Sunday, 26 August 2012

UFO Sundays

A new day, A new project... (Or an old one?)

To begin a quick update:

Here is the completed flower that I was quilting on the butterfly quilt, I was surprised with the amount of dimension the echoing added to the flower in total, the centre is done with seed shapes and I decided to add an extra echo in the first set of petals. I think that just really made it pop. 
I also went over the edges of the petals again to really make it stand out. I am very happy with how this turned out.

The backside is the major reason why I wanted a really dark outline, I am using a flannelette back and a really fluffy polyester batting (I am not sure of the loft, I didn't read the package.... I was looking for fluffy feel lol), so those 2 things combined was causing any stitching that was not travel stitched on to get lost, for me that didn't matter for the filler but I really wanted those flowers to stand out both front and back.

So the centre of the quilt is complete, the cucumber vine pattern really worked well around the butterflies, I switched directions a multitude of times and swirled in and around the butterfly wings, some went spiralling down towards the heads and around the antennae, I actually had to force myself to stop a few times I was just having so much fun doing it. 
The hardest part was getting the scale right, I decided to continue drawing the pattern in sections so I could continue to have a proper scale and I was able to still get spontaneous if I needed to fill in small spots that I missed.

Once I had the outline of the butterflies quilted I looked on the back and realized that I had a wonderful outlined shape, my hubby thought I needed to define them more to make it really stand out. I hemmed and I haahed over it, looked at the front, looked at the back and decided that if I did more stitching on the front side it would be overkill and I really liked the negative silhouette aspect.  In case you are wondering the appliques were edged in the orange only on the quilt top, I had kind of an inkling of actually doing the silhouette when I first began but I couldn't figure out how to do the wind pattern in such a large space without overdoing it.

So now we are on to my Achilles heel.. this fabric is being a particularly pain in the rear end, I want to draw the flower in each corner and then draw large vines crawling to the centre in each direction where they will meet. However every type of marking pen, chalk, marking pencil I have used totally disappears in the pattern, on this corner I have used 3 types and the camera can't even pick it up it's so faint. I did a lot of head desking trying to get something to work. 
We went out for supper with one of my favourite people Friday night and I was whining out my heartache over not being able to mark my design, I really do NOT want to wing it, and she suggested that I try washable crayola markers... I have a sneaky suspicion that I will have to use the black one *cringe*, but I do happen to have a scrap piece of this very fabric so I will test.. test and re-test to make sure it will come out after washing. 
I don't have a lot of options in which types of marking pens or pencils I can get, the ones I have seen many quilters using are not available where I live and I don't want to wait 10 days or pay double to get one just to find out it won't work. 
Are you pulling out your hair yet? I am! LOL.

And finally we are on to UFO Sundays!

So the whole idea is to spend Sundays working on unfinished projects (UnFinished Objects) on Sundays and dedicate that particular day in doing so. I don't have any unfinished quilt tops or projects, except the 2 that are currently Works In Progress.  I really hate to start a project and not finish it, so that means I many projects or possible projects not started yet.  I decided to dedicate Sundays to doing those projects, which meant I had to decide exactly what projects I wanted to work on slowly, I have 7 quilts in my mind that I want to do for friends and family and I rejected those immediately, I know once I start those I am going to want to work on them solely until they are complete. I also have a multitude of fabrics that I have yet to determine what exactly I am going to do with them, and those I had to reject as well since I would end up having to buy more fabrics to compliment them, I think that would then classify those as a "new project" :D.
1930's reproduction print charm sqaures
As I searched through my stash (which apparently is really small relatively speaking lol) I remembered that I had gotten a bunch of fabric strips secondhand and I also had 120- 3 1/2" charm squares kicking around:

I have to admit I love reproduction prints, I also love feed sack fabric I have a couple of pieces that I am going to use in a wall hanging for my kitchen.

Anyway back to the project.....
I have lots of bundles of these little strips I believe they measure 2" x 3-1/2" and they come in a multitude of prints and solids all sorted and bundled (YAY!) 

I have no idea how many there are but by the looks of things there is plenty to create enough squares for a scrappy patch quilt, now I just have to determine if I want to make patch squares and stitch them together or do a quilt as you go method, I might even do a 9 patch with the charm squares and then do wonky blocks with the strips.... OH the possibilities!

Passion in Creation!


  1. I am not an expert at marking for quilts, just started free motion quilting, and set up my blog for Leahs UFOs today. But my mom used to use chalk for dress making to mark spots. Maybe white chalk would work?? Laura Stermer

  2. As Leah has advised and sells, I use the water soluble markers. You have a wonderful variety and your quilt is beautiful.

  3. You would think that white chalk would work, but it doesn't, it's barely visible! There is white chalk on that corner piece and you simply can't see it. I also use water soluble markers, not the ones Leah has but what I have available locally, the one I use is awesome most of the time, nice and bright, washes out easily and usually appears on most fabrics, it showed on on the lighter wine color I used (3rd picture down from the top) and the chalk worked there also. All the marker does is almost disappear completely and my pencils disappear as well, I have a few colors (white, blue, yellow, gray and pink), the yellow almost worked, but the marking lead isn't soft enough (if that makes sense.) I've come up with a couple of ideas since I made my post, if the crayola marker won't wash out then I have some light yellow chalk kicking around that I can grind up and try to make a pounce bag out of, Hubby knows how to make a great stencil. Perhaps powder will work since it's loose? I haven't had a chance to get at it today but hopefully tomorrow!

  4. I nearly forgot! Welcome Laura! I just started quilting & blogging myself a few months ago. I think starting a blog was one of the best things I've done, there are so many people out there who quilt, and it feels like a personal community since we all have something in common, these ladies are amazing and I hope you feel as welcome as I do :)

  5. Hey Christina - For darker fabrics like these try a Sewline or Fons and Porter Ceramic pencil. You can get them in many colors, but white is the best and it is soft enough to make a good solid line that stays long enough to quilt, but doesn't stick around once you don't need it anymore.



  6. I've seen a chalk 'pencil' that uses chalk powder rather than a solid block, and that's much easier to see... Don't know if that would help?


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