I have two finishes for these two challenges. And it feels good to get them both done. I am linking to both the UFO Challenge and the OMG (One Monthly Goal). Click on the projects to see what others are doing with their challenges.
I get to a certain point in the quilt piece construction and it becomes less than imperative (or fun) to continue going. I want to start the new stuff! I love these incentive programs to spur me along to a couple of finishes.
First finish for February - whew, say that five times fast
100 Meter Swim - Just in time for the Olympics. This is from a book written in German by Bernadette Mahr. I love her work, so improv wonderful.
It is basically a Chinese Coin construction with watery blues to look like the shimmering water in a crystal clear swimming pool. The diving board and starter blocks stand out in stark contrast to the cool of the water.
I really love this piece. I am thinking it will be an entry in the CFAL show later this year.
The second finish is Triangles. This is a quilt that started from nothings. What I mean by that is multiple years ago Connecting Threads was having a clearance sale and I bought several packs of solid pre-cuts. There were half yards, fat quarters and 10 inch squares. Most of them are still sitting on the shelves.
I wanted to make a big block triangle piece so I grabbed one of the 10 inch groups and just cut and sewed. No pattern. I ended up with a bunch of triangles and put them in a box for a year. When they didn't magically sew themselves together, I guess the quilting fairies didn't see them in the box, I had to do it. Then it needed to be larger, so I had a sheet from my mother's stuff from assisted living.
So the blue in the borders and on the back is that sheet.
It is a bit different to work with a sheet than it is to work with fabric. And if you are hand quilting it would be difficult due to a higher thread count in the sheets, but I was going to put it on the long arm.
I also wanted to use it as a practice quilt for different free motion techniques. I got out my Natalia Bonner and Angela Walters books and tossed in every design I could muster.
I totally love the solid blue back and the individual triangles. Some are more shaky than others. I found I had straight lines and ruler work down, but needed serious work on the curved designs!
So finish number 2 this month is done. I have a thousand million threads to bury. the back is finished and about 1/3 of the front done. But it is done in all other aspects.
Now on to the March finishing challenges!