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Finish It Up Friday – Giggles Up!

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

This top, made from a charm pack of Giggles by Me & My Sister Designs and some yummy Kona cotton solids, was sitting on a shelf and has waited long enough.  Time to get this quilted UP!  The Giggles Up top was finished way back in July!  You can read the original post here.

This big baby barely fit across the width of the old hay wagon.  And the top row of blocks is hanging over the back of the rack.  All my quilt holder helpers were in school.

After completing the quilt top, the next job was to search around for a wideback fabric that would suit this fresh and fun top.  I had my eye on some Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  I contacted Pam of Mad About Patchwork to see if she could help me get my hands on some.

Sure enough, she came through!  My Widescreen in Pacific arrived.  Then I dragged my feet.  And kept putting this project on the back burner.

I set to work getting ready to baste this big beauty.  Pressed the backing fabric.  Set up my quilting frame.  Laid on the backing and batting.  Following the wise advice of Amanda Jean, I spent at least an hour trimming the loose threads from the back of this quilt top.

While basting, the one thing I realized is…  I really need to buy some more pins.

The quilting is a combination of straight line quilting between the blocks and extended zig zag quilting on each row of blocks.  Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts gives this quilting stitch a really cute name – Honeycomb quilting.  I have used this stitch for quilting before.  I love the look of it mixed with the straight lines.

The mitered border (tutorial here!) was framed with this saturated rainbow of diagonal stripes from the Hello Sunshine collection for Riley Blake Designs.

Giggles Up finished at 82″ x 94″ after quilting and I approximate it will end up around 80” x 92” after washing and drying.  Here it is shown on my daughter’s double bed.

This quilt finish was the 15th use of my 100 labels ordered from

Here is the underside of my label….

Giggles Up! is now listed in my Etsy store along with other Quilts for Sale.
This Charm Pack pdf quilt pattern is available in my pattern store here!

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts….
And TGIFF! hosted this week with Aylin at Aylin-Nilya.

Enjoy your weekend!

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29 Responses

  1. Jasmine says:

    It looks amazing! I love the honeycomb quilting. Still crazy for me to think it was one charm pack for something so big.

  2. Congratulations on getting this one finished up! I really like your choice of the Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for the backing.

  3. Vicki says:

    So cute! I just adore the quilting. It is a very happy quilt. Congrats on yet another finish.

  4. margaret says:

    what a beauty looks so much at home on the bed love it and the colours are an absolute delight

  5. Kaja says:

    This is such a happy quilt – it looks great on the bed and really would brighten up a room. Good finish!

  6. Lois says:

    I love the fresh bright colours – beautifully made:))

  7. Kate says:

    Lorna, your quilt is a beauty!!

  8. love this quilt and I like how you quilted it too

  9. I really love this quilt! Those bright colours are beautiful! Also lovin the honeycomb quilting!

  10. Vicki in MN says:

    Such a bright a cheery quilt-won't that be fun to look at in the long winter months-you should keep it, LOL

  11. Cheryl says:

    Such a wonderful finish! I love all of the happy, bright colors and the quilting!

  12. Jayne says:

    It looks so good on the bed! Its huge! Fabulous!

  13. Lara B. says:

    Such a fresh and cheerful quilt Lorna! Love the binding you chose and the quilting you did too!

  14. Kris says:

    Love this one! So bright and fun. I am going to make some of those labels too. I checked out that site. What size are yours Lorna? I love the top and the name on the back. So professional.

  15. I really love how this quilt came out! I'm not sure that I could sell it.

  16. Carla says:

    Very fresh and fun Lorna!

  17. So colorful and cheerful! I bet she loves it.

  18. I just love the happy colors you choose for your quilts. The quilting gives this quilt great texture.

  19. OH man! This turned out SO lovely! Love the quilting on it too! I'd love to get the stitch length, etc. used to create this look! I have a quilt top I am putting together that this would be perfect for! Awesome as always! Have a great Halloween!

  20. Vera says:

    Looks great and I like your label as well.

  21. Georgi says:

    That's a beauty, for sure!! Love the honeycomb quilting ~ I wonder if my machine can do that …

  22. Rachel says:

    That's cool how you separated the rows with open areas. Very pretty! Looks good on your daughters bed!

  23. SewPsyched! says:

    Oh my goodness! The pattern and fabric are the perfect combo!!! If I were there in person, I would be elbowing people aside to grab it before they did!! XX!

  24. Great vibrant colours. Love the quilting choice.

  25. Katherine says:

    Gorgeous finish, Lorna! A sweet design in such happy colours and the perfect quilting – which is the \”cherry on top\”. Bravo!

  26. Wendy says:

    It looks great, I love the fresh colours and the quilting was a great choice

  27. Such a great quilt! That binding is a particular favorite of mine. And your quilting! Just hanging out in awe of that gorgeousness!

  28. Beautiful big quilt. What happy colors!

  29. Wow it's huge! I love all the colours and that is such the perfect binding.I wish more fabrics were released in wideback. Most of them are either super plain or just dowdy! Carolyn Friedlander has the best ones though. You've just reminded me to look at them again as I am in need of a quilt back and don't like any of the fabrics I've already put aside for the purpose 😉