Archive for the ‘Completed quilts’ Category
Last night’s finish was from blocks pieced by Helen and assembled by Sue. I like the lighter blue centers and the pops of orange in this one. Another is already in progress.
I’ve hit a snag with my research, trying to connect one generation to the next. I’ve found a book that might have the answers but there aren’t many copies…one in Augusta at the Maine State library and one in Boston. I’m debating whether a run up to Augusta is possible and worthwhile. I have to think about how I’d manage it with Chesty. Seems a waste to go up only long enough to check on this one book but I’d need to stay overnight if I do a day of research. Too bad Keith’s not around to help.
Yesterday’s two finishes are this small quilt pieced by Carol. I think it’s Bonnie Hunter’s String X pattern or something similar.
And this one was pieced by Darlene I think.
These two make 9 finished. I have either 18 or 19 here so I’m half done which is good since I’m off to the library again today. I’ve one one binding in progress and one set up on the table for tying that’s going to have to come off for me to make some repairs before continuing. While string quilts can be wonky, care still needs to be taken in the construction of the quilt so they’ll hold up to use and laundering. I always encourage HeartStrings quilters to check over their blocks and seams to make sure everything is intact.
I finished the binding on this quilt of Jackie’s night before last. It’s a bit cloudy today so it’s not the best photo … Sorry! Several people asked about the pattern Jackie used and I posted the information here.
I haven’t been knitting a lot since my handwork time has been taken up with binding but I am making progress on my Hitchhiker.
Since this is more of a scarf than a shawl I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy with the finished size of this one unlike a couple of the shawls that have seemed a little small. I like the colors too. I can see wearing it with a turtleneck and jeans.
Today was for binding … I’d intended to trim Jackie’s tops and get the bindings made and machine stitched so I could do the handwork in Maine but when I was working on the second top I decided I’d roll the backing around for the binding and get that one done.
My binding buddies in Maine use a straight stitch but I don’t sew a straight enough line so I’d been using a decorative stitch until about a year ago when I realized that since I always match my thread so closely the stitching doesn’t show. Now I use a quick zigzag. This is the first quilted top I’ve rolled the backing over for the binding. Usually I just do that on tied quilts but it looks good so it’s nice to have options when I’m working to keep on schedule.
And a final photo
It’s already packed with the two needing hand stitching and 4 tops with backs that I’ll add to the stack already waiting in Maine for me to tie. If all goes well, I’ll have 18 quilts finished by the end of October to leave in Maine for donation.
This one counts as September’s UFO and it is the last of the turquoise for now! I designed this to use my Accuquilt GO dies and call it Bricks and Stones. Instructions are on the website
99% of the time I cut a binding when I finish a top because it can be a year or more before I get around to quilting them. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I realized I had not cut one for this quilt. I did have enough of one of the prints from the quilt left but I also had this great stripe that had been in my stash for a few years … I was afraid it would be too busy … It’s a busy quilt anyway but I couldn’t resist using it and I think it works!
Today will be exactly the same as the last three day … Piecing HS blocks, binding, a little reading, a walk to get a meal, and knitting. Thank goodness I’ve only got one binding left and that Keith will be home soon, I’m making great progress but I’m ready for a change.
This Quick Strippe counts as my August UFO.
Funny but I must have been in a turquoise phase last year as 3 of the 4 UFO’s I’m finishing up this week have some in them. And speaking of finishing 4 UFO’s when was the last time I quilted and bound 4 of my own quilts in a row?
It’s had me thinking of work vs hobby. When I first started quilting it was a hobby but now it’s definitely work … Work I enjoy but definitely unpaid work. It also happens that my genealogy hobby turned into work … I spend one to two days a week when I’m in town working at the library … Volunteer work, unpaid, but still work and still enjoyable.
Now my knitting … That’s all hobby. All for me and I look forward to sitting down with it after I’ve finished my tasks for the day.