Thursday, January 12, 2012

A start and a finish...

This is the "year of the finish" for me. Too many UFO's from last year's experimental frenzy...
Brownie "helping" with piecing backs for quilts...

So my first finish of the year is this falling leaves quilt. Think it was on the cover of a magazine but I can't find the pattern...heck I was lucky to find the UFO! Anyway, I sewed the final border on this morning. I'll hand it off to my friend Maggie, a long-arm quilter, at retreat this weekend. This will count as my January finish! Whoohooo....

Now I am allowing myself one start this year. I've had the pattern for Spigs and Stars for over a year and have been putting aside fabrics as I've worked on other quilts. Two of my quilting friends, Paula and Judy, also are going to do this quilt however they are all going to look very different (mine sort of traditional, Judy in Kaffe Fassets on a lime green background, and Paula is using wools and silks and piping on a red background.)

We plan to make 8 blocks a month. So far I have pieced four stars and have four applique blocks prepped to bring to retreat. The piecing is no problem. We'll see how long these applique blocks take!

Now back to organizing and packing for retreat...need to bake that pound cake and make sure I have enough projects....

6 comments:

Janet O. said...

Your leaf quilt finish has got to feel good! Love finding a UFO that is almost finished!
I've seen the Sprigs and Stars quilt on other blogs. It is a beauty.
Oh, have fun at retreat. Everyone seems to be going off to retreats this month. Enjoy!

Clare said...

Oh I love that photo of Brownie. Typical cat pose. Pipette was testing my Lib Amish quilt again this afternoon.

Love the Falling Leaves quilt. It looks very liberated. You'd never think it was from a pattern.

Gypsy Quilter said...

I really like the border you chose for the maple leaf. Pulls it all together beautifully. It's so nice the kitties are helping today. If only Dolly could help me choose fabric. Have a lovely time on retreat.

Celia said...

Love your leaf quilt, both the colours and the design. Also the stars are looking good.

Richard Healey said...

I like the leaf block. I have yet to make a large pieced quit. I am working on a sampler. New to quilting. Admire the effort.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Good to get something finished this early in the year... Congrats.