The Road Trip Ends (Finally!)

I am beyond thrilled to finally have finished this quilt. For awhile there, I was convinced I would never finish it. The process was long. Though only a twin sized, this is the largest quilt I have quilted on my home machine and I was using this project to learn free motion quilting, so I was definitely taking baby steps toward the finish.


Since this is the quilt from my Road Trip Quilt Along, each block represents a state, so I quilted the state names below each block (can you see it?).


This is one of my favorite quilted blocks. I love the look of the flowers and half flowers, and I feel like I was finally getting a grasp on free motion quilting by the time I quilted this block, so it looks nice and even as well.

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The back is pieced and includes a lot of my scraps from working on the Quilt Along blocks, as well as a couple of rejected blocks.


I did a nice back and forth loop on the border (inspired by Amylouwho on instagram) with flowers in the corner. I love the stripe-y yellow and gray binding.


I am so proud of this quilt and the fact that I used it to learn free motion quilting. It’s reassuring to see my physical progress. I definitely need lots more practice, but you can see how far I’ve come. Below, you can see some pebbling I did in one of the first blocks I quilted on the left, and on the right, the same pattern in one of my later blocks.


This quilt has taken residence in the living room, and in addition to a quilt, it has already been an elevator, the ocean, a hideout, and an animal home. I am sure it will be well-loved by our family!



More fun finishes from the quilting world at Crazy Mom Quilts and Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.

12 replies
  1. Lisa C
    Lisa C says:

    Kudos! I find it hard sometimes to just jump in and try a new technique when I’ve spent so much time (and $) piecing the quilt top together. I really want to give machine binding another try so maybe your finish here will spur me on. I know practice makes perfect but I want those practice items to look nice also! Adore the colors in your quilt.

  2. Kathy Gentry
    Kathy Gentry says:

    Beautiful quilting job, especially for your first FMQ. I am also learning free motion quilting and am currently taking a feather FMQ class on Craftsy. I’m surprised at how easy some of it is to pick up–you have encouraged me to try more things. Great Job!

  3. Marsha
    Marsha says:

    I love your idea of doing a road trip quilt. It’s beautiful finished and I do enjoy seeing your machine quilting. Thanks for sharing.

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