Sunday, May 30, 2010

My UFO 9-Patch is finished and a UFO no more! and my Spring to Finish Challenge Final Report Card

Here it is...my UFO 9-Patch finished and a UFO no more! It is my second finish for the Spring to Finish Challenge from Jacqui at Tallgrass Prairie Studio and I got it done just in time-today is the end of the Challenge!Its fairly simply quilted but thanks to Debbie from Jerusalem Notes: Fiberwork from Debbie's comment I did add these little feathers in the light triangles. I auditioned several patterns for this space and wasn't happy with any until this one...funny little feathers aren't they. Actually for some reason they make me think of crabs (and scorpions-which isn't such a nice thought so I'm trying to forget that one!).
I just had to share the back...a few years ago a friend gave me several sample panels of barkcloth from her upholstery fabric store. I always knew I'd use them on the back of a quilt and have been waiting for just the right one. I just love contrast of the vibrant back with the very quiet front of the quilt. You can actually see the quilted cable in the border better from the back than the front.
I wish I could just free sew feathers like I see others do but I'm not there yet...so I used a stencil and my favorite washable graphite marker from Morgan Quality Products...I actually own two of these because if I ever lost one I'd go nuts!
A special thanks to Karen of Quilts,etc....I tried her machine zigzagging of quilt batting pieces and it worked like a dream. You can see the two batts are perfectly abutted together with no overlapping at all and this was so much faster than my old by hand way!
Now its time to give you my report card for this Challenge...I'm a very generous marker and I give myself a B+. I had 3 projects listed:.
1. Finish the String Quilt-done!
2. Finish the UFO 9-Patch top and quilt it-done!
3. Quilt my Black ,White and Red log cabin quilt - I've taken the top and backing fabric out of the closet...that's it-all I have to report.

So why am I giving myself a B+ instead of a C...well I did some extra credit work! :) I finished the two pillows that had been hanging around for quite a while!

Now I'm hopping over to Tallgrass Prairie Studio to see all the fabulous finishes for the Spring to Finish Challenge!

14 comments:

Debbie said...

At least someone is getting something done, Miri! The quilting motif does sort of look like crabs, but it makes all the difference in the quilt. Looks great!

karenfae said...

glad the zig zag machine stitch worked for you to - it is nice to use up some of the left over batting isn't it.
Great job on getting some quilts finished - I am working towards that goal too :)
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Heather said...

YOur quilt turned out lovely. Nice choice for the quilting.

jacquie said...

congratulations! that's great work! i think i'd up that grade a bit!! don't forget to come by tomorrow to enter for the prizes!

Barb said...

Your quilt turned out wonerfully....doing the batting that way sure does save time and bumps.

Julia said...

Beautiful Miri...I love the quilting...I still can not do feathers..
Julia ♥

Muddling Through said...

Love your quilt, and how fun that it has two distinct personalities!

Susan said...

Scorpions! You will not want to think of them every time you throw the quilt over you. LOL! Your work is lovely, Miri.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! And good job on those finishes. I barely got any done. No quilts! I like the knife edge binding idea. That might be perfect for a wall hanging I have going on.

Deborah said...

Looks great!

Threeundertwo said...

Congratulations on another finish! The quilting is beautiful. One of my goals is to learn how to do freehand feathers. I'm a stenciller too.

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Sandi (Meme) said...

I love your quilts! You are extremely talented and so full of energy! Thanks for stopping over and making a comment on my vintage napkins, loved meeting you! Have a wonderful "rest" of the week! Sandi

Sarah Craig said...

Your quilt is beautiful- I love the feathers. I'd have to say they look like turkeys - but that's probably because I have turkeys strutting around my yard almost every day right now!