7/10/2009

Friday

More finishes. Got the fourth side of binding done on this one. Just look at the exquisite longarm quilting on this; this was done by a friend of mine:

Got the binding on this one, the yellow patriotic version of the 2003 Second Saturday Sampler:

And got the binding on this one, Hula Huts, begun in 2006, quilted on my friend's longarm in 2007, finished today :-) :

Incredibly, the stack is gone. Didn't think it would happen so fast. Shame can be a useful thing:


But uh oh, there were more sandwiched projects in the closet, so there's a fresh stack to work on:
These are not merry, lighthearted UFOs that mostly only needed squaring and binding. These are grim and dark UFOs that have problems. Can you say "unpick"?

If I had any brains, I would toss them in the trash, especially this one:
This is the 2004 Second Saturday Sampler blocks. At the time I was determined to use the hand-look quilting stitch on the Designer1, which involves clear thread and way way too tight tension. I imagine I tried loosening the tension, which did not work. The stitch does not work. But it was one of the reasons I got the machine, so I stubbornly did the whole quilt in the ditch with this horrible tight stitch and the clear thread that shows as plainly as anything. The fabric puckered, the stitch looked horrible. It would make more sense to throw it out, since it's absolute murder picking out the stitches, but I like the sashing, so I'm giving it a try to pick it out.

Rembrandt says, "oh just throw it out and take a good nap".


Oh, I found more of the fabric that I asked about in last post: it says Andover Broderie Perse on the selvage and dates to at least 2004 or 2005, because I found it in the sashing of the 2004 SSS quilt above.

15 comments:

Sue said...

Man, I applaud you for getting these UFO's done! And I commend you for picking out stitches on the last one shown. I am stubborn like that too...and that is a good stubborn...so no harm meant;) . I know I would try to do the same thing. I used to have the Designer I, but my cousin is supposed to be using it now. Don't think that's happened yet. I now sew on the Bernina 730. Do you ever have frustrations with the Designer? I would love to know. I did enjoy the dual feed.
Hope you have a good day!

Gretchen said...

Great job getting those UFOs done. Love your 2003 SSS, especially the pieced inner border. I gave mine to my parents for Christmas; it's a great quilt. Even though it is tons of work, I would unpick the 2004 SSS quilt. I absolutely love mine and it is getting used to death as a couch quilt. Of course taking a nap sounds great too :)

YankeeQuilter said...

Good job! Can't believe you finished the whole stack! Now I am truely inspired to get stitching....

ps...how is the runner on the prior post "cat proof?" Brownie wants to know.

A Joyful Chaos said...

I really should work on my UFO's once again.

Diana said...

Wow, congratulations on getting all that binding done! I think I need to get busy...

Karen said...

I can't imagine picking out all that quilting! I know a lady who bought a new quilt at a quilter's auction, picked out all the machine quilting, and then hand quilted it. I would have just started from scratch on making my own quilt, I think.

MARCIE said...

I am laughing at Karen B.'s comment, but then that is what you are going to do, isn't it? Unpick the whole thing! So I am guessing you love something about the quilt or you would donate it to a good cause.
I can't believe how quickly you stormed thru that pile of quilts!

KC Quilter said...

Wooohooo! Smokin'!

Jo Morton said...

Congratulations on completing several works in progress. I had a small quilt machine quilted once and the MQ overpowered the quilt. My darling mother unpicked the MQ stitches, the 'I' MQ it 'in the ditch'. Obviously that MQ never touched one of my quilts again.
Go for it!!
Pet Rembrandt, she is a cutie.
Jo

Lori said...

Good golly you've been a very busy woman! Woo-Hoo! Way to go on getting so much accomplished.

Libby said...

When you love a quilt, you've gotta do what you've gotta do. Pick a little here and there and it'll be undone in no time *s*

Lisa said...

I have been sick in bed for two days. Only enough energy to look at a few blogs. I am so ready to get back to my UFOs--no, WIPs! Don't you hate summer colds!

Quilt Hollow said...

Rembrandt has grown! I think he may be right....if there are other things you would rather do with your time right now than it will keep to the side. Unpicking isn't the top of your list, right?

Kathi said...

I gotta say, I agree with Rembrandt. I'm sure there's a nursing home resident that would love that sashing too, and you can move on to something you really love. You'd still have to bind it, but that's all you'd have to do!

Carol R. said...

I think I will take Rembrandt's advice and take a nap. Just thinking about all the energy you have exhibited in finishing all of these projects makes me tired. Way to go!