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The Summer of Finishes

Who's ready to make this summer a productive one in your sewing space? Join me from June-August as we tackle our pile of quilt tops that just need to be quilted and bound. We’ll follow a leisurely schedule aimed at finishing these close-to-done projects (while also leaving plenty of time for starting a new project, working in the garden, and traveling).

During these three months, I’ll post helpful tips and tricks for finishing quilts fast on the blog, social media, and in my newsletter.

If you're ready to finish a few quilts this summer, keep reading for the details!

Challenge Details

Here's how the Summer of Finishes is set up. Each month from June-August, choose one unfinished quilt top that just needs to be quilted and bound. To keep us on track, I've set up a rough weekly schedule. This schedule will hopefully give us the motivation to take small steps toward finishing these projects (instead of feeling overwhelmed and stressed to finish things).

Note: I know everyone works in different ways with their quilt finishes. I set this challenge up specifically for me and my projects, so feel free to change the schedule to fit your own priorities! No rules -- this is just for fun and for support!

If you're posting process on social media, make sure to tag me at @happyhourstitches or use the hashtag #HappyHourStitches, so I can cheer you on!


Over the course of the summer, we'll tackle three quilts (one each month). The new project will start on the first Monday of each month (June 3, July 1, August 5). There's one free week between the July and August projects, so consider that a bonus to use toward another quilt or just as a week off!

Week 1: Choose and prepare your backing fabric. Then, baste your quilt in your favorite method (or load your quilt on a longarm machine).

Week 2: Start quilting your quilt. This process may involve choosing a quilting design, marking your top for quilting, and beginning to quilt.

Week 3: Finish quilting your quilt. Finalize your quilting, then square up your quilt when cutting off the excess backing and batting.

Week 4: Prepare your binding and bind your quilt. Add a label or hanging sleeve if needed. Your quilt is FINISHED!


I made a few options for printable trackers in case you like to have a visually reminder of your progress! You can click on either of the pictures above to download the PDF to your computer. You can print them or use Adobe Acrobat to edit them on your computer.

The first download is for those sticking to the monthly schedule and it lists the months. The second download is for those who may be starting later and just want to tackle things per project.

There is a place for you to check off your progress and keep any notes as needed. Hopefully these are helpful!


I'll try my best to share finishing tips in blogs, newsletters, and on social media throughout the summer! I'll post any resources below as I have them. But make sure you're subscribed to my newsletter and are following me on social media (Instagram and Facebook) to see my monthly process and tips as I finish my quilts!

Backing Tips:

Thanks for joining me for "happy hour,"



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