UFO Bonanza: Two Down, More to Go, Giveaway #2
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Immediately after piecing the daisies and baskets UFO sampler below, I started another one.
I was on a roll and it was the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s. You may have noticed…
…that my project didn’t begin to use up all of the little baskets. There were about 40 and I used only 16. So that is where I started. I pulled out every bit of patchwork with a pink/red, green and aqua/teal color recipe and started putting things up on the design wall.
At first it didn’t look good but I’ve learned not to lose heart. I went to bed on Friday night and thought maybe things would look better in the morning.
And they did!
This block went in, and it has a story behind it. My friend Carolyn Beam from Quiltmaker days designed it for a 100 Blocks issue, and later remade it for a 100 Blocks video.
Eventually it made its way to me because people at the magazines realized that I loved making things with castoffs and leftovers—they once sent me an entire box of orphan blocks.
Since Carolyn’s tent was fused but never sewn down, I warmed it up under the iron and pulled it off. I thought I’d just use it as a tree block in the Christmas quilt.
But—no. The center tree has no trunk! (No need to do that piecing just to cover it up with a tent, right?) So I considered remaking the tent red and thinking of it as a Christmas campground, but then I had another idea. Could I draw a sleigh? I decided to try.
When I put my pencil to the fusible web, this is what came out. Voilà! A sleigh in place of the tent. I will applique it by sewing close to the edges with matching thread and a short straight stitch.
I found a place for my improv snowman and a little gnome friend on green. My husband called it a “gnome-tree.” ?? I guess?
This funky basket block made the cut. I’d seen a couple of similar baskets on antique quilts but mine just looked weird so it never went any further.
And these! The first thing I remember Bonnie Hunter doing on her blog was making ugly blocks on purpose with less-than-appealing fabrics. I thought I was going to jump on that bandwagon and these were my prototypes. But I lost focus and they languished in the UFO cupboard.
And this super cool block by Paula Stoddard, also from 100 Blocks, fit right in as well. It took me just over a day to arrange the whole top and sew it together since all of the parts were already made. Then came the border auditions. But that’s a story for another day.
Now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY! Up for grabs today is The Weekend Quilter, 25+ Fabulous Quilts to Make in a Weekend from Landauer Publishing. Who wouldn’t want a copy of that?
Think of it as your go-to Quilting 101 textbook! And I know you’ll want this next one:
The brand-new Pillow Talk by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, published by It’s Sew Emma. As you would expect, it’s full of beautiful images and gorgeous pillow projects. Edyta’s signature style is part of each one. You could start making Christmas gifts now and sew pillows all year long!
For your chance to win, leave a comment telling us your current city and state. I’d like to know where my readers are from! Giveaway ends Monday, Jan. 6 at midnight. Prizes will ship Monday, Jan. 13 when I’m back home. Another giveaway coming soon! The winner of this giveaway is meylonie, comment #20, who has been notified.
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This sampler quilt will go into a new trunk show I’m building called Taste Test: Unexpected Sampler Quilts. Booking now for Spring of 2021. Get in touch and Let’s Talk Quilts!