Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Vanishing UFO

There is one less UFO in my life, and that is a very good thing!

It was starting to feel a little claustrophic in the sewing room, like I was surrounded by things in varying states of half- or almost-done-ness. Add to that a craving for variety and the itch to do something else other than the current project, and you end up with this.

A finished zigzag baby quilt!

See? I can finish something...eventually.

There's no baby in anyone's immediate future, that I know of. This was just one of those things begun last year and then shelved, as I mentioned on Wednesday when I kvetched about basting. I felt like finishing it.


This is the first quilt I have quilted on Jane, my Juki TL-98Q. She is a workhorse, that Jane. It took me a row or two to get comfortable with all the stopping and pivoting, but I got the hang of it.

I didn't have enough of the Joel Dewberry Deer Valley Columbine print for the whole back, so I had to piece one together. I'm trying to conserve my dwindling scraps of Erin Michaels Lush, the blue and rust colored floral, so I just put little peeks of it in the backing.

By the way, if anybody knows where I can still get a bit of the of the deer paint-by-number print (preferably in Sky, but beggars can't be choosers), let me know. I have an affinity for vintage paint-by-numbers, but unfortunately I showed up late to the Lush fabric party and it was mostly sold out by then.

I think I like the back of this quilt almost as much as the front!

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27 comments:

Sarah Craig said...

Wow! Great quilt - and I agree with you, the back is as good as the front! Love the bargello look, and your quilting on it is perfect. I particularly love your color combination - so unusual for a baby quilt, but it works! Looks like another one on my "must make" list!

Sew It UP! said...

I can totally understand! Love the way it all came out and the back is just a pretty as the front of the quilt. The zigzag pattern is on my list too.

Carol said...

It looks great. It instantly reminded me of so afghans my grandma knit for us when we were little.

Sarah said...

I love the back of this quilt. I like it when the back is unexpected. This is a lovely quilt with the zig-zags. Love the soft blue and brown of this fabric.

Michelle said...

I love the front AND back of your quilt..and Now I'm rethinking my colors for our bedroom..

Fresh Poppy Sisters said...

So pretty! And I love pieced backs, love the character it adds!

Dee said...

I love the back and the front is just as happy and vibrant! Congratulations on such a great job!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Lovely. A finished UFO is a wonderful feeling. Good job. :)

Leslie said...

this is really beautiful. i love the colors in this quilt and your quilting looks just amazing

Miri said...

Great quilt!

Nikki said...

Wow, i really like the quilting on this, great job!

Kristen said...

Wonderful! Doesn't a finish feel good?! I like the back as good as the front!!

ktquilts said...

Lovely quilty finish!! Way to go finishing a UFO!!!

Blessings,

KT

Michelle said...

Whew! Always good to get a UFO finished, and that is a lovely one indeed. Your quilting is perfect. Really amplifies the zig-zaggy-ness beautifully. Now, when someone announces the impending arrival of a new baby, you'll be prepared.

beth said...

Wow! It's lovely. I especially like that zigzag quilting pattern!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

That quilting is so simple and yet so effective. I'm keeping this page so that if I ever do a zig zag (yes it's on my list for this year -we'll see if that happens ) I can copy this idea.

Beautiful!

teresa said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt. You do great work. I am just finishing a baby quilt for my first grandchild due in July. I have a little more time left. I hope I get it done. you have inspired me.

ivoryspring said...

What I beautiful quilt - I love love love the fabrics!

Catherine said...

Love your zig zag. Your machine quilting is quite effective and all it needed to bring it to life. That print on th back with the russet and blue flowers is gorgeous!!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

The quilt has great colors that work well together! Thanks for stopping by...Julian

Katie B. said...

Gorgeous. Love the colors!

Maevy said...

Beautiful! I love the colors on the back, and the zigzag pattern on the front.

KQuiltyBee said...

Nice job--zigzag is one of my new faves

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi, Wow, what a lovely baby quilt, both the front and back are precious. Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment on my "Vintage Thingies Thursday...Rose Centerpiece”! I really enjoyed designing these with the yellow and red roses, I also love the green and off white tin flower pots they are in.
Hugz,
Kim

Dayna said...

Ooooo! This makes me want ice cream! I love it!

manuela said...

It's beautiful! And pieced backs are just the icing on the cake! So, what's the new project :)

sewtakeahike said...

congratulations on your shriking UFOs!!! I love how you quilted this little treasure, someone's gonna be blessed for sure!

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