I am still super excited for yesterday’s finish (Sailing with the Flying Needles)!!
At this moment, the top WIP is Marissa’s Minky Checkerboard.
She actually sewed this top two summers ago, and this summer when we took it off the hanging rack to get it quilted, she grimaced. “Why did I choose *those* fabrics??” She didn’t want to quilt it - really doesn't like the colors. But she agreed that it would be fun to look back at what she liked when she was younger and see how much things had changed. And I wanted that idle quilt frame and short arm to FINALLY actually start working (long dorky story of why it’s not been in use, we’re not going to say how long it has sat there), and this was the perfect jump-start flimsy.
Only it’s not so flimsy! Minky alternates with quilting cotton on the front, and the back is minky. But this is not “real” minky – it is the cheaper stuff you find on sale at JoAnn’s. Coarser fibers makes for a slightly stiffer, bulkier feel than what I now call Real Minky. And the seams are very, very bulky at the corners. Not nice to needles! lol
So, this quilt has issues. It looks like you’d expect when an 11yo stubbornly refuses to let Mom talk her out of using minky for her first piecing project. But as a 13yo she readily grasped the concept of having a finished first crazy-made quilt to chuckle over later in life. We’ve been able to tame a fair bit of the slack areas down as we go along, but there are still bulgy parts. Live and learn. Sometimes it really is good to listen to Mom. Other times, you just love it so much that it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. :D
|And, by the way: This is how you eat pretzels during the summer!|
It really keeps me motivated to keep those UFOs going! (Go check out what everyone else is doing - there are some really neat projects out there!)
This week's stats:
New Projects – (Burnin’ Up the Slopes in design mode)
Completed Projects This Week - 2 (Around the World Heather, Sailing with the Flying Needles)
In Active Progress - 2 (Devon’s Owls, Marissa’s Minky Checkerboard)
UFO Firing Range - 33.333
Finishes for 2011 - 22
Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Marissa's Minky Checkerboard (in progress)
One charity wheelchair quilt
Center of Marissa’s Moment of Freakishness
Marissa’s Moment Pillowcase panel
Wagon Wheels West #2
We Love Kelly
Devon's Silk Spinners
Kelly's Thirties Hand Quilter
Poor Forgotten Orphan from 15 Years Ago