Monday, 23 June 2008

One down, four to go!

I have finished the first of my challenge quilts! OK, it was a cheat really, as most of the quilting was done, it only had to be finished off, the border quilted and binding put on, but at least it's now finished and not languishing in my UFO box (where it has been since the end of 2006!).

The blocks were made by the members of a quilting group I belong to called 'Flutterwheels' and are from Margaret Miller's fabulous book 'Strips that Sizzle'. Everyone made six blocks and then we had great fun playing with them, and trying out different arrangements and combinations. At the end of the meeting they were raffled, and I won! This is one quilt I will definitely be keeping!

The quilting posed a bit of a problem, as I wanted to keep the sizzle and the colour changes obvious. In the end I meander quilted it with four different colours - light blue, dark blue, yellow and gold, to enhance the colors rather than mask them.

The borders were filled with my all-time favourite - feathers! I love doing these, as they are easy, very forgiving and look great.

A left over block became the label, and it's all done. Hooray!Now I have an apology to make. For some reason I thought it was Jacquie who had set this challenge, but it wasn't - it was Peg. I'm really sorry for that blunder and still amazed not only that I have accepted this challenge, but that there are 65 other people who have too! have a look at their progress by following the links on Peg's blog.

13 comments:

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Looks great Lynda...you've done a great job on the quilting.

Karol-Ann said...

Well done! It looks fabulous!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lynda that is just so lovely well done.....three cheers...

Gina said...

What a fabulous quilt and the quilting is great.

love and hugs xxx

loulee1 said...

I love that blue and yellow, so fresh and pretty.
Great quilting and well done for finishing part of your challange.

Melody said...

I see no cheating here. A UFO is a UFO, no rules on how far along. Thanks for the close up views too. I like how you did the color changes so as not to take away from the sizzling colors of the fabrics. Do you have a long arm quilting machine or do you use a sewing machine? Just curious. Looks Wonderful.

Helen in the UK said...

One UFO finished already - amazing what a challenge can do isn't it!?! Good luck with the next 4 :)

Elaine Adair said...

Gorgeous!

Exuberant Color said...

There is something so crisp and fresh about blue and yellow. I have a pile of them waiting to be used, waiting for the right pattern to jump up.

A finish is a finish, it doesn't mattern when the finish was started. Be proud!

Diana said...

I love that idea of the different color threads. Beautiful quilt!

Rhonda said...

Congrats on the finish! Love the "sizzle"!

Helz said...

Man... No way is that a cheat! I'm going to need all the help I can get to finish My Five!!! Looks Great...

Annemariesquilt said...

Wow striking quilt and it is very beautiful..