Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Over the Tops - First Finish!

The flying geese quilt is done! The first on my challenge list to be completed all the way to the binding. I'm so excited to see this long term project finished. I started this about 10 years ago with an internet friend. I don't know that she ever finished hers, but we spent hours and hours talking about them and planning them, trading fabrics and she designed and printed the foundation paper pattern we made them on. This is a close up picture of the some of the quilting. Here is a view of the whole thing. It's funny, this was one that I thought I would love, but along the way I thought "eh, it's ok" but I absolutely love how it came out and am so glad that it's finished and didn't remain a UFO forever.

My plan was to have something in the quilting stage all of the time, with so many big projects to quilt, I needed to keep the hand quilting train on the tracks. Since the cornice box cover top was done, I quickly basted it and put it in the hoop. This one quilted up so quickly, I couldn't believe it. Here is a closeup view.

Here is a picture of a little more of it, this is just over half, there are 7 full diamond shapes across this cornice cover. The bottom is bound with the same fabric as the background, but the other 3 sides are bound with a print. The reason for this is so that a colored bottom binding doesn't "draw a line" across the shade when the shade is down.

With that one quilting up so quickly, I was again left with nothing in the hoop. A 10% off coupon for the grocery store in addition to some careful planning meant I could buy a package of batting today. I already had the backing, so the shade is now on the table for basting. I'm nearly done and it should be ready quilt in less than an hour. I'll spend the rest of the evening hand quilting.

My plan for the next few days is to applique during the day and hand quilt at night. I'm really anxious to be done with the celtic and posies top and it's getting close now.

We're also counting down the days until the start of the winter Olympics. I should be able to get a huge amount of hand work done during that 16 days. My girls and I will be total couch potatoes as much of that time as possible. I'm not sure which project(s) will get a lot of attention during those days, but I'm gearing up for many happy hours of handwork.
Until next time,
Happy Quilting!
Sue

6 comments:

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I love the flying geese quilt. Beautiful quilting! Enjoy the winter olympics. Karen

Connie W said...

Sue, the quilts are wonderful, you are an amazing quilter. :)

Tyanne said...

They all look great. I especially love the flying geese quilt. I wish I could have a day with your speedy fingers so I could get my son's wedding quilt done!

Winona said...

Sue, your flying geese quilt looks wonderful on your bed. You did a great job. Have fun watching the Olympics. Winona

Teresa said...

I have been wanting to make a flying geese quilt but just never seem to get around to doing it. I like the way you grouped the two rows together - it's a lovely traditional quilt.

Linda said...

Loverly quilts! But where's Ruthie?
Lurking Linda