Friday, July 27, 2012

July UFO Update and a new project!

Here I am...quilting away on the border of this UFO.  Can you see these old gardening gloves? Why is it that my fancy Machingers are usually the gloves I can't find, but these old, thread-covered cheapos from the dollar store are always just hanging around waiting for me?!?!
And it's too hot for quilting gloves anyway! But I am a sucker for a goal deadline, so I kept at it.
Here is a photo of the border quilting. I used a beige thread on a dull fabric, so you probably can't see the quilting, but it's a kind of swirly feather design with a wavy spine.
Now I am ready to get this binding stitched down, and am very happy to be so close to a finish.
And I must confess (is this the quilt confessional?!?) that I started a new project! I couldn't resist... I know, I know, I have no will power, I am powerless against the forces of startitis 
I love Tetris and saw that Melissa is hosting a Tetris quiltalong. I thought it would be a great way to use up some old bright fabrics in my stash and might become an interesting donation quilt. I am using 3" squares, and am not sure how many Tetris blocks I will end up making.


Here is week #1 block.
I am using black for the empty squares, and having lots of fun playing with various layouts of the pieces that Melissa posted.
Some of my Tetris pieces will be continued in the block that will be above this one.




Here's my block for week #2. 
I have no idea how this thing will turn out, but it's been a great stress reliever this week to focus on arranging these squares.
To visit the Week #2 linky party, click here, and then tell me if you're tempted to start cutting squares and playing some quilty Tetris?!?

16 comments:

vtquilter said...

Arrrgggh! I saw Amy was doing this and so far I am resisting joining. I really have to finish some other things up first....but maybe in a couple of weeks I might have to join in. I'll enjoy watching others for now. Love your blocks.

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

LOL....LOVE the new project! And those certainly ARE fun and bright fabrics :)
Excellent perseverance on your July UFO; excellent, excellent discipline :)

scraphappy said...

You are close to finishing an old project, so starting something new seems like a great reward. It looks like a super fun quilt along -- you are all making it SO hard to resist!

Janet O. said...

Very fun, bright blocks. I have so little bright fabric left in my stash I probably couldn't make enough of these blocks for a lap quilt. : )

Teresa in Music City said...

What a fun way to use up those bright scraps - and using black as the neutrals will really sparkle it up! I was really tempted to do the Tetris QAL, but just couldn't add it to the mix of things I need to get done in the near future. I will enjoy watching yours take shape :*) New projects give us a boost of energy and restore our engines.... GO FOR IT!!!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Well, look at you go!!! When you finish that one you can come over here and finish mine!!ha!

Darlene said...

Kathy, you are a production machine. Scrap Jar Stars???? LOL

Mary said...

Resisting and living through you this time~!

Jean said...

YOu do a wonderful job quilting on your home machine. The Tetris blocks look like fun!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I applaud you for tackling machine quilting on a domestic machine. I hand quilt cause it is easier for me, unfortunately not very fast. A fellow blogger just finished a tetris quilt here is the link if would like to see it.

http://materialblessings.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html

Kate said...

Congrats on the UFO progress! Love your Tetris blocks, so bright and fun.

Kathy said...

Beautiful brights on the Tetris. It's going to make somebody really happy when it's done.

Anonymous said...

I feel like I am getting nothing done when I read this blog.....STOP IT!!! No really keep up the good work.Love the gloves by the way...have a pair too. But hate having to take them off to rethread and stuff. I use finger cots.Look like small condoms. You find them in the drug store for putting over cuts and they work great....and you don't have to take them off for rethreading.There is your useful or useless info for the day!!!
Northern Blog Stalk - Scrappy Nanna

Melissa Corry said...

These are so bright and happy!!! I just love how happy the prints are :)

Marei said...

You need to be quarantined as I have now caught your STARTITIS!! Thanks for that....now on to making Tetris blocks 1 & 2. Gotta love 'em. mdmontalvo@yahoo.com

Amanda said...

You're tetris block looks great! I love the bright colors.