Sunday, May 20, 2012

UFO progress


My UFO for the month of May is my version of Bonnie Hunter’s 2011 Mystery quilt, Orca Bay.  This is really my kind of quilt – lots of piecing, all from scraps, and any piece larger than about 2 1/2” is string pieced.

I’ve been working on making these little string pieced units.  They are 3 1/2” square – aren’t they cute!

string-pieced units I needed 72 of these and am proud to say that they are all made – at last!  I had to resort to all sorts of trickery to get myself to sit down and sew these – as they were made I would bundle them into groups of ten and let myself add to my tally, and I rewarded myself with breaks to check email and such.  I think what makes them hard is that there are so many decisions to be made!   It would be simpler if my scraps were larger, but I am using up some tiny pieces (too precious to waste, you know!). 

Next task is to make a big pile of black and white half square triangle units – these need to be 2” square.  I’ll be digging deep into my hoard of black and white fabrics. 

The Orca Bay UFO will NOT be completed during the month of May!  But I have finished another quilt that was on the list. 

This hexagon quilt was my very first Stack ‘n Whack project.  The fabric is Summertime, by Debbie Mumm, so that gives you an idea of how old it might be.  The top has been used as a sample for many classes over the years, but it was time to get it finished.

Hexagon s&w

I added the last border and did the quilting.  The binding is on and just needs to be stitched down, and then I’ll have a quilt ready to donate to a good cause.

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