Last week, I had a special interview with crochet artist Kelly Lynn Smith. It was a real treat getting to know her and her amazing work, both her re-birthed dolls and her crochet designs. You still have time to enter the contest to win her sea animal pattern booklet. Will end February 5, 2013 when I'm enjoying my morning coffee.
Can a UFO really drive a quilter crazy. Perhaps, is the best answer I have come up with. I have been working on this off and on for the past three years. There are a whole bunch of earlier posts detailing that progress. The history of the bird quilt is described there as well as the pattern source. Scroll thought those posts for additional close-up photos. This first photo shows the state of this UFO two weeks ago. Arg, all the sashing is different, pieced, paper pieced and appliqued, even a bit of embroidery thrown in. I decided that I would start in the upper left and allow the design to dictate my path from there.
I am not the biggest fan of paper piecing, but I do love the detail that you can get by using it. I took a methodical approach and worked on all of the blocks at the same time, same step on each one, press, trim, next step. It went a lot faster than I imagined.
The loon is now fully sashed and waiting for a neighbour.
I forgot to take photos while working on the french braid. It used 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 inch strips. The checkerboard used 1 1/2 inch squares. This fellow will nest below the loon.
To the right of the loon, we find the favourite branch of the oriole. He wanted flowers. Lots of applique tulips and some red flower. There are still some details missing on the flowers, but they are almost ready to be attached. While many people were watching sports on Sunday, I sat under a bright light and made what seemed like a million tiny stitches. It is getting harder to do applique. I have to hold the work far enough away to focus, but then it's too far to actually see in detail.
oh darn, I keep forgetting to add the little butterflies.
It's really hard to stay focused on just one quilt at a time. I did take a wee break and work on the mystery quilt that my local guild is doing. I don't have a photo this week , but I am not finished with that step of the mystery, so stay tuned.
Are you one of the many who resolved to complete ufo's this year? Share it one your blog, then leave a comment here and I'll come by and encourage you along the way.