Hi Fellow Quilters
Welcome to our blog! Today we’re happy to join a great group of quilters for the “Quilt Quazy Queens” blog hop, sponsored by our friend Marian from Seams to Be Sew. Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop and Studio 180, sponsors of the giveaway prizes for today’s blog hop. Please look for the list of links to participation bloggers at the end of this post. It is such fun to visit and comment on the wonderful projects that have been posted!
When you’ve been quilting as long as we have, it would be unusual to NOT have a stack of projects that haven’t been finished. In the quilting world, these projects are called “UFO’s”. The reasons for leaving a project unfinished vary, but there is satisfaction in getting them completed, eventually.
We haven’t really added to our stacks of UFO’s in the past three years, since we have been busy designing patterns and making quilts for our “Ms P Designs” business, but we haven’t been trying to finish those UFO’s either. This year we decided to challenge ourselves to each complete at least one unfinished project (unrelated to our Ms P Designs business) per quarter. (See our 2018 Goals!) We’re making good progress! Take a look at what we’ve finished so far this year:
Susan gets to go first!
My daughter bought new furniture two years ago and is constantly telling me that she can’t find cute pillows that coordinate with the coral and turquoise pillows that came with her new sofa. I made her a large rectangular Christmas pillow several years ago and she wanted something “about the same size.” The pillow pattern is from Kimberbell Designs, and it has been sitting on the shelf behind my sewing machine for two years. There are a total of five patterns, so I have more creating to do!
Even though I hadn’t even shopped for fabric when we decided to challenge ourselves to finish some UFO’s this year, I added it to my list and chose it to be my first UFO to complete this year. My daughter loves her new pillow, and it looks great on her sofa!
My friend at work always loves to see the quilts that we are making for the shop. I found out last fall that she was in the process of adopting a baby and I wanted to do something really special for her.
As Sharon and I were discussing our UFO’s, I remembered that I had 13 blocks that I stitched 4 years ago when I was making a special quilt for my granddaughter. Even though the blocks didn’t make it into that quilt, they’re fun, colorful, and cute for a new baby. I took several fabric choices for consideration by our expectant parent, she chose her favorites and I finally got it all put together! The happy news is that she now has a sweet baby girl to love, as well as a fun, and extremely bright, quilt for them to snuggle under!
And now, Sharon’s turn:
I found this design on Pinterest, about 4 years ago. I drafted my pattern, chose fabrics to use, and sewed the top during the summer of 2014. It was so pretty, and I was SO excited to have it ready in plenty of time before Christmas! But then school started up in August (I’m a teacher), I got really busy with other things, and so I folded up the quilt top and my binding, stuck it in a drawer for safekeeping, and eventually forgot all about it.
Fast forward to January, 2018. I was organizing some drawers, and found the finished quilt top. I also unearthed some red fabric with green writing “Just Say HO!” when I was fondling (or organizing) the fabrics in my stash, and decided that it would be the perfect backing for my “Ho!” quilt. All of the parts for the project came together, and now I’ve finished the “HO!” quilt just in time for Christmas, 2018.
This is a convergence quilt top that I pieced two summers ago. I love the brilliant colors and the way the cuts make the fabric pieces sort of blend together. The reason it became a UFO is similar to the story behind the “HO!” quilt- summer ended and school started up again, so I tucked it away to finish later. I always seem to have such great plans for my summers, but not quite enough time to implement everything! The quilt top has the border attached, and I have some pieces set aside for the binding. I just need to decide how to quilt it, and then get it done. We’ll call this quilt top my second quarter UFO, because it is clear that I probably won’t finish by the end of March (school is in session again!). Come back in June to see the (hopefully!) finished quilt.
Thanks for visiting! We enjoy reading your comments, and appreciate you stopping by today.
Sharon & Susan
And now for the giveaways!
Here is the list of links to all of the participating bloggers! Enjoy visiting them to see more great projects.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018