Thursday, February 2, 2017

Progress on the 17 UFO's

Last week saw me with the quilt top finish of Chunky Crossroads. This week Gather Ye Roses and My Quilty 365 got crossed off of the 17 in 2017 list as well. I only committed to quilt top finishes with these particular projects as Meredithe assured us that progress was the point!
The three latest quilt top finishes!
Gather Ye Roses started out as tumbler block leftovers and then eventually morphed into a large tumbler basket after one day of play. At that point, I knew it needed more, but wasn't sure where to go from the over-large basket piece. Medallion style quilt? Pieced blocks? More flowers? There are so... many options you know!
Gather Ye Rosebuds looking a little washed out..
Finally I settled on a very rough draft that included smaller basket blocks, a flowing vine and space for some appliqued words. The baskets were easy, just took some time for the details. Then for the rest? Hmmm... In the drawing, my vine had what looked to be fat berries on the vines, but when I settled on 'Gather Ye Rosebuds' for the saying, the berries looked extremely wrong. Not that I'm a purist, but seriously, mentioning the word 'rosebuds' might, just maybe? create an expectation of buds on the vine as well as in the occasional basket.*sigh  These quilts, so demanding!
A look at the bottom of the quilt
However, the flowers are all just a mishmash of whatever blooms I decided to cut out at the time. Tulip shapes and other assorted floral shapes that made sense to me. I refuse to get too worked up over making sure every single detail is just 'so', and I do so love the primitive look to this asymmetrical quilt. Especially done up in the classic, traditional colors that I'm seemingly drawn to, over and over and over again through the years. I will say though, that the applique was a bit brutal at times in the overall effort of making this quilt. Hardly any machine piecing at all which means progress always comes along at the speed of the turtle, not the hare....
The large tumbler basket centerpiece
And then there was the day I spent appliqueing the centerpiece for my dear Quilty 365 quilt. Nothing else quilty that day at all, just this deceptively simple addition to my circle quilt! Words are tricky, but oh, so fun looking on the occasional quilt.
And now it's a quilt top finish!
Surprisingly, I've also moved a very little bit forward with the make-piece triangles for Shattered. It's a quilt that is primarily going to be made out of the scrap bin and while I love the look, it does get a bit tedious at time. Just saying! 76 out of 208 triangles made so far, which by my calculations is just over a fourth the way through. Every time I think, 'This is it! I'm done making these forever!'. Then I take a couple days break, think about it and come back with fresh eyes. It may be a project that takes the entire year to plow through, but I know it will be worthwhile if I just stick with it long term.
Make-fabric triangles
The really exciting progress was finishing up the hand quilting for my Geese Tracks quilt. Yay! It needs binding of course, but it's always such a great motivator to get this close to a true-blue finish. I don't even have to put the binding on for a month and I already feel like it's amazing progress.*wink
Geese Tracks and Black Shadow Applique quilt
So far, it's been really good for me to have this list, reminding me every single time I walk in the quilt room, but the years' young! There's a whole long list of projects I still want to attack, most not even cut out yet. When there's time, I'll be checking out everyone else's progress over at Meredithe's 17 UFO's in 2017. Right now, my youngest son thinks dinner is much more important that mom's quilting stuff and you know how hungry teenagers get when their stomach is empty!

27 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with the speed of the turtle!
    You always have the most interesting quilts going on. Thanks for the peek inside!

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  2. All great work..love, Gather Ye Roses, great improv style!

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  3. you have made a lot of progress!! but 17 UFO's LOL I can't imagine working on that many, I think I have done 7 at one time well not all at once :) but switching from one to another of course

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  4. Congrats on the January progress, I'm so glad you finished your. Quilty 365 such a source of inspiration for many quilts in blog land.

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  5. lots achieved here quilty circles looks good and loving gather ye rosebuds. Geese tracks is lovely I too have just completed hand quiltig a quilt, that is 6 completed so far this year,only one by hand, the flimsie pile is getting smaller for me isn`t it good to get UFOs done

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  6. So we both have asymmetrical quilts right now. Fun. Love your roses and writing.
    Congratulations on keeping those moving along. And I remember how my sons were bottomless pits at that age. Now they are grown and I miss that age.

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  7. Love the quilt in the hoop and the tops are beautifull. I like the asymetrical rosebud quilt a lot. Greetings

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  8. Love that first photo of the three quilts on the railing, all lovely projects!!

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  9. Woohoo! What progress. Love them all. Your Quilty 365 center really "fits".

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your progress!! I love them all -- I have a soft spot for anything basket!! Great progress!!

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  11. I'd like a peek into your mind to see how you come up with the words for your quilts. Always so creative.

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  12. I love your rosebud vine! And so far so good with the 17. I think it's been very motivating!

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  13. I love how you made the vine and rosebuds for "Gather ye Rosebuds"!
    Beautiful!!
    Best wishes!

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  14. The mix of patchwok and applique/embroidery in a quilt adds a lot of interest.. and handwork has a value all its own... and increases with time. I often wonder why quilters (and others) get in such a hurry.

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  15. I love all of these !! Congrats on some more gorgeous finishes! Gather Ye Rosebuds is such a fun quilt and how you ended up your Quilty 365 is just perfect. And another hand quilt finish...you go girl!

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  16. Never mind hungry teenagers, what about hungry 50-year-old men who should be able to feed themselves? I can't believe how much you are getting done, and all looking so lovely.

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  17. Such wonderful projects! - I don't even know where to start! LOVE what you did with the center of your Quilty 365. I have watched your and other's progress on this wonderful project. It looks awesome! The Gather Ye Rosebuds also is fantastic. What a great use of your leftover tumblers. I can't believe how much you are able to get done. If you think you are the turtle... I must be a slow, slow snail! Love seeing your quilts, Audrey.

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  18. Three quilt tops finished, what excellent progress! Love the colours in your 'geese track' quilt.

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  19. Your progress is such a wonderful inspiration. Each of the quilts you've finished is a creative gem, full of individuality, and a delightful improv style.

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  20. You've made huge progress in January, as you always seem to no matter the circumstances or the state of certain teenager's stomachs! As I recall the cooking is never done when teenagers live in your midst, especially boys!

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  21. You're making wonderful progress on all of your gorgeous and unique quilts. I like idea of adding words to quilts, but can't think of the right words at the appropriate time. Your words are wonderful.

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  22. Great progress and I love to see all your projects underway. I love how you mix patterns and colors!

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  23. Gather Ye Rosebuds is awesome! I think you should enter it into a show when it's finished. Love the peek at your Quilty 365! I'd love to hear about how you do your letters on quilts...I would like to add words to an up-coming quilt, but I'm dithering over the process...

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  24. What a brilliant month you've had. You may have a gold star!! Such great finishes on your tops AND other progress too.

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  25. Wow, you have lots to smile about here. Those are some wonderful quilt tops! I always enjoy the addition of words to the quilt. The best part is how this post makes me feel like we are just chatting and you are explaining what happened to each of them during the process. I totally get what you meant about the blooms vs. berries in the border and the fact that each of these quilts is so unique but they are all so 'Audrey' at the same time. Girl, you've got style!

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  26. Found you from the link up - Great progress you made during January. I am guessing you don't sleep!

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