Saturday, December 31, 2011

Finishing the loose ends

   In between things this past month, I made long rows  from the leftover short strips of all sizes, every color....just throw it all in to the mix.   Pretty scary, huh?  I just wanted to use up those short pieces and empty a container.  These rows are 6 1/2" wide and about 60 inches long.   Makes a great waste not project.  
  Yesterday, I put it together into a coin quilt.  I used 3" wide bands between each row, and added a 5" border on all sides.  So it is  now ready to pin and  quilt and become a donation quilt for my guild Habitat for Humanity project.  

  And to fulfill my promise for a doll quilt for each project finished, I did a small one that is also ready to quilt.   These strips were too short for the big one....the rows are 5 inches wide with a 2 inch band in the center.  

  Since I was on a roll, I added a border to the strip pieced water color that I never finished.   This is the one I put together during the strip piecing tutorial.    It is a small lap throw about 45" by 60".  
   So 2 + to quilt and finish.  No UFOs hanging around here.  The design wall is bare.   Nature abhors a vacuum,  and that means I will be putting something up there soon. 
   Hint:  It could be time to pull out the gridded interfacing.
 Happy New Year and happy stitching.


Nicki said...

Well it looks like you've gotten started on your projects before the new year has even begun! I see potential for all my small scraps now by following your idea of the long strips. Do you just pick any color/print scrap at random & sew it to another or do you try to coordinate colors/patterns in your strips? I love, love, love your watercolor quilts. I'm looking forward to the FMQ challenge & hope to use what I've learned on some of the doll quilts.

Exuberant Color said...

A bare design wall is a great way to start the new year. I'm itching to start another colorwash too....Happy New Year!

Janet O. said...

I think coin quilts are a great way to put scraps to use. They look great, too. Love what you have done. And your "doll quilt for every finish" is a smart thing to do.
Beautiful watercolor quilt. I've never made one, but my Mom did and we had the hardest time finding enough of the right kinds of fabric. Do you run into that problem?

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

WOW, no UFO's? I keep mine to a minimum but I always have them! Bravo! I love your coin quilts! I should totally do this--and maybe they'd be great for the free motion quilting challenge? I haven't made any of my lists for the new year--have been kind of waiting for today--but now the wheels are turning! Going have to write this stuff down.

Lynne said...

I love the scrappy coin top - it turned out really well.

I wish you all the best for 2012.

Barbara said...

No UFO's? OMG! You are a perfect candidate for my NewFO Challenge in 2012. I hope you'll join us.

I love your scrappy. I would like to try one like that. My scraps are out of control!

Mary said...

I may have a pretty good idea of what kind of project you're about to start if you're pulling out the gridded interfacing. Can't wait to see where you go with it.

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