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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why Can't Every Day Be Thursday?

I managed to get into my quilt room by a little after 10 this morning. Keeping Thursdays as my day to quilt has not proven to be easy. Today we had a good friend stop over for a short visit, a couple of phone calls to take care of during the day and a time or two when I had to snatch off my quilting hat and plop on my thinking cap for Papa Pea and I to confer on things he was trying to work on.

In my quilting room, first thing I did was pull out my rather substantial bin storing UFOs. Tempted as I was to start something new (WHEN can I start something new?? Whine, whine, whine!) I stuck to my guns and sandwiched this finished top.

This top for a baby quilt was easy-peasy to piece, but has been left unfinished for a couple of years. It's a lovely lavender color which (of course) doesn't show up as pretty as it actually is. I started in on and got a bit more machine quilting done on it today than I thought I would. It's going pretty fast. I'll give you more details about it when I get it done. The quilt now measures somewhere around 43" x 48" but will shrink up a bit with the quilting.

These little flags are more "in progress" than they are UFOs and I couldn't resist pulling them out. I started making them around last July 4th thinking they'd make cute, tiny wall hangings for friends to put by their kitchen sink or some such place for the Fourth of July holiday. Well, I didn't get them done in time so maybe if I start working them now for this year, I'll have them done by July. I have six of them I made years ago that I strung on a jute rope and hang from a bookshelf for part of my red, white and blue decorations in the summer. None of the ones pictured above are done. A couple just need binding around the edge though. They're each 4-1/2" x 5-1/2" and I'm adding a little hand quilting to each one.

This larger version (also hand quilted) is 13-1/2" x 18" and gets put up to the left of our back door into the house in our enclosed porch each year around the holiday. Both this flag and the smaller ones are from Little Quilts All Through the House by Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt and Sylvia Johnson. A great little book with lots of neat stuff in it. I learned to quilt by following their easy patterns and good directions.

All in all, a good Thursday spent (almost all day) quilting.

7 comments:

judy said...

DO I SEE A GIVEAWAY IN THE FUTURE ,SAY JULY

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Good for you on sticking to your guns and working on the UFOs before you start something new - it's not easy, I know :)

Erin said...

Those flags are gorgeous!

beth said...

LOVE the little flags!!

Leigh said...

The flags are absolutely precious. Very clever. And good for you for finishing what you started! (Never an easy thing to do.)

MamaTea said...

You are fabulous! Nice work! :)

Mama Pea Quilts said...

judy - THAT is a very good idea!

Jen - Oh, but I'm wavering . . . :o)

Erin - Thank you, m'dear!

Beth - Thanks, Beth. They're so small that there is something addictive to making them.

Leigh - I have a feeling my resolve will leave me before my UFOs do!

Mama Tea - I am fabulous?? Ah, no way. (You been smokin' them funny weeds in the back field, Little Farm Girl?) Hee-hee. (But thank you!)