Thursday, June 6, 2013

Third 2013 UFO Finish

After seemingly endless hours of quilting, I've finished my third UFO for 2013. This quilt began in September 2011 during my month of the One Block Over group. I offered a tutorial for making wonky-cut stacked blocks, giving each quilter a fat quarter to use as a color-guide. Though the top's been put together since last September, it's taken me this long to make it a finish.

Binding is two different colors - orange on the sides and Kona medium gray on the top and bottom. I used my favorite machine-sewn mitered corners method of attaching binding. I always like to encourage quilters who sew binding together with a start/stop joining on a side, to give this better (in my opinion) method a try. My tutorial for it is here

Other than calling this my "One Block Over" quilt, I don't have a name for it.

Suggestions? Thank you for your suggestion, Nancy! I named it "Balancing Act."
53" X 67"
Batting is Quilter's Dream Request Loft Polyester. Layers were spray-basted together using 505 Spray and Fix.

All quilting was done while sitting down at my Pfaff Grand Quilter. Threads are YLI variegated orange-yellow, and medium gray.

As I typically do, to use up every fabric, I incorporated test blocks and wrong-sized blocks in the backing. This same backing fabric is what each block-maker received as her fat quarter gift.

Now it's on to another UFO as Tropical Storm Andrea is keeping me close to home today. But I don't mind a bit! Sewing, and writing an article for American Quilter magazine are keeping me happily busy. I hope your day is going swimmingly too! Linda

26 comments:

  1. That turned out fabulous! Your quilting is what makes it... needs to be entered in some shows for the quilting, maybe next QuiltCon?! I was trying to pick out my block, but my memory just doesn't serve well enough... and even if I looked up the photo I'm not sure I'd pick it out, they all blend so well.

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  2. Amazing quilting as always, Linda. You're a legend!

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  3. Great quilt Linda. It reminds of those toppling Jenga blocks. Maybe call it Jenga?

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  4. Great looking quilt. I re-read your tutorial on binding and am going to have to give that method a try. Looks very interesting.

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  5. Cute! The quilting on it is beautiful! And I love that you chose to use the two different binding colours. I will have to give that binding method a try sometime.

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  6. I really really like your quilt and the machine quilting is superior! How about "Out of Order" for a name?
    I am checking out your tutorial right now.

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  7. I am going to give it a try. I am very lazy about sewing those miters together after it is on!

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  8. I've been watching the storm, stay safe. This is such a great quilt. Your quilting did not suffer at all by your "slight" detour called life. You are really good. Wish I was close enough to come watch you work.

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  9. Love your quilt and the quilting looks amazing. The first name that came to me was stacked. I have trouble with naming quilts, I should appeal to bloggers for suggestions too.

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  10. Linda, that looks great! Love your quilting. It reminds me of Jenga, too. If you don't want to use the game's name, how about Balancing Trick?

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  11. Outstanding finish! I like the look of the two-color binding, too. Your quilting is lovely. I like some of the names suggested so far... would add maybe Balancing Act.

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  12. Beautiful quilt Linda! I love the way modern quilting has turned grey and orange into "neutrals". So pretty! Would love to make a quilt like that.

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  13. P.S. The only name I could come up with was "Side Step".

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  14. The quilting is gorgeous, as usual. For some reason when I saw this I thought of that poem, "The Road Not Taken". When I get to a fork in life I think...which way-this way, not that way, no this way. :) blessings, marlene

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  15. Wow...where do you get all of the energy?
    Your quilt reminds me of a little deli we sometimes go to in Portland Maine; it's called Crooked Mile. While the restaurant may not have been your inspiration, the moniker fits.
    As for your apron, I agree that "the cook should wear it" as it is just too beautiful to fold up and store in a drawer.
    Continue to flourish...
    Lynda

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  16. Lovely quilt as usual, your quilting really sings. Love the 2 colour binding.

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  17. Rivers of Pixels is my suggestion. The lines trailing down remind me of rivers and pixels because they are little squares making up the whole of the rivers. It's very good, well done!

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  18. Love it Linda! The colors are marvelous and I love that the binding is in different colors. I don't know quite what words to use about the quilting -- fantastic, marvelous, creative are the ones that come to mind. Very inspiring work. Could you please find a way to gift me with your patience and skills with the machine quilting. Fabulous job.

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  19. How refreshing and what a cute quilt!
    A name that popped in my head and depending if you had a glass or two of your favorite beverage (I know how you Villagers like your cocktails!) "A little Bit Tipsy" lol. Jane

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  20. Another great quilt and a marvelous quilting finish. Congrats. hope "the weather" went past without any issues.

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  21. It's beautiful; I love your quilting!

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  22. congrats on your finish. It is awesome. A name---Tumblers! not good with naming my own quilts either.

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  23. Wow Linda! Such gorgeous quilting. This is the block I saw back then that made me start following you ; ) Very cool.

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  24. I agree with Doris....your fabulous quilting really "makes" this quilt....another winner! It was fun to spy my blocks, too!

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  25. You have done really, really well. Not only with your fantastic FMQ, but also with the back of the quilt as well as the binding. And not least, you have finished another UFO; the third this year alone. Maybe I can send you some of my tops to be quilted? You seem to have better time management than me ;)!!!

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  26. Bravo!! That's some beautiful quilting!!

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