Saturday, January 8, 2011

First UFO finish!

Yay! I have my first finish for 2011. Here's the table runner in its completed state. I quilted it in the ditch and did an outline/echo pattern in the border. Nothing too exciting, but part of the reason this project got set aside was that I wasn't sure how to quilt it. Rather than over-think it, I just did something.

I originally estimated it would take me two total hours to complete. Ha! It took 2 1/2 to quilt and sew on the binding and another two to hand sew it down. So now I will take my estimates for future projects and double them.

Below is my secondary project for the month. My goal is to finish 6 blocks. I did blocks 5 and 6 this weekend, and need to complete #7-10. It takes about an hour to do a block or about 5 hours per row. I'm hoping to do a row a month for the next 4 months, then put the top together and quilt it. Of course, I realized this evening that it will finish at around 80" square which will take awhile to do.
This is why I never participate in the design wall Mondays. This project and all its pieces have been up since I started it and will probably hang out here til it's finished leaving me to rely on my design table and design floor for other projects.

Good luck on your UFOs.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

First UFO

Here's the first project I've chosen to work on for Judy's challenge. This is a table runner made from the leftovers of a Portobello market layer cake. I had just gotten my new Accuquilt Go! cutter and went to town cutting triangles. Since it was just a sample/test project, I set it aside and moved on to something else. It just needs quilting and binding at this point. I dug it out last night, ironed it, and basted it with fusible batting. It looked like it had been tied in knots and stuffed under a pile of bricks when I found it.

Yes, this is a pretty simple project, but I chose it for a few reasons. First it will be a quick finish. I can knock this one out of the ballpark for an easy win and get the year off to a good start. It will also allow me time to work on some of the more time-consuming UFOs for the rest of the month. Some of them will take longer than one month to finish. When I get this finished, it will go in my Etsy shop which is also one of my goals. A two-fer!

I've been ready everyone's UFO and new years resolution posts. Here's a great one you should all go look at from Wedding Dress Blues. I believe fabric is cheaper than therapy! Yes indeed the world does need more happy people.

Hope your 2011 is off to a good start.