Monday, November 11, 2013

Well, I didn't win....

So, the color change/You & I quilt didn't win in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, but I had so much fun entering and want to thank all those who did go vote for my quilt -- thank you!! It was amazing to see the other quilts in the contest, and to hear from some of you that mine really was one of the better quilts. Sweet!! I don't quite believe it, but it was nice to hear anyway :)

I have been busy working on a few projects, but they are all Christmas gifts so I can't show them off. Finished up a black & white wall hanging for one gift, and I'm assembling the blocks I did in the Gen X Quilters BOM into the two quilts for those recipients.

I am excited to show those off, when I finish and gift them.  I got busy doing other quilts this year and so only finished 6 blocks/3 months' worth of the BOM. To finish the lap quilts, then, I cut 9.5" squares of coordinating & background fabric to get up to a 7 x 7 block arrangement (making a roughly 63" x 63" quilt, good for a lap/throw size) and arranged the blocks I had, intermingled with the fabrics, and wound up with two very different quilts.

Each one was arranged with the recipient in mind, and I know they are both going to love the end result. And it turned a UFO, orphan blocks, into finished quilt, FAST. Super fast. Love that. All the fabric came from my stash (thank goodness I used to just guess and buy a ton of fabric instead of calculating, so I had lots of leftovers of the main fabrics...), all I had to buy was batting and thread, making these really inexpensive gifts, too. Yay!! Love that.

I just hope my recipients don't expect new quilts every year.....eek!

I have some mug rugs to work on as soon as I get the lap quilts, quilted; those I can show off as I go. They're for an on-line swap with a group of forum buddies, and I found some more fantastic Brazil-ish fabric to use so I finally have a good idea what to do for them. Can't wait!

Hopefully I still get them done in the midst of moving......Wish me luck!

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