Friday, April 28, 2017

Hedgehog Post - A Quilt from Missouri Star's You've Got Mail Tutorial

Hey Quilters! Doesn't it feel great to get something out of the UFO pile? Especially if it is something that makes me smile every time I look at it.

I finished piecing this one shortly after we came back to the states from Turkey, so fall of 2013.  I used this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co. I had a layer cake and a jelly roll of Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Co. for Moda that I was dying to use because several of the prints have cute little hedgehogs.  We had hedgehogs in Turkey that would come out at night and wander through the base housing area like little pokey potatoes. I loved them.

Anyway, the tutorial is great. Supposed to make a queen size top but I couldn't bear to leave out the spare HSTs so I made another row top and bottom. Also my piano key border, which is not included in the tutorial, is a bit wider than hers, since I used jelly roll strips rather than halved charm squares. All said and done, mine came out more of a king size at 86" by 100".

As it seemed too big for me to tackle quilting it with my domestic machine, I never finished it. And even after I got Olga (my Innova longarm) I hesitated, wanting to be pretty solid in my custom quilting skills before I tackled this one.

So when the German winter finally started giving way to spring, I decided it was time.

I really enjoyed the quilting process. Feather plumes, swirls, and double pin stripes for the envelopes surrounded by a stipple in the off blocks. And the HSTs were the perfect chance to perfect Lori Kennedy's square flower and to do some simple ruler work.

So now she's done and I get to enjoy her. I've got one more finished top sitting in that UFO pile. A fun one with yards of solid grey negative space and a lovely large braid down one side.  But I've had a couple of client quilts keeping me busy and a couple more in the queue. So it looks like I'll have a few more weeks to figure out what I'm going to do with it.

How many finished tops are in your UFO pile? And how well-aged is the oldest one?