Sunday, June 1, 2014

June UFO Parade

I know of no quilter who doesn't have at least one UFO -- Un-Finished Object. Those of use who have many are striving to finish 12 UFO in 2014. Click here to see how you can play along!

First, the UFO number for July:

My #10 UFO is another Thangles Buck-a-Block project. And I know it's not going to be finished this month, because the DH and I are going on vacation. Good thing those UFOs don't cost anything to keep, huh?

I did finish my May UFO, my Farmer's Wife quilt. I'm waiting to share a photo until it comes back from the long-arm quilter.

However, 52 Quilts followers sent in some incredible finishes for May!

Heather send in her May finish the first week, so she could go on to work on her garden -- "another UFO!"

Read all about it on Heather's blog, Peachy Pages.

One of our newer "finishers," Katie, is going great guns. She tells me this quilt was "started in 1996 by my quilt group the Winters Dam Quilters. I assembled the squares and appliquéd the leaves in each corner. It is all hand quilted. It took me 9 months to hand quilt, working an average of two hours per day."

I have to show you this close-up of Katie's hand quilting:

And look, she used Susie's Magic Binding!

Gorgeous, Katie! I'd love to see this one in person! Maybe while we're on vacation in Idaho?

Ohmygoodness, just look at this beauty by Debra B!

Here's a closeup:

And here is the "back story," in Deb's own words:
My UFO is entitled Dipped in Chocolate and it is by Button Stitch Designs. The blocks are made up of 1.25" strips and then made into 4-patches. The total 4-patch size is 2", if you can believe that. You then put four 4-patches together with a 1.25" sashing between the 4-patches. This then makes a 4.5" block. I have 840 4-patches in this quilt. It is 14 x 15 blocks in size. The total size of this quilt was to be 65 3/4 x 74 3/4 with borders. Mine turned out to be 75 x 84 - I was having such a good time I didn't know when to stop.
Wow! Debra says she has been making large quilts since the first of the year, and thinks it is time for some stitchery work or applique. I agree, Deb!

Donna gets the prize for the cutest photo this month -- here is her grandson with the pillow Donna made him for his birthday:

How fun is that?  Donna writes:

My grandson has been crawling up onto his pillow to go to sleep in his crib. But it was a normal sized bed pillow so he was pretty scrunched up. So for his 2nd birthday this week, I made him a 24” x 24” pillow with monkey fabric and leftover batting/stuffing.

When he saw all his birthday gifts, he went right over to the pile and grabbed the pillow first saying ‘Pillow!” I refuse to believe he chose that one first because it was the only unwrapped one.
 Hey, Sandi, I think I have this same quilt in my UFO bin:

As you might remember, Sandi's quilt names begin with the letter "K." She had help naming this one:

My sister Karen came up with Koliding Krosses as a name.  Seems appropriate for this design by Cheryl Malkowski ( called Earth and Sea.  It was a free pattern provided by Timeless Treasures in 2009 to introduce new Tonga Batiks.
Here is a link for those who want to see more about Koliding Krosses: 
kwiltnkats: Sunday Stash Report, May 18, 2014
I'm going to look for that one, Sandi, the finished project is inspiring!

Oh man, here is another project that I've also started! Kerry finished her Scrappy Trip Around the World:

This quilt was started in a workshop with Bonnie Hunter a couple of years ago and your UFO challenge was the perfect opportunity to “get it done” The pattern is Scrappy Trip Around the World and is a free pattern on Bonnie’s website. It uses up a lot of 2.5” strips and was made from many leftovers from other projects. Red is my favorite color, so that became the border!

Here is the link to my blog:
Kerry, I love it!

Doesn't Gill's finish just make you jealous? 

Here's the story, and why it makes me want to vacation with Gill:

This one feels great to finish! I started this wall hanging last year on holiday in France. It is for our hallway and is a picture of the lighthouse and beach huts/cafés/restaurants that are about 100 metres from the campsite we visit every year. There are some small appliqué embellishments to represent some of the different food outlets, and the bench we like to sit on to eat our ice creams! It is very densely hand quilted - every hut in a different design - I almost began to regret starting off on that road, feeling that I had bitten off more than I could chew! However, sitting in the French sunshine again this year on holiday, I finally finished it. I cleared the beach towels off the washing line behind our caravan to take the photo!
Gill, it's stunning -- and it just looks like the perfect holiday!

Here's a pattern I bet a lot of us have started -- but not yet finished!  It's "Twisting Twenty," made by Betsy:

It's from the "Turning Twenty" book. Betsy says the blocks are really fast to make, and great way to use up scraps. Something for "Sunday is for Scraps," Betsy!

Mary finished a charity quilt made from orphan "improv" blocks. So cute!

For charity quilts, I like Mary's machine-stitched binding:

More details on Mary's blog ZippyQuilts.

Noela is getting ready for the holiday season with her "Cabin in the Woods" table topper:

She writes:
I started this about 2 years ago when i joined an online shop for  Xmas in July. This was a pattern provided by one of the designers Janelle Wind. I have always loved log cabin blocks as my first foray into quilting was learning how to make a log cabin quilt. I’m really happy with the quilting and feel at last I am getting much better at it.
Your quilting looks great, Noela -- and I love this block design!

Donna slipped in a second finish at the last minute. She writes "A table runner using a small jelly roll I got on sale at JoAnn’s. All the fabric is of natural looking material resembling stone like marble and slate."

Donna, my DH would love the colors in this one!

We have a new finisher this month! Christine sent a photo of her "Shortcake" made with Fig Tree & Co.'s "California Girl." I love this fabric line -- in fact, I made the same quilt with the same fabric a few years ago!

Here's a "glamour shot" that shows off the fabric better:

Twelve finishes! Let's see who the Random Number Generator chooses to win the prize this month:

I love it! #12 is our newest finisher, Christine! I've sent you an email asking for your postal address, Christine, and your prize will be in the mail as soon as I receive your address.

Oops, here is a last-minute entry! Elisa writes:
I chose a smaller project since we were on vacation for 2 weeks. This came back from the long-arm quilter just in time for me to finish for this month's challenge. I ran out of binding fabric (I'd originally planned to bind it in the same orange as the front blocks), and had to "sub" in these cute fish. Sometimes mistakes are a good thing!  And because fish don't always go with the flow, one binding strip is attached so that group is swimming against the tide.

So cute, Elisa!

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  1. Congratulations Christine - beginners luck!!
    all great projects and a special "Well Done" to anyone who hand quilts.

  2. Great lot of finishes again. Congrats to Christine on her win. Thanks for hosting Marti. Hugs......

  3. Congratulations Christine! And oh my god, Debra's was amazing, such tiny 4 patches. She must be a crazy woman for sure! Great work everyone. I didn't quite get there this month, I might have to blame my lack of finishing on our new puppy, she's been quite a distraction this month!

  4. Another great parade!! Congrats to Christine on the win and the quilt. I love the contrast of the white among the lighter colors. And I love the improv blocks that Mary made. What great colors! And Debs...just makes me hungry! They look like little chocolate truffles! Great job at the artistry of how you assembled all those little 4 blocks. And Katie, you are an inspiration. Your work is both beautiful and an inspiration to complete my handwork quilt that I have been lamenting over for the past 2 years.


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