Friday, February 28, 2014

First 2 finishes of 2014! started over 20 years ago!

I've decided to do One Project A Month with Peg at Happy Quilting
and Kris at Tag Along Teddies.  These two ladies are soo VERY
wonderful to organize and set up OPAM every year - for the past
6 years.  There are 95 of us joining Peg and Kris this year.  There have
been "33750 finishes and counting"...since it all began!  I'm soo
VERY grateful to them for this program!  It has really helped me to
finish more projects in the last 3 years than I've finished in all the years
total before that time.

My January 2014 (OPAM) finish is:

A Halloween quilt that I'd started in September of 2013.  It was a top
in a drawer...for many months.

OPAM motivated me to get 'er out and get 'er quilted.



There's some really fun fabrics in this line!

And...the back - pieced.

I really like to piece the backs...even if there IS enough of one fabric for
the whole back.  Piecing the back adds a leeeetle more interest, imho =)
My February finish is:

These are blocks (except the one at the very top, resting on the chair seat)
are Friendship blocks made in in 1990, when our family was living in
Eugene, Oregon. 
Each person was given at least a yard of this fabric.

We were to make 8 blocks all the same using this fabric and any other
fabrics that they thought would coordinate.  We signed them with (gasp!)
pigma pen, instead of embroidery.  Doing our names in embroidery was
enough to scare most of us into having the heeebie-geeebiez.  =P
The block that I made in 1990 is this flower one from Eleanor Burns book
I don't know if it's still in print?
Yeah, those who know me well, know that I'm not particularly fond of yellow. 
How I talked myself into that background? Well, too long ago to remember, lol.
The deep green leaves on the flower were called a "Wood Block" prints in the 90"s. 
I think they were made to give the feeling of actual wood block prints.  This
particular fabric type, back then, wasn't individually handmade.
I decided to make this 9th block and add sashing with corner blocks to finish
the top. 
The back...

Quilting close up...

My quilting isn't at all fancy! It's just my signature (ha, ha REAL signature
...ya think! lol) ..."Loop-eeez UP and  Loop-eeez DOWN"  =P.
I used a pastel varigated King Tut 100% cotton thread called "Mummy".
It's quilted on my Innova long-arm named Ida. 
...that you will have a great weekend!  
(I've always LOVED Yoda!)


BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Congratulations on your two finishes!!! Looks wonderful and may the force be with you as well...:)

Christine M said...

Great finishes Annie. It must feel great to have finished the 20 year old work in progress!

Valspierssews said...

Two great projects. I love that backing fabric on the Halloween quilt and how nice to finally finish the friendship quilt. Well done.

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Well definitely the force is with you having completed 2 old and wonderful UFOS. Love your signature quilting! Congrats on the finishes.

Pattilou said...

Congrats on some great finishes!

Needled Mom said...

Congratulations on the finishes. I do love that yellow in the quilt!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my gosh, you have an Innova???? I'm SO jealous! I want one with the lightning stitch. The salesman showed me at an AQS show how fast it can go, even with metallic thread - until the thread melts! LOL I want that machine!

Congratulations on your finishes. I'm impressed you could still find a square of that fabric to make the 9th block! Your Halloween quilt is so cute, and love the orange thread you used.

suemac said...

Nice finishes. That Halloween quilt is so cute and I like the pieced back.

Unknown said...

Awesome way to start the year. My goal is to complete some of the UFOs I have.

I have to first finish a quilt I started last year... boy it's taking longer than I thought it would. :)

Here's wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Michele said...

Great finishes. Congrats on getting them off the UFO list. You know I love, love, love the Halloween one.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations on your finishes old and new - quite a time lapse between them.

Quilt n Queen said...

Hi Annie...congratulations on your finishes...I luv the pieced backs. A Spooktacular Halloween quilt!! Is that a Riley Blake line? There is always something special about a friendship quilt...and WOW there must be many memories from 20 years ago. Have a wonderful week Annie!! Happy stitching, Pauline

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Yipee, not one but TWO finishes!!!

Farm Gate Creations Incorporating Hummingbird Quilting said...

Just beautiful finishes, well done!

Sarah Craig said...

Very nice finishes!! Whoop whoop!!

Sarah Craig said...

Very nice finishes!! Whoop whoop!!

doodlebugmom said...

that little vampire is adorable! Congratulations on your finishes :)

Emily said...

Cute fabric on the Halloween quilt! That 90's quilt could have been a pop quiz: what year were these quilt blocks started. Lol - that fabric says it all!