Thursday, April 21, 2011

Finished – April’s UFO!

I was delighted when the UFO drawn for April turned out to be this little project. This was made with strips received in an exchange at guild last fall.  I’m not thrilled with the way I used the strips, but decided it was better to get them made into something than to leave them sitting around waiting for the perfect inspiration to use them.
How simple this would be! – it just needed a border, then it could be quilted and bound – perfect project for a busy month.   
October strip exchange But it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought.
It took a while to find where I’d put the rest of the blue fabric for the border.  I was relieved that there was just enough to miter the stripe to match the centre!
And my machine balked a bit at the thread I used for quilting.  Worked fine once I tweaked my settings a little, but that took a while.
Then I realized that the tiny scallop in the print wasn’t navy blue as I thought, but black.  Quandary – navy binding?  or black?  I finally went with the navy because the black seemed too harsh.  (Bet you can’t even tell from the photo!)
Then I had to block the piece to have that little printed stripe running nice and straight down the sides.  And I had to stitch the binding on from the back so it could be turned to the front – I wanted it to just touch the scallop-y bit.
I still think it’s an odd little piece, but it’s DONE DONE, and it turned out well.  It looks great on the small table in my sewing room.


Donna~~ said...

Your binding just touching the scallop-y bit is wonderful! And DONE DONE is GOOD GOOD! Congrats on a lovely finish!

BetsyE said...

It's cute! And doesn't it feel so great to have finished!

Katie said...

Great finish and being in your sewing room, it's a great reminder to keep at those UFOs! I agree the black binding would have been too harsh next to the blue, so dark blue was a great compromise.

Quilter Kathy said...

It's very cool and totally worth all the trouble and time!

JCnNC said...

You put a lot of thought and work into that. Very nice. Judy C