Monday, November 13, 2006

She sits, she sews, she quilts, she finishes . . . . sort of. It seems to me it has been some time since I shared anything that I have been working on. I got myself to sit down at the machine last week and got to work.

This first quilt is done now - sort of. Originally I started hand quilting, but realized that I didn't really want to dedicate the time to doing so. I sat down, picked out the meager amount I had stitched in and then went to the machine. As I have said before, I am pretty much a one-trick pony at machine quilting and this is no exception. I did an all-over meander and it doesn't look half bad -- from the front.

I must have done some tugging and pulling to get the hand quilting out, and there's probably a bit of sloppiness when I basted mixed into the equation. The back of this quilt just looks yucky. There are wrinkles and tucks quilted right in. I went ahead put the binding on and stitched it down, washed and dried so I could really assess how it looks. BAD! I had 3 fat quarters left that coordinate with all of the fabrics used in the top. I am now doing applique on the back to camouflage the uglies. No one will ever know except for you and me . . . . and we'll never tell. Hopefully I can share a photo of the back tomorrow after it has been all prettied up.

This is a top that I finished up this afternoon. I bought the fat quarter pack of wovens from Chocolat and just had a little party. It is just the perfect size for keeping your feet warm while watching a movie on a coolish afternoon. I toyed with putting borders on, but I really like it's current size. I'll have to pick something for the binding and get more. I'm thinking one of the reds, maybe a brown, but probably a red.

It sure feels good to have made this progress. Neither quilt was particularly taxing, but sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered. On to the next project. Posted by Picasa

29 comments:

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Libby, I think your quilt that you un-did hand stitching and then machine quilted is GREAT!! and what a great idea to do some applique on the back!!!! It will be like two quilts in one!!! super idea girly!!

Your second quilt is lovely too..
You have been busy!!

Cynthia said...

you certainly have been busy. I tend to do the same as you when machine quilting. Just meandering stitch. It looks great.

Your other quilt looks good too.

Angie said...

Oh Libby, you gotta love those plaids! I love both quilts and I can't wait to see the back with applique. As Rabbit Stitchings said, like two in one! :D

Anonymous said...

Good job, Libby and look at that top--your favorite plaids. I've done the same thing--but mine is still not quilted because I thought it needed some borders (which it did not have) It is one that I have promised myself to re-visit as a UFO completion after the first of the year.

Patti said...

Well done Libby! And the mess on the back will be OUR little secret - yours and your readers. After all - done is better than perfect! That Chocolat line is marvelous, isn't it. I adore the plaids. I'm having to work really hard to prevent myself from buying a bundle.

Anonymous said...

These are both great quilts!! I think the second one looks great without border and agree with you that red binding will look great!

Fiona said...

Well, I can only see the front and that looks pretty good to me! I love the second one with the plaids - who could resist?

May Britt said...

I love your ninepatch. I love handquilting and know it takes a lot of time to finish. Hope you did not have to undo too much. T

Anonymous said...

Wow, Libby, the nine-patch is just super! And a very clever idea to applique over the little messy bits on the back...can't wait to see the pic. As they say, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

KCQuilter said...

Oooh, I like both quilts!! And aren't you the clever one to applique over boo-boos on the back! That's an idea I have definitely filed away in my feeble little brain.

Screen Door said...

Gosh, you've been busy. I love both pieces.Can't wait to see the back. I like the quilt without borders too.

Shelina said...

Wow, Libby, you got a lot of work done in one day! The quilt looks really pretty from the front, and a great idea to make it reversible with applique on the back. And the top does look like a nice cozy way to watch tv.

Carol said...

Libby...they are both wonderful! You have certainly been productive. Such a great feeling to bunches done!

Anonymous said...

Nice 9-patch quilt! (I have a sketch just like that waiting for me to get busy...)

Carolyn said...

Libby, the nine patch is gorgeous! I have a stack of nine patches, this is definitely a quilt they could go into!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Libby, you've been one busy quilter. I love both quilts. Applique on the back of the first quilt to cover the little flaws is a terrific idea. The woven plaids are great in that second quilt - love the pattern.

McIrish Annie said...

Boy Libby when you say you are going to work you GO! Two quilts in a matter of a few days. I am impressed.

Nice Idea about the applique. I usually do the same thing with the label. I hand stitch it on after to the quilting saving it for quilting blooper if one occurs

Lisa D. said...

I just love both your quilts, that 9-patch is just gorgeous. And your Chocolat quilt gives me an idea for how I can use my stepfather's old flannel shirts to make a memory quilt for my mom. Thanks!

Judy said...

Sure, just throw together a few tops!!?? Man when you get moving you MOVE!

Ah, who cares what the back looks like..apllique will work perfectly for the areas that might haunt you. I like to meander, it's so quick a easy and pretty much looks good on everything!!

I love the plaids! DId you buy those locally, or from an online place! I love the FQ packs and the 1/2 yad. packs so much I need to start buying more of them!

Keep on sewing!

Dawn said...

Yes, sometimes just doing easy fun quilts is what you need to do. I do those every so often too! I LOVE the 9 patch one. I never would have thought to put the 9-patches in a X shape like that - I LOVE it! and the other one is really fun. Yes a red binding!

Anonymous said...

You really got some work done. Have I said how much I like 9-patches? I think I do that everytime I see one. I had an embellished wall hanging that I appliqued some rather largish ants onto the back because of the embroidery going through to the other side. It is a good save.

Anonymous said...

Both quilts are GREAT! Bravo! Doesn't it feel wonderful to complete a quilt?!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Great quilts and plaids Libby. Enjoy your damp afternoon-we just had hail!!!

Sweet P said...

Both quilts are great. And I promise not to tell anyone about the nips and tucks on the back.

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

That's what I love about these blogs Libby - the 9 patch is beautiful. I never would've thought to arrange the patches in the cross like that. So much inspiration. As for the applique on the back - that's so funny!

Nina In Norway said...

Love them both.
A cup of cocoa under your chocolate quilt would be the best during a wet and cold autumn.

anne bebbington said...

Except for the quilt police, who looks at the back anyway, especially once it's on your bed - both look lovely to me - love the plaid fabrics

Finn said...

Hi Libby, so glad to hear you decided to jump right in again! After all, the water turns out to be fine!
I like your quilt and your decision on the first one...*VBS* Actually (me) a non appliquer, was toying with sticking some "stuff" on the top of that poor cut up braid one I showed last week...LOL Talk about re-invent the wheel!
The second quilt is just great! I love the scrappy random look, and then I realized it's the same block, over and over, but doesn't look like it ! Way cool, as the kids would say..*G*

I often just stop at the edge, and add no border. Sometimes it seems the quilt just DOESN'T want one. I think that would be a great little quilt no matter what the source of the fabric was...LOL Good for you! Hugs, Finn

Laura said...

I think this is a gorgeous quilt! I wouldn't worry about the back.