Monday, January 18, 2010

1 UFO finished, progress on another

I had a productive day yesterday.  I was able to spend most of the day sewing/stitching.  Since I wanted to watch the Golden Globes as well as my usual Sunday night TV, I worked on the quilting project first.  It's the Merry Christmas wallhanging from Nancy Halvorsen's book, I Believe.  I bought this book in October and fell in love with pretty much all of the projects, but this one was my favorite.  It's rare that I find a quilt pattern that I have the urge to start immediately, but such was the case with this one.  I went out and got the fabrics and then decided that I needed to get the fabrics for all of the projects in the book.  Nancy always designs a fabric line to go with the book - great marketing don't you think?  Again, I rarely buy fabrics for a specific purpose, let alone an entire fabric line, but away I went to numerous quilt shops, in person and on-line, to find all of them that I needed in the quantity that I needed to make the quilts in the book.  36 yards of fabric later and here's the first project in progress from the book.  I had all of the letters fused in November, but by the time I did a practice piece to learn how to do machine applique with the buttonhole stitch, I was a little burnt out on the process, so I set it aside.  The Candy Hearts piece got me going again, so I worked on appliquing the letters yesterday.  I got about half of them done.  Please excuse the threads that still need to be buried and clipped.

The second project I finished was the stitching piece that I showed in this post (thank you Wanda for your help in how to add links to my posts).  I put the last stitches in last night just as Brothers and Sisters ended, so perfect timing, as it was bed time shortly after that.  I am finding that having this blog is really pushing me to work on and finish projects so I have something to post about, which is great. I do still need to dig through my charm stash (yes, I have a stash of charms too LOL) and find something suitable for the red block, as well as sign and date it, but as far as the UFO list is concerned, it's done!


jillquilts said...

Great job!! They both look awesome!

Exuberant Color said...

I can't stick with the buttonhole stitch appliques for very long but I love the way it looks. In fact I have an old project to pull out and finish that I haven't shown yet on my blog.
I'm glad the link instructions worked for you.

Mary said...

What a cute wallhanging -- I can't stand doing machine applique so on the few projects I do, I fuse and then stitch them by hand using a buttonhole stitch.

Corrie said...

What a cute applique project...thanks for sharing it. I'd like to make that.