Tuesday, April 30, 2013

One Lonely April NewFO

 I can hardly believe April has come and gone so quickly, but here it is, NewFO link-up day again!  Barbara at Cat Patches hosts the monthly NewFO Challenge where the only requirement to enter is that you start something that month - doesn't matter if you finish it - ever!

Well, I'm here to tell you, wrestling a heavy extra-large queen size quilt through my machine took up most of the month, and it's still ongoing.  I'm finally at the point of finishing off the setting triangle blocks on Tropical Sunrise and hope to begin the outer borders by Friday at the latest!  While I had hoped to have this one completely finished by today, we're now looking at the end of May, especially with the warm sunny weather forecast for western Oregon for the next few days.  So much to do outside, and still I'd rather be quilting ...

So, early this month I was the lucky winner of a layer cake of Berenstain Bears prints, and did manage to start the first of two planned baby quilt tops from these fabrics.  So far there is this pile of pinwheel blocks to show for my effort, along with another pile of strips and squares waiting to be stitched up.
I'm using all the pastel prints for the first quilt top and there should be enough of the primary color fabric pieces to make a second top later this summer. 

There has also been a bit of progress on the Betsy's Closet embroidery quilt.   The second block is finished and the third about half-way along.
I'm not too pleased with the way the bow under the collar looks with the two colors called for in the pattern, and plan to rip out the darker threads and redo the bow in one color, possibly filling it in with a satin stitch.

So, if you haven't joined the NewFO monthly party link-up yet, why not head over to Cat Patches to see what everyone else has been up to and then join us!    It's easy, it's fun, and best of all, there's no pressure!


  1. Your projects look great, Pat. I especially love your little pinwheels. Those are great fabrics. Your Betsy McCall is coming along.

  2. One is good! Love your embroidery, very cute gals. sounds like you need a sit down quilting machine too!

  3. Oh I so love your little Betsy clothes!!! Adorable!!! And the Berenstain Bears will make such cute little quilts - who doesn't love the BB's!!!

  4. Just saw the B. Bear fabrics in a shop yesterday. What cute baby quilts that will make. I love the pinwheels you have made. Very fun!

  5. I love your pinwheels and embroidery blocks. I love making big quilts until it comes to the quilting and then I wish I had a machine with a longer neck.

  6. I like the Berenstain Bears prints - such cute pinwheels; I can't wait to see the baby quilt! Sounds like you have been busy all month - good luck getting the queen sized quilt done. ~Jeanne

  7. I like your Betsy's Closet embroidery blocks. That little red and white dress is just adorable. I would like to do something like that.

  8. You are working on some really cute things. Love the pinwheel blocks.

  9. I love those pretty pinwheels-one of my favorite blocks. The embroidery looks fabulous too.


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