Hmm. Mainly I was working on plans or ideas, and just trying to get myself a little organized and ready to sew and quilt again!
I did push myself to actually finish two charity quilts during December. My 10th and 11th all time quilt finishes!
For some reason, I also felt confident enough to try out some new-to-me-techniques.
I don't mean creative piecing or even much thought going into the fabrics or to the colors. The quilts I finished were pieced last year and made from charm squares I had hurriedly cut years before at the adult education class when the Accuquilt Studio became available! It's too bad that I wasn't able to plan what fabrics I cut, but blue always looks good with other colors so it's all okay.
We lived in a furnished apartment during most of 2013, and there was the prettiest quilt there. It's funny, I don't remember the design. The colors included blocks with a lot of pink and each had a white background. What I do remember are the beautiful Baptist fans that were hand stitched from edge to edge of that quilt.My Quilt #10:
|My Quilt #10 - asymmetric blue without binding |
QFK Practice FMQ (Fabric cut 2012 finished 2015) Blogged
But when I started moving the fabric the feathers weren't really beautiful, and the fabric was not moving with ease on the sewing machine table.
It was very awkward to quilt after taking such a long break from regular sewing. I realized that I should have planned the fans out even more with my paper doodling. With the pressure I put on myself to keep sewing without breaking a needle or the thread, my alternating rows start with different orientations so it looks more like rolling hills than fans. After the middle of the second row, I thought the quilt was awful and the fans would look funny if I continued with them. I wanted to change the design to something that would be quicker to finish just so I could move on.
I decided on trying out an orange peel design. Something I had thought was pretty, but didn't want to have to mark the squares out so hadn't sewn before. With the charm squares to guide me though, the new (orange peel) design was much easier and quicker to sew than the fans. Since I had made this quilt without borders or the need for binding, once I was finished the quilting project was done. And wonderfully and magically, after washing it became something that I would be pleased to donate.
My Quilt #11:
|My Quilt #11 - orange peel with separate binding QFK - |
one design orange peel FMQ (Fabric cut 2012 finished 2015) Blogged
I had planned on doing a binding by bringing the backing to the front, but I made a mistake at the first corner. I wasn't able to rip the stitches out, so instead I trimmed the quilt so the sides of the quilt were even, used a bowl to shape rounded corners and used the remaining fabric for the binding.
I don't love all the fabric decisions I made, but I do really like the way this quilt turned out. Well, really how both of them turned out now. I think they will be good quilts to donate and they will be appreciated.
Here are my all time quilt finishes!
My Quilt #9 - Cultural Fusion hour glass with oversized wrap around binding - group donation Minimal FMQ (Started and Completed 2015) Blogged
|My Quilt #8 - Block Lotto 2010 Winnings with oversized wrap around binding - finished with friend for her daughter. Minimal SITD FMQ (Blocks 2010, completed 2015)|
|My Quilt #6 - baseball with wrap around binding QFK - one design FMQ (Started and completed 2013) Blogged|
|My Quilt #4 - pink practice piece with separate binding for wheel chair - Practice FMQ (Started and completed 2012) Blogged|
|My Quilt #2 - blue/black/red with wrap around binding QFK (Quilts for Kids) (different FMQ by fabric) Click photo for detail (Started and completed 2010)|
|My Quilt #1 - crazy quilt without binding - tied - given as gift to my son (Project Started 1992 - finished November 2009)|
|Found photo: Shows|
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and my family and friends, I'm sure, hope I will finish their quilts!
and I'll work on my run-on sentences!
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