Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Finish ~ Ort Report & Progress Finally!

Hello!  :)

Last week and over the weekend I got some stitching done. I actually finished stitching the piece I'm doing for my Fall Exchange but of course I can't show it to you. I'm hoping to get it made into a finished piece in the next few days. Especially since I need to have it mailed out by Monday.

After the exchange piece, I picked up the Poinsettia House again. Here's where I had left off last time . . .


Here it is all stitched up and ready to make up into the mini quilt I had planned for it.


Now I just need to pick out the fabrics to go with it and get 'er done.  :)  With all the stitching I've been doing my ort (old ratty threads) jar is getting full.


I wonder how full it will be by the end of the year. I'm posting it as part of the


Now to show you the progress I made. I finally got my act together and sandwiched my "My Favorite Things" quilt.


I kept putting it off and putting it off. The sandwiching is my least favorite part of the whole progress. I think it's because it's so big and hard to do in my small home. Here's a closer view and a sneak peek at the backing fabric.


I think the red gingham backing (a recycled sheet) really goes well with the quilt and looks fabulous!  :)  Now I just need to sit down and start quilting it. I'm using perle cotton and doing it by hand. I think doing it that way will really add to the quilt. I wasn't really sure how I wanted to quilt it and am just figuring it out as I go along. I did get a chance to sit down with it last night and begin. Here's how I'm quilting the blocks and pieced areas between them.


I decided to use red to stitch around each block. I'm using white to outline each shape. Then I'm using yellow, red, pink and blues to stitch flowers in some of the larger blocks in the pieced areas between the blocks. I'm really happy with how it's turning out so far. I've gotten the first row done already. Only four more to go... lol! My plan is to finish each row of blocks. Then the rows of strips and then the borders after that. I have a few ideas of how to quilt the strips and borders but haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do yet. It's kind of fun figuring it out as I go along. Thanks for visiting me!  :)

Until next time . . .


14 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the Poinsettia house stitchery - very pretty. Your 'favorites' is coming nicely and once you get the block quilting done - you will find that little will need to be done to finish off - may just some simple cross-hatching. Nicely done.

Karen said...

Absolutely perfect! Love everything about it!

Rachel said...

Favorites looks fantastic! I am in love with Poinsettia House! I hope you don't mind that I am going to pin it to remind myself to hunt the pattern down. I need to do it!

legato1958 said...

I can't wait to the mini quilt you make with your Poinsettia House! It is really pretty. And I am in awe of your favorite things quilt!

susie

Barb said...

Poinsettia House is very pretty! That quilt is amazing! It is obvious that lots of thought and work have gone into it.

Zora said...

Wonderful stitching, love that design. I don't know much about quilting, but that looks great as well :)

Bouts Choisis said...

The colours of your "Favourite things" quilt are lovely and the backing is perfect! Will soon be finished and looking stunning - well done...

Melissa said...

Excellent progress on everything! Not much of a quilter but seeing that blanket makes me want to curl up in that's for sure.

I love the LHN finish! Just might have to put that on my wishlist :)

M

SewAmy said...

Poinsettia House is beautiful. The color of the house is amazing. Your quilt is looking so good.

Deborah said...

Your blocks are delightful! I'm still thinking about your black cat pincushion Any chance I could commission you to make one of me?? :o)

Jacqueline said...

What does the back of your quilt look like when you hand quilt it with the perle cotton?? as cute as the front? And is it difficult to quilt with perle cotton? I have only used quilting thread.

jleibfried@aol.com

Janet P said...

I know just what you mean about rushing to get an exchange piece finished. I love your quilt, I agree the putting it all together is the absolute worse thing to do. I'm just not enjoying doing the same at the moment.

Chookyblue...... said...

the quilting looks great.....

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your Poinsettia House finish and your favorite things quilt is wonderful!!!