Friday, April 4, 2008

January Lotto Strings Quilt ....Finished!!!!


Although I dropped out off the Stashbuster's list due to time constraints keeping up with all the messages, I am still trying to get some of my UFO's finished. First there was the Crown of Thorns quilt. Then a Challenge was issued by the About.com February Lotto block winners for previous block winners to get those blocks turned into finished quilts. So of course I took the challenge. After all I need to do "spring cleaning", get Jannie's wedding quilt done, and get my quilt show plans done, so this would be a great way to procrastinate! How long could it take to sew together 48 blocks that I won in January....layout decision took a few hours and making another block to add to the mix after sleeping on it. Then the top went together quite quickly. Oh Gee!! How long could it take to do some simple straight line /walking foot quilting? Only a couple of hours, but then I discovered a construction flaw on one block that left some raw edges of a couple of strips loose in places....too late to take it out and replace with another block (because I despise un-sewing!) so how about just stitching over those loose edges with decorative stitches, crazy quilt style....well that would work, but it would draw attention to the flawed block....but not if I added some decorative stitches to all the blocks.....I love how it turned out, but it would have been faster to un-sew and make a replacement block! LOL!! Like I said I despise frog stitching. Besides this gave me a chance to play with some of the fancy stitches on my machine and explore their design possibilities for quilts. Last night I finished sewing on the binding. Another UFO is history! BTW I've decided to keep this one for myself.

8 comments:

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

I love the way you set those blocks! Great job! I can't wait to see a pic of it all quilted!
Regina

Roslyn Atwood said...

love those string quilts, I have it on my to-do list!
Roslyn

Amanda said...

What a great idea to use the different machine stitches on your quilt - I love hand embroidery on quilts, but must have a go at trying it with my machine.

Carol E. said...

Love the setting!

Vicki said...

I love your quilt, and the setting you chose. I too hate frog stitches, but would not have thought of using embrodery stitches over the top. I probably would have appliqued another stip over the top of the problem area. But your solution is much prettier, and much more interesting. I'm going to keep this in mind for the future. Thanks and keep sharing your work!

Mary said...

Love the light and dark of your block settings!

Helen in the UK said...

I really like the way you've set these blocks. Great 'save' by using the fancy stitches. It is a great quilt, no wonder you're going to keep it :)

CARMEN said...

I really like the setting, congratulations on your creativity.