Sunday, 18 November 2012

Talking Turkey!


I started off blogging with about thirteen quilts at the top stage which had become UFOs.  I have been working on them - and other things I confess - steadily and have made good progress.  Largely due to a lot of cheerleading from bloggy friends and some Flickr groups I have joined!

The first group I joined with this aim was called UFO Domination run by Staci, then I looked on as others joined Sarah's Summer Sewing and Winter Stitching - I just wasn't organised  enough to join those ones- but I did join Rhonda's 2012-finish-a-long this January and did well enough in the first two quarters!  And May's Lazy Bums - she told me I had to - hehe!  

Well since about July I have been a bit pathetic in the finishing off stakes though I did get a commission quilt finished, and my Hallowe'en quilt done - albeit in November!  

So why am I wanting to talk turkey?

Well it was a challenge laid down by Janet in the Lazy Bums group, to tackle a turkey as it was coming up to Thanksgiving in the US! 


Ok not one of these but a quilt we look at and think why on earth did I start that - what was I thinking??

I am pleased to say that I have been turkey wrangling this month and have finally laid to rest a quilt I am not in love with.



This is a basketweave quilt which I put together in strips in a Quilt as You Go way and just sat there!  


My original plan was to showcase my handquilting with lots of detail including a couple  of intertwining leaves and tiny cross-hatching in the background.  Well I only got as far as doing one panel....  





My next idea was to stick to the leaves but in cotton perle - I didn't even finish one panel!

But I have finally finished this quilt with machine quilting. 



 It is now a sampler of quilting patterns - some I like, some I don't.  I don't think that really matters though - it is finished!



Several patterns are taken from the Angela Walters book, Free Motion Quilting...

Pebbles
Love the texture this gives but hated doing it - so tedious!

Sunrays & pebbles

This was better as there was some variation!

Boxes

Think these were supposed to be more rounded - but hey !

And my favourite - super fun!

Flower power


Others are inspired by this sourcebook of Pattern Motifs from different countries and periods of history



A MacIntosh Rose in the Art Nouveau Style



A representation of water in a Japanese style



I may still not adore this quilt but I enjoyed attempting the quilting of it and therefore it was finished in a week!  And I am pleased that it is now FINISHED!

My lesson from this is to love what I'm doing .......or love doing it differently!

24 comments:

  1. That looks like a very large quilt. Congrats on getting it done.

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  2. What a fabulous idea! But this quilt doesn't look like a turkey! Great lesson and lovely finish!

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  3. It's so hard sticking with a project you are not connecting with, so well done on your finish. Jxo

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  4. I can see why this lurked in your UFO pile for quite a while *wink* but the quilting is wonderful and I can't begin to imagine doing all that in a week - you're my hero! Using an 'I don't love it, in fact I'm beginning to detest it' quilt for FMQ practice is a great way of getting it finished and enjoying at least some of the process and I'm really impressed you finished it - well done!
    P.S. I love the red (burgundy?) binding - it really lifts the dark green!

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  5. I echo Helen's comments. You have really stuck with this project and FINISHED it. Well done Mrs Sew and Sow. Di x

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  6. I am putting together some quilts just to encourage me to try different fmq patterns, you have used this quilt brilliantly. It would be a wonderful picnic basket or if you sit outdoors in cool weather to watch sports or enjoy the stars, or on a coolish windy summers day at the beach.

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  7. I really admire your perseverence in sticking with something when most of us would have put it back in a dark place. Cheering you on loudly.x

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  8. Nicky I am impressed. Like you said for yourself, the colours are so not my thing either, but you really have given us all a good pointer. If you dont love it, then do something different with it - spot on!

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  9. Good for you! Despite your "not quite positive" feelings for this one, you managed to quilt it fabulously and it looks wonderful. Great job!

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  10. I think completeing a project you've fallen out of love with is just the hardest thing to do. I hate having UFO's so if I suddenly realise the quilt/project won't work I recycle it into something else. I get the good feeling of having something that does work for me and none of the guilt of having an unfinished shouting at me from a bag/drawer

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  11. I think you are fantastic to have finished this- it's so big yet you tried experimenting in every block, so if wasn't just any old 'quick finish'!!!! Good for you! Great job!

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  12. lovely your quilting sampler quilt... what a great idea.....
    Hugz

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  13. well done on your finish! I think the different quilting patterns are a great idea too.Will be a great reference for you too.

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  14. Now you may roast it for Christmas! well stuffed, I am sure you can do a really tasty job!

    No, it is a great finish, perhaps you set too high an object at first, and by machining you brought it back to size!

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  15. Ah but look at what you have tried.... That FMQ .... It's aleays good to practise. I think if is important to finish them off though.

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  16. you have way more will power then me!!

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  17. Great finish and utterly fabulous quilting!!

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  18. Love the idea of a FMQ sampler quilt. Yay for another finish!

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  19. Oh my goodness! You amaze me! It is fantastic and your free motion quilting is fabulous! Where do you find the time and energy, Nicky?

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  20. Well it's always good to have something to practice on :oD

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  21. Yea for any finish in my book and good for you in getting this done. Your FMQ is fabulous...dahling!!

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  22. I love all those different varieties of quilting! The sun rays and pebbles are my favourite. Congrats on finishing your UFO :)

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