Tuesday, August 11, 2020

APQ's UFO Challenge 2020 - June Finish

 It's already Tuesday afternoon and a week since my previous post where I posted a sneak peek of a UFO I worked on during the lock-down. 

This is Quiltsy Team's and APQ's UFO Challenge 2020; #11 - June challenge. (My UFO list #16) Twin size quilt. Finished August 6, 2020. 

To create this quilt, I have pieced together 1.5 inch squares to 36-patch and 9-patch blocks. Each block measuring 6 inch square.

 I don't remember exactly when I started cutting and piecing these blocks, it may be back in 2018 or earlier. Madness? Maybe! LOL One suggested 'Covid Madness Quilt', perhaps that's what I'll call it?! 😊 

The idea was to free-motion-quilt it in an allover meandering pattern. After several tries, skipped stitches and lots of swear words, I gave up! I even tried different size needles; from 75/11 (as I usually use) to 90/14, nothing worked! Second attempt was 'stitch-in-the-ditch'. Not a problem, but after two seams on the long side I gave up because I didn't like what I was doing. It did not look nice! (Fun to unpick! NOT!) Third and final attempt was diagonal seams, which made me satisfied! 

This is the back. I didn't have any wide backing and purchasing fabric from the US during the lock-down was out of the question. I put on the thinking cap and after some days I came up with this idea. I had more of the 36-patch blocks and I pulled out some fabrics that have been sitting there 'forever' and I didn't think I was going to use them for anything else. 

Closeup of the back. The pieced blocks on the front and back are the reason why the FMQ didn't work out; it became too thick. It may have worked on a longarm, but not on dear 'Nina'. 

It feels good to have finished this UFO and that I have used scraps and fabric from my stash. I didn't use all the 36-patch blocks I had for this quilt; I have 16 blocks I didn't use. Madness is I'm still making more and can add 8 to the 16; 24 blocks. I have a few ideas, but that has to wait!  



#1 - Log Cabin #1 (my list #13) - April

#2 - PSQ / Pinwheel Lap Quilt (my list #10) January FINISHED!

#3 - Scrappy 2" strips (my list #15)

#4 - Black / White Wall Hanging (my list #7)

#5 - Deer Log Cabin TT (my list #17) July

#6 - Nifty Nurses Wall Hanging (my list #3)

#7 - Log Cabin #3 (my list #18) March FINISHED! 

#8 - Snowman Village Wall Hanging (my list #9) August

#9 - Log Cabin #2 (my list #14) February FINISHED!

#10 - Snowman Village WH Attic Window (my list #8)

#11 - Scrappy 1" squares (my list #16) June FINISHED!

#12 - Star Batik Quilt (my list #12) May

My UFO's for April, May and July are FINISHED as well, I've yet to take photos. 



Sharon said...

Astrid, this is gorgeous! You are such a great scrappy quilt-maker. Thanks for sharing!

Birthe Marie said...

Fantastisk flott scrap quilt du har laget. !.5 inch kvadrater, det er smått. Jeg er imponert!
Det ble bra med diagonal quilting. Baksiden er også flott. Kjekt at du fikk brukt resten av de små kvadratene, og jeg synes det er fint å bruk stoffer en har i skuffer og skap. Gratulerer med en flott ferdigstilt quilt! :-)

Chantal said...

Oh how I love this quilt! Wow! I love the back too. I love that you use more blocks for the back but made a design instead of just a row or column. Clever! Congratulations on this beautiful finish. Congratulations for achieving your UFO's challenge each month. Very impressive! ;^)

Karen S said...

It is wonderful to see your quilt finished. So many pieces - wow! Love the way you have also used the piecing in the backing.
It looks great!

JM in Toronto said...

That's a lot of piecing, Astrid! Congrats on the finish. It looks fantastic!!

Barb Neiwert said...

All these scrappy blocks and you still have more. Impressive! This finish is beautiful!

Elzaan said...

Well done on the finish! Very creative design and back.