Monday, December 27, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Here's what's on the wall today:
I started these blocks about 18 months ago and posted about them here. Then I just couldn't figure out a pleasing way to lay them out so, I put them away for a while. I took them out Christmas eve and started playing. I removed the darkest blocks and I was much happier with how it looked. Then Christmas morning I woke up at 3:00, tossed and turned until 4:00, then got up and sewed them together. On Sunday I bought fabric for the back at the LQS yesr-end sale. Now it's in the "to be quilted" pile.

Friday, December 24, 2010

UFO Progress

Here's Completely Dotty, quilted and bound. I only need to add a label and give it as a gift, possibly tonight. I finished another quilt but I can't show it as it is also a gift.
This next one is a sample for a class Tamara is teaching at the LQS. I'm including photos here because I'm delivering it to the store and Tamara won't see it right away. I also included a closeup of the quilting.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Design Wall Monday 12-20-10

Here's what's up today: two UFOs I dug up while getting ready for the UFO Challenge. The top is an african animal print. Once I got started, the colors were so boring I lost interest. I'm going to finish three or six more blocks to make a baby quilt. The bottom looks like puzzle pieces. I love this quilt, I just have to finish the border and it will be ready to quilt. I noticed that most of my projects stall at the borders. Hmmm...I'll have to work on that.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

UFO Challenge 2011

I'll be participating in Judy Laquidara's UFO Challenge 2011 over at her blog, Patchwork Times. Here's all my projects that aren't finished, in one big pile. Wow! It's a lot more than I thought. In "my quilting world", finishing projects is done in two parts: part one: making the quilt top; part two: quilting and binding. I have 27 UFOs (part one) and 24 tops ready to be quilting (part two). Some of these projects will be donations to the Valley of the Moon Children's Home or the San Antonio Childcare Center. No customer quilts are included in the above, these are only my personal projects. UFOs and Ready to be Quilted are listed in the right-hand sidebar along with Finished Quilts. I'll take photos of the individual projects and post as I complete them. I'm going to try to finish one project from each category every month. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Completely Dotty finished!

Here's the final product. I really slammed this one out. Interesting considering it sat around for at least four years. Since reading an article on revising a UFO, I have felt inspired to dig out my languishing projects and see what I might change in order to get them finished. And I have plenty of dotty fabric left over to make the back and binding.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Completely Dotty

After years of ignoring this project I am suddenly compelled to finish it. It started with reading Pat Sloan's tips about finishing UFOs. I took these blocks out and dicovered I had enough completed to make a small quilt. The pattern called for paper piecing the sashing and borders but I decided not to do that since I don't like paper piecing. I have plenty of dotty fabric to make setting triangles, backing and binding. I stayed up really late working on this; note the time on this post!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Here's what's on today:

This is a UFO that has been hanging around a long time. The circles are paper pieced in quarters. After starting this I realized that I don't really like paper piecing. Last week I read Pat Sloan's blog about tips for dealing with UFOs. So I decided to pull this one out and see how much I had done. I had enough quarters to make these five blocks. There were supposed to be 9 total. I'm going to figure out a way to make a baby quilt with just these. I looked through Sharon Craig's books and I'm going to let a few ideas percolate this week.