Our recent move reminded me how many UFOs (unfinished objects) I have sitting around. Two of these stalled quilts were ones I wanted to make for myself, but they kept getting put aside so I could do a project for somebody else. Well now it’s my turn. So, I think it’s time for my quilting New Year’s Resolution:
To finish these four projects!
I absolutely love blue and white patterns. So when I found the book Dutch Treat by Judy Garden, with 196 blocks inspired by Delft Designs, I decided it was time to learn a new applique technique! I found that I really enjoy doing reverse applique. I chose blocks and a layout planning to come back and add sashing and a border in a rich blue. As you can see, I still have 2 and a half large side panels to applique. But I also have a perfect space on the wall in my sewing room to hang this. So this project gets pushed high up on the To Sew List!
For a while, I belonged to a quilting group where members took turns handing out cut pieces for the others to assemble into blocks. The idea was that each member got one complete quilt top each year and everyone got together once a month to quilt on one of these projects. Well, my turn came around and I was in the middle of making Jack’s Quilt. So I quickly chose one of my favorite fabrics, the iris pattern in the center of 5 of these blocks, and planned these blue and yellow blocks. But because the project was prompted by the group’s schedule and not my choice, I never assembled the quilt, in spite of really liking the way the blocks came out. Since we’ve moved, my husband has decided he’d like me to make some runners for our living room. These colors are perfect for that room. So these blocks will help me make my husband happy by getting the runners done fairly quickly (for me)!
I’m kind of surprised that this project got stalled, because I’m nearly finished fusing the pieces onto the backing. Then it’s just a matter of adding the black bias tape and layering it. Quilting will be simple, just sewing over the edges of the bias tape. So, I resolve that this will be finished to be part of our Christmas decorations next year!
As an extra project one year, the group I mentioned earlier decided to do a heart block exchange. We each made 9 identical blocks and swapped. Mine is the one with two appliqued hearts in the center of the photo. I could never quite decide what to do with them, especially since I don’t usually decorate for Valentine’s Day. I’m still not sure what I will do with them. But in the interest of clearing out the closet of UFOs, I’ll add this to the bottom of the list. Maybe by the time I finish the others, along with my current projects, I’ll come up with a brilliant idea. Or maybe this will make next year’s list of resolutions. . . .