Wednesday, October 11, 2006

my lucky day

I'm a little late getting started on the Oct. One hour challenge, but decided to buckle down last night after a class and at least do 2 blocks. While I was sewing, it seemed oddly familiar. I vaguely remember starting a leaf quilt years ago and didn't finish. I had made a smaller leaf quilt, liked it so much that I wanted to make a larger one with larger blocks. So, I got up and started hunting and look what I found! All kinds of HST's already done in the RIGHT size even! The stems were about half done, but everything was cut. And the best part--I had enough blocks to do the smaller version except 2! And I just made 2! I liked the colors of my BG and other leaf colors a little bit better--but this is like killing 2 birds with one stone. I do the challenge AND finish up a UFO that's about 9-10 years old! Woohoo! Now what are the chances of that happening again? I'm so glad that I didn't cut the other fabric up yet. I'll put it away on the shelf to age a little more for another project.
Here are some of my blocks done (they are all done now that I had a big boost!) and I'm testing what I might want in that center alternate block. The 2 blocks I made before I remembered about these blocks have a different background, but I think they are going to be okay. I'm toying with the idea of appliqueing a leaf in that block. That's a real leaf I went out and picked up and stuck up there. I might use leaves from my yard as patterns. I'm just trying to decide now what color BG I want. The tan seems a bit sedate for me. The leaf fabric I am trying out here didn't have enough contrast in my opinion. Although the white is stark, it really has nice contrast. So, I have all month to play yet.

21 comments:

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

How lucky was that? What a boost to find the UFO parts - and all the correct size. It looks great, and a good idea to put something in the middle of the alternate blocks.

quiltpixie said...

wow I'm impressed a UFO found for the challenge! I also really like the idea of a feature fabric in the centre of the alternate blocks. Way to go!

computerpeach said...

way to go - i would have been the one that would make all the blocks THEN realize that I had a ton already...lol

:D

Hedgehog said...

Amazing that you remembered and found that UFO with the same sizes even! I like the idea of using real leaves as a pattern.

Carol said...

What could be better...a project that uses UFO blocks and stash...Judy didn't know what she was starting :)

Screen Door said...

What luck!!!! You must be living right...I love the start of your quilt.
Melanie

Angie said...

Awesome, girlfriend!! Aren't you lucky that you remembered you had one started....and even more important (from the standpoint of MY stash closet and sewing room LOL) you were able to find it!!!! YES!!! And I love the idea of applique in the alternate block, hmmmmm, I may have to ponder snitching an idea from you! LOL

dineke said...

How good to remember that old project. Great thing it has the same size blocks you need now. I like the colours I see on the picture

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a lucky find that was! I really do like your idea of using the real leaves as patterns - have you considered perhaps scanning the actual leaf and then printing it on to fabric? You could use a background which is cream and I'm sure that the gorgeous leaf colours would look great.

ForestJane said...

I was really impressed by that little leaf in the middle square... thought, wow, that's a cute block, so real looking... till I read down some and found out it WAS a real leaf. :)

Shelina said...

That's terrific that you can play along with the group, and finish up your UFO! Congratulations!

Bonnie said...

You are lucky to remember that UFO - and have it be the right size! What fun.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

How fun to be able to remember/find this UFO and work along on the leaf project with everyone else! Great incentive to work on this project!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Suze said...

Yes, that is a Win-Win........

Way to go...........

cher said...

what a score to get such a lucky break-your ufo fitting together with Judy's pattern-way to use up your stash too!

Anonymous said...

Have you gotten more done. I'm really anxious to see how it's going to turn out with you doing it scrappy. Looks great so far.

Judy L.

Mrs. Moody said...

Looking great and that is awesome tht you found HST's that you could use.

fabricmom said...

That is going to awesome once it is finished. I was looking at the purses too. They are great. I wish I had time to make some. I have tons of patterns but not the time. I exspecially like the pink one. I am a sucker for pink and purses.

Hanne said...

Your leaf quilt looks good - how nice to be able to use Ufo HST :-)
Your Churn Dash quilt top looks good too, as does your bags and the Frosty Flakes quilt. You have really been busy :-)

Susan said...

Karen, are you okay? You haven't posted in your blog in so long, I hope nothing is wrong.

Sandra said...

Wow - finish up some UFO blocks, do a quilt top in colours you love, finish the hour a day challenge! 3 for the price of one :-) I love the idea of using real leaf shapes for your applique blocks - it would really make it personal and homely!