Saturday 28 January 2012

Finishing Those UFO's ....

It's been a busy few weeks since I last wrote here....but it's been a productive time.  While I was in Canada on holiday I was working on six quilt blocks each one with a Grandmothers Garden set of seven hexagons.  These six blocks are now in a finished quilt top with lovely deep blue sashings and a bright orange Morning Star for the cornerstones. 

The quilt top is presently in the hands of a good friend who is doing the machine quilting for me.  This quilt is a gift for a dear friend who is moving away in April, and this will be a little something for her to remember her stay time in Penrith. 

There is in fact one 'humble' block in the quilt top.  Not thinking, I accidentally put a dark green hexagon in one of the centres instead of the light beige I had originally cut for it.  I'll consider this a good luck move. 

My other accomplishment is to finally finish the dartboard.  It turned out quite good and looks rather realistic. 

A competition dartboard is almost 18" in diameter so this is full size and with the background fabric the entire wall hanging is approximately 20" square.  I've put a rod pocket on the back so that my brother in law can hang it where he pleases, and pin his dart badges and pins where he wishes to.

Wanting a new project to work on, (and I'm sure we all get that urge now and again), I dug out the Amy Butler fabrics that I received from my daughter last year for my birthday.  I've decided to create a quilt top using 16" square quilt blocks.  Although these fabrics and colours would not be my first choice, my daughter was genuinely trying to get me to think 'outside the box' so to speak.  So here are the pictures of the first three blocks.

The Garden Block
Crossed Roads

Log Cabin
The photos aren't the best, but all the fabrics do tone in with each other...but I'm always in such a rush to get pictures of things taken that I really do need to be more patient and wait for the sun to come out, but then again....I could be waiting forever....I live in Cumbria. 
I've got the next set of instructions for the fourth block, but it will be waiting in the wings as I've gone back to yet another couple of UFO's and plan on finishing two quilts using my Birthday blocks from all my quilting friends from the last two years.


  1. Love the quilt and the blocks Tessa but most of all the dartboard is fantastic!!! Well done!

  2. Hi Tessa,
    I love the Hexagonquilt. Its so chearfull and the colours are great. I bet your friend will love it.
    The Dartboard is so realistic it turned out awesome.
    The block look great. I know what you mean about thinking out of the box.
    Im doing the Craftsy Block of the Month using fabric that are usaly not my kind of thing. But they start growing on me.

  3. Hi Tessa, the dartboard worked out great,, well done you!

  4. The grandmothers garden looks great Tessa, what a lovely gift. I was glad to read that only medals would go on the very realistic looking dartboard, couldn't bear to think he might use it as the real thing! What lovely quilt blocks too.

  5. Fabulous quilt for your friend Tessa and the dartboard is amazing. It looks so real!
    The new project looks lovely with such bright, pretty fabric...just the ticket to give you a lift.
    Marian x