Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dusting off a UFO

I absolutely love my medallion quilt top. I love the colors.  I love how each of my favorite fabrics make an appearance.  I love how the random unplanned borders work together.  Sadly, though, it has become a UFO.  You see, I hit a bump with my last attempt at a border and then could not find my rhythm again.  This past weekend, though, I dusted it off, spread it out on the landing and had a good planning session to find a way forward....

I'm sorry for the very poor indoor lighting....its winter, you know.
My next border is going to be a series of flying geese, using a template made especially for this project by the wonderful Kelly of Jeli Quilts.  I gave them a test run 6+ months ago (the template makes them so easy peasy!) and then promptly lost interest.  I do not know why.  For some reason, though I have the itch to finish this top off.  I keep day dreaming about the corner blocks for this next border.  About how it will be quilted. About the binding fabric.  I had better get stitching while I have medallion mojo!


So, my quilty math tells me that I need 80 low volume charms for this next border.  That is a bit of a problem for me as my LV stash isn't huge.  I have 68 cut and am sure I can find the last 12 if I dig deep enough.


And then I need 80 focus prints for the actual geese.  Now here I had no problem pulling fabrics.  Are you sitting down?  This is the first time EVER that I have voluntarily pulled a few brown fabrics to be included in a project.  I have even shocked myself.


I cut like a maniac this weekend and now have 80 focus prints ready to be paper pieced into a pretty, color-saturated flock.


As my Sunday was drawing to a close and I would not have time to truly, diligently sew flying geese blocks (even though I'm now mostly prepared...), I thought I would have a dig through the old scrap bin to pull out my mini scraps for the next (after goose) border.  I know I am really getting ahead of myself, but it's a pretty mindless, rewarding project that I can dive in/out of during the week after work.  There's something to be said for having a go-to goal for nights when I'm tired.


I think I have found a bit of a medallion vibe.  I am energized, excited and inspired so I am just going to run with it.  I can already imagine where it will hang in my stairwell, so I had better get my bum into gear and start stitching!  Happy happy to be back in the saddle again.   





11 comments:

dutchcomfort said...

That’s a very pretty medallion quilt and I love flying geese! Good luck finishing this beauty!

Ruth said...

Scrappy low volume flying geese - love them! Will be really great with your top so far! How big is it going to finish up?

Archie the wonder dog said...

I'm thrilled that you've re-found your medallion mojo and I can't wait to see these next two borders! Also, a bit of easy sewing which is ready to go is perfect for school nights, I think!

Wendy said...

I'm glad you're back to working on this, it's going to be fabulous. I started my own medallion but have hit a riad block putting the centre together!

Ella said...

It is gorgeous! I can't wait to see more.

Shasta Matova said...

Yay! You've found your medallion mojo! That quilt is gorgeous. I have plans for a medallion too, someday.

Leanne said...

You are doing great! This is going to be such a beautiful quilt, it's nice to see you working on it.

Missy Shay said...

I love your quilt, can't wait to see the finished top!

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

It's certainly a cracker of a quilt.. Looking forward to seeing those geese.

Tomomi McElwee said...

Love your pretty! And just happy to see you sewing again :) Go Cindy go!!

Sarah said...

You know I love this! Did you find more lv? If not I'd be more than happy to send you the 12 charms just friend yo friend. Let me know.

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