“Over and Under” Finished!

by Nicole

I finally finished my queen-sized scrap quilt! I can’t even tell you the relief I felt when I sewed that last stitch in the binding.

Me and my quilt

I followed Kim Brackett’s Over and Under pattern and adapted it to make the quilt larger. Here it is on my bed.

over and under

I used wool batting on this one for the first time. I really like it! I like the little puffy look the wool batting gives, without being too puffy. It definitely doesn’t have the crinkle like cotton batting does, but I’m okay with that. I’ve already used the quilt and can vouch for the reports of wool batting being cozy. I think it might actually become my go-to batting once I use up my stash of cotton batting.


Although my quilt is by no means perfect, it is finished and all done on my home machine. I’m still amazed that I did it. In the beginning of the quilting, as I wrestled with it I had the thought, “Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.” But as I went along I learned a few things and the thought changed to, “I can do this.” And I did.

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday!

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Patrice April 20, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Great Job! It's gorgeous and you should be proud. Can you put the wool batting in the dryer?

HRH-DMK October 28, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Always follow the cleaning directions that come with the batting you use. You should look for "washable" wool when shopping for batting, and I suggest gentle cycle in the dryer even if it is washable/dryable.

Jennifer April 20, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Whoa! gorgeous! Wool batting, i've never used that before, how was it to quilt with – -oh and btw I've figured out and am using EQ7 on my mac, so when you're ready, let me know – it wasn't as terrible as i thought.. but still a process~

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts April 20, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Nicole, it turned out so gorgoeus! The quilting is excellent. Looks great on your bed. and that first picture is just beautiful!

Emily {Creative Chicks} April 20, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Well done!

Shawn April 20, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Wow that is a big finish, congrats it's beautiful!!

karen April 20, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. I know those lines were a commitment but in my opinion, worth every bit of time and effort. What a stunning end result Nicole! I will look into the wool batting, but wonder if it's too warm for the California Coast area??

HRH-DMK October 28, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Wool is a natural fibre, so it is warm in winter but cool in summer. Lighter than cotton too.

Kim April 20, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Stunning finish!!!!!! I have always been curious about wool batting, I think you have given me the nudge I needed to go buy some!!!!

Debbie April 20, 2012 - 1:58 pm

oh it is awesome, Nicole!!! Just so beautiful and you will so enjoy using it! What an accomplishment! 😉

Jennifer April 20, 2012 - 2:56 pm

What a great quilt! I love the first picture… something about it seems to say just how hard you worked on this quilt.

Thanks for the info on the wool batting. Sometimes I don't want a quilt that crinkles as much as cotton. I wonder if I can even find wool batting in Texas… LOL

Enjoy your new quilt!

Jennifer 🙂

Toni April 20, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Your quilt is so beautiful, Nicole! I love that pattern and I'm sure it looks perfect on your bed. I am also quite impressed with your determination!

Heather D. April 20, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Nicole, you did it!! You should be very proud. I love that you finished it off with a darker binding.

Heidi Staples April 20, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Stunning, Nicole, in every way!!!

Annabella April 20, 2012 - 5:17 pm

I love that first image and your calm posture, all wrapped up in the quilt. It`s a gorgeous finish Nicole.

Chris April 20, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Beautiful! Great job!

MB in MI April 20, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Love the picture of you and your quilt–just beautiful. (knew you could do it–great work! 🙂

Lynn April 20, 2012 - 5:58 pm

So happy for you, I know it's a great feeling! Plus it's a beautiful quilt! Well done!

Pieces of Cotton April 20, 2012 - 6:26 pm

So pretty! I tried yesterday to do some straight line stitching like this and just did not have the same result you did at all! Unless you've tried it, you don't realize how hard it is. Kudos for doing such an impressive job.

Beth April 20, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Congrats – it looks wonderful!

Katy Cameron April 20, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Oh it's fabulous, and love the pic of you wrapped up in it! (ps, have I told you before how much I want all that open floor space?! ;o) )

beth lehman April 20, 2012 - 7:02 pm

It's gorgeous!! You did it ALL!!!! That quilting is amazing – you have the patience of Job!

Megan April 20, 2012 - 7:37 pm

It's a really beautiful quilt Nicole – you look so tiny in that first photo – I'm guessing that makes the quilt pretty big!

Little Island Quilting April 20, 2012 - 7:48 pm

Gorgeous quilt.

Heather April 20, 2012 - 8:11 pm

This is gorgeous!

Carla April 20, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Beautiful! I definitely know the feeling of that last stich!

heartsease54 April 20, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Your quilt turned out just beautiful. I debated using wool batting in my king size log cabin that is at the long arm quilters right now, but since we sleep in a loft & it is already the warmest spot in the house, I decided to just go with cotton this time. I read on one of the blogs (can't remember which one now) about a method to handle quilting larger quilts on a home machine & it sounded so good that I'm going to try it next time. You divide your quilt into 4ths with one vertical & one horizontal, number them 1-4 starting at lower right going counter clockwise,then just quilt one quarter at a time working them in order. Sounds very doable.

heartsease54 April 20, 2012 - 8:42 pm

By the way, the picture of you with your quilt on the floor is wonderful.

teedee April 20, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Gorgeous quilt Nicole. And don't you look fab with it!

Cherie April 20, 2012 - 9:23 pm

Wooo you did it!! What a great achievement and it looks amazing too! =D

Emily April 20, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Congrats on a big finish! It looks great!

Paige April 20, 2012 - 10:37 pm

Great work! I love the wide, white borders and how they make the colors really pop! It came together beautifully.

Marianne April 20, 2012 - 11:03 pm

I have never quilted a queen size before. I know how hard a large twin is and I did that one meandered. It is so hard on the arms and shoulders. You did a great job.It looks wonderful!

M-R April 20, 2012 - 11:15 pm

It looks fantastic, Nicole! Wow!

Patricia April 21, 2012 - 1:30 am

It is beautiful!!!!!!!! Happy Dance!

Alisa April 21, 2012 - 2:03 am


Cynthia@aquilterbynight April 21, 2012 - 1:22 pm

What a beautiful finish! I love the use of white space, and the quilting. Congratulations!

Shauna April 21, 2012 - 3:52 pm

The colours are absolutely beautiful! I love your quilt!

Kelly April 21, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Nicole it is even more gorgeous than I thought it would be, fantastic job!

VeeV April 21, 2012 - 11:50 pm

that was my first thought!!!
you two look great together…
not the "usual" run of the mill quilt photo

tubilinha tiacarminha April 22, 2012 - 12:28 am

Se eu fosse você faria um poster desta primeira foto,e colocaria na parede da minha sala.Que linda!!!A colcha esta divina,você é uma grannnnnnde artista.

Karyn April 22, 2012 - 12:40 am

Beautiful! Glad the wool batting is a fave – I think it's nice to use a natural batting like wool.

Mary April 22, 2012 - 12:46 am

Beautiful! I have been very leery of wool batting. Can it be washed and dried?

Joy April 22, 2012 - 5:37 am

So beautiful Nicole! I just love it, and how proud you must feel you did an awesome job and did the quilting yourself wow. I love the photo of you, it belongs in a magazine.

notes of sincerity April 22, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Your quilt is gorgeous!! :o)

Dora, the Quilter April 22, 2012 - 10:16 pm

Beautiful quilt.
And, it is so much fun to get that last stitch into a quilt!

thisyearsdozen April 23, 2012 - 10:07 am

It is beautiful, Nicole. Proud you should be.

thisyearsdozen April 23, 2012 - 10:07 am

It is beautiful, Nicole. Proud you should be.

Leslie April 23, 2012 - 4:47 pm

this is stunning

Lindy April 24, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Absolutely beautiful. Love the picture of you.

Lisa Lisa April 25, 2012 - 11:33 pm

Beautiful, as usual.

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