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Friday, January 17, 2014

Quilting Motifs - Inspiration from Winter Nature

We had a lot of rain and dampness yesterday, and this morning the temperature was back below freezing. Besides the car doors being frozen shut, there were some wonderful ice patterns on the car.

I think this one was my favorite. The photos really don't do the ice crystals justice, but I did play with the photo a bit and I think the second one shows a bit more of the pattern.

Wouldn't this make a wonderful quilting motif on a quilt?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

English Paper Pieced Hexagons : Landscape #1

I've started putting together some of my hexagons to make a hexi landscape quilt, if such a name actually exists. The idea started with the summer challenge my local quilt guild was having. In case you haven't notice, being January, I kind of missed the Sept 2013 deadline for the summer challenge.

So first, I wanted some pink flamingoes with their toes in the grass and water:

I also made a couple of hexagon flowers, each center has a ladybug fabric. The pink flamingoes are 2" hexagons.

Then I wanted some larger hexagon flowers,

again 2" hexagons, and I got my butterflies and dragonflies.  I'm thinking of using a white on white fabric above the water, and below the sky fabric.

And finally, I have another 5 hexagon flowers, all made from 5" charm squares I had laying around. It's my way of learning English Paper Piecing (EPP) and stash busting at the same time.

I still have more hexagon flowers to make. And someplace I had put together a grouping of hexagons with fish, coy fish and gold fish, to put in the water with the pink flamingoes, but alas, I can't find these. I worry that I dropped them in one of my EPPing in public, at the doctors or some other place.

Have you ever lost some of the EPPs that you were working on? Did they later turn up, or were they gone forever?

This is my first post in the

in hand epp link party

splish splash stash

so check it out, and see some other people's English Paper Piecing progress.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014 Is the Year to Work on UFO's

January is the time of year we all make resolutions that we tend to forget later in the year.

This year I want to make a serious dent in my pile of UFO's - UnFinished Objects : quilt blocks, quilt tops, and quilts.

Right now I have 
  1. a big pile of quilt tops that need to be quilted and bound
  2. a pile to quilt tops that need borders to be finished tops
  3. a pile of started quilt projects, many almost complete
  4. a pile of just started quilt projects
  5. a pile of quilt ideas
I need to start with a quilt from #1 - a quilt top that needs to be quilted and bound and start machine quilting.

Maybe I need to make a list of projects in each of the above categories, and pick one to work on this month.

Are you working on finishing a UFO?