Thursday, 6 April 2017

17ufosin2017 March update

Well I've managed to tip over into the next month again, this could be recurring pattern but at least I'm blogging once a month šŸ˜Š
For March I completed the Chester County Criswell Quilt top and I was very happy with the saw tooth border. Not a great pic taken quickly the night before it was whisked off to the quilter.


I had some trouble choosing and finding enough of a fabric for the backing, these were some options...



The paisley at the top won by a clear majority popular vote. I can't wait to get this quilt back and sew on the binding.

I've also been plugging away at the Value Proposition Quilt, by stamping out the 338 hexies required for the centre pathway. 



I am managing to achieve the desired look of a subtle change between the path around the rosettes and the centre path.


A squishy package arrived from the Temulca Quilt Company...


I have been inspired by other bloggers like Susan, Hilda and Marian with their beautiful hand quilting and so I think I might have a go at quilting the Value Proposition Quilt by hand (eek!). I thought this kit would be a good starting point - wish me luck!


We had a G'nT Sisters retreat last weekend so I've been working on "that" quilt (no, not Dear Jane). It's the one where we are all making a version that combines Jeanna Kimball appliques with pieced blocks. 



I decided to use newsprint for the applique blocks but it's been such a challenge finding fabrics that will show on this that I'm going to call my quilt 'Reading the Fine Print'.


This house block is my current favourite (I even managed to sneak in some broderie perse)



For the 17ufosin2017 Challenge I've been trying to just work on 2-3 projects. I did a bit of applique on the December block for my Vases of Flowers wall quilt. I'm a bit over the tiny pieces involved and I can't find the perle cotton I've been using for the embroidery...anyway it's something to pick up now and then.


Happy sewing and I'll see you at the end of the month, let's see if I can make it by the 30th of April 30th?!?
Cheers
Carole


19 comments:

  1. Lovely work.... Esp love the brights on the newspaper print.....

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  2. Congratulations on getting your top done, it is sensational! Love the backing choice as well. I am so happy to hear you are going to give hand quilting a try. It is my very favorite part of quilting. I know it takes longer, but I just love how it make me feel and how the quilt looks. I love your little blocks on newsprint background. So colorful and cheerful!

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  3. I always enjoy seeing the wonderful quilts you're working on. Your applique q unit is gorgeous and it will be interesting to see how you have it quilted. I'm going to keep my eyes open for a hexagon stamp. What a time saver. Have fun hand quilting It can be addictive, but hard on the fingers.

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  4. I would have chosen the paisley for the backing so I think you made a good choice.
    Love your newsprint blocks. I can see that it would take careful fabric selection for the applique to show. And maybe not too busy of print to show well.

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  5. Well, you've managed to get a lot of wonderful things done! I love your newsprint blocks--very fun! And your broderie perse is so cute!

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  6. Oh I do love those newsprint background blocks! So sweet and charming! Your backing fabrics were gorgeous. How difficult to choose!

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  7. Fabulous work, as always. Where did you buy the hexagon stamp? I saw them in Japan, although they were only metric. Are yours inches?

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    1. Thanks Kelly
      You are a non-reply blogger so I couldn't email you directly,
      I purchased my stamp from 'Stamps By Kate' www.bykate.com Her stamps are in inches, I'm using a one inch one for this quilt. Cheers

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  8. I'm way behind on reading blogs - almost missed your post shock horror!
    CCCQ is wonderful and I do hope your quilter does justice to your superb applique - love it. So exciting that you are trying hand quilting - looks an interesting little kit - have fun! You know the hexagon quilt is possibly a challenging one to start on - with all the seams and bumps to stitch through. It is so much easier, I find, to stitch around applique or on an unseamed background - but that might just be my technique!

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  9. Lovely projects, Carole. Do hope you enjoy your hand quilting - it's such a wonderful thing to do during Winter. Love your appliquƩ project.

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  10. Carole,
    Love the appliquƩ on both quilts. The Jeana Kimble one is so fresh with your fabrics. What pattern is that? Always enjoy your posts! Ginabeth

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    1. Thanks Ginabeth
      You are a non-reply blogger so I couldn't email you directly. We are making up our own quilts that mostly use Jeanna Kimball designs from her book Old Voices New Impressions and some other sources.
      Cheers

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  11. I'm in awe. So much eye candy in this post. You are doing well with your UFOs, very inspiring.

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  12. Oh, love the sawtooth border! Can't wait to see it quilted - I wonder what you have chosen for the quilting pattern.
    Haven't you hand quilted before? Your work is so lovely that I assumed you had. My hand quilting style is, let's get it done, I what to do something else.

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    1. Just shared your post on my Facebook page.

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  13. Congratulations on the finish of your CCCQ quilt! The sawtooth border is wonderful. Your appliquƩ blocks look great on that newsprint background. I also like that stamp for your gorgeous Hexie quilt project.

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  14. your fabric choices are just perfect for the fine print you are doing a great job! don't give up!! I am wondering if this is just from one of Jeanne's patterns if so which one?

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