Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Finish - Bali Strip Pop!

Not just a Friday Finish, but also my goal for this month's edition of A Lovely Year of Finishes! I was #74 in the Goal Setting Party.... though my goal got a revision mid-month. This quilt was pieced last year and has been hanging about forever, so it's great to have it finished and ready to move on to a new home!
There are lots of bits and pieces in this quilt. I see a pillow case I made for camping, a baby quilt for a co-worker's little one, J-Boy's Christmas quilt from 2009, parts of Miss K's Kaleidoscope... and so many more. It's what I always love about working with scraps... seeing all those previous projects in a little slideshow in my head.
Sometimes it amazes me that I can make a quilt of fabric that I'm really not that excited about anymore (balis) and still really like the finished product! I now have a very small pile of balis left in my stash and have sent all my scraps to new homes. I'm moving on...
The quilting is horizontal wavy lines... perfect for softening up the very linear strips. It'll get even better once it's washed a few times. The thread is variegated teal which blends with many of the fabrics, but really pops on the purple or dark blue sections.
The binding is scrappy... just like the rest of it! I love using up bits and pieces this way. It's also a great way to make the binding blend with the top.
 Yay for finishing things and yay for the sun coming out just in time for a few pictures!
The Deets
Title:  Bali Strip Pop
Size: 53 by 77 inches
Fabrics Used: 2½ inch strips of bali/batik scraps
Quilting: Wavy lines in variegated teal and solid teal (Gutterman) 
Binding: Scrappy balis. Hand stitched with Gutterman 625
Backing: Bali/batik print in black, puple, & blue
Favourite Part(s): Cleaning out the bali scrap bin, reminiscing about past projects, and having something lovely to donate to the adolescent mental health unit of our local women's and children's hospital

I'm linking up today with the Finishes Party for ALYOF, as well as TGIFF @ My Quilt Infatuation AND Finish Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts. Phew! That's a lot of link-ups!



  1. I really like this! Even though, I am rather over the batiks as well as far as using them myself. I had just gotten rid of all of mine a couple years ago when my MIL requested a king size quilt in batiks. Oops!

  2. Batiks are just so not my thing. Alison Glass Handcrafted is the closest I'll get, I think. But your finish is lovely and your use of scraps was brilliant. Your productivity is amazing!

  3. I really like how this turned out =) I don't use batiks unless I'm sewing for daughter, so very few scraps.

  4. You know how I feel about Batiks, I just love the colours and feel of the fabrics and nothing quite irons like like a Batik.

  5. I love how it turned out, Jenn. I can love and appreciate a good batik and seeing them together in this quilt is lovely. But I'm finding myself pulled away from them for now, too. Interesting how everything has a season.

  6. I used some batiks when I first started sewing again and I didn't even realize that is what they were! Lol. I can appreciate how pretty they are, but I've never had the urge to make a quilt with them yet.

  7. Oh, this is a beautiful finish, Jenn. Especially love that wavy line quilting with the variegated thread! Gorgeousness!

  8. Yeah for a finish! I like how the wavy lines cross over each other.

  9. It's so pretty! Congrats on a great finish!

  10. Great finish! And using up scraps has such a good feeling attached to it :) I need to dig in my scrap bins soon! They are starting to pile up! I really like how you did your wavy lines.

  11. such beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing at TGIFF!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  12. It is absoulutely beautiful...If it needs a new home, this one's available...

  13. Neat! I like the color combo with your quilting.

  14. This quilt is beautiful Jenn and reminds of a deep lagoon. The wonderful quilting you did reinforces that. It is really fun to see fabrics left form other projects and remember how you used them, isn't it?

  15. I'm not much of a batik girl myself, but i definitely appreciated the beautiful colours and how you've worked with them! And your quilting is perfect for this!


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