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Thread: Some more FFOs - Finally Finished Objects

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    Some more FFOs - Finally Finished Objects

    I have been knocking off some of those embarrassingly small yet STILL UNFINISHED projects in my stacks lately.
    Photo 1: Quilt-As-You-Go 1of2 - this was a workshop project from five years ago (which is not that old in UFO years, actually), following Sharon Pederson's Reversible/quilt-as-you-go technique. If I'd understood the design elements better, I would have chosen blue sashing in the center.
    Photo 2: Quilte-As-You-Go 2of2 - the reverse side of the QAYG workshop project - I would have chosen blue sashing as well for this side. I can't recommend learning this technique enough - I'll be able to completely finish a lot more quilts in only a little more time than it takes to just piece the top.
    Photo 3: Yellow Spools - I made this using the Perfect Spools Marking Template, the 3" block size, using 2 1/2" squares from my precut stash. The border is folk art hand-stitched using variegated pearl cotton, which picks up all the other shades or yellow and light orange in the spool centers.
    Photo 4: Ugly Batik Block Challenge - Now, I love batiks, but some of them are bug-ugly (with my profound apologies to bugs everywhere). The block assigned all of us was "any pieced block you want with borders on two touching sides. My assigned fabric I'd seen in a local shop and actually commented to my friend, "What the heck would you ever use THAT for?!?!?" And as Providence would have it, I soon found out. Because I had to. The original batik was turquoises and purples ... ruined by swipes and smears of baby-poo-yellow (with my profound apologies to babies everywhere). I managed to find a calm mottled batik whose color is somewhere around red adobe in my stash and just started sewing away. The end result was purchased by a visitor to my home who arrived just after I finished putting on the binding (of the adobe batik). The photo shows the reds more "red" than they are in person - it's actually a lot softer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wunder-Mar View Post
    I have been knocking off some of those embarrassingly small yet STILL UNFINISHED projects in my stacks lately.
    Photo 1: Quilt-As-You-Go 1of2 - this was a workshop project from five years ago (which is not that old in UFO years, actually), following Sharon Pederson's Reversible/quilt-as-you-go technique. If I'd understood the design elements better, I would have chosen blue sashing in the center.
    Photo 2: Quilte-As-You-Go 2of2 - the reverse side of the QAYG workshop project - I would have chosen blue sashing as well for this side. I can't recommend learning this technique enough - I'll be able to completely finish a lot more quilts in only a little more time than it takes to just piece the top.
    Photo 3: Yellow Spools - I made this using the Perfect Spools Marking Template, the 3" block size, using 2 1/2" squares from my precut stash. The border is folk art hand-stitched using variegated pearl cotton, which picks up all the other shades or yellow and light orange in the spool centers.
    Photo 4: Ugly Batik Block Challenge - Now, I love batiks, but some of them are bug-ugly (with my profound apologies to bugs everywhere). The block assigned all of us was "any pieced block you want with borders on two touching sides. My assigned fabric I'd seen in a local shop and actually commented to my friend, "What the heck would you ever use THAT for?!?!?" And as Providence would have it, I soon found out. Because I had to. The original batik was turquoises and purples ... ruined by swipes and smears of baby-poo-yellow (with my profound apologies to babies everywhere). I managed to find a calm mottled batik whose color is somewhere around red adobe in my stash and just started sewing away. The end result was purchased by a visitor to my home who arrived just after I finished putting on the binding (of the adobe batik). The photo shows the reds more "red" than they are in person - it's actually a lot softer.
    I loved your commentary. You are too funny. I think these are just wonderful, I never made a QAYG before. I may try it now. Looks great.

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    The red one is my favorite but then I've hardly met a batik I didn't love.

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    LOve, love, love the spools!!!!!!!!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    They are all very nice!!!
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    Nice work, love the fabrics! Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
    LOve, love, love the spools!!!!!!!!
    The Perfect Spools Marking Template is sold online in three sizes - 3", 4-1/2" and 6" (finished block sizes). It's a great product because the thought behind it is "mark-sew-trim." You start with 3 pieces of fabric (not 5 as a typical spool block uses), so there's complete control over bias edge distortion. People who love hand piecing can put everything - component pieces and partially finished blocks - in one "take along" bag and not have any ravelling, stretching or any of that nonsense. It's also a great method for assembly line production of these blocks. I have precut scraps of all types lying around, and some charm squares packs I plan to knock off using these templates.

    If you don't want to deal with Y-seams, the instructions have other ways around this. You can always glue-stick the Y-seams' together and stitch them down/together when you quilt the quilt top to to the batting and backing; it'll wash out. [Fold the fabric for the spool top or bottom along the line you marked with the template; place the fold onto the fabric piece you chose for the block sides and use the glue stick to affix it. Stitch together the "glued" blocks, then use your sewing machine to sew down those folds in the process of quilting.) I used 1/4" Steam-A-Seam for the Y-seams in this quilt, by the way; it got a bit bulky sometimes because the block itself is so small, but should work just fine with the two larger sized blocks. I am working through a 36x36 spool quilt top that uses the 6" finished blocks, and the Y-seams are no problem.

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    I love all your little projects and especially the batik one.

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    Way to go. My favorite is the spools

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    I like them all, you did a good job on them. Sometimes what looks bad on the shelf looks so different in a quilt.

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