Friday, March 1, 2019

Finishes Old and New

After quilting the spirals in the Paddington Bear baby quilt, all that was left to get it finished was the binding. Voila, a newly finished baby quilt:

The spirals are far from perfect, but they're a new-to-me skill, so I'll consider them good enough.

This quilt will be donated to CSQ for Operation Shower, which supports expectant military families.

I finished another donation quilt recently but haven't blogged about it yet. I had an old UFO top, pieced in 2008, and had the backing for it already pieced, but it sat in time out for a decade.

I designed in in EQ5 (yes, that long ago) and called it Bricks and Mortar.

The hold up, the reason this remained a UFO for so long, was that I didn't have the skills to quilt it back then. I hadn't yet heard of "organic wavy lines" as a type of quilting and I didn't have any FMQ skills at all. I also didn't have a walking foot back then.

Finally last month I layered the top and backing, gave it simple organic wavy line quilting, added binding, and now it's done.

The colors and prints were already very dated back in 2009; they're mostly 1990's-ish. Some of the fabrics were from my mother-in-law's stash, and she died in 2008, so I know most of the fabrics are earlier than that. That calico on the right - a 1980's VIP print from MIL's stash.

The trefoil print was from before 1996. The tiny rosebud print was from MIL's stash and feels like it may even be a cotton/poly blend. They were all used in the backing which was already pieced when this project became a UFO.

At the time, my sewing room was primarily the guest room in our house, and these colors coordinated with the already dated decor. They also matched my mother-in-law's home.

This quilt measures about 58" x 62". Since the colors would appeal more to someone elderly, I'll donate this quilt to Bernie at Needle and Foot for her Mercyful Quilts, where it will go to a hospice patient.

Now that this quilt is finished, it's no longer a UFO, no longer a basket of guilt. It sure feels good to cross this one off the list!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict


  1. Congrats! on TWO finishes. Old and new both look cozy and wonderful!

  2. Congrats on both finishes this month. It has to feel really good to get that UFO dusted off, quilted and off your list.

  3. You're right that someone will really love your well-aged UFO, finally finished! Those soft colors might be a bit dated in the decorating world, but they are homey and comforting. It's very generous of you to donate it to Mercyful Quilts :)

  4. Bricks and Mortar is perfect as a Mercyful quilt -- how grand for you that it is now complete!!