Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Fisnishes are Flimsy


My finishes may be mostly flimsies, but that doesn't mean they are weak.  I can finally share this finished quilt top with you!  Cheryl has released the last piecing and setting instructions for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt.  It wasn't until I trekked (okay walked outside) into the snow (light dusting) to take this picture, that inspiration has struck with a quilting plan!  I do believe I will draw up my quilting plan, so that it doesn't escape my memory.  I have a whole folder full of good quilting intentions.


After playing with all the different layouts, I'm happy to report this is the one I have landed on.  I'm still debating borders.  I think how I decided to quilt it will help determine if I add borders.  I'm loving the look of all the straight line quilting I've seen so far with this quilt online, but I'm wondering what adding some curves to the mix would do.

Confession...I've been spending a fair amount of time with another man...Mister Domestic.  Yes, David does know, he even joined in.  Ha!  It started out with fabric pine cones.  Once Matthew posted them on Instagram, I knew I had to make them.


So far I've made a total of eight and they have been gifted to members of my guild.  I have to say they were a huge hit.  David fell in love with Matthew's woven hexie star ornaments and suggested we make some for our tree.


I followed Matthew's tutorial and cut my strips for weaving at 5".  It worked, but it was kind of a struggle to make everything fit...curse words helped.  David decided to cut his slightly bigger at 5.5" and had a much easier time with the weaving process.  If I decided to make more, I will definitely go a slightly longer length.


Next up on the finished stand, is some 1930's print signature blocks.  Our guild will be participating in another block exchange after the first of the year, making signature blocks for everyone to sign.  These particular blocks will be for a secret project, but it sure feels good to have them done ahead of schedule.

Now let's talk UFO's for a minute.  Dave and I have been doing some serious cleaning of our back room.  YIKES!  My problem is bigger than I had anticipated.  But admitting a problem is the first step.  So I think starting on Wednesday, December 20th, I will host the first UFO linky party and we will call it our Quilting Confession addition.  Think of it as a safe space to support each other and talk about our quilt project hoarding collecting.  I the first step of tackling WIP's and UFO's will be to know exactly how many you have and what they are.  Trust me, you will probably feel much better about yourself once you see my list.  I'll open the second linky around the end of the month and we can talk about what we are going to work on, maybe why it became an abandoned project and what we need to do to make it a finish...then do our best to finish it, however long we take.  So I hope you will join me next week, to have a little chat about abandoned projects and conquering our quilt finishing fears.

In the mean time, I have some smaller projects I'd like to finish before the new year.


I've gathered my threads to quilt a small Star Cross wall hanging.


And I've gathered threads to finish quilting three Americana Flags I completely forgot about.  You can find the tutorial for them here.  These poor flags have been hanging out since December 2015.  I think they deserve a finish and I'll see if I can deliver....wish me luck.


Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social and Midweek Makers

19 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Beautiful pieced tops! I think some curves could really accentuate and make the Wayward Transparency design be more dynamic. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do. :)

SandraC said...

Now I'm inspired to work on my Magnolia Mystery at some point today....they are all turning out so nice!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Tish,
Oh, I love the layout you landed on with the blue quilt top. I can see why straight-line quilting was chosen by most, but I can also see why you think some curves might be fun. You strike me as going with the curves . . . just sayin. Love both the pinecones and the star ornaments. Wow - woven hexies . . . I might have to check that out for fun! Ugg, do I have to make a list of UFOs?? I don't want to. I don't want to know. ~smile~ Roseanne

Susan said...

Lots of great projects in Wonderland! Love those pine cones!

Cheryl said...

Both quilt along flimsies are beautiful! I can't wait to see how you decide to quilt them.

Stitchin At Home said...

Lots of wonderful flimsies! I think curves could add to Wayward Transparency.

piecefulwendy said...

Oh Tish, both of those flimsies are awesome! Now I'm really excited to get mine done. I'm looking forward to seeing how you decide to quilt your Wayward Transparency. Pretty sure it will be amazing! Ok, on my to do list for the weekend is to pull out my UFOs. I have them scattered here and there. This could be interesting. Ha!

Sally Hurley said...

That magnolia quilt is really pretty.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I love your mystery quilt. I'm behind and need to play catch up. I love your Wayward layout. Now I need to make another one so I can try this layout. Wow.

canuckquilter said...

Flimsy but definitely not weak! You will get to these and they will be gorgeous :)

Sue said...

Tish you're over achieving again! Great projects going on and I know some of them will have been hanging in the background waiting so you can show them. I love your magnolia quilt. It looks like you've left yourself some space in the centre of your wayward quilt to do some tricky quilting and I love those pine cones. Enjoy your sewing threesome!

Lorna McMahon said...

I am loving that Magnolia Mystery quilt top and can't wait to see how you end up quilting her up! This post is packed full of beautiful finishes.... And those pinecones? Soooo Cute!

Vicki in MN said...

Thanks for the link to the woven stars, they are really cute!!! How big are your finished ornament? Did you use the Wefty tool?

Puppilalla said...

Oh wow, Tish! This Magnolia Mystery Quilt in winter colours. I am gobsmacked. it is glorious already. Can't wait to see what you do with it quilting wise. =)

Sherry said...

Lots of fun projects. I love your Magnolia Mystery Quilt. I hope to find time soon to get mine put together.

Lynette said...

Your Magnolia Mystery is so pretty - really love your fabrics.

Emily said...

I have a serious UFO problem, though I'm not sure how many I'm ready to acknowledge publicly :) I love your Magnolia mystery and your transparency tops--beautiful!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

You've been very productive!

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Yikes you want me to air my dirty linen in public ?? If I open that cupboard door goodness only knows what could fall out !
Your flimsy and flimsy (autocorrect doesn't like the plural) are wonderful . Love all the negative space . Sometimes it's actually good to be negative !

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