This afternoon I finished hand sewing the binding on the Blogger's BOM quilt, which I will be giving to my sister-in-law as a very late Christmas present! My first finished quilt of 2013.

The sun came out briefly and I managed to get some pictures...

I am really happy with it now it's finished. I had a hard time liking some of the blocks and had no clue how to layout the final quilt. 

Originally I was going to do a more traditional layout with sashing. I knew I wanted to put some orange in it because that's her favourite colour but I wasn't sure what would work with the grey/pink/greens of the quilt. 

I called on a friend for help! Cindy is fantastic and her shop Fluffy Sheep Quilting offers swatches of fabric so you can actually see the designs and colours for real. She sent me a few strips of different Kona orange shades. That's when I realised it would be too much and wasn't what the quilt needed.

Instead I chose to use big pieces of the fabrics I used in the quilt to make a patchwork. I ended up picking Kona Orange for the binding and Kona Ash for the borders. I used 40wt Aurifil 1104 for the quilting - which Cindy very kindly matched with the Kona Orange perfectly for me!

Huge thank you to Cindy for her outstanding service and I strongly recommend visiting the shop, Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I credit her with how much I now love this quilt.

The orange quilting is the perfect touch and brings the quilt together. I love the modern overall feel it gives too. The quilt is backed in a purple 'jewels' fabric by Lizzy House and measures 54 x 54".

I also recommend checking out Susan's tips in this post for straight line quilting - mine is much improved! Thanks Susan :)

If you want to find out about the patchwork blocks or make your own quilt - click the button below to get all the tutorials:

Canton Village Quilt Works

This is the first finish from my FAL list and even if it's the only one I'm happy!

she can quilt

Linking up:

at Sewing By Moonlight this week

and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts