This is my 7th finish this year. I only finished 5 UFOs last year so I have already passed that. I'm hoping to at least triple last year's finishes. It's nice to see the UFO bin emptying. I have a stack of unfinished projects on the shelves of one of my bookcases and I also have a clear tub with projects that need finishing. The ones I want to work on first are stored in the clear tub. When that empties I add more.
This came to me in pieces a year or so ago. One of my neighbors was making this for a family member who was having a little girl. She never finished it so she just went out and bought a blanket for the new baby and passed her UFO along to me. All the blocks were cut out and the top was around half way sewn together. Her plan was to use a soft pink minky backing and a matching pink store bought satin binding. I finished the top and decided to do some hand quilting in some of the squares . I used embroidery floss and stitched hearts into the I love Grandma squares. I also did some straight line machine stitching in the ditch across the rows as back up. Since the embroidered hearts go out near the edge I couldn't use the satin binding. I couldn't find the right color pink fabric in my stash for the binding so it sat for the past month or so. When I woke up yesterday I remembered I had a box of fabric in my closet that had some pink fabric in it and luckily it matched.
I haven't used minky before but it wasn't too bad. I love how soft it feels but I probably won't use it as a backing again for awhile. I think it would make wonderful stuffed friends though. The blankie still needs to go through the wash to remove the marking pen but I am waiting until I finish another pink UFO I am working on. I didn't use any batting for this quilt.
I have started a hope chest for when our kids eventually marry and have children. This quilt will be added to the hope chest after it is washed.