Friday, December 21, 2012

Precious Moments Panel Quilt

This is a UFO I've had for so many years, I can't really remember how long it's been stuck away.  I brought it out last January and decided it would get done.  It is done just in time to give to my Precious Moments collecting friend for Christmas.

The panel in the middle was a clearance pre-quilted panel with backing that was crooked and half the stitching was missing.  The price was $1.00 and I thought at that price, something could be done with it.   I took everything apart and started over by adding 9 patch blocks of yellow and pink polka dot fabric.  I chose to use bright colors because Kristy loves them.

Precious Moments Quilt Panel Pieces

I cut the back of panel into strips and pieced the strips into a border with some pieced diamonds from the polka dot fabrics.  The math to the design really challenged me and I found it quite rewarding when it all went together.

I found out the hard way that certain marking pencils aren't right for quilting with white thread.  In fact, the reason this quilt was a UFO for so long was all the crazy things that went wrong with it every time I picked it up.  Putting Kristy's name on the quilt wasn't planned, but all the stained thread had to be covered somehow.  Mistakes sometime make great rewards. I love the quilt even more with her name on it.

I practiced a lot of free motion techniques on the quilt and learned a lot.  Outlining the boy and girl was a lot of fun and good practice.  Thank you Leah Day for so much free motion inspiration!

The binding is more of the pink dot fabric.  The finished size is 68" x 76".

Now this UFO is in my friend Kristy's house keeping her nice and warm.  It may have been a complete disaster at times but it finished beautifully.

Merry Christmas Kristy!

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Glinda ♥ said...

It HAS finished beautifully, Carla - I love the name addition ... might have to pinch that idea! Merry Christmas :)

Carla said...

Thank you so much Glinda. Every problem on this one ended up teaching me something. The name was a bonus. Merry Christmas to you!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

You have done a lovely job! It is so satisfying to get those UFOs completed isn't it? I especially adore the polka dot binding! Have a Merry Christmas!

Carla said...

Getting THIS UFO finished was the highlight of my year. Something went wrong at every turn with this one. Thanks for the sweet comment.
Happy New Year.