Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Needlework Tuesday - It's not a UFO if you are still working on it

I have been stitching this little churn dash blocks for several years. I need 128 of them and my original plan was to use all unique fabrics and not repeat any.   Each time I started a new fabric, after I had completed cutting for the pieces required, I used the left overs to cut a churn dash block and stored it in the project baggie.  A great way to assemble the materials for a scrappy project.

A few cutting mistakes and a project dragging out way to long has changed that idea.  I want to finish this sooner than the next decade.  I just don't use that many lights compared to mediums and darks.  I currently have 102 blocks pieced, more cut out and have fabric on the cutting board for the rest of the pieces. Each block is supposed to finish up at 5 1/2 inches.  Now I want to motor through this and get to the top assembly.  Sine the pattern is so traditional, I'd like to send it out to a hand quilter.  I could machine quilt it, but I'd like it done this decade....

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 At the same time as I was cutting and stitching the churn dash blocks, I was cutting tumblers for the next border on my current scrappy project.  Remember the one I showed last week that started with the little 4 patches.    I now have oodles of 3 1/2 inch tumblers cut and sorted.  To keep the colours balanced, I sorted the fabrics into four stacks, one for each side.  I am in the process of laying out the first side and figuring out how many I actually need.  I have a feeling that I way over cut.  Oh well, I'm sure I'll find a use for the extras.

 During July, a bunch of shops in this area of Ontario held a shop hop.  The theme fabrics were all white and blues.  Very pretty.  I managed to make it to 5 shops so have five kits to jump start my quilt.

This lovely star was made using paper templates.  I was pleased with how accurately it was designed. I only had to unpick one seam. 
 I like the simplicity of this lattice style block.  It went together easily and looks great.  I think the selection of fabrics had a lot to do with that. 

Three more blocks to go and then I'll reveal my plans for the setting.  I wonder how far I can stretch 5 blocks....

It's always a pleasure to spend time chatting with my needlework friends even though you aren't here with me in person.  I'll admit that i have been a bit lax in visiting your blogs this past month, life happens.  

Currently I am getting ready for a trip out of country to visit relatives and it has me distracted.  Yesterday I went to the travel clinic for vaccinations.  I have no intention of getting sick while away or bringing back any nasty tummy bugs.  I'd say that I have so much to do in such little time, but that's not really the case.  Get my shots, pack a bag and go. Well, I do want to make a little thank-you gift for my aunt as I'll be staying with her family.  I am considering another item or two as well.  Ok, maybe I do have a bit more to get ready than I thought, but it's manageable. 

With that in mind, I'd better get back to it.  

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barbara woods said...

Have fun on your trip, all your projects are looking good

Lin said...

Lots of lovely work - your blues look interesting and your churn dashes are going to be fun. xx

Threeundertwo said...

Oh gosh, you lasted longer with the churn dash blocks than I would have. It will still be a wonderful quilt, even if it's smaller.

Love the blue blocks!

Tami said...

I like that theory - it's not a UFO if you still work on it. I finished a lap quilt this morning that has been sitting in a box since I moved my sewing room to the basement. Before that, it spent several months on a closet shelf - so all in all it's been waiting almost four years, but it's finally done.

I admire your patience on the church dash. I tend to lose interest after 10 blocks. I think this will be beautiful - especially when hand quilted. Very vintage!