I thought I would check back and let you know how I have been doing finishing my UFO’s. Well it’s hard to dig into my pile of unfinished projects if I keep starting new ones! But these I have at least started AND finished–and I’ve made a dent in my stash as well. My quilt guild provides quilts for a women’s and children’s shelter in our area, so these will go to a good home.
Instead of trying to follow a pattern, I took fabrics that seemed to go together and just started sewing pieces together in a “Gwen Marston” fashion.
I kept adding pieces until I had a quilt top about 40 x 40 inches. Then I tried to make them a little more interesting by adding some simple applique that I attached with my long arm. It’s “raw edge” applique so the edges might curl up a little when washed, but I think that will just add some interesting texture. I tried to simulate a blanket stitch on the these stars. It make a quick finish, I brought the backing fabric around to the front to do a mock binding.
I had so much fun making these quilts. They were simple, yet I was able to use my creativity AND use up some of my stash of fabrics. I am ashamed to admit, that I probably have the materials on hand to make a hundred more! I may not have time to make that many, but I will definitely make more. It feels good to use my time for such a worthy cause.
Now I just need to wash and dry them before our guild meeting tonight.
Sometime ago, I painted a little painting that featured a red bird basking in the sunshine. I thought the design would make a great applique project. So I recently drew out the pattern and made this small quilted wallhanging. It hangs in my front entryway.
I used machine applique (my preferred method because it is faster!) and added some simple quilting. Yes, I actually pieced those little red squares!
It came out pretty close to the original painting. So what do you think?
Greet the Day original watercolor painting on board 5″ x 7″. Available in my Etsy Shop.
I’ve thought for sometime that my watercolor drawings would translate well into applique. I really like how this came out. After drawing the pattern, I transfered it to a paper back fusible. I then cut out the separate parts of the flower and ironed them onto the blue background. I used then a machine satin stitch to secure the edges The block measures about 10″ square. I haven’t done any quilting yet.
Here’s the watercolor drawing that was my inspiration.
I just have enough fabric to make a couple more blocks. Rather than try to make this quilt (as cute as it is) I think I will make a table runner or wall hanging. Then it might actually get made in this decade! I will certainly share when I have a finished, quilted project.