UFO Challenge #3

I completed my July UFO Challenge 🙂 #3 on the list was to complete my TBT (Traditional Block Thursday) quilt top. I started these blocks at the beginning of 2015 as a quilt along with Penny Rose Fabrics. Many of these quilt blocks were my early teachings of piecing.

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Here’s the lovely fabric I found for the sashing and borders. The sashing has little triangles (Dear Stella Chroma Basics) and adds a little modern touch to this reproduction quilt.

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Here’s all the blocks pieced together with sashing, and Neko supervising of course 🙂

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As I worked through my quilt top, I noticed my thread running low. I’ve been working on this spool of thread…probably since I started this quilt!

I made it to the shop in time to get my completion check off and my name entered in the drawing. I received two submissions, one for the completion and the second for a large quilt top 😀 Now I just have to sew up a backing and quilt it! …maybe I’ll complete this quilt first thing next year… Little at a time, right?

 

UFO Challenge #4

#4? These won’t be in order! I’ve joined a UFO Challenge with my local quilt store, which is perfect since my new year’s resolution was to complete my UFO’s in 2017 😀

I submitted 6 UFO’s that I will complete in 6 months. Every completion guarantees one entry into the prize drawing. The grand prize winner get’s 50% of total registration fees in the form of a gift card and there are also 2nd and 3rd prize winners. But best of all, you get your projects completed! What makes this fun and challenging is waiting for the number to be drawn. Whichever number the shop draws, is the number of the challenge I will work on. April is #4 and #4 on my list is to complete my quilted potholders.

Last year, I had a sew day with my mom, aunt, and grandmother. We all split a jelly roll to make 4 potholders each, but we each only completed a single potholder that day. The pile of potholder fronts and backs and a pile of insul-bright have been sitting in my sewing room for an entire year. This was definitely one of the easier projects on my UFO list.

UFO 4 quilted potholders

Last weekend I joined my mom at her local quilt shop for a sit and sew and I completed the 3 remaining potholders. Added a little twill loop to the corner for hanging and voila!

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My little potholders are hanging above the stove, ready for action 🙂 Looking forward to May’s UFO Challenge…wish me luck!

Fabric Swap Batik Quilt

A UFO complete! Feeling accomplished, isn’t that a great feeling?! This quilt top was may be the third quilt I ever pieced, but for some reason I moved onto another project. I loved it when I saw it at the quilt show. It was at a Hearts for Holly booth… All the patterns had a completed quilt example and you could grab from a variety of pre-selected fabric kits that would fit that pattern. I loved the example as is, the pattern and the fabric selection. It was my birthday and mom bought me the kit as a gift to me ❤ I believe it was the last kit with that fabric too!

3 years later and this top needed to be complete! I finally visited a batik shop in my area (also after 3 years of living so close to it!) and found the same fish print fabric. I bought enough for a thin border and binding. I also needed backing fabric and found a lovely brown and black print with blue dots. This quilt needed a splash of color somewhere! Batiks are beautiful, but not my favorite fabric. After making this quilt, I discovered that batik fabric can be rather rough. However, this backing fabric is a batik from Robert Kaufman fabrics and it’s amazingly soft! If I make another batik quilt, which I will, it will mostly be Robert Kaufman selections 🙂 The kitty panel fabric I bought at last year’s quilt show is saturated in pink and purple hues — I think this would turn into a beautiful batik quilt! Those colors just pull you in at a batik shop!

As the name suggests, I paired contrasting prints together. Cut strips of various widths and made some Fabric Swap blocks. If you take a closer look you will find fish prints, rabbit prints, leaf prints, and some words like “Serenity” and “Courage”. I stitched in the ditch for the quilting finish.

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This quilt has made it’s way into the living room and will live on the couch for a while. So far, it’s been a nice quilt to snuggle with. It’s lap size, around 44″x64″. Of course the cats are loving it too…they always love a new quilt, not sure why 🙂

A humorous image of Neko and Petey that I wanted to share with you. Life of a cat, they always prefer a snug fit. A big comfy bean bag or a little cozy pillow bed? I bought this little bed when Neko was a kitten and she didn’t care for it for years! When I adopted Petey, it soon became his. Now all of a sudden, it interests Neko…

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