Sunday, September 27, 2015

Delectable Mountains . . . Done!

Thirty Years Old and finally a quilt!!
Finished yesterday while watching "Breakfast at Tiffany's".  I had to make two additional blocks but FINALLY IT'S DONE!  I would have to say I took apart and re-pieced at least half of these blocks and if there are any points that aren't cut off I would be surprised.  However, it is no longer a part of my dwindling collection of UFOs.  It's 64" x 80" without a border, which I will probably design to add 6" to the width and length.  I'm gonna say it:  (a) I had more fun making the blocks than making the quilt; and (b) it's not perfect, but it's done! 

Happy Fall All!  xoxo

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thirty Year Old UFO

Delectable Mountains pattern, in case you wondered.
Back in the early 80's I started this quilt, assembling over 80 blocks.  During the past thirty years I have tried to sew them together but they just didn't fit.  Long ago I didn't worry so much about squaring up the blocks.  Maybe it's something I learned to do because I spent so much time putting these blocks together (most of them are hand-stitched, not machine stitched) but they weren't all the same size. . . they varied from 8" to 9-1/4".   Last month I finally figured out that I could just square up each block to 8-1/2".  Except for the center block, that seems to work.  I had to take apart and resew the center block four times so that it would fit the 11-1/2" space in the center. 

And you know what?  I don't even like it that much.  The mellow gold fabric is so boring and there is SO MUCH of it!  But the triangles are made with wonderful fabric treasures from the 50's, 60's, 70's and a few 80's so it's a treat if you can get past that bland gold.  I think this has a rather 19th century look about it.  What do you think?