This was #3 UFO that I've worked on and is now finished, wrapped and awaiting delivery to the lucky little birthday boy. (The breeze wasn't helping my photography skills.)
#2 is still in blocks but #1 is about to have the binding machined on and then I'll just have to hand stitch it down on the back. Hopefully I'll be back in the not too distant future to show another finish.
I made this tablecloth for Easter 2008 but it wasn't hemmed, I was going to put a backing on it but decided it didn't really need it so I just machined along the blocks to keep the seams from fraying... now it's ready for Easter 2009! (probably won't pass the 'quilt' test but it is patchwork!)
Well I have done some more work on the quilt top that was started last March.
Have started sashing the blocks together and please with how it is looking.
I am not keen on pinks but tried out so many colours for the sashing and kept coming back to this one. There is some of this colour in 90% of the blocks so it seemed to fit perfectly. Anyway, it lifts the whole top because there were really are only lights and light mediums in the jelly roll.
I think it will turn out a pretty quilt for what it is intended for; I am sure the Palliative Care Unit will be able to make use of it.
Not sure if I will quilt it straight away and completely finish it or wait until I get a couple more tops done and do them all together. I guess it would be wise to finish it completely - then I can cross of another UFO...lol.
Yes, I succumb and purchase the book on making bags, etc by wrapping fabric around clothes line. There are some great ideas in it and the basic premise is really simple so I will take a trip to Bunnings and get some clothes line and then attack my stash.
PS As suggested by our Gidy Queen I have posted some info about the fabric wrapped bags on my blog.
I'm afraid I'm running behind with this particular UFO. I purchased this panel towards the end of last year with the intention of making it into a wall hanging for my nephew's 5th birthday. Needless to say he's a big Spider-Man fan.
All I planned was to sandwich it, quilt it appropriately and bind it, adding a hanging sleeve ... plenty of time ... famous last words.
While his birthday was yesterday, I won't be able to visit for another ten days, so I'm going to get cracking on this tomorrow.
The Log Cabin is still progressing and close to finished so I'll just keep plodding along.
I am working on a UFO. Just not the Dresden Plates yet. I need to finish this one up before I start on them. I have all the vertical rows sewn together and I am trying a method I saw at Exuberant Color. Next I iron the seams this-a-way-that-a-way then sew the horizontal rows then the borders.
These lovely Matryoshka's were supposed to be Christmas Presents for my 4 Grandchildren... but ooooops Christmas is past so it looks like I will have to keep them :-))) what a shame! Although you never know I might weaken one day, grandchildren are very hard to resist. The designs are by Kirsten Doran, don't you just love them!
This is an update on the guild challenge I posted on last week. I decided to just plunge in---enough with the agonizing.
At first I was tossing around different stars in my head, and leaning strongly towards your helpful suggestion of the friendship star.
But then I was flipping through some old quilt magazines and found a block called Uncle Sam's Star [also known as President's Star, very apt, considering the year that's in it!] and I fell in love.
So, with a fire finally lit under me, I made my first block.
I love it!
But, Houston, we have a problem! Reckless that I am, I went with your suggestions to use gold. I had a brighter yellow [on the left in the picture] but got cold feet, and went with the more muted gold batik.
"So where's the problem?" you're asking, tilting your head at me quizzically.
The problem, my friends, is that the size of the remaining piece of gold is 9"x3"! It must have been a remnant I picked up somewhere, because there was less than a fat quarter when I started. Which begs the question "Well, genius, why did you use it at all?"
"Because it was perfect!" And I didn't know when I started that I'd want more of it for the background of the entire piece. Yeah, forward thinking. Not my strong suite.
I'm also dithering on which of those two greens to use. I like the dark blue but can't make up my mind about the lighter blues........and I can't use more than five fabrics in addition to the challenge fabric, so six altogether.
If I had more of the gold I'd attach wide strips of it to all four sides. Then I'd do some applique over it. I looked up the stargazer Lily, Faerie Queen. What a beautiful flower! If I could come up with a simplified version of it I'd incorporate it into my applique....sigh....
The pinwheel in the center of the nine patch was my own attempt at, ahem, creativity! After it was finished, I wished I'd used the "cleaner" lavender, but I may just live with it. Time is racing by! Deadline is 26th.February. Picked up SIL from airport today; go again tomorrow for OC, who is cutting his trip to the frozen north short because the hospice nurse has told us his mom may not last much longer, go again on Sunday for oldest son and two grandchildren---I could probably give my car a push and it could go, all by itself, to the airport and back!
Since sister-in-law is here now, I may be able to manage a quick trip to my favourite quilt shop, fingers crossed all the way there that I'll find some more of that gold. That would really make my day!
Remember this pile of UFO's? Well I have actually finished one!!!!
I started making a tablecloth for MIL in August for her birthday (was the beginning of December) but it got relegated to the UFO pile. I had machine embroidered two of the centre cutwork pieces and three on the outside before it got tossed in the cupboard.
Now it has been washed once to get the stabiliser out and now needs a second soak and wash before an iron. It will now be given on Mother's Day .... lol.
The quilt top from the jelly rolls is also progressing. I have actually made 12 x 12 1/2" squares and will be starting on the sashing next but not until this hot weather clears up.
I have also made a start on a painting that has been languishing for a while (I have shown the progress on my blog if anyone is interested).
So all told I am a happy camper with one UFO finished and two more which have progressed rather well and I didn't have to buy anything to finish them.....lol.
I have had this quilt since early 2008, put the final border on today...and will load on the longarm tomorrow.I plan to take to Pennsylvania on Friday to give to my brother. I have owed him this quilt since 2007 when he sent hundreds of dollars worth of books to my South African library. So I promised to make him a quilt. Now need to get it done. I have also finished a friends UFO.... a lonestar quilt. Guess that doesn't count for me...but I have been extra good...and purchased no new fabric....this week! :o) HAve a great week.
Well not exactly me playing sport, but I switched between channels a lot while watching the tennis and cricket last night. I also made good progress on the log cabin quilt. I've now done the hand stitching part of joining the blocks so that they are in four strips of four blocks. Just three x 56" long seams to go and then the binding. I'd share a photo of the strips but I think my camera just passed on.
Off to town today which includes a visit to the local fabric shop. I need backing and wadding for the T-block quilt and also some backing for my nephew's quilt which is due by the 13th of this month and where is it . . . still in the UFO pile. I see a busy busy week ahead as it's also GST (Goods and Services Tax) time for this little procrastinator.