Sunday, March 1, 2015

March UFO and Design Wall Monday

I've decided on the Around the World quilt as my March UFO. I put it on hold when I was trying to decide on a border and now I've decided not to put a border on it at all, so all it needs is quilting. Surely I can get that done in a month, and start prepping the next quilt for a finish.





I finally got up my nerve to start appliqueing the butterflies onto blocks. It was easier than I thought, but I am going to have to watch the tips as the threads seem to pile up there.





On the wall is the postage stamp Double Irish Chain, which is just a few blocks shy; the Butterflies, which I'm basting to a lightweight muslin and turning. Probably not the best choice, but it seems more durable for a quilt that will be used, and I'm still not confident enough to do turned needle. And last on the wall is the Sweet Sixteen, which I hope to make into a twin size, so I have quite a way to go yet.





Linking to A Year of Lovely Finishes #28 at Sew BitterSweet Designs, Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along #5 (check out the speed method for this block) at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Design Wall #1 at Patchwork Times.

16 comments:

  1. Nice projects. Love those butterflies!

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  2. I love that you work on more than one project at a time. Some think we are crazy to do that.

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  3. Your butterflies are going to be beautiful on the muslin. I love the postage stamp Irish chain!

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  4. I don't think you need a border on that beautiful trip around the world...and yes those butterflies are amazing.

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  5. Trip Around The World is gorgeous. I've never seen one made with large blocks.

    Machine and hand appliqué have always intimidated me.

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  6. I used to just work on one, but I've found with 3 or 4 in the works, I always have something to do when I run into a roadblock with one of them. And since I started using leaders and enders, I always something scrappy going on. My plan is to work on machine work during the day and hand work in the evenings while I sit with Hubby. That hasn't been happening, but it's my goal. So it's nice to have a quilt that needs some hand stitching ready for that.

    Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Thank you. I'm pleased with the one block I've appliqued to the muslin and hope the rest go on as well. I've always wanted to do a Double Irish Chain, but I admit the postage stamp size is trying my patience. But from the back of a galloping horse it looks fine. ;)

    Thanks for visiting! MartiDIY

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  8. Thank you! I agonized for a long time before I too decided it just didn't need a border. Now I'll be agonizing over borders for the butterflies because that one will need sashing and borders, and that is always hard for me.

    Thanks for visiting!

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  9. They are 4 inch blocks, and just guessing now since it's been so long since I started it, but I bet I found a pattern that called for that size blocks. But yes, I see a lot that are 2 inch blocks.

    Applique in general intimidates me. Well, maybe not fusible but I wanted more of a finished look than a satin stitch around it. What I'd really like to learn is turned needle.

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  10. I love the butterfly blocks. All of your design wall projects look great. A Scrappy Irish chain is on my bucket list, way down there, but there all the same.

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  11. Thank you. I've enjoyed making the butterflies, but now I just wish they were done. I had always wanted to do a postage stamp quilt, so I can mark that off my bucket list, but I do wish I hadn't done a double Irish chain with them. I'm having a terrible time matching seams and ending up with a block the right size.

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  12. Love the colors of the "Around the World". Did I say that right? Everyone else seems to know what's going on with the quilting!! Since I'm not a quilter I can just say" Oooooh, that's pretty!!." I like the butterflies, too. Some day I will find the time to quilt. Hope all of your snow and ice has melted by now. Stay warm! This has been a crazy Winter for sure!

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  13. Thank you. I often think I will stay at the beginner stage of quilting forever.

    Thanks for visiting.

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  14. I love the idea of tackling one UFO per month! Your quilts are lovely!

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  15. Oh! That Irish Chain is GORGEOUS!! They are all lovely projects!! I love the colors for your Around the World quilt!

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  16. Thank you. I like quilting but feel that I will always be a beginner. So much to learn still.

    I thought the UFO per month was a good idea too. Wish I'd thought of it first, but at least I jumped on the band wagon when I heard of it. lol

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