by Nicole

Welcome to Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday!

I’m thrilled to be hosting this week’s edition of TGIFF! 

ABC quilt

I just finished this ABC quilt for my daughter. I’m calling it, “Keep Learning!” I learned a few new animals from this panel by Lisa DeJohn. Am I the only one who had never heard of a xantus?!?

I purchased a kit for this quilt a while ago, but just got around to using it. The kit uses the Chain Reaction pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew with a few adjustments. I made even more adjustments by adding some fabrics from my stash and a border.

ABC_alphabet animals

I left the animals unquilted. I couldn’t bear the thought of stitching over these little creatures. Instead, I outlined the white frames and stippled the background.

My favorite animal in the collection is the elephant. Check out those eyelashes!
And this ant is the only kind that I find cute.
ABC_the end

For the back, I added a piece of the collection that has a collage of the animals. VoilΓ ! I’ve got a I-spy quilt on the back!

I can’t wait to see my little girl’s face when I give her this quilt!
So, what about you? Any finishes to share? Link up all those amazing finishes right here. And be sure to check out the other finishes and share some comment love! Please include a link and/or button for TGIFF! so that your visitors can see the other amazing finishes.

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Happy Friday!


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Valerie August 17, 2012 - 1:34 am

Yay! It's done! And it looks amazing. I love that I got to see this in several stages. Your little girl will treasure it -enjoy those snuggles looking at all those neat animals. Wish I had a finish to share, but alas…(sigh)

Paige August 17, 2012 - 1:39 am

Awww, I love the little "the end" block!

Megan August 17, 2012 - 2:15 am

I love the aqua colour you have set your blocks in – and how the overall effect is abacus-like. A great finish!

Denise Barrett August 17, 2012 - 2:32 am

Nicole, this quilt is adorable! The workmanship and speed in which you got this accomplished is impressive! Your daughter is a very lucky girl to have such a talented and thoughtful mother. I have a great big smile on my face.

Beth August 17, 2012 - 3:06 am

It looks fantastic Nicole! I love it with the aqua! And, wow, your daughter will be teaching the class when it comes to animals!

Heidi Staples August 17, 2012 - 3:47 am

This turned out even more adorable than I thought it would…and I thought it was pretty darn cute to start with. Well done, Nicole!!

Debbie August 17, 2012 - 4:18 am

This turned out SO darling, Nicole! You have such a knack – just a wonderful design for the little alphabet squares!

Kristy QP August 17, 2012 - 5:04 am

Great quilt! It's so very sweet and a great way to use an alphabet panel! Love the pattern too. Bet your daughter will be thrilled!

Gemma@prettybobbins August 17, 2012 - 6:10 am

What a great quilt! That is such a lovely shade of blue and those animals are so cute! Good work on the quilting, it really brings out the animal blocks. She is going to LOVE it!

tartankiwi August 17, 2012 - 7:19 am

What a gorgeous quilt! The colour is gorgeous and the animal alphabet is beautiful- well done!

niveas August 17, 2012 - 7:25 am

it went out so well! I love these animals really!

Fiona @findingfifth August 17, 2012 - 7:41 am

This is my first visit to your blog and I love that finished quilt. I especially love the contrast with the blue and the white stripes – and then the BACK – with that stippling and then not quilting the alphabet squares, plus the colours and strip of I-Spy fabric – well you have 2 quilts in one! Fabulous work. Thanks for hosting today Nicole.

Mareenchen August 17, 2012 - 7:46 am

Oh my, it's too cute. Your little one will be excited, I'm sure. Good call on not quilting over the animals. It's turned out great!

Captain StitchyPants August 17, 2012 - 8:45 am

That's wonderful! I love that it has non-traditional things for the letters. Where did you get it from?

Tabatha August 17, 2012 - 9:49 am

OMG, I LOVE your quilts, so much creativity and inspiration!!

Jeanette August 17, 2012 - 10:57 am

Nicole, your ABC quilt is so awesome. And I'm with you, never heard of xantus before. Your little girl is going to love it, the strip in the back is cute too so she can search for all the animals from the front. I have a quilt finish to share too, just waiting for my kids to get up so I can photograph it!!

The Thompsons August 17, 2012 - 11:36 am

Oh my goodness – this quilt is absolutely adorable!! I love it!!

Lucy @ Charm About You August 17, 2012 - 2:28 pm

I bet she adores it! It's so adorable Nicole! Love how you framed the panels and the quilting looks brilliant! Great finish πŸ™‚

Newbie Jen August 17, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Nicole, your quilt is just lovely! I have one for our girls (though not as nice) and I actually hung it on the wall. We refer to it regularly for alphabet help!

Courtneysews August 17, 2012 - 2:54 pm

It came out great! I love that pattern too! I just printed it out from Cluck Cluck Sew the other day and am trying to find away to use my stash to make it!

Janine August 17, 2012 - 2:55 pm

I've never heard of a xantus! Your quilt is fab πŸ™‚

Pattilou August 17, 2012 - 2:58 pm

I absolutely love this quilt. The colors are gorgeous and will surely make your little girl happy!

Lori August 17, 2012 - 3:22 pm

oh wow, look at you, you have really made a wonderful quilt again. So very cool. Your little girl is going to love this. And so much love obvioulsly went into it.
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MaterialGirlQuilts August 17, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Nicole this turned out so great! Your daughter will love it for sure. And no, I had no idea what a xantus is!!

Katy Cameron August 17, 2012 - 5:46 pm

It looks fab, and I'm sure she'll adore it!

Janice August 17, 2012 - 7:12 pm

What a beautiful quilt! I really love the borders you added and that blue fabric for the background is SO pretty. Is that Sketch?
Your daughter will love it!

Cherie August 17, 2012 - 10:01 pm

What a fantastic finish! I'm sure your daughter will have a lot of fun learning all those new animals and then playing I-spy =D

Emily August 17, 2012 - 11:59 pm

Looks great! I love how the white line ties the squares together.

thisyearsdozen August 18, 2012 - 6:21 am

You finished!! Wow!! You are fast. It looks wonderful. Your daughter will spend countless hours learning.

moonlightsewing August 18, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Is xantus the bird or the flower. I love this finish.

I have two little girls, as well. My oldest is also 4, and the younger just turned 2 Thursday.

LynCC August 19, 2012 - 12:46 am

Nope, you are not the only one who had never heard of a xantus – I would have thought it was a flower! πŸ˜€ I just love sky blue with white – my ultimate-favorite combination. This is very pretty. πŸ˜€

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