchworks stands out. I missed comment on last post. I like all the possibility that you show, but I was attach to the gray a bit more. Thank you again for a great place to share with everyone. I have enjoy coming here to visit other bloggers' projects and such. Chase, xo

notes of sincerity said...

Hi Amanda. :o) Your quilt looks fabulous and the name suits it. :o)
Thank you so much for your linky party each Friday. It has been fun listing something every once in a while (I am a slow poke), and especially seeing all the creations from others. :o) So much inspiration.
I am excited for your new adventures that lie ahead! Have fun!! :o)
Sincerely, Trish xoxo

Kim said...

Amanda, Beautiful quilt and thank you for hosting this fun Friday event! It has been fun and a good motivator for me to get my tooshie in gear!

Cannot wait to see what you have coming up!!!!!

grapes and hearts said...

Amanda, thanks for hosting Finish it up Friday, it was a great motivation for me. I will miss it! Good luck and happy sewing!

Svetlana said...

What a great quilt, Amanda! Can't wait to see how you quilt it. I'm sure it will be fantastic. Thanks for hosting Finish it up Friday. It sure helped me get many projects finished on time.

Beth said...

I think your quilt looks great with the coal! Thanks for hosting another Finish it up Friday - I found a lot of great blogs the last few weeks through your link up. I'll miss it but I'm looking forward to see what you'll be doing on your blog.

a maidenhair fern said...

Amanda, I love how your top came together, especially "on point", that always makes things a little different. Thank you so much for "finish it friday". I'll have to re-arrange my life now, it seems to have become the culminating event of the week this past month or so. It's been fun to get the exposure and attention. I'm sure it does take time and effort on your part, and if you truly are a "crazy mama", your years get crazier and crazier starting with the summers. Thanks for sharing our talents.

Shanna said...

I love this layout set on point!! Perfect!

Debbie said...

love the green in your quilt! And thanks for hosting finish it up Friday - it's been fun to link up & see what others have finished. Take care, whatever changes are in store!

Cathy Tomm said...

Very nice quilt top. I love the dark colour you have use with the 16 patches. I am sorry to hear you will be ending the Finish it up Fridays as I spend most of the weekend going though the list and will miss it. I think you should consider still having the linky party even if you can not have a "finish" to show us.

Your Creative Friends at the Calico House said...

Love the colors and the setting fabric.Thank you for hosting finish it up friday. Have a great summer.

Kim said...

I'll miss this Friday get together and will anxiously look forward to you starting it back up in the Fall. How you do all you do with three kids is beyond me! I hope you have a great time at your work and I wish you continued success. I am enjoying your book and visiting your blog too.

Happy Sewing

Quilter Kathy said...

Great decision! I love that other quilters make choices based on hoarding special fabrics....me too!

randi--i have to say said...

Nice color choice!

patchworkdelights said...

Lovely quilt. BTW I received your book in the post this week, it's gorgeous! I love going through it really happy I bought it! Fi

beth said...

Love your quilt. Who is it for? Those 16 patches look perfect in all that coal! ;)

Rachel said...

Another piece of awesomeness! Love how the grey looks!

Melissa said...

16 Tons looks great! Thanks for hosting Finish It Up Friday :) Perhaps someone else would like to take up the torch for you during the summer?

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

We will miss the finish up Friday linky party, but will still be over to see what you are up too!
I think the coal grey was an excellent choice,bu the sprout green would have looked great too!
Enjoy your weekend!

Just Carol said...

Nice quilt--the colors are beautiful together! Maybe I'll try your linky thingy if you do it in the Fall...maybe. I have so many unfinished, it would take a ton of Friday's to finish them all. LOL!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Acho que posso falar por todos:QUE PENA!!!QUE SAUDADE VAMOS FICAR!!!Mas ...Vida que segue e o sucesso é sempre bem-vindo,então todo sucesso do mundo para você e sua família,pode ficar como presente com a minha parte.Vou continuar ligadinha neste espaço maravilhoso,não pense que vou desistir de você.UM grande abraço e até.

Josie McRazie said...

I'm glad yo uwent on point! LOVE it!!

Terriaw said...

Great finish! Love those colors, especially the background. The last Friday linky party, already? It's been fun while it lasted to see everyone's projects. I have no finishes to share this week - too much homework keeping me up late. Enjoy your weekend!

Mary said...

I love the darker color. It really makes the squares pop.

I am sorry to see your linking party stop. It was helping keep me busy. I loved linking up! But I completely understand. Thanks for all the work you do.

Andy said...

I love that dark gray - and the name of the quilt is PERFECT!

Alisa said...

Hey Amanda!

I love coming to your blog to see all of your quilts. They are always so pretty.

I am sad to see finish it up Friday go -- I always look forward to it every week.

Thanks!

unfinishedquilts said...

I will miss this, but with my son's graduation coming soon, things will soon be crazy around here too!
Love the color, I was thinking the sprout green, but this is beautiful! I think your choice was perfect!

tink's mom said...

I would never have thought of using that color for the background. It is stellar. That is what blogging is all about isn't it. Being exposed to new and different ideas outside of our comfort zone. Thanks for having helped with that.

tracy_a said...

Beautiful!

Becky said...

I think the coal gray looks really good! Your Friday Finish posts helped me stay motivated, but certainly if you feel it's time to move onto other things, that's just fine :) Have a great weekend!

MB in MI said...

I have Fridays off work and 'Finish It Up Fridays" has always been such a treat--to sit back with a cup of tea and look thru all the wonderful work that's out there. You and yours have a great summer and I hope you restart this in the Fall :-)

Heather Cartwright said...

Great quilt name!

Becky said...

Thanks for hosting all of these week! I can totally relate to the kids-getting-out-of-school-crazy-summer-routine thing! My blog posts pretty much disappear in the summer, as I'm in the same boat as you!! Bring on the garden, sunscreen, and camping gear!!

Mama Pea said...

As I knew it would, it looks awesome! Great choices! I like it on point with this gray. I can see why you're hoarding the green. I probably would too.

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a great name for your quilt!! I just love naming things. I always thought that would be a fun job. You know--stuff like paint, lipstick, nail polish. But I digress. Your quilt is beautiful and I think you made a good decision in choosing the coal. Although I'm super intrigued to find out what you have planted for the sprout!

Carolyn J. said...

No finishes this week, but thanks, AmandaJean, for the opportunity to share my work, it has been alot of fun.

alidiza said...

Sixteen tons is beautiful!!! I'll miss your Fridays. They have been a great motivator for me! Can't wait to see what you're up to next!

Amy said...

Thank you for the linky parties - they are so full of inspiration and I love taking part - they keep me motivated throughout the week! I look forward to the 'party' coming back in the fall (pleeeease). I love your latest quilt too :)

Donna said...

Enjoy your time freed up from hosting. Looking forward to what you have to show us in the coming months.

Smultronbo said...

Wohoo Amanda, I managed to get back just in time for your last finish week. I've been gone for a while due to health reasons and only just got back to the machine this week. I'm so glad I managed to get a finish to link up with your last linky party.

I have really enjoyed this idea all along since I found it and its been a joy going around on blogs seeing how creative people are and how productive as well.

I thank you for hosting this and I can totally understand that a break might be good now when summer is around the corner for some of us.

I do hope that you will start it up again in the fall then. Because when the sky is grey outside and the chill will be there it will be so nice to get more focused at the sewing machine again.

Hopefully I'll get some done over the summer too.

Have a great weekend and thanks again for hosting this. <3

Shawn said...

Thanks so much for hosting Amanda, it was fun!! Love your quilt as usual sweetie, you are an inspiration to so many.

Kristy QP said...

I love your quilt! The blocks look fantastic set on point.

Thanks for hosting Finish it up Friday - it's been very fun to join in!

seaschell said...

I'm excited to see what you've got cooking! I LOVE this quilt with the coal background... I just discovered how much I like that coal gray as a neutral. I sort of "invented" a finish just so I could link this week!

Cathy said...

Hi Amanda Jean~! I hope you won't be gone all summer...away from your blog! I can understand a change at times though~

Love the name of your quilt!!! It makes me sing...Sixteen Tons and what do you get----Amanda Jean's quilt finished! LOL ♥♥♥

Michale said...

I love this layout set on point!! Perfect!

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Miri said...

Thanks so much for hosting this fun friday finish party. Great blue quilt!

QuiltinMama said...

Many thanks for hosting the linky party..I've had a blast and it's so fun to see what others are working on. I'm loving your new book and hope to see new, great things in the (near) future. Best wishes, Amanda Jean!

Jessica Christensen said...

It looks great! I was all set to start joining Finish It Up Friday again, so I will miss it, but I can't wait to see what direction you're going next. It was great of you to host and inspire so many finishes.

Flowers in the Window said...

Gorgeous colours on your quilt :) Maggie xx

Sarah Craig said...

Love love love the quilt! And I'm so sorry I didn't get back in town in time to link up - we went to the quilt show in Paducah and the place we stayed didn't have internet! Can you imagine? So I'm really bummed that I didn't make it in time for your last linky party - it will be missed!! Thanks for hosting for all these months!!

Cheerful Homemaker said...

What a cute quilt!

I started and finished a top for a Quilt-a-Long I'm hosting on my blog starting Tuesday!

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Claire Jain said...

This turned out so great! I wish I had a finish to share today. Oh well, I'll have one next Friday for sure!

Quilter Mom of 3 said...

You really like blocks on point, huh?

I REALLY like the silvery charcoal color you ended up choosing as a background fabric!!

Alyssa said...

Wonderful quilt, I must say. :)

Leslie said...

I like the color combination of this quilt.




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Suzanne said...

Yippee for Sixteen Tons and a new song reference. Did you find that based on a movie? :-) I can't believe that you have been doing finish Fridays for 25 weeks! I enjoyed the series and thank you for leading it.

Point of sale said...

It really nice fabric designs.It look so stylist and simple.It really nice motivate idea to make different designs in the fabrics.

Beth said...

No finish for me, but I had to tell you something. The quilt shop where I work just got your book. I am so in love with it. Honestly!!! My friend and I were going to put our names on the copies we got before they even hit the sales floor. I think I will be good and ask the boss to order me one cause everyone else should get to see it too. Oh yeah...better buy 2, my DD loved it too. :)

Peter said...

Thanks so much for hosting this fun friday finish party. Great blue quilt!
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