Saturday, June 30, 2012

June UFO Finished!

This month was challenging in terms of finishing  #12 on my UFO wish list, but in the end...it was accomplished by the deadline, and I am very pleased with how it turned out! 
This UFO started the month being a pile of blocks, a couple of which required reconstructive surgery! 
Then I added three borders...two scrappy and one easy. It was a fun part of the creative process of finishing this quilt to challenge myself to use up as many of the scraps as possible in the first two borders.
The machine quilting was fun. I tried a new (to me) free motion idea in the blocks, 4 large melon shapes and 4 small melon shapes. Although it was a lot of stops and starts (32 to be exact!) I enjoyed quilting the block designs.
Here are the quilting designs on the two last borders...all "eyeballed" and free motion. No marking to do, but you must park any OCD tendencies at the door, since it is WAY far from perfect! In my quilting world, completion is preferred over perfection!
This is the yummy orange and yellow plaid on the back of the quilt. I really dislike how the corners of the quilting design on the last border came together. But again I remind myself...completion is preferred over perfection!
And this is one more finished UFO that will be donated to my guild's comfort quilt project. The finished size is 52" x 64".
I really like this photo of the quilt with the sun shining on the quilting and giving it lots of texture. 
Today marks the half way point of 2012, and I am so pleased that I have finished half of the UFO's from my 2012 wish list...I am 6 for 6!
However, #3 is the project number that Judy picked for July, and it's a big quilt (Roll, Roll, Cotton Bowl) so I might break my finishing streak this month.
Hop over to Patchwork Times to see the other #12 UFO projects that were completed this month.

26 comments:

Béa said...

Wow ! beautiful job. XXX

Susan said...

"you must park any OCD tendencies at the door" SO TRUE and I think that's the hardest part of free motion quilting! Great quilt!!!!

Elaine M said...

Wonderful, what great borders. Love the picture in the sun.

scraphappy said...

Amazing finish! The quilting really makes this one special. Love the melons in two sizes. Borders are fabulous as well. So smart to plan it around whatever you have left. Good luck with next month, RRCB is a really nice quilt, well worth the extra effort involved.

scraphappy said...

Oh, forgot to say that I really like the purple quilting sampler at the top of your blog. Super cute!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Your new header photo is beautiful and soils your finished quilt! I love how it sparkles in the sun!

beaquilter said...

that turned out AWESOME! love that color combination here, usually I don't like orange, but THIS looks great!! and love the little tips of orange on the border, clever!

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

That middle outer border...with the orange "flying geese" in the middle!.... LOVE IT!!!!

Your OCD comment hits home; BUT....your quilting is SUPERBLY done! Truly! Great finish.

Debbie said...

IT turned out great. I love how you brought the orange triangles into the border here and there!

Judy D in WA said...

Love the new header picture!!
And your quilting is fabulous! I love what you did with the borders. Look at you, 6 for 6. You will get your RRCB finished. I know you will.

Sarah said...

Love this quilt! The orange really makes it pop. Congratulations on the finish of another UFO!

AnnieO said...

Finished is better than perfect is totally true in my world too, but I'm not seeing any lack of it on your quilt! Wow, wonderful quilting in the borders. I've done that loop thing but not the overlapping rope look....will have to try it! Hmm, #3, huh, will have to check out my list now.

Deb Robertson said...

I've said it before but I love this quilt so much. It's perfection. I'll be sad to not see it anymore

audrey said...

It is wonderful! I love the cheddar and your quilting is perfect.:)

Kate said...

Congrats on the finish. Beautiful quilt, love the little bit of yellow/orange mixed in with all the blue.

Karen said...

I like the term "reconstructive surgery". A little ripping and restitching and good blocks in the end.

Bonnie said...

I think your quilting is great, and the quilt is wonderful. Who needs perfection when you have such a terrific finish!

Mary said...

Looks wonderful, the quilting is great!

I'm also on track with 7 UFO's completed this year and I hadn't seen Judy's post yet so I ran to look at what my #3 is and it's a finished top .... Yea!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me about getting over the OCD when it comes to quilting. I don't plan on my quilts being judged or heirlooms, they need to be finished and used. You did a wonderful job of quilting. Thanks for sharing.
cindy

Janet O. said...

Just beautiful--what a fresh combination of colors. Wonderful quilting job, too.
I don't think my OCD tendencies can find a parking space. : )

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on your finish - beautiful! Love what you did with the borders and quilting. Great job :)

Ellen said...

Your quilt is wonderful! I can't believe that you did all of that fantastic quilting free hand - it looks so good.

Jo said...

Great quilting!!

Jean said...

You are an inspiration to people doing free motion machine quilting on their home machines. This is awesome! Very homey, pretty quilt.

Candace said...

Awesome quilt, I love plaids and that cheddery color really pops the whole quilt.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

This is a beautiful quilt...I think this is one of your best. Love the improv quilting for the borders...they are fantastic :-)