Thursday, January 1, 2009

It's a Brand New Year

Well, it's just barely into 2009 by a couple of hours & I have been piecing a quilt but I think it's time for bed! I have wanted to post but the holidays have been too busy.
I LA'ed two UFO's the past week including my most ancient UFO this KS Lover's Knot from 1985- boy does that feel good- it got what Nichole Webb calls "baby butt feathers" free-handed all over, took me two days, it's a big quilt. I have to hand finish the backing, tucking it under the folded saw tooth border.

The other is a Stack & Slash, only about a year old. I am very pleased to have both quilted -what is left to complete them is the least interesting part of the process for me, binding & labels.
I want to put the piped binding on the S&S & I quite enjoy that process, it's all done on the machine, no handwork. I will probably use red piping with black binding.
This evening I have been working on the New Year's Eve mystery from Bonnie Hunter at These are my chosen fabrics, all from stash, mostly from my CW replica stash - I am continuing my practice of making Bonnie's mysteries controlled scrappy.

I substituted reds for the double pinks Bonnie has chosen for her quilt which she has named "Double Delight". Bonnie plans to post about one clue, & I have yet to complete the first step , making 120 x 3 1/2" square in a square blocks -a few of mine are pictured below.
Bonnie's sewing & trimming instructions for these blocks makes them so very accurate & neat they are a pleasure to sew.
My favorite local QS had an irresistible pre-inventory blow-out sale- all sale fabrics were 75% off. It was the perfect time to pick up a few pieces for current projects & some backings.

I did purchase fabrics for another WHIMM [below] , just too hard to pass up those prices, Khris you would have gone nuts!

I had also signed up for the NY mystery-I managed to get the HST's done for the prep sewing but that's all. I have the clues all printed up ready for whenever I can get back to it. Two new WIPs & 2009 is only just here! Now if only they can remains WIPs & not become UFO's.
Here are my four fabric choices for the above mystery- I have enough of the focus fabric -the flowers-for border & backing, it was one of those 75% off deals!


Suze said...

Your year seems to be off to a good start. Now if you can keep that momentum

Amy said...

I know what you mean about the sales. it is hard. I am planning on using up older stuff and make room for new.. happy new year

Kathy Wagner said...

Congratulations on the finishes!
I am working away at the mystery blocks on step #1 also. I hope to make lots of progress tomorrow.