Fireworks on the Prairie

So when Judy L picked #9 for this month’s UFO to work on, I groaned.  Loudly.  I know I wanted to work on it, but I knew it was a busy month.  Each month (with the exception of April when I didn’t even work on my UFO) I kept saying she couldn’t pick one that was more difficult.  This one only had the sampler blocks completed.

It needed the applique, the blocks set, the Seminole-type pieced inner border, and of course the outer border.  For this list, I only wanted to get to flimsy stage.


Here it is being shown at guild on Monday.  I used “Charlotte’s Fusible Web” from Superior for the applique.  Boy do I love that stuff.  I might just want to do more applique soon… maybe…

Batik Pineapples

After a flurry of sewing activity on Sunday, I managed to get my #10 challenge for Judy L’s UFO challenge done – at least to flimsy stage.  Since that is all I stated I would do for Judy’s challenge (anything extra would just be bonus) I consider it completed!  WOO HOO!


It is not set how the pattern calls for, but I really like this version better!

Japanese Jigsaw Runner

Last month Judy L.’s challenge number was #6.  On my list in that position was my Japanese Jigsaw (pattern by Tracy Brookshire).  It had the most to go as in stage wise.  All I had done was cut the 9” blocks into quarters and then put it away.

I managed to get the top done (which is all I am requiring of myself for Judy’s challenge) at a bee in January.  I dug out a coordinating jelly roll and made the back for it a little later.

Yesterday, after spending a week organizing & cleaning my sewing room, I was messing around and decided to baste it.  I figured, at least I would be one step closer to finishing it.  The binding was already prepped; I had it prepped for a while.

I first basted it just putting it on the table.  it was such a small quilt, I figured I didn’t need my boards to baste it. Yea.  The back was wonky and puckered.  I thought for about half a minute that I could just do anyway because no one would see the back. I changed my mind.

I went into the garage and dug out my boards.  I am very glad I did.  It now looks great on the front and back.  I just did a basic meander, but the star is the top, not the quilting on this one.  It also went from an awkward-sized wall-hanging to a reversible runner.






Shock among shocks, I even hand sewed the binding down.

February 1–Challenge Report Time

Judy L’s Challenge:

She chose #6 last month and for me it was my Japanese Jigsaw quilt.  I put the last stitches in the binding last night before bed.  I will show a picture of it later in its own post after the kids go to school and the hubby to work.  I know I stated that Judy’s was to just get them to flimsy stage, but I couldn’t resist quilting this cute little quilt yesterday.

This month, she has chosen #10 which is my Sunshine Pineapple blocks.  Ok.  This is the boost I need to work on it because it has the “A” word. 

Nancy’s Challenge:

She chose #3 last month. For me, this was my Bento Box. I had to purchase backing, and did.  I cut batting for it.  That is as far as I got.  But if you have been seeing my Monday Milestones, you know that not much in the sewing department has been going on.

This month, she chose #8 and for me it is my Red, White, and Blue Quilt.  Boy this sucker is big!  I don’t have any batting for it.  I was already planning on buying a bolt of batting from Joann’s – but I have to wait until they have 40% off coupon (anyone have a code for one that is valid till like Saturday?).  So it will depend on when I get the batting as to when I can quilt this one.