It’s high time I showed you a couple quilts I finished back last year. Yes, back in 2019, which already seems eons ago, right?
I could never get any pictures because the weather was so bad, and if the weather was tolerable, the wind was blowing 50 miles an hour, much like today — it’s a beautiful day, but so dang windy. It was hella windy yesterday, too — so windy that we rushed Ranger’s birthday party just so we could get back inside out of the wind, AND . . . while we were eating supper, we heard it blow the roof off our goat lean-to.
So last night, instead of sitting quietly binding a quilt with a cat in my lap, I was outside with My Cowboy till almost dark, putting the roof back on the goat shed . . . in the wind . . . which just made it that much more difficult. No one ever said that ranch life is easy, tho. But we ARE isolated, which, right now, is a very good thing!
Here’s the first finish I want to show you. A couple years ago, at one of our guild retreats, we had a jelly roll race. Our retreat happened to coincide with National Jelly Roll day, so we decided it would be a fun activity to have during our retreat. From my stash, ahead of time, I made EIGHT jelly rolls, and donated them to fellow guild members for free, if they promised to donate the finished quilts back to the guild for our Comfort Quilt stash.
This quilt was made from the jelly roll I kept for myself — cowboy fabric, of course!
Also, I had in my stash this piece of cowboy flannel. Someone gave it to me — I know I didn’t buy it — but it was perfect for the back of this quilt to make it all snuggly. I used an old piece of ombré with stars on it for the binding.
I’ve been on a finishing spree since last fall. When I got done traveling for the year, I set in trying to clean up my own mess. And I have finished a lot of things, and I’ve been using up quite a bit of yardage from my stash to make borders, backings, bindings, and pillowcases. I hope to continue on that same track.
So far this year, I have not purchased any fabric, and have not started anything new. Considering we’re nearing mid-April, this is HUGE for me! HUGE! And still, my UFO count has grown by about 21 projects, because as I’m cleaning, I keep finding UFOs that somehow never made it onto my list. Just the other day, when digging out my oldest UFO to load on the quilting frame (there’s a sneak peek of it in my last post), I found this set of guild exchange blocks that I evidently won at some point, and stashed in the cabinet with a bunch of other stuff!
There were only 10 blocks, which could explain why I never did anything with them. Also, hardly any of them are the same size, so that makes setting them together a bit trickier. Already, I’ve made another 2 blocks to go with them:
I’m going to add frames to each block, then trim them all to the same size, and set them 3 x 4. I may add a border, just to use up more fabric. And I’ll piece a backing from my stash. Winning!
And here’s another one of my oldest UFOs, now finished. I started this scrappy Pineapple quilt in a workshop at a Missouri State Quilter’s Guild retreat, probably in the late 90s. There was a specific technique to it that I have long since forgotten, but it was pretty slick.
I pieced the border out of scraps as well, and it was originally a much wider border. I had the grand idea that I’d appliqué something in the border, but I realized years later that it was never gonna happen. So I ripped out the little bit of appliqué I had started, cut the borders down to be a bit narrower, and finished it up like it is. And I’m perfectly happy with it, and super glad that it’s done.
I used various older prints from my green fabric bin for the backing. And you can see that on both quilts, I did my simple go-to all-over meander quilting, just to get them done quickly. I’ve already washed them both, and now they’re all crinkly and soft and ready to be used.
When my youngest daughter was in junior high, she was in a Home Ec class where they were to learn to sew a pillow. Since I had a leftover block from the quilt, I gave it to her, and she made her pillow out of it. And I think that is the only sewing project she’s ever done!
I’m keeping the quilt for her, and she will someday have it and her matching pillow for her own collection!
I’ve finished several other things this year already, but I thought I’d show you these two older ones first. I’ll be back later to show you what I’ve gotten done so far this year. Happy stitching!