#MSBHQAL – A Grandma Sparkles Finish

Grandma Sparkles and I have been busy, y’all! I know many of you are waiting on that Juki review, but I haven’t even had a chance to stop sewing long enough to think about it. Which, I guess is a great review itself — it’s going hardcore at 1600 stitches per minute. I did let off the pedal long enough to do some fabric shopping in Canberra, but other than that, we’ve been gettin’ our herringbone on!
I did the sewing, and Grandma Sparkles did the cutting and ironing. I’m totes downs for letting anyone else iron! After a few marathon sessions, we had this rainbow bright finished last night, and ready for it’s photo sesh this morning. Grandma Sparkles used a 1″ (0.5″ finished) sashing between the blocks, and then a 2.5″ (2″ finished) border around the outside edges. She’s going to take this back to Oklahoma to have long armed by her friend Judy. I’m actually thinking about having mine long armed too! Would y’all hate me? I’m still gonna be talking about quilting next week, but since this is my third #MSBHQAL quilt, I’m ready to let someone else tackle it!
Normally you find a photo and then use it for inspiration. Well, I found this pinwheel and thought GS’s #MSBHQAL quilt was total colorspiration for it! Grandma Sparkles is going to use Art Gallery Living Elements in Morning Blue for the backing and binding, which is gonna make it lu-lu-luscious! I’ve got her placing her first order with Intrepid Thread, so I may have just created a fabric buying monster!
Grandma Sparkles and I (+Mr. Sparkles, my MIL and my FIL) spent the day sailing around Sydney Harbour, and of course we had champagne! They were giving it out on board, but you know I had a few bottles in my purple backpack just in case. I never leave home without them! Cheers!
Completely random, but how lovely is this tulip from the Floriade festival in Canberra? I don’t usually go all sappy for flowers (florals), but I might post some more pictures tomorrow because they’re totally making me smile right now. Who doesn’t need more smiles in their life? 🙂
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20 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    Your grandma looks adorable – I love her quilt. That tulip in the last shot is an amazing colour especially against the green.

  2. Caryn says:

    I'm not looking! I'm not looking! I'm not looking! …no new projects until I make a significant dent in my WIP's… I'm not looking! I'm not looking! …but it's so scrapilicious, and rainbowy and SPARKLY… I'm not looking! I'm not looking! I'm not looking! …it's not really a NEW project if I make it from stash, right? RIGHT?!?!… I'm not looking! I'm not looking! …damn, I looked, onto the list it goes…

  3. Deb says:

    Love Grandma's quilt – amazing how quick you completed it! I should have mine finished up this weekend, but I'll be sending mine out for machine quilting. LOVE the tulip, what a beautiful color and how could it NOT make you smile! 🙂

  4. memmens says:

    So speedy, congrats to you both. Not sure how or why but I decided my #MSBHQAL wasn't big enough so I've added another row and column, started a smart plan for the back today and it will be too big for the top so might enlarge it again! What has happened to me?!!

  5. audrey says:

    Oooh! Yay! Gorgeous! I imagine there was also champagne to celebrate this finish? 🙂

  6. Sooli says:

    Great team work there. What a great souvenir to take home from Australia!

  7. ~Diana says:

    What fun you all are having. Seriously, you should open a B & B for us Yanks to come visit/be entertained/be inspired with all your sparkliness! 🙂

  8. Vera says:

    I love the blocks. I love the pinwheel and color order 🙂

  9. charlotte says:

    Lovely quilt top. I am thinking of having mine long arm quilted too, because it's so big. I was thinking of an all over pattern, but I'm not sure. I will post the finished top on flickr this weekend. Cheers!

  10. Esther F. says:

    I need to get myself a grandma like that! 😉
    The quilt bring the rainbow to the heart!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

  11. Glinda ♥ says:

    Sunshine, grandma, a stunning quilt and bubbles!! You are blessed 🙂

  12. Am L says:

    Go Grandma Sparkles! You guys jammed through that quilt. Maybe you can come visit me in California and help me finish mine too, ha, ha! Love the quilt!

  13. Jessica says:

    beautiful! I double tap all your broken herringbone blocks on Instagram but I hadn't been to the blog in a while. The blocks really play so well together! You're lucky to have Grandma Sparkles to quilt with, I asked my grandma to quilt with me a few years back but she said she didn't want a sit-down hobby– said she needed to keep moving. So she golfs and line dances while I make all the quilts. Who knows, maybe one day I'll get too old for quilting too? Hope not.
    Thanks for sharing your great pics~

  14. This whole post made me smile 🙂

  15. I have so enjoyed all of your posts and pictures of Grandma Sparkles. It makes me wish she were my Grandma! LOL What a finish, her HB quilt is fantastic!!

  16. Wow! You and Grandma Sparkles have that pedal to the metal! At that speed you could start taking orders for purchase. Cheers! Don't let your bubbles go flat!

  17. Yeah! What a great post! Quilt with Grandma (which is stunning), champagne and a perfect tulip! I am smiling too!

  18. Katy Cameron says:

    I'm having visions of smoke coming out of that needle as Grandma S's blocks were assembled! I'd like my own personal cutter and presser too though, is she available on commission?

  19. Love seeing the pics of Sydney. I've visited four times – even taught quilting there! – and pictures always make me want to go back. Badly. Sydney is a beautiful city, and Australia is a gorgeous country, with charming people.

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