Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Really Old UFO About Finished

The week before last when I was going through things in the basement and finding some of my unfinished projects, I came across this applique piece that I did way back in the 80's. The pattern is by Nancy Pearson, a designer who does beautiful work. I hand appliqued this piece and never did anything with it. I also found some some old striped fabric that I had bought to go with it and just about sent it with the fabrics to the quilt show bazaar, but pulled it out at the last minute. What I thought was so wonderful twenty- five years ago didn't have the same effect on me now. The other day, I got out the applique and the striped fabric and cut out a border.
I attached it and mitered the corners! Don't do that often but it's not that bad. Actually that stripe looks pretty darned nice with the basket of flowers.

Then I did my machine quilting. Used the invisible thread all around the appliques in the ditch followed by some loopy quilting in a cream sulky in the background.

Switched to a dark red sulky and did the wavy stitch that I love on the borders. I thought I was going to have a lot of trouble with the border being wavy, but it seems to be okay. The wavy stitch looks really cool especially in the lighter red. Part of the wonder of the quilting is the pretty shadows that it creates. Then I tried something new in binding and made a long continuous strip and finally figured out how to turn the corner and have it mitered.
I still have to sew down the binding. Glad that I pulled this out of storage and happy with the way it turned out. (Click to enlarge)

6 comments:

Jewels said...

Carol - very nice! You did a great job with the border and the machine quilting! Can't wait to see it finished....

Karen said...

Beautiful Carol! I love the striped border.

Chartreuse Moose said...

Lovely! We love when ufo's have a happy ending! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Leslie said...

Wow Carol, that is a great applique piece and I think that the boarder fabric sets it off nicely. I think that you should find some place to place this nice piece. I just got home from up north from a long weekend. Off to Detroit tomorrow with Elle for skating and then to the meeting if I am not too tired. I just made Chicken Pot pies for dinner and salad and moose for 7 hungry young people. With such a nice day I am itching to get some hanging baskets, how about you?

Momma Made This said...

This is so pretty, Carol! I love the striped border, and you really caught my eye when you mentioned you learned a new technique. Have I mentioned that I want to be YOU when I grow up? : D

~ Ronda

Barb said...

Oh my goodness, that is soooooooooooooo beautiful!