Friday, November 1, 2013

October UFO Parade

Eeeep! Can you believe it's already November? That means only two more UFO projects to challenge!

The number for November is:
Here is my own challenge for November, "Dresden Blooms." The pattern is from Cozy Quilts. It's anothe rof my "1930s Reproductions" projects. And it was quilt #44 for 2013!

I received the first entry for the October parade early in the month from Carol. She lives in Idaho in the summer, and Arizona in the winter. I met Carol years ago when I went to Granny's Attic Quilting in the Pines Retreat. Here's what Carol says about her quilt:
This picture is of a 2008 Thimbleberries project.  I am finally getting caught up with all the years of club projects.  Now I have to get them quilted.  There are 10 tops ready to sandwich and quilt. 

Love this one, Carol! Maybe the 2014 UFO challenge should be "quilting and binding!" I really missed being with you all at quilt camp!

Look at this adorable entry from Sandi. She calls it "Kindergarten."

And reports:
The stripe really makes this little quilt sing.  I was so happy it was the smaller one of the three UFOs that remained for 2013. Little School Girl designed by Lori Smith is a pattern I picked up at Quilters Coop in Temecula during the annual outdoor quilt show that is held each October.  The year the pattern came home with me was 2011.  Pattern is in Lori's Q is for Quilt series.
Sandi blogged this quilt at KwiltnKats here. Be sure to go to her post, because she reviews all her 13 in 2013 finishes so far!

Deb's October finish is a design that is dear to my heart --  Jacob's Ladder, this one from Thimbleberries.

Deb writes:
My year of FINISH has been a good one (this is UFO Finish #47 for 2013) and I'm hoping to end the year with less than 25 UFOs in my Collection so I'll be doing lots of quilting through the end of December!
You're ahead of me, Deb! I've only pieced 46 tops so far this year!

Debra finished her Sunbonnet Sue! Everybody cheer! I know a lot of us have a Sunbonnet in our "UFO stash," so this is a BIG finish. I have to show all three photos, because this quilt is just too big to fit in one photo!

Look at Debra's great embroidery!

Plus, here is Debra's "13th Finish." Debra tells us:
I have also sent over a picture of a quilt I started in September 2013 with Sandi Delman ( It is a Buggy Barn original and is called "If the Hat Fits". Of course I had to make one of my witches wearing her beautiful "ruby slippers".

Since I live on "Oz Court," Debra, I really should add this quilt to my "bucket list!"

Here is a quilt from a 13 in 2013 "newbie" (at least I think newbie),  Donna. See, I told you it's OK to join in at any point!

Read what Donna writes about this quilt:
Recently finished (October 4, 2013) queen-sized quilt "Labyrinth" from Keepsake Quilting for my son and soon to be daughter-in-law.  First time working with batiks, and I really liked them! Machine pieced, hand quilted.
I love how she just drops in that "hand quilted." This is a queen-sized quilt, people! Very impressive, Donna!

Only six entries this month, but wow! what a group of finishes!  I have a copy of Quiltmaker magazine's new book, "Devoted to Scraps" to send to

That would be Deb S. Congratulations, Deb! Please send me your postal address and I'll send the book to you.

I count 127 finishes so far this year! And that doesn't include my own (I don't count me for the giveaways!). Wow! What do you think we should do next year? I'm thinking maybe a "BOM Finish" (what, you don't have 12 BOMs underway?). Or maybe a "quilt and bind" finish. Or perhaps just a "12 Finishes" finish.

A late entry!

I missed this email from Martha. She reports it uses a new "zig zag" tool. As soon as I find out who makes, it, I'll feature it on a Tuesday tool!

Hope to see your quilt here on December 1!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

One Block Wonder WIP Wednesday

The wonder is, why did I wait so long to make this quilt? 

One Block Wonder is the most fun I've had quilting in a long, long time! "Newbie Jen" at Quilter in the Closet has been sponsoring a One Block Wonder QAL. Last fall at Cindy's retreat in Cascade, Idaho my tablemate was making this quilt using this fabric:

I fell in love with her quilt, and because I had to race down to the airport in Boise to pick up My Little Sailor, I stopped off at Quilt Expressions in Garden City and bought all they had left of the fabric.

And the book:

When Jen announced the QAL, I dug out the fabric and the book and started cutting:

I made a few kaleidoscopes and put them up on the design wall to admire. This is going to be fun!

Finally, this week I finished making the rest of the blocks and spent an afternoon arranging them on the design wall in my new upstairs sewing room (with the really, really BIG design wall!):

Arranging the hexies is addictive!

Wait a minute, isn't that a little off center?


Of course, this quilt must be sewn together in ROWS, and you know I hate to sew row after row together. But this is one that cannot be taken down from the design wall, so it will be finished before I can start anything else!

Linking up to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River:

Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday is the October UFO Parade. Send me a message with a photo of your October finish by midnight tomorrow night to be included in the parade!

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