Friday, February 25, 2011

UFO #10 Complete... A Long Time Coming

Well, I've kept up with the Judy's UFO Challenge for 2 whole months in a row! We'll see how it goes down the road, but that's pretty good, for me!

Finished UFO #10

I started this quilt in February of 2005 (it should take 6 years to finish a quilt, right? - and it's not even the oldest one). My quilt group did a mystery quilt - a Debbie Caffrey pattern. It was "Undercover Houston V." (Oh, now I've spilled the beans on the mystery!) It was fun to do this together as a group - each person's quilt is so different!

I finished the top years ago, but as usual, got stalled at the quilting part, and put it in the "to be quilted" basket. Even on this quilt I got my sewing room all set up for quilting (table extension out, Juki out, bobbins loaded, iPod ready), and then was the living room doing something very "important" on my computer. My husband observed "You don't like this part, do you." I think avoidance is a great tactic! I guess that's why it took 6 years to finish this one!

Here's a photo of my typically "patched" back (gotta use up more of that fabric, you know).

Back of the Mystery

And closeups of the quilting. I'm not a stellar quilter yet. Maybe this year of finishing one a month will improve my skills! I have an idea in my head, but somehow my hands don't always want to cooperate.

Closeup of Border Quiltingcloseup of quilting

Anyway - I'm so glad it's done! On to the next project! Betsy

25 comments:

Molly F said...

Nice job on the quilting! Cute stitching pattern. I think your'e right - after 12 months in a row of quilting practice, you're going to be so good at that part! Maybe if you're good at it, you won't have to use your special avoidance tactics any more?:-)

Katie said...

Beautiful quilt and good job finishing! Your quilting looks great.

Connie said...

Beautiful quilt, congrats on finishing it.

Quilter Kathy said...

I think your quilting looks fabulous! Congrats on a great finish...enjoy your quilt!

JCnNC said...

Wonderful job - and the quilting is very good. I have a love/hate intimate relationship with the word procrastination and machine quilting, but I do keep trying. Judy C

roberta said...

Looks like it turned out really good. I love the pieced back.

Ann said...

Nice job! I stall on quilting too if I don't have a clear idea in my mind ahead of time.

Donna said...

The quilt looks great! Your quilting looks fine to me and will improve with every quilt.

Becky said...

Job well done! Love how you added an extra block to the back of the quilt. This one is stunning.

Carol said...

What a wonderful finish! The quilting looks great to me!

Anonymous said...

6 years to finish a quilt sounds fine to me!!

Becky said...

Better late than never! Six years works for me! I love, love, love the colors in this quilt!

Maya said...

Nice quilt! Love the pieced back. Congrats on the finish!

Debbie said...

It is gorgeous.

Rachel's Quilts said...

Looks great. Congrats on the finish!
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Beth said...

Great Job.... and remember DONE is Done!!!

Linda said...

Oh I just love this quilt - and your quilting is wonderful - the design is lovely and goes so nice. Yes, you will be an expert at the end of the year!

Morah said...

Good for you! Keep it up! It's really pretty and worth the wait!

Barb in Mi said...

Wohooo, it's done and beautiful! 2 UFO's down and 10 more to do: we can do it!

Chris said...

Lovely quilt. It was well worth the wait. I know what you mean about quilting. It must take many hours of practice until your hands obey your brain!!

Alycia said...

Beautiful. 6 years just allows it to mature a little bit!

Lizzy said...

Great quilt love the alternating background fabrics. Hope we can all keep up the challange till the end of the year.

Heather said...

I love it! And your quilting looks fantastic to me. :o) Congrats on getting it finished!

Quiltsmiles said...

Beautiful quilting! Congratulations on the finishing. I also liked your baby boy quilt you did last month too. Jane

Jennifer said...

good job! i like the fabrics, and the backing, too