Thursday, January 6, 2011

UFO Progress

I've got my work cut out for me this year, since I'm participating in 2 UFO challenges (Patchwork Times and Patchwork Penguin). I was really lucky that both of the projects chosen for this month were small and relatively easy to complete. For Patchwork Times, #6 was chosen and here's the finished product.
To finish this project, I had sew the blocks together (all blocks had been pieced, but only a few had been sewn together), join the rows, quilt, and bind. I quilted this very simply. I free-motion quilted around the stars and then quilted through the center of the blue area to connect the stars. I then quilted along a couple of the zig zags in the red and cream pieces. I'm really pleased with the outcome. Jack thinks it looks very Naval, and I have to say that I agree. He had a good idea for if I decided to make another one of these. I should get the rating of a Navy veteran and include it somewhere on the quilt. Uh, Dad was a Navy vet and I'm thinking I would love to make one with his information.

For Patchwork Penguin's #3, I had to finish Sadie's quilt.(The poor child is almost 5 months old and still doesn't have her quilt!) All that needed done was the quilting and binding. Here's the finished project.
To quilt this, I stitched in the ditch around the stars and also stitched a star in the center star area. I then quilted the spiderwebs in 1" increments. I LOVE how this turned out. The best part is that I used Nite Lite Extra Glow thread from Superior Threads for the entire top, and a variegated thread for the back (Cabash #826, Rainbows by Superior Threads). I wish I could show you the glowing quilt but alas, I'm camera-challenged and can't get it to work. It really is awesome!

I'm excited to have finished both challenge projects so early in the month. I seriously doubt that'll happen too many times during these challenges, but a girl can dream, right?

Now I'm off to piece my 4 remaining New York Beauty blocks for Glacier Star. Well, maybe I'll look around and see what else might tickle my fancy. Afterall, I have until January 21st until we meet again for the class. :-)


Quilter Kathy said...

How fabulous that you finished TWO UFO's this month! They are both beautiful! Congrats!

Dionne said...

Your finishes are beautiful!

Heather said...

Both just gorgeous quilts! Now you know how much you really can accomplish in a month! Congratulations!