Thursday, February 14, 2013

I got so bored with the UFO's.....

...that I started two NewFO's! :)
I don't feel bad about that at all, because I have done good progress on the UFO's.
Last year I wanted to make an Easter table topper or runner. I managed to do the layout in EQ7 and printed it out. Then I realized I didn't have suitable fabrics to match the daffodil fabrics I had already bought back in December 2011! More fabrics were bought in February last year, but at that time I was busy with other projects and I wasn't really in the mood for any Easter project. When I was looking for some other fabrics recently, I suddenly ended up with these fabrics in my hands.... I think they told me it's time to get them out of the shelf and get them ready for Easter! :)

It was fun doing these small 'set-in' pieces. I have done it earlier too, but this time I felt I did it better. The stems on the lilies were supposed to be fabric, but I came up with the idea of using rick-rack. I think it turned out quite cute.

The other NewFO I have started is going to be a crib quilt - all pink and white! I'm not really a 'pink person', I just want to use up those leftovers sitting around here and there. Long ago I bought a darling bear panel, which I'm using some of the small pictures. I think I will have enough for a blue crib quilt too.

And as I said; good progress on a couple of UFO's.
The 'Colorado Star' quilt is quilted and the binding is thread basted on, I've just left to hand stitch the binding to the back and remove the basting thread.

I got bored after quilting 1/4 of the New York Beauty quilt! I don't want too much visible quilting on it, so I have started quilting the spikes in the ditch. Phew! What a tedious job! It's a lot of pushing, pulling, twisting and turning to get each spike in the right direction for the needle! I haven't dared to count the spikes! :0 I hope to get it all done by end of February - 14 more days to go!

Yesterday the island was hit by torrential rain... Some places got almost 200 mm (7.8 inches?). Most of the island was shut down; schools, offices, banks and shops closed. Many houses are destroyed by flood water and some have lost everything. We were lucky; we are living in a slope - no rivers nearby - so we are safe. We didn't get much rain either... Fortunate this bad weather was not caused by a cyclone... If it had, it had been really bad! You can see photos here and here. Well, I'm not surprised this happens every year; garbage are thrown everywhere, which blocks rivers as well as drains, so the water has to find other paths to go.... When will Mauritians learn not to throw plastic bottles and other garbage in the nature?! 



Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

when there are heavy rains I am continually amazed at how much trash washes up. Glad your house is high so it doesn't get flooded but hope your slope you are on is never endanger of being in a mud slide area.

Hilachas said...

Oh Aztrid, you have so many gorgeous projects you're working on. Your Easter table topper is lovely.

Oops-Lah said...

I can understand that you needed a "break" from your UFOs, we all do from time to time. We can only be "good" for so long. Lovely little projects you have been working on. Glad to hear you were able to keep dry with all the rain yesterday. I just looked at the pictures and it seems you were lucky indeed!

InGa said...

Så fin påskelöper du har sydd. Den ser riktig våraktig ut. ( for nordiske öyne)
Skal bli spennede å se dine barnequilter.
Trist med söppel i naturen, men det er ikke lett å få alle til se konsekvenser av hva man gjör, og at det betyr noe....

Bev C said...

Hello Astrid,

I love that you have started some more UFO's, great to see the things you are working on. Love ric-rac.
Gosh that is a lot of rain, hopefully they will start a rubbish programme of some sort.

Happy days.

Anonymous said...

Astrid, So glad you stopped by! I do hope you are able to change those UFO's to finishes in the near future....the Easter topper is a gorgeous one! Those photos show such an awful situation! Be careful on that slope...I do hope that there is no chance of slippage....hugs, Doreen

Karen said...

Lovely new projects. And well deserved after all the good finishes you have had. You have to run away from UFOs every now and then. That's a worry about the floods and a shame it happens that way.

Carrie P. said...

Glad to hear you are safe. I looked at the pictures. That is a lot of rain. It is snowing here today.
I love your basket runner. So pretty!
Great progress on your UFOs. Stay safe.