Sunday, February 27, 2011

UFO Challenge - February

Finishing my UFO challenge this month turned out to be a delight!
Judy pulled #10 for the February challenge.  My #10 was a round robin project of my quilt guild from at least 10 years ago...long enough for many of the details to have escaped me :)
My round robin started with this flower block. The pattern may have been by Jeanne Prue, but I don't see it on her website, so I might not be remembering this correctly. I used to love the intricately pieced flower blocks that she posted on her website. (She now has some state flower blocks posted - click here.) If you recognize this block pattern, please tell me where I got it from!
I was so pleased with myself at the time because I hand painted the pink and yellow flower fabrics and was so happy to be using my own fabrics in a quilt.
Then my block went to the round robin, and 2 guild members ( I think it was Sue K and Sharon B? I know you read my blog Sue...am I remembering this right?!?) added borders to it. Since then it has been sitting in the UFO closet because I was sure I was going to make it into a larger wallhanging.  My idea was to add more mini basket blocks as another border. But I could never get the size right and the idea just didn't gel.
Finally I decided that this project was as big as it was going to be, and I wanted to enjoy it instead of having it sitting in a dark (and overstuffed) UFO closet!
I just had to remove the paper from the back of the HST border, baste and quilt. I did some straight line quilting with my walking foot...nothing fancy. The hardest thing about finishing this quilt was deciding on the binding fabric. I couldn't decide between the green or a light plaid that has all the colours of the quilt. Since it is a spring wallhanging, I went with the lighter colour plaid cut on the bias and am really happy with it now.
The finished size is 17" x 19" and it is already hanging on the wall for my enjoyment!
You can see lots of other finished UFO's from February over at Judy's blog - click here.
The new UFO number pulled is #1, which I have located and am looking forward to working on in March.

21 comments:

  1. I like the flower basket block that you started with. The additional rows around it adds to it's charm. Finished is good.

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  2. A perfect Spring decoration! Time to put away all winter related decorations!

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  3. As slight as it may be....I love the fabric used for the binding!! Great finish and good use of HSTs as a frame.

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  4. Very nice, I'm enjoying the challenge also.

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  5. Your work is beautiful and you are to be commended for finishing something that had been languishing so long. Usually when a project is more than three years old, I end up abandoning it.

    Mary

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  6. It feels so good to finish a project..now you have a wonderful wallhanging to enjoy!

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  7. Just the thing to remind you of the promise of Spring........ Aren't finishes just the best thing..........

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  8. Really fun! Nice and cheerful!

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  9. Very cute. My UFO was just as old as yours, it sure gives a lot of satisfaction to get those old ones done.

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  10. Perfect finish and timely for Spring. Good job. Judy C

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  11. That is such a great looking wall hanging. Spring has come early to your house.

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  12. I love the plaid binding. Great job!!

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  13. It is so beautiful and that is neat that you hand-painted the flower material!

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  14. What a great wallhanging! I think the plaid is perfect for the binding!

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  15. It is perfect for spring! Congratulations on the finish Kathy!

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  16. Congratulations on finishing up a UFO. It's a beautiful piece, love your center block!

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  17. Oh this is so pretty - and I really do like the plaid binding. It gives it a lot of life.

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  18. How lovely is that! this has been a great challenge!

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  19. So pretty! And so nice that now you can really enjoy it. Congrats!

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  20. Great finish, Kathy! The center block reminds me of a free BOTM called "Peace Garden" by Forget-Me-Not Studio. It's from 2002. I saved some of the patterns, but didn't get all of them.

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  21. Beautiful. You always make the coolest quilts!

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