Friday, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

Still have snow on the ground in big piles from where the plowed snow was dumped. I am tired snow and ready for spring, but I have to admit the last snow we had was the most beautiful and made everything look clean again. That is easy for me to say, because I did not have to drive in or shovel snow. This is one of the advantages of being retired and living in an apartment.

Here are some things I have stitched since my last post:
The tree from Quilt Doodle Doodles the BOM.
All of Cindy's blocks are made of 2.5" squares. I redrafted the pattern to a 1" finished grid and used strips rather than squares for piecing. The green was left from another project that had 1.5" strips. It is connected to last months cabin block.

I have been trying to remember to use leader/ender piecing ala Bonnie Hunter. I finished 3 nine patches along with the tree. That makes 20 with the ones I pieced in February. Not sure how I will finish this.

I had a Bento Box in the UFO state for years. I liked the fabrics and colors but not the quilt. I unstitched the entire quilt and started over. A few new fabrics were added including sashing and boarders. The end product will be two quilts and a pillow.

The quilt on the left is for Jackie, a friend who is in a nursing home. It is backed with dark blue fleece and has a thin layer of polyester batting to make the stitch in the quilting slightly puffy. I have two more blocks to quilt and then bind.

I plan to use QAYG for the blocks on the right. They will also have dark blue sashing and a border. I am much more pleased with these two quilts in progress than I was with the original UFO. Just sorry that I did not take a comparison photo.