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


    • 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 …

  1. says

    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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  2. Caroline says

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

  3. 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 …

  4. says

    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 …

    • 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 …

    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says


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

      Blessings & Hugs …

    • 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 …


    • 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 …

    • 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 …

    • 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 …

  5. Dayle says

    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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  6. says

    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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    • 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 …

    • Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage says

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

      Blessings & Hugs …

    • 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 …

  7. says

    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!!!
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