Never Too Late For the Party …

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One can never be too late for a party, right?

Postage Stamp Quilt Along

Not even if the party started in January …

of 2011 !?

I had all the good intentions of being there on time … really, I did!

I even knew exactly what I was going to bring to the party …

Snippets by American Jane

But then life got in the way … more specifically a cross-country move … and everything had to get packed up in a box and put in a big truck.

Moving Truck

Once we landed in our new house and I started unpacking the gazillion boxes of crafty/quilty love that I just HAD to bring with me, I came across my beloved Snippets Jelly Roll … just begging, crying for me to take her to the party.  I was willing to oblige now that I had the perfect room for her to shine in.

So began the task of stitching 80 strips of fabric together … 40 from the Snippets Jelly Roll and 40 from a White Solid Jelly Roll.  Subcut, stitch, stitch, stitch, stitch, I didn’t think it would ever end.  I really wanted it to fit a queen bed, so I raided my stash for other lonely scraps of Snippets that I had, and added a few borders.  The back is also made from my pieces in my stash.  Yep … I had some pretty big pieces of those darling cut-out panels from the Snippets line.

In my entire history of quilting, I’ve never quilted anything larger than a table-runner or table-topper.  I have an awesome sister-in-law that’s always done my quilting for me.  But I was in a rush … company was coming in a week and I wanted to get this baby done!  All I was doing was straight-stitching on the diagonal … how hard could that be?

Let’s just say that about 1/4th of the quilting was done by the time the company arrived.  I folded it all up, put it in my quilting area (down in the dungeon), and there it sat for 7 whole months.  I just couldn’t get up enough arm muscles to pull it out and finish it.

But then …
one quiet, cloudy day …
as I was innocently browsing through the world wide web …
I came across this little ‘ole blog.
… with a little contest.

All the fireworks went off in my brain …
“You’ve got a project you could enter.”
“You’ve got plenty of time.”
“Pull it out and get it done!”

PostageStamp Collage

And so I did ..

It’s amazing what a little motivation can do.  It didn’t take me long at all.  And now I have a beautiful crisp, white, fresh, vintage-style quilt gracing our guest room bed.

Postage Stamp Quilt      Postage Stamp Quilt

Postage Stamp Quilt      Postage Stamp Quilt

Postage Stamp Quilt      Postage Stamp Quilt

A special THANK YOU to Rach at Family Ever After for hosting Sew-Vivor and giving me the kick I needed to get this done.


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Lani Padilla

Lani Padilla

Welcome to Simply Fresh Vintage! I'm Lani and I love simple farmhouse living with fresh, vintage touches. I am looking forward to sharing with you my love of quilting, decorating, remodeling, painting, crafting, cooking, baking and so much more.
Lani Padilla


  1. Your quilt is beautiful!! What a lovely way to make guests feel warm and welcome then to snuggle up with a quilt made by you. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

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  2. BEAUTIFUL QUILT!! I like the idea of diagonal sewing.
    JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose recently posted…Up Cycled T Shirt Quilt / ThrowMy Profile

    • Lani Padilla says:

      Thank you so much JoAnn :)
      I needed to get it done quickly, so didn’t have time to send it to a long-armer. Diagonal was easy, and definitely works well with this pattern.
      Hugs & Blessings …

  3. You do gorgeous work. I love the pretty colors that you used in your design.

  4. Love your postage stamp quilt! Very colorful and vibrant! I’ll be over so I can cuddle up under it!
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  5. Thank you for linking up in March to Richard and Tanya Quilts on our Link a Finish Friday. We will have a new linkup available every Friday. So stop by and share what you have been working on and check out what others are doing.

  6. bridgett says:

    Lani I can’t tell you how much I LOVE your quilt! I have a special place in my heart for them. You did a wonderful job!! Would love for you to share at the party! xo Bridgett

  7. This is too darling! We are swapping 2 1/2 inch squares in our quilt group to do a postage stamp quilt. Have till Sept. 2014 to finish it because we exchange squares each month. We are trying that new Quilt in a day grid. Otherwise I would sew it like you did in strips. Hope mine turns out even half as cute.
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  8. Hi Lani,
    I love your quilt – it is so beautiful! Thank you for linking up at Fluster’s Creative Muster. Hope to see you next week!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster
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  9. Thrilled to be featuring your lovely post at Transformed Tuesday later tonight.

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  10. OH MY GOODNESS I love your quilt!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!
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  11. Hi Lani, I just love quilts and yours is beautiful! I love the colors in it and the little blocks. I’m so glad you joined us at Transformed Tuesday this week. I’m a new follower.

    Peggy~PJH Designs
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  12. Caroline says:

    Looks beautiful and way to go for finishing! I always love a good challenge to help me finish something:)

  13. Your quilt is gorgeous!

    Thank you for linking up to the Its A Saturday Sharing Day on my blog. I would like for those who link up to add an additional sentence somewhere in their post giving the linky party a shout out so it doesn’t get lost in a sea of links to other linky parties at the end of the post.
    Thearica Burroughs recently posted…It’s A Saturday Sharing Day #5! Come And Share!!My Profile

  14. Mary @ Redo 101 says:

    Hi, saw your feature at Brenda’s Cozy Little House – your quilt is absolutely awesome! So glad you got it out and finished it. It goes fabulously in your guest room, the colors all coordinate beautifully!


    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Thank you so much! It is fun to walk into that room and see it all done. Now I can move on to doing the curtains and maybe even a matching shower curtain.

      Blessings & Hugs …

  15. Beautiful, beautiful! I love the picture of your colorful quilt against the white snow! It must feel wonderful to have it completed! I know you are ecstatic to have found the push you needed to finish it. Lucky guest!!!! I will try to follow you, not sure if we have the ability to link together, but I hope so. If not, I’ll certainly put you on my sidebar. Can’t wait to look around your blog more!

    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Thank you Leslie!
      It had literally just finished snowing that day when I went out and took those. I was so afraid the quilt would get soaked. Thankfully it didn’t.
      Thank you so much for adding me to your sidebar. I’m looking forward to following you as well!

      Blessings & hugs …

  16. This is positively the prettiest quilt I think I have ever seen! You are so crafty! I would love to learn to quilt!

    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Thank you so much Maggie! Quilting is actually very easy. It is almost quite literally as simple as cutting up fabric and straight stitching it all back together again!

      Blessings & Hugs …

  17. I love this quilt and all the bright cheery colors.
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    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:


      Thank you so much! Bright and cheery defines it perfectly :)

      Blessings & Hugs …

  18. Hi, I couldn’t find your email address to tell you you’ve been featured today on my weekly Welcome Wagon Friday post, where I introduce new bloggers to my readers. Welcome to our neighborhood!
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    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:


      Thank you so much! I’m absolutely honored. I’m heading over right now to take a peek.

      Blessings and Hugs …


  19. What a gorgeous quilt! Aren’t you just so glad you finished it?

    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Yes I am Julie. I have a few other stitchy projects planned for this room, and I wouldn’t/couldn’t start them until this one was done! So glad I kicked procrastination right out the door!

      Blessings & Hugs …

  20. This is a beautiful quilt and I love the pillows in the background. The bed looks some comfy.
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    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Thank you so much Melissa. The polka-dot pillow cases are actually from Target. I thought they’d be a cute addition to the look I was going for.

      Blessings & Hugs …

  21. I love your quilt. I so enjoy quilting, I just need to have a purpose for them or they just stack up around me. Your color choices are perfect. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin!
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    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Hi Dawn,
      I know what you mean. The stack is starting to pile here. Fortunately many of my quilts are “seasonal,” so they are only out for a month or so at a time.

      Blessings & Hugs …

  22. Waverlee says:

    It’s gorgeous!

  23. It’s magnificent, Lani! I love postage-stamp quilts. My sweet mother is the quilt-queen in our family and has made a couple of postage stamp patterns in years past. So much labor and love that go into them.
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  24. OOOOOOoooh! That is heavenly!!! Yay yay yay!

  25. Ooooh! I participated in that QAL! I love my little postage stamp quilt. Yours is lovely, I love the extra borders you added.
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  26. Beautiful job! How much perseverance that must have taken…. congrats to you, it looks fanstastic on the bed.

  27. That is just beautiful! I’m so glad you decided to finish it :)
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  28. Gorgeous!!!
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  29. being a quilter myself I would say you have such patience! What an amazing quilt. I am so proud of you. With a move and everything, it quite amazing!
    Nancy recently posted…Two days worthMy Profile

  30. Stunning. Love it! GORGEOUS !!! :) I quilt from time to time and know the work that involved ! This is a treasure!

  31. Your quilt is beautiful! Breathtaking! I think you are very generous to share this with your guests!

  32. Love the vintage vibe! Totally want this quilt! Well done!

  33. Wow! That quilt is gorgeous! I “sew” want to sew a quilt. I’ve done a small baby one before, but I would love to do one like this. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a blessed week.
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  34. Your quilts are just so beautiful, you should be so proud of them, they are so fresh and colorful, I love the patterns you have selected for these beauties…

  35. Wow, you did a fantastic job! I love it. I’m your newest follower 😉
    Jamie ~

  36. Beautiful! You are very brave to use white :)
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  37. fantastic quilt! quilting that yourself is no small feat! I love the vintage-y look :)

  38. What a pretty, cheerful quilt. Looks great on the bed!
    Mary Alice
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  39. So very pretty! Well worth the wait for such a beauty.

  40. Oh, that’s such a pretty quilt. So glad you got it finished. I love your blog design. Very cute!

  41. A great quilt – love the simplicity of the old quilt pattern. The back is adorable, too. Sally

  42. It’s beautiful! So glad you got it done!
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  43. I heart quilts. I seriously think I have a problem. Is there a support group for people like us??? LOL
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  44. I’m in love with your quilt!!! I’ve been buying small pieces of fabrics to gear myself up to make a quilt. I’ve been sewing for years, but have never made a quilt. Now that we’ve got grandchildren, I want to start making quilts for them, and your quilt is giving me some extra motivation to get started. Gorgeous!!!

    Visiting from WOW.
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  45. Love the vintage look…..beautiful quilt!
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  46. This is beautiful! I love it!
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  47. That looks great! I am always late to the party but it’s never too late? Right? Yes! Beautiful finish!

  48. It’s soooo pretty and vintage-y and I kinda want it. :) You did an amazing job for your first project this large!

    I would love it if you would share this post sometime at F-it Fridays~!
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  49. And a round of applause for finishing. She is beautiful!

  50. Hi Lani,
    I found you on the Craft-O-Maniac Party. I’m your newest follower via Pintrest. I would love for you stop by and check out my blog Fluster Buster I also host a party at 6pm on Tuesday’s Fluster’s Creative Muster and would be thrilled if you linked up this post.

    Hugs, Smiles and Blessings,

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    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Thanks for stopping by Robin! I’ll definitely come by for a visit and would love to join your party.

      Blessings & hugs …

  51. I love your quilt!!! It looks so nice in that room. You are inspiring me to start my own postage stamp quilt.

  52. This quilt is beautiful! I definitely want to add this to my list of “to-do’s”! I love this. your border is stunning and I love it against the white bedding!
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  53. Wow! I am just in awe! This is one of the prettiest quilts I have ever seen. What a wonderful family heirloom to keep forever and ever!

    hugs x
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    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Thank you so much Crystelle! That reminds me … I better put a label on it :)

      Blessings & Hugs …

  54. So pretty! Doesn’t it feel wonderful to finish a quilt that’s been tucked away for a long time? I’ve been working on finishing the projects I’ve had tucked away. Your quilt turned out beautifully!
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    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says:

      Thank you so much Laurie! It is a wonderful feeling. I have containers filled with UFO’s … I really need to start getting them all done!

      Blessings & Hugs …

  55. Wow Lani! I am sew proud of you! Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous and I am glad to see it on the bed. I is really great. Love the fabrics and especially the backing. The diagonal quilting suits it to a T!!!
    Lorna McMahon recently posted…Little ChicksMy Profile

  56. Just beautiful! Good job getting the job finished!

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