Thursday, April 25, 2013

More UFQs that need to be Finished

When pulling out all my tops to document them I discovered a few more UFQs that I need to finish.  I know that I still have a few UFQs to take pictures of but am not going to dig them out tonight.  I will wait until I am ready to work on them.

This is the background for a table runner or wall hanging.  I need to find the leaves and applique them on. I have them all made, just not sure where I stashed them, and that is the question.
Yin Yang.  My friends Jan and Sally took this class with me and all of ours look very different. I think Sally is the only one of us to get theirs quilted.  I am debating making it into a larger quilt. I have the fabric. I may do several of the center yin yang blocks and do the small log cabins as a border for the whole quilt and keep this as a small wall hanging to go with it. Either way I need to quilt this so it is no longer a UFQ.
This is a fun winter quilt made form four patches and rectangles.  I am debating adding a border using a textured blue or red fabric.  I do not have any of the fabrics that I used in the quilt so will have to see what I can find to match or coordinate.
Wild Berry Vines, a BOM from too many years ago to count. I need to finish making a few of the flowers that go in the border, and then stitch down all the border vines, berries and flowers. Sorry the picture is blurry, I tried several shots.
This is a round robin that I did many years ago.  I have the backing fabric, but am debating it I want to add one more border.  What do you think, should I add one more border?
Here is a close up of my center that I sent out.
Barbara's Antique, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery. I have the rows together and hopefully they are all there, so I can finish putting this top together. I am thinking I will see if I have one of the fabrics that is not on an edge to use as a border. I hope I still have one in my stash.
This is a baby quilt I started years ago that was lost in a box of counted x-stitch.  I think I will see if I can find a fabric that matches the two blues, the two browns, a white, and maybe a pink and yellow to make some four patches or pinwheels to use around the x-stitch for a baby quilt.
Solstice Sizzler a paper pieced star pattern, I have one block done and all the pieces for the other three blocks either sewn or in need of the blue fabric. The quilt has paper pieced borders also, but I an not sure if I will do them or just add plain borders. I will decide once I get the four blocks sewn together.

Black Tie Mystery.  I am doing a modified version of this quilt as my husband did not like part of the pattern, but loved this section. I have made three of these sections and need to make at least one more depending on how I want the quilt to lay on our bed.  If I do it vertically or the length of the bed I need four, but if I go horizontal or across the bed I need five.  I need to complete one more section and put in the sashing and lay it out on the bed to see which way I want the quilt to lay on the bed.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


These five tops need the borders finished for various reasons.  In one case I misplaced the border fabric, so could not finish the second two borders.  I found the fabric and it is now with the quilt ready to be cut and attached.
Day Dreamer, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery. This quilt needs the last two borders added. The star points and outer borders are a light purple, not blue.  Not sure why the coloring is off in the photo.
I believe this was a Judy Niemeyer mystery.  I took this class after being gifted it because one of my student's parents was injured in a rotary cutter accident.  I am a huge Debbie Caffrey fan and the ladies in this class kept dissing her. She did not teach at that store, and some of those women were very catty in their comments. I was not happy and think some of anger over their comments is directed at this quilt top, so I never finished it.  Now I am debating whether to add a border or not. I am thinking an narrow inner red border and an outer border of a Christmas print. What do you think? I plan to gift this quilt since I do not really like it due to the bad memories from the class.
Flip Flops of Summer is what I am calling this because the word "thongs" has a new meaning theses days, though when I was growing up that is what we called them.  I am debating whether to add another border using the fabric below. I will remove all the ribbons before quilting and then sew them on. At the moment they are pinned so I can use this picture to help me after quilting.  It tool me a long time to pick the ribbons for each set of flip flops.
What do you think of this as a border on my flip flop quilt? I was thinking about 4" all around.
These are left over blocks from a quilt I made my dad. I need to add a border. I am thinking a gold or green inner border to go with the gold or the green in the lighter colored blocks. I am hoping to make it a small lap size. I think I have some of the light fabric for an outer border.
Twenties Treasure, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery done with Doreen Speckmann fabrics.  I need to add the last two borders, which are already pieced.  I made a mistake in this quilt but was consistent in every block.  I did so well that when we laid the quilt out at class, even Debbie did not notice that I put one set of points facing the wrong way on every single block.  I already had the rows sewn together when I noticed it. Debbie told me that I had made it my own.  I gave it my own unique twist. I may add one more border if I have enough of the blue fabric.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Here is the second set of quilt tops. These are the next 26 tops. Several of my tops are to big for me to quilt on my domestic machine, so they will be going to the quilter.  It may take me all year or longer to get them all done as I cannot afford to send more than one or two a month to quilter. I think I finally found all of the tops.  I hope no more are hiding.
Saturday Sampler in Pastels.
Red, White, and Blue Swap
Blue Hoffman Swap from the 1990's
Buggy Barn Black and White Stars
From 1992 or 1993, back when I was under the mistaken impression that you needed to use only one print and the rest solids. You can tell the borders were added about 15 to 20 years later when I learned more about textures.
Simply an Illusion, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery.
Undercover in Houston, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery.
Rainbow Stars with Piano Key border
Simply an Illusion, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery. I think it looks like tumbling blocks.
Friendship Star Christmas Swap
1997 Churn Dash Christmas Swap, also called Hole in the Barn Door, debating whether to add another border to this one or not.
Mystery Quilt - Diana Bradley teacher and designer.
Undercover in Houston III, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery. I call it my Michigan Apples quilt because of the reds and greens and the background fabric is a tiny apple print.
Spirit of the West, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery
The colors in this quilt do not come through as true. This quilt was a swap quilt in which I sent my primary fabric and one of my two secondary fabrics, teal and purple. Some people got teal, others got purple.  The dark print was my primary fabric and is the border fabric.
Confined to Quarters, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery. I am debating adding a black inner border, and a black and white print outer border. What do you think? Suggestions are appreciated.

OFF KUiLTeR This one is ready to send to the quilter.

Good Night Sweetheart, A Debbie Caffrey Mystery

New Year's Mystery Quilt 2011
Pam Ventagen, teacher and designer
Half Square Triangle Quilt
Undercover in Houston II, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery
Braid, I am not sure if you can tell but the top is cut at an angle with border wider on one side than the other. 
I am undecided if I will quilt these or send them off to be quilted. But since I have so many I have time to decided. :)

Blue and Yellow Friendship Stars. I have the backing for this one and may decide to quilt it myself, I need to measure it and see what it size it ended up being.

These are two quilts that my son's started when they were young. I finished up the tops and added borders, and now need to quilt them. You can learn more on the story of each of them here.
Joel's Space Quilt, Attic Windows.  I plan to quilt this one.

Bryce's Lizard Quilt.  I plan to quilt this one.

Then I have this one that I cannot even find, but I know it needs to be quilted. It is somewhere in my sewing room, but where is the question.
Block Pattern: Clay's Choice. This one I may have quilted and donate to the American Legion Auxiliary for a fund raiser.  

Saturday, April 13, 2013


I have quite a few tops in topsville that need to be quilted. Some are small ones that I plan to back with fleece and quilt myself. Here are the first fifteen.  I plan to quilt these ones myself.

Top:  Stack and Whack
Bottom: March Winds a Debbie Caffrey Mystery

California Confusion, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery

Pajama Party, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery

Run For The Border, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery
Northern Nights, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery

Undercover in Chicago, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery

On the Road Again, a Debbie Caffrey Mystery
 I have not decided on the backing for this one, or if I will quilt it myself or not.

Marti Michelle's Mystery of the Substitute Teacher
Then there are the small wall hangings that I will quilt myself.
There's No Such Thing as Too Much Fabric Wall Hanging
Shamrock Wall Hanging
Lady Bug Wall Hanging
Heart's and House's Swap Wall Hanging

This is one block from a mystery quilt that I did never completed. I did this one block to use as a wall hanging.  Diana Bradley designed the quilt and taught the class.

I am thinking of hand quilting this one:

Oak Leaf Applique Quilt