July 31, 2011

July's UFO (and May's too!)

The number drawn for July’s Patchwork Times UFO Challenge was #2.  Since I’ve been working ahead, my #2 was done back in May—click here to see that post, but for a reminder, here’s a photo of finished #2, which is one of Kim McLean's Roseville Album blocks.

 So what did I do in July? 

Well remember this package?  It was a birthday gift for my dd, and inside the package was this pillow, which was just a teaser for the rest of her birthday present. 

Which was this:

If it looks familiar, it is my May UFO, CapriccioALL FINISHED--but kept under wraps.  Since my daughter opened it last night, I can finally show it to you.

I tried to use bright, happy colors and fabrics that I thought she would enjoy, although I have to admit that it is sadly lacking in dog prints.  I guess I just don’t buy many dog fabrics—cats are a different story thanks to Laurel Burch designs. 

Since the top ended up reading a bit more yellow/green than I planned, the backing fabric I’d purchased didn’t really seem to match the front of the quilt.  But neither did anything else I tried—even yellow or green, and I couldn’t find anything else that I thought would work better.  After mulling it over, I decided to go ahead and use what I'd bought since the red print would give her an entirely different look if she wanted to “redecorate” just by flipping it over.

I’m glad the red stayed as it adds to the cheerfulness, and I think it looks great with the quilting Yvette did in yellow.  The red backing is from the line, Lift Your Spirits by Wendy Bentley for Timeless Treasures.  The pillow center panel and the label on the quilt back are both from that same line too.

Gotta admit, though, my favorite part is the black and white squiggly binding!  I love it and have to remember to buy more! (I think it's by Blank Textiles--called coffee something or opposites attract.) 

But this has been done for a couple weeks now.  So what did I do the rest of July? 

Pretty much nothing!  I have prepped some more Flower Garden blocks, but have barely put in any stitches.  I’ve been itching to start something new (hexagons keep calling my name), and been doing some retail therapy and a little mental planning of a new project, but looking at the calendar (and knowing tomorrow will bring a new UFO Challenge number) is holding me back. 

Maybe I’ll go clean on my sewing room so I’m ready for a new UFO….or work on some quilt binding, or maybe I’ll just take a nap and rest up…..there must be a reason they call these the lazy days of summer.

Happy Stitching!


LynCC said...

Hey, July is a good month to take a break :D

Cathy said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt for your DD Donna. She is a lucky one, great job!! xo

dq said...

You overachiever. I just LOVE the applique block AND the finished quilt. I adore scrappy projects like the quilt you just finished. It inspires me.

carol fun said...

LOVE the quilt! Those Pie in the Sky patterns are some of my favorites. That black and white binding is the perfect finishing touch!

JCnNC said...

An absolute gorgeous, happy quilt. Good July finish. Judy C in NC

Sierra John said...

Your applique is wonderful! Congratulations on finishing another UFO!

Quilter Kathy said...

This is an amazing quilt that your daughter is lucky to have! I would love to have the beautiful dog too...is it a package deal?!? Great use of colour and love the binding!

ANudge said...

Amazing quilt,pillow and block!
Love them all.

Lisa said...

Your Roseville block is fabulous! Love the colors. My favorite is purple, and you have a lot of it there. Lucky you to be ahead of the game!