Saturday, March 12, 2016

One, Two, Three ...Quilt tops complete

So what do you do when you really don't have time to press, cut and sew a quilt but you want that feeling of completing a project?  Dig through the UFO's.  This can be just what a gal needs to get a quick finish adrenaline rush.   And clear out some much needed space for new projects.  The quilt top below had a little over half of the applique stitched in place when I pulled her out.


When designing this quilt I loved it but now it just doesn't feel right.    If I had to do it over again there would be a few changes.  No time for looking back, what's done is done.  And this one is DONE, well as done as it can be for now.  She still has a story to tell no matter how I feel about the design.  Her story is pretty much the same as most of my quilts, a mishmash of fabrics.   The background is my go-to background fabric, Kona White purchased at Joann's for 60% off the entire bolt.    And the thrifty doesn't stop there.   The teal is a Vintage fabric from an estate sale, possibly a linen.  The pink gingham is a Goodwill dust ruffle deconstructed, and the flower print is a vintage sheet.


The plan is for a scalloped edge and white binding that will follow the curve of the swag applique. 


Onto the next top.  It started out as an Autumn quilt.  With plans of scarecrows, pumpkins, vines ....blah blah blah.   After two attempts at finishing it I made the decision to just get it done easily with no applique.  Again the fabrics are a mishmash.  The greens were purchased at WalMart.  The navy blue(whole bolt) from a estate sale, probably dating back to the 80's or 90's and I'm guessing.  The orange(2 yards left) is also from my vintage stash.  Again, I'm guessing, maybe the 1970's and I love it.


The navy blue binding is cut, pieced and waiting for the day it's quilted.


I bet some of you recognize this little dresden.  Before sharing the entire quilt I want to talk about my applique of choice.  Turned edge applique, machine stitched in place with Superior Threads Mono Poly thread.  After it's quilted and washed the mistake below will not be visible.  I LOVE THIS THREAD.  It really does what it says it will and more. 


This is going to be a challenge to quilt.  I'm already playing around with an idea or two.


Can you find my piecing error below?  Some of you may remember my test block blunder.   After very little thought the decision was made to leave the mistake in the quilt for character...that's a nice way of saying I'm to lazy to care about fixing it.  


That's it, they're all folded and tucked away in the needs to be quilted drawer.   It feels good to have these tops complete.  Maybe after my UFO quilt top marathon, I'll muster up the strength to have a quilting marathon!  Don't hold your breath....HAHA!

~ Lea Anne ~

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16 comments:

  1. you must be so pleased to have these at the quilting stage all of them very nice but if I were to pick a favourite it would be your little dresden

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  2. Awesomeness!!! If you want some ideas for the quilting on your first I suggest you browse the Sew Kind Of Wonderful site. I'd be dying to quilt that one if it were mine!!

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  3. Wow Lea you must work non-stop to create such large quilts. They are all beautiful too!

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  4. Wow--your recycled and vintage fabrics make some awesome quilts! I don't think leaving (!) that little piecing error is bad at all--I love a little quirkiness in a quilt. I'm looking forward to seeing your quilts quilted--they are all lovely!

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  5. They are all splendid, I piarticularly like the first one, as I am in awe of your impressive points!

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  6. VERY pretty tops! My favorite is your dresden plate flower garden. So happy!

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  7. I love the first one. And the second one, and the third one, but really the first one. I don't even like the colors but I love them together in the quilt. You did a great job on all of them.

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  8. Shew wee!! You make the prettiest quilts!! Love love love!

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  9. Wow, you have been busy! All of your tops are just lovely! We are featuring your quilt over on the FWFS blog! Thank you for stopping by and linking up!

    http://fortworthfabricstudio.blogspot.com/2016/03/fabric-frenzy-friday-features_14.html

    Lindsey

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  10. They are all beautiful. What a lot of work..

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  11. These are great! What is the pattern name for your third top? I think my granddaughter would love this. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Beautiful projects all of them. But my favorite of the group is that last one. Such pretty flowers.

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  13. They are all so beautiful but I favor the border on the first one. The one with all the flowers (last quilt) is really an eye catcher. I just love all of those multi-sized dresdon plates and your choice is color is always superior.

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  14. Lovely quilts! I was particularly pleased to see the glorified nine patch. I am in the process of repairing a vintage glorified nine patch top and am trying to decide how to quilt it. I hope you post it when you are done. Looking for ideas.

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  15. Love the Dresden quilt! I'm so glad you left the "mistake"! I have a similar mistake in a quilt I made and it makes me smile. Quilts don't always have to be perfect to be wonderful! One question- how do you turn the edges under so evenly? I have a bunch of vintage dresdens and you have inspired me!

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