Friday, December 31, 2010

Starting as I Mean to Go On

I'm greeting the year having finished two UFOs.  It's a good thing to bring some projects to a conclusion, even as I'm continually thinking about projects yet to come.  I quilted and bound my Bee Quilt, which features hand embroidered blocks from vintage patterns.  I blogged about the finished top back in June.

This is the unquilted top
 I quilted straight lines around the blocks, and I did some random free motion quilting over the embroidered motifs. 

 It's not perfect, but it's done, which is just as good these days.

 I had this cheerful floral backing fabric in my stash, and I was happy to put it to use.

Several months ago Debra quilted Big Scrappy for me and it's been waiting patiently for me to put on the binding.  Debra used a fleece blanket for the batting, and it's wonderfully warm and cozy.  Here's a shot of the unquilted top and here's the original post.

This is a time of beginnings and of endings.  It's good to wrap up loose threads, and prepare ourselves for what's to come.  I hope your New Year celebrations are joyful.  Many blessings to you and yours in 2011.


Quiltnbee said...

Great quilts! And so nice to be finishing, isn't it!?! I really LOVE Big Scrappy =-) Happy New Year!

Debra Spincic said...

I am so with you on finished is better than perfect! I always love your projects.

Happy Creative 2011!

Judy S. said...

You are setting a very good example for me; I have one quilt that needs a binding since late 2009, and then there's my herd of UFOS..... I agree that seeking perfection blocks creativity and completion! Onward!!! Hapy New Year!

ROZ said...

What a good idea, I ought to put some of my embroidered stuff into a quilt, some of it has been hanging around for a long time. And the string quilt looks so cozy.

Kay said...

I remember both of these. I particularly like Big Scrappy and the diamond shaped string blocks. I also ended the year with finishing a project. There's one more to finish quickly before starting the new ones. AT least that's the plan. Happy New Year to you.

quiltmom said...

Two lovely quilts Barbara- I like both of them for very different reasons. The stitcheries remind me of pieces that my mother did in earlier days. I love the colors and design of the scrap quilt. It looks so inviting to wrap one's self in.
Happy New Year to you and yours,
Warmest regards,

Allison Ann Aller said...

Oh that Bee Quilt is Super Special!!!! The border is so that it lends some playful asymmetry to the look. And the back just set everything off perfectly!
Happy New Beginnings....I hope our paths will cross in 2011.

Magpie Sue said...

Your Bee quilt is just so cheerful! I absolutely love it.
:- )