Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Table Runners for MCC

Last week I posted a quilt called "The Eighties Called".  I used blocks from my favourite mission thrift store to create a quilt that will sell for more money than the bits would individually.  It was the last of the UFOs I had borrowed.

I mentioned this tragedy to a friend.  The next day she showed up at my office with four more projects.  Here are two of them, completed.

The tops were completed, they just needed a bit of quilting and / or binding.

The next two are a little bit more complicated - full sized tops!  The first is HSTs.  That should be easy, she said naively.  The second is diamonds.  That one will be a bit more challenging.

If possible, they need to be done by the end of  May, but no pressure, my friend said.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I'm Blue

Pattern:  Jelly Roll Race

Size:  Queen - This size doesn't work naturally for the Jelly Roll Race pattern so I used these instructions to get it right.

Reason:  My husband asked me to make a quilt for a friend's birthday.  

Thoughts:  I used a new quilt pattern.  Paisley  It was very enjoyable to stitch.  I loved the patterns the built up thread made.  So pretty!!  Must do again.

The quilt was named named for a silly song that the recipient likes.

Fabrics:  I scrounged the city for the right colours.  MCC, Marshall's, my stash and Fabricland all figured in.  I got some really good deals.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Eighties Called

Size:  46 x 54

Reason:  This is a quilt that I pieced together from blocks borrowed from MCC back in 2014.  I couldn't understand the layout of the blocks the original piecer was intending so many were ripped apart and resewn so that I could create something that made sense to me.

The lighter blue and the pink sashings were included with the project when it was first donated.

Fabric:  My MIL gave me a gorgeous cream sheet a while ago.  It was perfect for the back of this quilt. The leftover bits made the back fun.  The binding was bought for another project but ended up not working.  I'm pleased that it fits in so well here.

Thoughts:  I'm glad this is done.  I'm not a fan of pink and blue.  It's time to give the eighties back its colour scheme.  Other have told me they really like it so clearly it's not as bad as I think it is.

Mostly I quilted this from the back.  I wanted to mark the lines.  They showed better on the cream.  I put on my big girl panties and used a dark coloured thread that *gasp* shows.  Mistakes show up must faster when using contrasting thread.

Back to MCC it goes.  I'm not sure but this might be the last UFO that I borrowed from MCC.  I should ask for more.