Saturday, January 19, 2008

Quilts no longer UFOs!

I managed to finish TWO quilts! I'm pretty happy with myself. (I know, I know, it doesn't take much to entertain me. LOL!)

The first one is for Ryan, who had his fourth birthday on Monday. I started this quilt on Friday afternoon, and managed to finish the binding last night!

Of course the binding isn't done in the picture above, but you can get the idea. Hopefully I'll be able to take some better pictures in the next few days.

Here's Ryan "helping" me with the last border. I used the laser mounted on the front of the machine and wrote "vroom" a bunch of times with glow-in-the-dark thread. It's been a big hit!

And here's the second almost-finished quilt, my Black and Tan with a Little Spice. The pattern is Trident Crossing from the book New Cuts for New Quilts, and it was a total blast to make!

The quilt isn't trimmed and the binding isn't hand-sewn in this picture, but I couldn't resist putting it on the bed anyway.

And here's what the back looks like:

I went a little overboard on the quilting, but I just couldn't help it! It needed both stitching in the ditch (where you sew in the seams and it doesn't show too much) and the stitching in the blocks, in my opinion.


On the knitting front, I just started the third lace chart on Sivia Harding's Norwegian Woods Shawl that I'm test knitting. Progress! No pictures yet because, again, I don't seem to get my act together.

I also took a little time out today and successfully charted the Stor Rund Dug doily! I'm quite excited (again, I'm easily entertained) because I'd tried twice before and given up. I did change the start of the rounds around a bit so that one can just repeat the same section three times. Now I need to finish a few other projects so I can start this one without guilt. I'll be using larger needles, like 4.25mm/US 6s, and KnitPicks Bare lace-weight yarn (I think) to make it shawl sized.


Have a great rest of the weekend!


Opal said...

Beautiful quilts! I'm quite intrigued by the shawl you're test knitting. The name is very enticing. :)

N. Maria said...

As always, I love your quilts!
How ironic about test knitting!
I finished one test knitting in October '07 and now I'm test knitting for another lady. I LOVE doing that!
Your project is one I would like to do, too.
Oh, by the way: Tag! Come read my blog for instructions!

Mary Ann said...

Way to go on the UFO's!! They're beautiful and so is your quilting!! I had to look twice when I read "Stor Rund Dug"!!! Not often I see Danish words when reading blogs from the US!!! LOL!! Good luck with it!!!

Bev said...

I am so jealous of your quilting machine. I would get one in a heartbeat if I had the space! Bev-- from Edmond.