Sunday, September 8, 2013

Looming Deadlines

Do you work better with a deadline looming? I know I do. Lately it seems the projects are stacking up. Last year I started a Dresden plate quilt with 30's and 40's reproduction prints that I had collected for a long time. I sort of stalled out when I got to the center circles. Recently I pulled them out and I think I have finally mastered appliqueing them down. But, what pushed me to get going on this again was that I was asked to present a specialty ruler or tool at the October 1 quilt guild meeting. I decided on the Easy Dresden ruler. I am using the quilt pattern that was included in the package. The quilt was designed by Darlene Zimmerman who will be coming to our guild Fall 2014. For the presentation I am making the quilt in the size on the pattern. But, I have enough blocks to make it full sized later.
Today I have been adding the double sashing and cornerstones. Just have a little more to go.

I should have this flimsy ready to show by the end of today. Yes, I know that October is still a few weeks away. But, I joined a quilt challenge months ago and have I started it yet? No. And, when is this challenge due? Why, October 1, of course! LOL It has taken me a long time to decide what to do with the fat quarter I was given to work with. It is to be a wallhanging no less than 35" square or more than 45" square. Look at this piece of fabric.
Do you see why I have been so stumped for a design? I can add up to 5 other fabrics and it must include at least one pieced star. It's my first time to participate in a challenge. What was I thinking?

I also completed the Vintage Star bonus quilt top that was cut when I was helping my granddaughter make hers. I had hoped to quilt it last week-end, but it just didn't happen. You can read about her quilt here.

This past May one of my friends asked me to make her a table runner. She wanted dark green, purple, and blue. She loves butterflies, too. I found a pattern in an old Quilter's World magazine and used part of a lap quilt pattern. I decided to make a table topper. Then, I fell in love with it and besides (I told myself), it's too large for her table. I made her a runner using just 2 of the butterflies, plus sashings and borders. I forgot to take a photo of hers, but she loved it. The colors look so much richer in person. The butterflies and pinwheel cornerstones are made with batiks. The topper (or wallhanging) is pictured below, pin basted and ready to quilt. Guess I'm hoping for another deadline. Haha.


Teresa in Music City said...

Oh goodie - I'll look forward to your ruler demo! I'm doing one in November :*) Love your Dresdens - they are so happy & bright! And good luck on the Challenge - I am patting myself on the back for being smart enough to know that I needed to say "no" to that one! LOL!!!

Peg Botham said...

Your Dresden is beautiful I love the fabrics you've used, its a personal opinion but quilts made with either the original or reproduction 30's and 40's fabrics look so homely. Hen of uses them a lot in her quilts and they're so beautiful and inviting.

No wonder you kept the table runner its gorgeous! Good luck in your demonstration and the quilt challenge. I saw your granddaughters quilt yesterday on your blog and I love it. So nice she is wanting to learn.

Peg x

Carrie P. said...

I do better when others put a deadline on me than when I do it myself. Love your dresden quilt.

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