Monday, September 12, 2011

september UFO done!

I know it's early in the month, but I'm going to show it off anyways!

You'd think I live in "The Windy City" - Chicago - but I don't.  I guess I just have bad timing for photography?

Time for plan B.  That plan should have included tying my hair back...

This project started out the UFO year as blocks pieced and appliqued, but for the most part not embroidered.  The embroidery turned out to be taking longer than I anticipated and most of them weren't very pretty.  I redrew a few of them, but wish I had looked more closely at this kit before purchasing.  I don't think I would have bought it - the embroidery, not the colors, drew me in.  Lesson learned.  :)

There are a lot of places on the quilt where beads would probably add a lot of interest, but since I don't know how well longarm quilting goes with beads present, I'll add those later...if I ever finish it beyond this point.  For now it's been hidden in the sewing room closet - hung up with a bunch of other tops I started for no reason and now don't know what to do with!  (They store easier as tops, folks!)

The official info:
"Floral Breeze" kit from JoAnn Fabric

82" x 91"

But this isn't all I finished on Saturday!

Another top!

That green really made this quilt green.  Yikes!  But it's not a bad thing.

This is for my sister-in-law's second baby, due by c-section the day after Thanksgiving.  (That's November 25th for those of you who don't live in the US.)  Plenty of time to get it quilted (once I figure out what to do), but you all know I'll be sewing the binding down Thanksgiving morning!

I'm really pleased with how this came out.  You may remember the original, shown in my post here (scroll down a bit).  How very different with brighter colors!

And then I made dinner.  :)  Feta and Bacon Stuffed Chicken with Onion Mashed Potatoes but I don't recommend the potatoes.  They were a bit bland and dry.

Sunday afternoon = more football, so back up the sewing room.  I'd found my cutting table (it was somewhere under all the baby quilt fabric!) and clearned some space on the ironing board from the UFO blocks, so I allowed myself to start something new.  Something with a deadline!

Kinda makes me think of fruit slices...

Remember this?

Remember I talked about the head scratching and hair pulling to figure out how much extra fabric to buy?  Turns out I didn't need it.  ARGH!  But that means I have extra in case I make any mistakes (cutting these was not as easy as you might first think) or for throw pillows if I don't!

It took a few deep breaths to cut into this fabric, though.  Three flowers are needed for each block and each of these three is a different size.  Lots to keep track of, but I think it's all good.

I haven't started sewing anything yet, but I hope to soon.

And the pink fabric was for pillowcases, but I'm going to try to get this quilt done (top at least) first and see if I have enough left over to use for cuffs on the pillowcases.  The pillowcases will be for my niece's birthday (in November), but how cool would it be that a month later she gets a quilt that matches for Christmas?!  I hope it works out.

I just hope I can make myself part with this when it's done because it's really cute!

So that's mostly what I've been up to.

Happy quilting,

PS I nearly forgot to add this!

Proof I passed!  (MPS = Minimun Pass Score)


Barb said...

Your quilts are just wonderful!!!

lisa said...

I dont know if I'd be able to give up that quilt! I am sure your neice will love it! You are constantly amazing and inspiring me. I can't wait to haul out my machine again!

Lynette said...

I like that green on the cow quilt! I also like that mentality of facilitating easier storage. ;D And YAY you passed with tons of room to spare!

Marsha B said...

Everything is gorgeous! The quilt top is very pretty and the embroidery dresses it up. Some beads would really make it sparkle. Hope you find a reason to finish it, I think it will be a great quilt. The cows are adorable and I like the bright colors. Your niece's quilt will be beautiful. She is a lucky little girl. We knew you would do well on your test, yay!

---"Love" said...

Well....all cows must have green grass, right? I think the green is perfect, and the quilt is cute as can be! All the other projects look/sound great too! Best of all for this blog is that test grade! That surely must have you at the top of the class! ---"Love"

Beth said...

More fantastic finishes. The one with the embroidery is really soft and pretty. The embroidery looks good. I wouldn't add beads until after quilting it either.
The cows...those cows are soooo much cuter than the book colors. I have that book and while I love the cows, my brain wasn't seeing past the colors. Duhhh. Thanks for the inspiration.
I had NO doubt that you would pass with lots of room to spare. Congrats again. Continued good luch on the job hunt.

canuckquilter said...

Well done finishing that UFO with so much of the month left to spare. It looks great. Love the cow quilt. I must say I much prefer your black and white cow than the original pastel ones! And congrats on that test score. You passed very respectably :)

a good yarn said...

How fabulous to have UFOs finished so early in the month. Good for you! I love your new project - the pattern, the colours, fabric - everything! ann :-)

Liriopia said...

Love the applique quilt! Those colors would have caught my eye, too! Cows are adorable. Just trying to figure out what you will be doing with the wedges. Love the pinks!


JudyCinNC said...

I think your finishes are wonderful. The first quilt is softly colored and will need to find a soft person to love it. Judy C

Heather said...

Beautiful! All of your projects are so pretty and colorful. Inspiring! Congrats on your finishes this month. :o)

Donna~~ said...

Congrats on everything--you've accomplished a lot! (you're right about tops storing better--I never had that problem before I started finishing things!) Love the colors of your fruit slices--yummy!

Quilter Kathy said...

I love the flower UFO...especially the button flowers in the lower left block!

Suzanne said...

Great finishes!