Friday, March 5, 2021

Caught Up In Stitches

I am moving on from making charity quilts, now I'm going to finish some unfinished quilts. The project I'm highlighting today has never been started so technically it is not an UFQ but it has waited so long. 

Many years ago I purchased a fabric panel at Yoder Department store, the information on the selvage is Caught Up In Stitches 2006 RJR Fabrics. I did make a slight attempt to find the panel online but had no luck, you may try if you're interested.

I showed my purchase to a friend and she told me it would be lovely if I embroidered over the printing. Yes Elaine, that would be lovely but I've had this panel over 10 years. Embroidery just isn't going to happen so I'm turning this panel into a quilt.

There are 10 different designs which I've cut 7.5" by 8". Yes, that's a weird size but that's what I came up with. There is also a very pretty butterfly panel which runs the full WOF. Here are pictures of the 10 designs. 











My project has been sewn into a flimsy and this is what I came up with. I didn't have a pattern, I created my own very simple design.


It's hard to see the designs on the blocks, that's why I showed you the individual blocks earlier. She measures 71.5" by 80".


A close up of the lovely butterfly border that was on the panel. I had just enough to make four borders.


I had to take a picture in the snow, it's not going to last much longer.

I took the quilt pictures on Sunday, February 28. All that is left of the snow is a few dirty piles.


The picture below is the same place I took the picture of the quilt lying in the snow.


The sledding hill is almost bare. If you look closely, you can see an orange speck up to the top. That's the plastic sleds waiting to be put away. The gate will be shut once this snow pile melts.


18 comments:

Kathy S. said...

Your handwork is always so beautiful. The butterfly border is adorable. Spring is on its way! We only have a few dirty piles of snow here too. I use my orange sled all year round. I use it to fill with plants and dirt to re-plant somewhere else. I use it to clean the chicken coop because it's easier to pull it from the coop to the garden than to put it in a wheel barrow and drive it through the mud. Things will start to bloom soon.

grammajudyb said...

A great use of fabric that was languishing! I like your sashing technique! And the border, don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

Bonnie said...

Great job on getting an old planned project completed. Do you have lots more projects waiting your attention? It does seem like a never ending story. (So to speak!) The border and sashing really makes the quilt shine.

Rebecca Grace said...

I think that's a wonderful way to use your panel! I had to chuckle at your response to Elaine's suggestion that you hand embroider over the whole thing. It's so easy to make suggestions like that for other people's projects, isn't it?! ;-). I think you need to be really excited about a project with that much hand work in it, and any panel that sat unloved and neglected for 10 years is clearly not exciting enough for you to be hand embroidering it all year long. I love how your red and blue borders and sashing set off the panel blocks. Lovely finish -- thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

Gretchen Weaver said...

I'll never run out of project to finish or make. Thanks for commenting!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the snow never looks pretty at this point does it. It looks like you really had a lot of it. I guess those panels were intended for embroider - is it a print that would wash out for after stitching is done like it is when it is all in the blue ink? I haven't bought anything like that in years so I don't know.

Gretchen Weaver said...

This ink is permanent, why would I make a quilt with squares that the design would wash out of?

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great way to showcase this!! its beautiful!!

Sherrie said...

Hi,
Beautiful quilt...love the blue and pink border...makes
the panels really pop. Have a great day!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Your quilt top looks so pretty, Gretchen and a wonderful use of such pretty panels. Have a lovely day.

Jenny said...

The GOP has sewen up beautifully,

Jenny said...

Oops what happened there? Meant to say top, of course. The sashing looks wonderful and how lucky that the birder design was just the right size. Will you be keeping this one?

Sharon Kwilter said...

What interesting fabric. It looks embroidered in the photos. Congratulations on the finish.

Design Originals by KC said...

Gretchen ... this is a lovely flimsy you have fashioned.... that would be a LOT of embroidery... and finished is better than embroidered in this case as the quilt is amazing.. You will have a blast quilting this though I bet :) I call snow left after warm weather comes around lonely snow... it either will disappear or more will come join it! lol Have a wonderful Saturday my friend :) Kathi

Pamela Arbour said...

You should be patting yourself on the back for this one. That is cool that you even had enough for borders. You did a good job with it. Now it isn't weighing you down. It's kinda fun when we have a lightbulb moment and everything comes together. You did a good job. That looks like a perfect sledding hill. That's about my speed! LOL

Cathy said...

I've never seen a panel like that. It already looks like vintage embroidery. I really like how you joined them into a top. It also has a rather vintage vibe. Wonderful!

QuiltGranma said...

What a great way to use that panel!

For the love of geese said...

Oh I really like those blocks and your design. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down last week.