Monday, June 30, 2014

Ugly quilt is DONE!

The “ugly” Irish chain quilt is finally done!

It doesn’t look too bad from a distance, but up close it’s UGLY!

I wrote about this before, how it’s all about the contrast! lesson learned.

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On each block I quilted curves from corner to corner, it was pretty easy.

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I made a scrappy binding from my binding remnant bin, and my luck was that almost every corner got a seam on it! SIGH- oh well…

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And then for backing I had a huge piece of this UGLY green swirl, it’s just too bright and neon up close! –so a perfect fit for this quilt Winking smile

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Have you ever made your own spray starch?

I found a VODKA recipe and used lavender oil too and it works great! no more BEST press for me…’s the recipe I found.

  • 8 oz (1 cup) filtered water
  • 1 ounce (1 shot) vodka
  • 5 or so drops of Lavender essential oil
  • Spray bottle with a mist setting

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And I got a package from Connecting threads the other day!! washed and ready to be ironed!

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And I finished another swoon block! (14 more to go)

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Our garden is really producing now!

look at this huge cucumber!

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lots of “regular” cucumbers

(I actually don’t care too much for the american cucumbers, I prefer the english style ones- those haven’t come up yet)

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Lot of zucchinis too!

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and Yellow squash

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So far we’re only getting cherry tomatoes, but we have 3 plants of roma tomatoes and 3 of regular tomatoes and they are big and green!

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we did get a few roma and one BIG tomato.

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I like to make danish style pickles, there’s a ton of vinegar in there, a table spoon maybe of sugar and salt and pepper, they are SO sour that it hurts your ears when you eat them…. GOOD stuff!! Winking smile

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Sonja likes it Smile

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Here’s my 2014 list

#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging –working on the baby giraffe now

#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- ready to quilt

#3 (2012) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show –don’t even know where it is now! worked on border applique last

#4 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#5 (2013)- roman holiday kit

#7 (April 2013) – blue/ yellow kaleidoscope blocks, have 5 done.

#8 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done

#9 (Oct 2013) Scrappy Chain quilt QAL – DONE!

#10 (Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks done

#15 (July 2013) Persian star FPP block swap – quilting it

#19 (Jan 2014) Quilted Jacket wonky logs- pattern bought

#20 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3”- 20 done

#21 (Jan 2014) “knit” quilt for McCall’s – top done

#28 (March 2014) Pin cushion for swap- July almost done

#30 (January 2014) Kitschy BOM- June done

#32 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks

#33 (March 2014) Shirt and Girl dress- pieces cut out

#35 (?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#36 (March 2014) Batik Stained glass pattern- top done, ready to quilt

#38 (March 2014) C.T. Mystery Quilt – top done

#39 (March 2014) –scrappy hexie- McCall’s-quilted

#43 (June 2014) Swoon block swap – 2 of 16 done

#45 (June 2014) Pine Tree BOMs- testing blocks


Jacque said...

Woot! Always awesome to have a finish! I am eagerly awaiting my roma tomatoes ripening, too!

Nancy said...

My little garden is not doing so well--too cold late into planting season, I think. Not sure I would like the vinegary pickles. The ugly quilt looks good in the photo. Well, we try and we learn.

barbara woods said...

Love your swoon block

Barb said...

That is not an ugly quilt!!!!

SewMisadventurous said...

I've got to say that the colours of that quilt don't do it for me, someone must love them though. My Mum used to do that pickle thing with the cucumber but with sliced onions in it too, with vinegar and sugar, she only used to do it with fish which wasn't very often, lol.

MooseStashQuilting said...

It's not so ugly! :-) Your garden is very productive, and we love those cucumbers with the vinegar. I buy them all the time to make em!
No gardening for me. To many weeds around here! LOL!

Carla said...

Nice harvest. and I love that swoon block.
I'm gonna have try making my own spray starch. So it works better than best press? Yep gonna have try your recipe
Thanks for sharing