Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New FO for April

2013NewFO   Not bad this month.  I stuck to my plans and had a finish, a new start, and 2  in progress.    I think this planning stuff really does work!    OK, I do the work, and the planning keeps me focused.  I am not sure where the days went this month, so I am glad I planned a lighter load. Now about that NewFO........









 
 The NewFO took  up a lot of time because of all the prepping and cutting.   But the first full block---18" buzzsaw  block-- is done.
   I expect  this will be in progress for a while, as I have about 40 of these to put together!










The rest of the fabric is stacked in strips and ready to turn into blocks, which will really go fast this month.  I just need to sort them a bit and make sure I get a good mix and variety in each large block.
Note:  This block uses the technique for Delectable Mountains from large HSTs plus and an extra strip.  I explained my measurements in this post.



   
   This was some  free motion quilting practice time, not really a project.  I wanted to see if  I could do a feather with a center stem--yes!--and individual plumes--yes!---with a branch--yes!  The outlining and meandering are rather boring to me...........so when I ran out of bobbin I stopped  :(


   This was a lot more fun, just feathers and curls.  On the far right I was playing around with another version  of a feather that Patsy Thompson uses.
Can you believe I was battling feathers 15 months ago?  I am here to say practice times 3 and anyone can do this.  








  More progress on the watercolor strip quilt, which was a NewFO a couple of months ago.   It is probably long enough and needs maybe one more row before I call this one done.  I used a lot of strips but once again they seem to continue to multiply on me.
















  The NewFO from January is a top.  The borders were added to this challenge quilt--that was my goal for this month.  Now it is ready to pin for quilting.

  EQ7 is starting up some summer drawing lessons....see the button in the side bar.  I hope to participate and learn a lot more about it.  There was a major upgrade that came across last week for EQ7.  I haven't had enough time to discover what was added.

May's NewFO?   Do I need another project?   Not really, but there are all those strips and strings.....so May will be an easy NewFO.  It will be a short sewing time month for me as I have a classes  to teach and  we are planning to venture north to see the furkins .....and daughter and son-in-law.   So if anyone wants to string along----oops, I mean sew along---with me, then get those strings sorted into color families and make some plans accordingly.

Linking to NewFO at CatPatches.
Happy stitching.

11 comments:

  1. I love the fabrics you're using in this. Very pretty.

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  2. Lots of fun and color in your projects.

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  3. Great projects! The colors/fabrics in your buzzsaw block are gorgeous! And I love the NewFO January top - so pretty! ~Jeanne

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  4. Love that buzzsaw block. Very pretty.

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  5. That buzzsaw block is absolutely beautiful! Quick...put the other 40 together so I can see the finished project. I can't wait. Your FM quilting is amazing. Yours was perfect in my eyes 15 months ago & now I can't even believe what I am seeing today. Your watercolor quilt reminds me of a flowing brook with leaves & flower petals streaming down the water. And the NewFO from January turned out exquisite. I can't wait to see what quilting you use for it. Thanks for sharing all your beauties with us.

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  6. Fun projects. Love your Buzzsaw block!

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  7. Ooo, so much pretty goodness at your place!

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  8. The buzzsaw is beautiful, I can't wait to see it all together. You keep giving me hope about my feathers now I just need to find the time and patience. Have a great trip, are you driving?

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  9. Debbie, these are all so pretty! LOVE the Gorgeous buzzsaw block. Just beautiful. And YES I can completely relate to the feather odyssey - going through the same thing here. :D What a nice watercolor effect on the strip quilt, and the January top is absolutely beautiful. Good work, lady!!

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  10. I was very intrigued by your buzzsaw block. I really like it. I just love your beautiful FM quilting. That's a gorgeous feather! Your watercolor is looking good! Everything is so pretty!

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  11. Your Buzzsaw quilt is going to be gorgeous! And your quilting looks great!

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