I had a little bit of sewing time this week. Well, it was enough that I was able to get three projects a little closer to a finish.
First up I got the backing ironed and I got my Tumalo Trail quilt loaded onto the longarm. I am really looking forward to seeing this one completely finished. I have my fingers crossed that I can longarm it next week. Loaded is one step closer!! I do have a big bunch of bobbins filled too.
I worked a bit on my square-in-a-square quilt. I got several more blocks done…more than you see in the picture. I got all the pictures taken and tonight after work, I’ll write the tutorial for the block. Watch for that post on Wednesday.
I also cut up a bunch of pieces to make more blocks. I had a couple of bags of scraps that were gifted to me by blog readers. I am cutting pieces for the quilt and then cutting the rest of the pieces into strips for my strip boxes. It’s slow cutting but I’m really doing two jobs at the same time so efficient in the end I think.
I finally got braved enough to tackle the borders on my Tribute to Judy quilt. It has been sitting here for a couple of weeks. I am not the best at diving into something I don’t normally do. I’m also not the best at fussy cutting and that’s what the quilt needed.
I needed to trim the fabric and then I needed to fussy cut strips like these.
It took longer than one would think because I needed four pieces the length of my fabric but had to cut the unusable portions out as well.
I was tempted to let it sit again but I was tired of having the quilt “hanging over my head”. It was time to finish it. This was my outer border fabric. I had to cut the width of the fabric. I putzed around and worked to match the border prints the best I could so it was “obvious” as to where the seams met. What I did isn’t perfect but it’s enough that a person’s eye won’t catch it unless they are really looking.
I was again tempted to set it aside but I didn’t let myself. I was nervous to see if I made the right choices with this.
Finally a finish…MANY thanks to Ila. She sent me the border fabric and the alternate block fabric. THANKS!!
I like it!! I think it turned out good. That’s 180 3″ stars all together in one quilt. It was a LONG time in the make.
I think this is my oldest UFO. I have another that’s close in age though. It’s time to get them done. 10 years is too long for a UFO…right??
I’m starting to debate on what I’m going to pull next. I typically like to have two projects that are at the sewing stage and currently with the finish of this and the loading of Tumalo Trail onto the longarm, I only have the square in a square project going. I’m going to go look at my UFO list…but wait.
In the redecorating I’ve been doing I ended up hanging this quilt rack here.
Technically it’s not a quilt rack. I was a plate and cup rack. I bought it at the thrift store over a year ago for $5. It was a plate and cup rack. I took the cup holders off and decided I’d use it as a quilt rack. The price was perfect and the wood matched my woodwork. That makes it perfect in my book. Well, that made me raid a quilt from a different spot and now they look empty so I’m going to try to make a couple of quilts to add to the decor. That means they only have to be wall hangings I’m going to try to sneak a few in between my UFO sewing.
So…I’m off to pull some quilt book and see if anything strikes my fancy.
Does anyone have any quilt suggestions for me…or is there a UFO of mine you think I should pull? I’m open to suggestions.
That’s all I have for you for now in the quilting department.