Spring Floral is My UFO for April

It’s appropriate that the number drawn for Judy’s UFO Challenge for April was a Comfort (nursing home) quilt which is in springy pink floral fabrics that I needed to finish.  Fabrics were leftovers from another quilt.  I talked to a long time friend of Mom’s and she told me of a lady who knew Mom who just had her second leg amputated.  She was delighted to receive the quilt and asked that her blanket be removed and the quilt put on her instead.

I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and the pantograph Tea Rose.

Surprisingly, I actually finish this quilt before the last day of the month.  Had it ready to go the 3rd week.  That’s a first for me for this challenge.  Can’t wait to see what May’s number will be.  I am so enjoying getting unfinished projects that have been hanging over my head finished.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful day.

Linda

My First Quilting Design

I’m so excited that for the first time I didn’t copy someone else’s quilting design.  I needed something to fill the large blank block in this Irish Chain quilt.  On other quilts, I have stitched a flower in the center with curls and leaves that go to the outside edge in some small blocks.  However, that design looked gangly in this large space.  So I started sketching and came up with this idea.  Then I needed to devise a way to keep the flowers, leaves, curls, and hooked feathers in position consistently.  Also wanted to have one stop and start. 

Surprisingly, I remembered a stencil I bought 4 years ago when I was just learning how to run my longarm that was no more than registration lines, 8 I think, that intersect in the middle.  I used chalk to mark the registration lines and then decided exactly what I would put in each space.  Then the center was too poofy, so I put a circle of hooked feathers.  It worked out pretty well.  Joanne approved the design and here is the first block stitched out.

Note:  the top of the block doesn’t have the curl because the block is cut off by the border.

Lookin good!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I’m quilting today.

Linda

Linderella’s Applique Critters

Our local quilt shop is called Linderella’s Quilt Works.  Linda Sullivan has designed a bunch of cute animal applique patterns which a customer wanted on one quilt along with the child’s name.  So this quilt has a frog, cat, bird, and turtle, along with a bumble bee and dragonfly.  The letters are done “wonky” style as is the border.

The animals begged for a garden to be running around in, so I quilted flowers, landscape meander, and a tree for the bird.

Tomorrow I’ll post another customer quilt.  Very lovely and dramatic flowers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Linda