Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Less Stalling, More Doing

Yes, I've actually managed to complete something!  One done, one to top status.

21 in. by 25 1/4 in.

I finally got my challenge quilt done, and in time for the reveal picnic too!   Makes me wonder why I stall so much when I have to scramble to be done in time.  Read more about this project here and here.

The Potter came up with the name for this, and I love it!  You know the saying . . . "when life hands you lemons . . ."  Perfect fit, isn't it?  I'm really happy with this - it finished up much better than I thought it would in the beginning.  I don't even see the Ugly Fabric (lemons) anymore!

I dipped into my scrap bin for all the fabrics for this quilt.  I went way back in time for some of these fabrics.  I guess I now know why I'm saving all those old fabrics.  "Old" being a relative term - most of these are from the 90's, so technically not that old.  They are slowly getting used up.  Good thing too, because I'm getting tired of some of these fabrics.  And some I still love and enjoy.  But I'm not really into that antique-y look anymore.  I crave bright happy colors and fabrics now.

Of course, I only have to look at the back of this quilt to see the lemons.  I had to include them in all their ugly glory, just so I can remember which ones they are.  The scraps of the lemons went in the trash.  Nobody wanted them!  And the other fabric?  I used up a half yard of some unloved fabric in my stash plus a little extra of another.  You can see the quilting I did better on the back too.  I used white thread in the light parts of the log cabins and a dark blue thread in the dark parts.  I wanted to emphasize the zigzag design of the log cabin blocks.

I ended up making 99 half square triangles because I had no idea how many I needed for the borders.  The first ones I made weren't even close to being enough.  So I cut and sewed and cut and sewed until I had over 10 feet of half square triangles!  Yikes!  It was a staggering amount, to my mind, especially for such a small little quiltlet.

Dunkel wanted you to be able to judge the size of the quilt quickly.  Also, it didn't have enough cat hair on it.  Maybe not the most flattering shot of him?

I did manage to get a shot of his "better side".  He hates the camera.

"Leftover Lemons"
14 3/4 inches square
Remember the wrong size blocks I had?  (See my previous post)  Well, I came up with something to do with them.  And I couldn't just toss the rest of those HST's!  So I got creative for the borders, because I absolutely was not going to make even one more HST.  I really like this too.  Now to get it quilted and bound, which may be awhile.

both "lemon" quilts together
I almost like the border on the smaller one better than the border on the larger one.  And it would have been less work too.  I need to remember this!

Today I'm making and attaching labels to a few quilts that will go to the county fair tomorrow.  My labels aren't fancy or elaborate in any way.  I subscribe to the theory "finished is better than perfect".  If I waited until things were perfect, they'd never get done.  You'll notice that does not rule out doing it at the last possible moment.  *ahem*


  1. LOL!! You are so funny. I like your lemony quilts and how you worked out of the 'stalling' state of mind! Good luck at the fair!!

  2. What a great name for a great quilt!! It's nice of Dunkel to offer to pose with it. I love leftover lemons too! Have fun getting your quilts ready for the show. Labels don't need to be fancy, no one really looks at them anyway.

  3. Oh I just love these quilts! that border is great and the backing is just fun! will make you smile when you look at it I bet! love the name for the quilt too! Dunkel approves what else needs to be said?
    always fun to visit you!

  4. Great little quilts! I too love the second quilt border, very innovative!

  5. I love the border on the second 'lemons' quilt...Both quilts look great!

  6. these are adorable....ugly fabric and all! Good name too. I tend to gravitate towards the bright colors these days also. I will need to keep throwing in my dull colors just to use them up. Some I loved once but not anymore and some I loved then and still do. I haven't analyzed what make this so for different fabrics.
    Sometimes the BEST ideas happen at the last minute. I don't know why that is either.

  7. Goes to show ugly fabrics can make lovely quilts! I need to remember the partially pieced border, too!

  8. I like both quilts. Great job.

  9. I love your "lemons". I didn't see any uglies in there! It's always interesting how our taste changes over time. I just found my stash of quilt books and magazines from the 90's, buried deep in a closet. Definitely some uglies there!

  10. You created a lot of movement in this quilt. Great finish!

  11. Wow, I really like your Leftover Lemons quiltlet! Excellent work on both projects! :- )

  12. I love the challenge and the leftover! Both are fabulous!!


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