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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

An old UFO bites the dust

This is a Christmas quilt made from some really old blocks.. so old that I don't remember what swap they are from but if my name hadn't come up as "Queen" in my UFO group, I would have never taken the time to put them togehter.  One block is made incorrectly, two blocks just don't 'go' with the rest but they were made, sitting there although they were various measurements... very few were an accurate 12½".  I found fabrics in my limited stash here in Arizona and decided to border them with red and green, trimming them to a consistent size, and then alternate the colours.  I added in a narrow and a wider border and got it layered, quilted and bound and it makes a perfect sofa quilt.  If anyone remembers this block swap, let me know!  It was from at least 15 years ago.  And maybe much longer than that! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mid December

Once again, story of my life, quilting is taking a back seat to playing tennis and being social at our winter home in Arizona.
Here we are waiting for the annual Christmas parade.  Of course, good friend Darlene, provided yummy appetizers and there was plenty of wine and beer.  We had planned on hot chocolate and peppermint schnaps but it was much too warm.  Didn't need a jacket!

The mug rug swap for December found this lovely one from Sue in Colorado in my mailbox.




And, this is the one I made to send to Laura in CA.



Then, the inevitable happened.  My name came up at the top of the list in my UFO group.  UGH.  I had my previous quilt blocks on my design wall and stared at them for almost a month and nothing jumped out at me to try for a setting.  So, I took them down and pulled out some Christmas blocks that are so old I haven't a clue which swap or with which group they are from.  Will guess Quilter's Funtalk?  But maybe or maybe not.  No names on any of them.  But, when I put them on the wall and checked measurements, some were not 12½" inches and I knew I had to do something so I could square them up.  I added a red border around some and a green border around the rest.  All the fabrics I used were from my stash that I have here... most of my Christmas fabrics are fat quarters and that wasn't going to work but found enough of two fabrics that worked well together and looked ok with the blocks.  I found more fabrics to use as an inner and outer border and this is ready for me to layer, quilt and bind and be ready to abdicate the throne to the Lady in Waiting!!
I need to do some Christmas baking and this cooler weather we are having is good motivation to both bake and quilt.
This will make a nice quilt to have on the sofa to cover us should an evening be a little chilly.  Not too big but big enough!