Friday, March 24, 2017

Lollipop quilt

So happy to have another quilt finished. I appreciate the American Patchwork and Quilting UFO Challenge as it continues to motivate me to finish quilts that have been started several years ago.  This Lollipop quilt was a pattern from Guild Crafters in Berkley Michigan. They had a sample there one day when I was in and I just loved the colors though I wasn't too sure about the applique. I started this quilt in April of 2008, quickly finishing the center part but stalling on the applique. Originally I was planning on learning needle turn applique with this quilt but after about 5 stems I decided that wasn't for me so I had put some heat and bond on the circles planning on machine appliqueing them on.  That was when this project stalled and it sat in a box for the last 8 years, through a move and job changes and kids growing up and so on.  This past August after learning applique the Pat Sloan way through the splendid sampler, I picked up the project again. I definitely would have used the heat and bond a different way if I had know but I made due with how I had it and finished the piecing and appliqueing in September. Determined to quilt the 8 quilts ready for quilting I embarked on one project at a time.  The quilting for this quilt began in February and last night I put in the last binding stitches.  Now it will sit on the back of one of my couches displayed for all to see and I'm on to the next quilt in the stack that needs to be quilted.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tumbling block quilt

I have promised myself that I'm going to finish quilts this year instead of always starting new ones. It' been awhile since I blogged but I thought this would be a great way to document this year's work.  I joined American Patchwork and Quilting's UFO Challenge to motivate me to finish, finish, finish. I chose 12 quilts to finish and each month APQ chooses one to finish.  January was quilt number 6, I did finish piecing my January challenge but it hasn't been quilted yet. February was quilt number 8 and I finished putting in the last binding stitch on February 28th. This is Not Your Grandmother's Tumbling Block Quilt.

I started this quilt back in the early 2000's when I was new to quilting after watching an episode of Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts on HGTV. Since I was new to quilting I didn't always make the best color choices so I put it away. It stayed in a box through a move from Michigan to North Carolina and stayed in a box awhile longer until this past May when I pulled it out again.  I finished piecing it on June 13, 2016 and as usual it sat for a bit more until I got around to quilting it.  Now that it's finished I do love the final results and I'm so glad to check one quilt off my list as finished.