Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yippee - Skippee!

I am thrilled to say that Orca Bay (Quiltville Mystery Quilt from November/December) is a complete top and put up -- waiting for a trip to Chicago to quilt it.
There are lots of pieces and I'm glad to have the top done.  I don't love it -- but I do like it.  I've mentioned before that I'm tickled to have been able to use only precut scraps or strings for all but the black (not enough scraps) and the white borders.  In the end, there were too many strings for my personal preference. I love the way they look -- but I am not a big fan of "bumps" and where the strings come together -- there are definitely bumps.  I prefer to press seams open these days and that's just not possible in some places with this quilt.

I am pleased that the instructions included pieces for the border so that was done (altho I did put the hourglass block in differently than the instructions -- seems less intrusive to me).  The border went on effortlessly.  When it's not included in the initial cutting/sewing, I'm usually so tired of the quilt that I just don't do it.  So, thank you, Bonnie for slipping the border in!
The pictures are not great -- it's a tad windy here but I wanted to get it in the closet so I could start to focus on something else.  It's so freeing to finish a top and then wonder what to do next.  So -- the "next" for me (at least for the moment) is to sort through my 2" strips, cut the ones I'm not overly fond of down to 13" and make some Scrappy Trip Around the World from the Quiltville site.  This will make a fine charity quilt if I decide to keep working on it...and if I don't, I don't have a lot invested in it as far as favorite fabrics or cutting time.  I just needed to sew and listen to the football game (tennis was pre-empted, alas).  If I keep up the Scrappy TATW, I'll get some on the design wall for a later post.

I hope you are enjoying the satisfaction of a finish or the joy of just sewing to sew!  Jan

13 comments:

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Congratulations! Mine is still in pieces. :-/ But I've not given up!~ you give me hope! LOL Have a happy week!

Laura said...

Awesome! I really wanna get mine done, but I've had to put if off. I'm taking tomorrow off and I'm going to sew!

Ellen said...

Great job getting the top done! I am still working away on my mine.

Michelle said...

Wow! It's very beautiful! Great job!

Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt! I haven't done a BOM, but I'm thinking it may be fun. Love your colors!

viridian said...

really a lovely quilt top. I saw the little pic on sew darn crafty and thought, that must be a Bonnie Hunter quilt :)

Katie said...

Wow! What a great quilt! Love the colours!

Kelli said...

Wow! That is just amazing. Great job!!

Candace said...

Great job. I know you 'like' it now, but I'll bet you 'love' it after it's quilted and finished.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

It turned out great!

Linda said...

I know how you feel about getting it finished. This is the most intricate quilt I've ever worked on .... or finished! ;o)

Hitch and Thread said...

Wonderful finish. I bet by the time it comes out of the cupboard again you'll love it!

pinkertonjamesl said...

In this fabric designs different colors strips look so beautiful.All pieces border get some extra look-up on the designs.


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