UFO – A Delectable Dogsled Finish
We are working toward our PHD in quilting, thanks to Quilting Gail. She shared a challenge back at the end of 2017, and we joined in. To earn your PHD, you have to complete 12 UFO (unfinished projects) as well as any new projects started during the year. I’m not going to bother you with the boring details of our complete PHD project list. Suffice it to say we still have a few to go. Delectable Dogsled is one less on the to-be-done list.
First UFO of Two Finished
That was a fun title to type! Two – not just one – but two UFOs were completed this month. First of all as a small recap, we still had six of the twelve projects to complete. Since we are rapidly approaching the last quarter of the year, doesn’t that sounds like an impossible task?! For that reason, we set our August OMG goal to finish one item. Because I am the reason for our quilting backup and lack of inspiration, I chose Garden Gate. A post sharing all the details about its completion was shared on Tuesday, but here is the end result one more time.
As a result of forcing my quilting hand, inspiration for the FMQing of GG came from another blogger. Beth at Cooking Up Quilts shared a quilting technique called floppy feathers. I successfully used this pattern to cross this item off our UFO list!
But Wait – UFO #2?!
The lessons acquired during Garden Gate have served me well. Solving the breaking thread challenge has given me a bit more confidence. Consequently, I chose another UFO to work on right away. The Delectable Dogsleds table runner has been awaiting its turn for at least a decade.
Dogsled and Swirls
You can easily see in the photo above the black batik fabric has swirls included in the design. I thought I would use the floppy feather pattern for this project but decided that quilting swirls would be much better. The motion for making swirls and feathers are similar. Here is my attempt on the beige fabric.
I used a tan Aurfil thread and had NO thread breakage at all. As you can see, I have moments of consistent sewing and other moments of not so consistent. Certainly that will be an area I continue to work on! A similar pattern was used in the black area. Occasionally I got myself in a corner and had to just make up something to get out of it. That happened more in the black area because it was MUCH more difficult to see where I had previously quilted!
It is difficult to photograph (and quilt) black fabric. You can kind of see the swirls in the above photo.
Delectable Dogsled is Finished
Ta-da! The Delectable Dogsled is all complete. The batik screen-printed design in the center is certainly the star. I believe it was designed and sold exquisitely for the quilt shop in Alaska, but that may be incorrect. I do recall that they offered other designs as well when we visited after our initial purchase. Somehow we restrained ourselves and didn’t buy those!
We picked up this backing fabric at an estate sale. It was the mom of one of Sue’s co-workers, and she was definitely into many different crafts. I think she would be happy to know that it was purchased by other crafters and used right away. ~smile~
We used a solid black binding to highlight the center. It was amazing to me that some of the points were actually perfect and some not-so-much. Oh well! It is finished.
Short Recap of Remaining UFOs
With only four UFO projects to go, I feel confident we can get them finished. Two require only quilting and can be worked on at a moment’s notice. The Las Vegas Fall Leaves only need a border added and then can be quilted. Finally, the baby jigsaw quilt needs the most attention. Being back in our usual school year schedule should allow for more attention being sent that way. We shall see if my prediction holds true over the next few weeks.
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