Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recent Quilting

Most quilters don't just work on one quilt or project at a time. In fact, none of my quilting friends start a quilt and complete it before starting another one. Usually quilters work on many projects, or rather, we have many projects started from which we can chose to sew on at any given time.

My husband can not understand this; it pretty much really bugs him that I have so many projects started! or that I might start a new project when I haven't finished another! I've tried to explain that we always have more than one project going for the times when we get stuck, or bored, or frustrated, or just need a change of pace. He just doesn't get it. He also thinks I have too much fabric.

I was a bit surprised (yes, just a bit surprised) when I started reorganizing my fabric and projects a few months back, and I discovered I had more WISP's and UFO's than I thought I did. So I decided, this year, I'm going to reduce the number of WISP's and UFO's I have.(For those non-quilters who may read my blog, a WISP is a Work In Slow Process and an UFO is an Un-Finished-Object, although,I think a better acronym would be an UFP or an Un-Finished-Project!

Anyway, I did finish a few UFO's recently so I thought I'd share them.
I named this quilt "Strings for Spring."
About half of the blocks were made for me in 2010, by members of an online group called Live Piecefully. I made the rest of the string blocks in February to complete this quilt.I love the strings made of spring colors of yellows, pinks, greens and teals.(The picture doesn't really show how springy the colors really are!) It is so soft and cuddly because I backed the quilt with yummy, yellow minkie.

This lap quilt is a McKenna Ryan Design called "Moose Junction."
My bff and quilting buddy, Lynn and I bought the kit in Alaska when we were on an Alaskan Cruise in 2008! I didn't start this quilt until the fall of 2009 at a quilt retreat. It is machine appliqued, and I added an extra border so we can use it in our motorhome!

This Moose table runner is also a McKenna Ryan Design called "No Trespassing!"
For this one I picked my own fabrics as I had only bought the pattern, also while in Alaska. It, too, is machine appliqued. I love McKenna Ryan's designs, despite the fact that they are a lot of work--cutting out all the detailed pieces, ironing on the fusible, attaching to the background and stitching all the pieces. The end results are worth it! I have a few more of McKenna Ryan's patterns to start one of these days.