Weekly Finish #12: Y2K Wedding Rings Quilt


Woo hoo!  I'm doing a happy dance because I finally finished my Y2K quilt that I started back in September.  


I used 3" squares that I swapped in 2000 to make the 50 Wedding Rings blocks.  I am so glad I did not have to cut out those 2,000 squares which was a big time saver.


I really enjoyed looking at the different fabric choices from 20 years ago and reading the short biographies that were included with the signature squares.  I received charms from quilters in Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Maine, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, Texas, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Illinois.  I also received a few from international swappers in Canada, Hong Kong, and Cuba.

 

I used 49 blocks for the front in a 7x7 setting and used the 50th block in the backing.



I pieced the backing with fabric that is printed with the year 2000 and Y2K that I've had for as long as I've had these squares.  I finally can put it to good use!


This is the first quilt I quilted using my Moxie longarm.  I don't have the ability to use pantographs so I did a simple edge-to-edge freehand scroll. I love it but definitely need more practice!  I used Warm & Natural batting which is my favorite.  And because I wanted to use up all the Y2K 2000 fabric, I used the leftover strips for the scrappy binding.


The quilt measures 86" x 86" which barely fit on my 8 ft. Moxie frame.

I took these pictures as soon as I finished the binding and before washing it.  I was just a little worried to wash it because of the older red squares and the red backing fabric.  So I put two color catchers in the wash and held my breath.


Here is the "after" picture.  You can see the color catchers are a nice pink (yikes), but glad the only part of my quilt that also turned pink is the label.  You can see in the picture that the white remained white and all is well!  The quilt is now clean and crinkly, so soft and cozy and cuddly for this colder December weather.


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Until next time ... 
Be happy and keep on quilting!

Comments

  1. What a fun quilt! And your backing makes it especially fun.

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  2. Your Y2K quilt is magnificent! How priceless it is with those gifted fabrics. Your scroll quilting looks great! You have a nice size at 8 feet - my Simply Sixteen has a 5 foot frame and I have to stop and shift frequently. Not complaining though. ;) Beautiful finish (applause!)

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  3. Fabulous finish. Lovely and wonderful use of scrap squares.

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  4. Congratulations on the finish! It must feel good to finally get this one off the queue. =)

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  5. Congratulations on finishing up your Y2K quilt! It turned out beautifully. One of these days, I might even finish mine, too. :P

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  6. Lovely finish. I often put in lots of Color Catchers and sometimes slightly colored ones I've already used. I've only had one problem with a red that bled (broke my heart as it was a hand quilted and part turned pink.) My guess is if I realized it was going to bleed I could have put in a lot more Color Catchers.

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  7. Awesome finish, Rita!!! What a memorable way to start quilting on your Moxie, and way to see it through to the first crinkly good wash and cuddle!!!

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  8. Y2K can't have been more than 20 years ago, can it? Wow! Good for you on getting a UFO done. It's so pretty! And thank goodness for color catchers!

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  9. Love your Y2K quilt. What a great finish !!! The backing is great too.

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  10. What a great finish!! and probably so fun to go see all those fabrics again!! Can you even remember what you were doing in 2000 haha!!! ( I remember a lady at the grocery store stocking up on slim fast bars.. just in case she couldn't eat for a few days haha!)

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  11. Yeah! Congratulations, it's a beautiful finish! Fun backing, and I'm glad about the red.
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up with Patchwork & Quilts link party ;)

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  12. Oh my - what an awesome quilt. So pretty!!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful. You should be doing the happy dance, well done. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

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  14. This has been such fun to watch you sew! What a lovely quilt and a remembrance of your online friends and the turn of the century! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  15. Rita, congrats on your first quilt with your Moxie!!! The quilting looks great and what a GLORIOUS quilt that is with all those beautiful colors! Thanks for linking up with me for TGIFF!

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