Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Finishes

A Happy Dance is definitely in order!

The S'mores retreat this week was one of our best --  lots of hugs, reconnecting with distant friends, super projects in progress, and no drama.  The only thing that would have made it better is if all 20 of us had been present.  But life does tend to get in the way sometimes.

I went with high hopes of completing some UFOs -- and I DID!

Panel Posies

First, I completed a couple of guild project blocks. (Apparently I failed to get a photo of them.)  I have been doing a back-to-basics series this year and for each lesson I prepare two blocks -- one I finish to put on the board and the other I leave in pieces to demonstrate parts of the construction process.  Once I've done the demo I finish up the second block.

Next I stitched together some quarter-square posey blocks from a wild-and-crazy panel series.  They are far from perfect because little panels are never perfect.  Still, they yielded interesting results.  I plan to use a simple sashing and call it a quilt.  The blocks will finish about 6" so it will make a nice child's quilt, don't you think?

True Blue in Black and Cream

Next up:  True Blue.  This is a pattern by Carrie Nelson that appears on the cover of her Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts.  I made mine with mostly black and cream batiks with a few black/multi batiks thrown in.  I love the graphic nature of it!

All I needed to do was add the last border and make the back and binding.  I generally save those details for a retreat where I have large tables at my disposal.

One UFO off the list!!!

Followed by another UFO, Elegant Garden.  The pattern is in 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy.  All it needed was a border -- or so I thought.  I managed to make it far more complicated with four borders and, to top it off, I mitered them!!!  This took far longer than I had anticipated, but I think it needed that.  I also cut the back.  I will need to make a little adjustment in one of the corners before it gets quilted.  This one is staying with me!

Elegant Garden

My next project was intended to simply lay out and pin the rows to sew at home -- supposed to take just a little bit of time so I could move on to something new.  You know how it is -- first you want to see how it will look and then you can't find a good stopping point.  I had originally planned to do something interesting in the corners but in the end I decided to just continue with the concentric diamond design.   By the end of the day I had Mary's Triangles completed except for an outer border.

Mary's Triangles
So Mary's Triangles is almost complete.  It just lacks a final border which I had not taken with me since I wasn't supposed to get that far.

And with just a few hours remaining I set about a new project, something very modern.  Tune in next week to see how that is going.

Tomorrow I'll give you a glimpse of what everyone else was working on.

I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. Wow! I can't believe you got so much done!!! I never seem to get half of what I want done at retreat... could it be that I talk too much? Of course not *wink*

    Your Quarter-Square Posey blocks are right up my alley! Oooo I love them! So visual and the colors just pop! And then the restful colors in the black/cream True Blue make the perfect complement to follow all that sizzle. Evelyn's 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts is one of my favorite all-time quilt books! I've made several and have earmarked quite a few more for "one day". Can't wait to see your newest project, modern style!

  2. Libby, your "finishes" were beautiful. And all the borders on Elegant Garden were definitely worth the time. Of course, those little Posey blocks are in my colors, so I really like them. Sharon B.

  3. Omigosh! Your many finishes have me feeling envious! Lovely projects all.

    1. Thanks, Michelle. I'm so glad to have them off my list so I can move on.


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