The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface


So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan



Friday, March 18, 2011

March UFQ's - March Came Softly

March Finish
March Patchwork Times UFO Challenge Number 1 - Finished early and I even tried a new technique ...

This is the bottom right corner


This is a piped binding technique that I happened upon at http://tlcstitches.blogspot.com/2010/07/faux-piped-binding-tutorial.html.  Trisha has a wonderful  tutorial for Faux Piped Binding.  I will not even attempt to tell you as her tutortial will explain it a lot better.  I am just the messenger - and believe me this definitely is worth exploring.  See how nicely it lays on the above picture - I love this technique. 
This is the two strips sewn together - the red strip is the larger accent piece.

Criss Cross Applesauce - up to 96 blocks and still going. Love this quilt from Scraps and Shirttails II by Bonnie Hunter and call this pattern "my breather" pattern.






I have been Spring cleaning my "room" - clearing out, finishing up, sending quilts to be quilted, and sewing on binding and labels when they return. 

I have no problem sewing the bindings on - I like to do that at night, but I sure do procrastinate with labels. Since I already have a stack of quilts that need labels, I now make the label and attach it BEFORE I put the binding on.  It just makes sense to sew two sides of the label in the seam allowance before sewing the binding down.


I am currently taking a 7-1/2 inch square, fold on diagonal, press and attach in left corner. I can then write - OMG, yes I do still write them - the information about the quilt and my friends and family will also have another little piece to remember me by.

What is your method of dealing with labels? Please leave a comment as I am always looking for solutions.

Two Donated Quilts this month -


















Carolyn's Schnibbles and Fiesta Colors that have been donated to the Peers organization in Jacksonville, NC for their silent auction next week. They do trenemdous work in their community and it is always a pleasure to send along some quilts.  Joanne Lendaro of Insanely Cheap Quilting did a wonderful job quilting them for me.

Some more finishes for March - mostly just needed binding and labels - but OTL (off the list) !!!

Label that I hand embroidered for "Two Block Hop" and  just need to  fill in the information. 






Two Block Hop and the pieced back.
 







Phyllis got one like this
Softly Blue - the picture just does not do this quilt true justice -A monochromatic little gem I really love, and I decided to use the same fabric for the label. I will just write in the information in "cursive." because I think it is a shame that we are losing the art of our personal handwriting by using computer fonts instead.  While my labels may not look as good ... they are mine.
















Scalloped Charms - another little sofa quilt on it's way to a very dear friend. I made her a quilt last year for her birthday - mailed it and it was never received. Disappeared in our very own USPS - no explanation, except that "You should have paid more and had it tracked."  My reply was, " I use to have confidence in the mail system and did not think I should have to pay more to expect delivery." I no longer have that confidence. I believe UPS delivers more consistently.










Eleanor's Picnic is from Piece 'O Cake and I just love this little quilt.  It is currently on someone else's table - can't say who.







I am still sorting and packing for our eventual move, and finishing up projects around the house seems to take up a lot of our spare time.
We do now have boxes stacked in the garage.

A very special picture taken right outside our kitchen window.  Spring is lovely in NC.

Happiness for your journey at your own pace on this sunny and glorious day.  Judy C




1 comment:

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Good gracious you have been busy! Love them all!
xx, shell