April 01, 2011

March UFO block--Finished!

I am happy to report that my March UFO in the Patchwork Times UFO Challenge is finished!

This month's UFO was #1, which was a block from the Roseville Album quilt by Kim McLean. I finally finished it last night--Hooray! Hooray!  And I've even started work on a couple more of the blocks too--too bad neither ended up being chosen as the April UFO block which is #4! 

I really enjoying working on the applique, but I'm very slow-- particularly slow at choosing fabrics for each piece, and then I agonize about the choices I've made.   Oh well...I am trying to just go on, promising that I will consider changing pieces only when ALL the blocks are finished and I can see them together.  It doesn't always work, but it helps stop me from changing everything.

Although I met my UFO goal for the month, I feel like it wasn't real progress because I actually started on THREE more new projects. (I just don't seem to be able to help myself--surprise surprise.) Here's a peek at one of my new unfinished projects:

This isn't how the blocks will be put together--just how they were up on my design wall.  I'll post more about these blocks as soon as I make a bit more progress, but they are destined for a quilt I saw in Material Obsession called Stripping Vine made by Kathy Doughty.

While I was cutting the pieces for those, I liked the colors together so well, I saved the scraps and cut some extra strips for another quilt (Single Girl by Denyse Schmidt) that I hope/plan to make soon.

I told myself I was just being efficient!  And while I had the cutting area clear, I cut out the background squares for the pattern, Flower Garden by Kim McLean.  I am using Kona Snow for the flower backgrounds, bright florals for the flowers, and am thinking about using a periwinkle polka dot for the border background.  I don't have any photos of that to share--there isn't much real progress.  I'll post again as soon as there's something more to see.  My dd is home from college for two more weeks and I plan to enjoy every moment, so it might be awhile.

Scorecard for 2011: Three UFO's completed (two Roseville Album blocks and one Cookbook cover) and SIX (yes SIX) new UFO's started!  Yikes!  I am beginning to understand how it is that I have so many unfinished projects!

Oh, and, everyone still reading this, please repeat after me...Happy, Happy Birthday Joanne!  Even if you don't know Joanne, I am sure she will feel the happy mental energy and positive thoughts from your birthday wishes.  Joanne H. is the nicest April Fool--well just the nicest person who happens to be born today. Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Joanne!


AnnieO said...

Congrats on a beautiful block no longer a UFO! Love your fabric choices in the block and in your new project. Single Girl is a great pattern for these colors too. Happy Birthday to Joanne!

Dionne said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful block. Your new project looks great as well. Sadly I'm only 2 for 3 (March let me down). Looking forward to seeing what you finish in April!

JCnNC said...

A very beautiful block - thanks you for sharing that and can't wait for the others. Judy C

Rabid Quilter said...

You may agonize over your fabric choices in your applique but it's NOT a waste of time--your block is spectacular! I used to work in a quilt shop and a few people would take hours to pick out just the right fabric. Those quilts were always the best!

I too have finished 3 UFO's and started 6 since the first of the year! Will we EVER catch up? LOL!!

Cathy said...

I adore this block of yours Donna, the colours are so inviting. xo

Barb in Mi said...

Love your block! And your choice of fabric makes it even more beautiful! Congrats!

BetsyE said...

I love that Roseville pattern, and I think your fabrics seem perfect!

sue said...

Your block is so beautiful and happy!