Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! Can you believe it's 2009?


I managed to finish one last UFO in 2008 - it was a great learning project! Yes, it had that many challenges!


A group of Lincoln quilters went to Paducah in 2006 (?) or 2005! J and I were at the vendor's mall by the pool and a vendor that sold lapel pins had a darling quilt on their wall - no pattern for it, but it was a simple square in a square; aka happy block; or a 2 round log cabin with same color rounds ... so we noted the particulars - how big the blocks were, how many ... and planned to make it. Next step was the yummy hand-dyed fabrics sold in a package. Expensive, but somehow we thought we could get two projects out of the package. Let me just say - math is not my strength!!! LOL! We couldn't - in fact - I barely got the one out of it! Sorry, J!


I don't usually work with solids and here I was running out of them but I wanted it bigger. What to do? I saw a few quilts with what I call 'disappearing' borders. Where the border blends with the center - no distinct line. Okay, I did have small squares left - I liked the way a batik played against the solids ... so I worked on the border. By the way - let me know if you think this works ... I already had a big vote of "NO" from DH!


AND the final new thing I tried on this quilt was - I quilted without a drawn line in the border. Yes, I realize that I may be a 'Type A' when it comes to this kind-of thing! LOL! But I'd NEVER wandered from point to point before! And there's a good 3" line there! Okay, I'm a convert - the world did not end and the lines look pretty straight! I'll do that again - a great time-saver!


Oh, I'm really proud of finishing this today ... I also did wash, cleaned bathrooms, made turkey salad, packed us, drove to Portland, made tacos for dinner, gave Mr M 2 bottles, and played with Miss P! A jam-packed ending to a year of changes! Goodnight and happy 2009!

10 comments:

artlady said...

I love that quilt and the dissapearing borders really make it for me..... so artsy. Actually it reminds me of the work by the painter Josef Albers. You rock and rule! ~di

kate said...

Like the center. Love the floating squares in the border. The batik is ok...not bad, not great! JMHO :)

Barb said...

Just dropped by to thank you for entering my blog giveaway. I will also browse your blog for a while...have a great day!!

Sweet P said...

I love the quilt! Great job on it!

Quayquilter said...

I think it looks very good and lifts out the common run of these quilts. I suspect the hand dyes are Cherrywoods - I have quite a few of these and this quilt gives me ideas.
Mary

carmen said...

It is a great looking quilt,I love it,I'm still "collecting" "batiks" for "One of this Days" L.O.L.
thanks for alowing me to visit your blog, good stuff.
Carmen

cindyquiltsOR said...

DH can have his opinion, that is okay. (Snicker) Even if he is dead wrong.

It is WON-DER-FUL!

Laurie said...

great use of solids and great start to a new year.

Jeri said...

I totally love how you made the floating squares in the border. I love it!!!! Very very effective use of the batik with those solids. I may have to "copy" you. :)

Michelle said...

I like the border!