Monday, April 20, 2009

Resisiting the Temptation

Oh, I am not good at not starting new projects. My head is swirling with ideas itching to get out. I wonder how long this self imposed ban on starting projects will last?
For today...two more finishes. First, this table topper. It was simply a block that I was experimenting with...I hope a bunch of these ovals will make their appearance in a quilt someday. I've learned from Tonya, not to toss these experiments, but to make them into something useful instead. This one appears to be meant to be paired with my lime green vase. Flowers would be a nice addition.

The quilting on this one was inspired by Victoria's work. It was definitely harder than it looked. I do like how it gives the center of the piece some interest.
Finished my coin quilt too. I should make more baby quilts....so much easier to quilt. This has my fav color scheme and so many of my very favorite fabrics.
I love the additional row of coins on the top and bottom.
The quilting is a ribbon like quilting...sort of the same as this quilt.
The back is pink with another row of coins. Love this one...it's going into the show this summer. Hopefully someone will buy it for a sweet little baby girl.

74 comments:

kangaroo said...

i love that first piece...both are gorgeous, but the table runner is singing to me.

Aimee said...

I love them both, but the coin quilt is stunning. The quilting makes it.

~D Spack~ said...

Jacquie you are a genius, I don't say that lightly either. You go...

MichelleB said...

Wow! I love that table topper. And the quilting on it is inspired! Fabulous.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

I LOVE the color combo on your topper - yummy! The quilting is really amazing too. and your baby quilt is so sweet! The ribbons are so delicate and pretty :)

MightyMom said...

fabulous!!!


Make a list of all the new projects that you think up...then just keep working your way down your list...

OR DON'T because then you'll be like me with 15,000,000,000,000 items on your list of things waiting to be started....

Jodie said...

I just wanted to say, I so love the colors in the table topper and your quilting on it is so precise looking. I love your coin quilt, so need to make on of these, just a lot of little pieces, what sizes where your pieces?

Kerri said...

such pretties!! and the colors in the coin quilt, are my fav's too!! :)

Stephanie said...

I spent the weekend finishing too! It was a terrific feeling. Love your projects but I'm especially fond of your table topper.

belinda said...

Oh wow....I have a 'round thang' too...only mine is in 'hot' pink instead of soft green like yours. I haven't thrown it out...I get it out and look at it accasionally. I really like yours!! I LOVE the 'coins' quilt....the quilting is wonderfully wavy!! It looks sooo inviting laying there in the warm soft sun across your chair!!

nicolette said...

I suddenly have to laugh about the text above the comment box...
So, what are you thinking?..

That you are so inspirational and that I love your tabletopper soooo much. And your coin quilt. And the quilting. And the back.

So, what do you think about this comment?...LOL!

foofanagle said...

I love that coin quilt so much. I'm itching to do a blue/red/pink quilt and your quilt is so inspirational.

patricia, in the yellow house on milner said...

lovely quilts - I love doing small ones too; probably indicative of mild adhd...

Cheryl said...

I love them both! I really like your table topper. The quilting is very nice. I can imagine that it's harder than it looks. Straight lines always are!

And the coins quilt is great, too. I love having the background pieces between the other fabrics. And the offset. Awesome!

Working hard on my finishes. I have one done (a skirt for my daughter) and am about to start the handwork on the binding for a class sample. Yay for finishing! A finished quilt is better than a perfect quilt, as they say.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love them and I tend to toss blocks if they do not work, I need to re-think that! Your quilting is amazing, I love a quilt with a lot of quilting!!

Lisa said...

I like your single girl block/topper, but I LOVE your coin quilt! (I am amassing a little pile of those colors, too, but I don't know what I will make out of it yet.)

I bet some sweet (lucky) little girl will love that quilt!

Your quilting skills are crazy good! I am so envious of those wavy lines. Beautiful! (I love Victoria's quilting, too.)

em's scrapbag said...

I love how you quilted the table topper. What a fun piece.
The coins are darling. I also love the fabric you used.

Patty said...

I love the table topper; the quilting is wonderful!

One day, hopefully soon, I plan to make a coin quit. Your quilt turned out so nice.

AJ said...

They are both stunning!

shellysquilts said...

Fantastic job as always. I love your table topper. The quilting is effective. It is contrast that draws the eye. Luv it! You're fabulous! Have a great week!

Just JaiCi's Crafts said...

What a great idea to not throw anything away!! I always use my least favorite fabrics to try things out and then chuck them when they're done...I'm going to quit doing that :)

Alissa said...

Both finishes are beautiful!! Amazing work.

Rebekah said...

wow! The quilting on both of these projects is amazing! I love how you work with color and patterns. Your work is always so inspiring!

Julie said...

wow
love the table runner and also love how you quilted the coin quilt.
the quilting on the coin quilt is that a stitch on your machine?
also the table runner is that an actual quilt block with a name or is it made up?
thanks julie

Cheryl Arkison said...

If you are itching to make more table toppers we're collecting them for Quilt Canada... just kidding. Okay, maybe I'm not.

Jackie Russell said...

The table quilt looks like it was made just for the vase. I love it! Also love the coin quilt.

Andi said...

that baby quilt is divine
All my favourite colours

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

I am in the exact same place, treading water trying to think of what I want to do next. As a slow hand sewer I can only do one project at a time start to finish or I feel overwhelmed. I wanted to do a bed quilt for my son, but my husband is making me feel guilty that i've never made US a bed quilt!

amylouwho said...

Love both of these! I really want to make a coin quilt too. They are so cute! And I like the ribbon quilting. I haven't really machine quilted yet, maybe this would be a good place to start?

I had to start a new project today - only because I had to and I finished it in under an hour. My ironing board cover was ripped and I needed to make a new cover. I've had the fabric and needed to do it for a while - does it count as a UFO finished?! It's super cute and now I'm ready to work on some old projects that need to be done.

Thanks for inspiring us!

Indigo Blue said...

Absolutly gorgeous quilts!!!

Levin (and Emily) said...

i love the colours in the coin quilt too. i find it hard to source those kind of fabrics here - mind you I only really get to go to one quilt shop and I find it hard to buy online as the colours are not really 'true'.
I love the oval you made - was it hard to piece it? Emily has decided she wants a double wedding ring quilt for her wedding and according to her I have to make it!!! (she is 15 and currently single so I have some time) I'm not sure my skills are up to that though.
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Deb C. said...

Very nice work on both counts. I sooo love the coin quilt. Very pretty. And the quilting really sets it off!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love the coins - especially the quilting! Wondering if I should try that on my coin quilt...

Vicki W said...

Both are great projects!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the quilting on the table topper - it looks so effective! The soft colours in the coin quilt are beautiful - I can just picture a baby wrapped up in your gorgeous quilt.

Tracy T. said...

I love the color scheme, and the quilting on both of those great projects! Well done! Did you do the ribbon quilting freehand and/or free-motion? I'm inching closer to trying to obtains some free-motion skills. Great work!

Lee-Anne Gilbert said...

Just beaUTIFUL jACQUIE... all of it... keep up the great work... Lx

Beth said...

I know exactly how you feel!

Coins are lovely....

Thimbleanna said...

Fabulous finished Jacquie. I love the colors in your coin quilt!

Jackie said...

My goodness, all your moving is definitely not getting in the way of your quilting!! Lovely finishes! I really like them both. You always seem to out do yourself.

Madge said...

so gorgous

Terriaw said...

Great way to use that block! I have saved a few extras, but haven't done anything with them.

I absolutely adore that quilt - the colors and design.

amandajean said...

two beautiful finishes, jacquie. i agree, the temptation to not start another project is hard to resist. i think i have about 5-6 quilts in my mind right now and i find that whenever i think about them, i feel the need to start cutting some fabric immediately.

henny said...

All about your works .... fantastic!! no other word for you:)

Laurie said...

LOVE the table topper and the vase! ADORABLE!!!
Laurie
ps...2 showings on saturday and no bites...

Cathy said...

I love both of these pieces! Simple, classic and beautiful!

Cathy ♥

Stephanie D. said...

They're both beautiful, Jacqui! I like how you turned a single block into the table topper.

It's hard not to start something new, especially when you're afraid the idea might leave you with the morning light!

Linda said...

I can't decide which one I prefer, they are both so lovely. I enjoy doing the ribbon type quilting, so easy just to flow along.

Sherri said...

Both quilts are amazing. I love the blues and greens of the first one! They go together perfectly!

Kelly said...

I love the quilting you did on the table topper, the colours are beautiful too! As is your lovely coin quilt.

bonnie said...

your table topper is beautiful. i have not worked with curves yet, they look difficult. the color's in your coin quilt are perfect.

Qubie said...

Love both your quilts. You have done a great job.

calicodaisy said...

Both quilts are so great. Love your style. -- Michele

Amanda said...

I love them both, too! The quilting on them is wonderful.

metrosupialdesigns said...

I just blogged about my coin quilt as my favorite for Quilt Festival. I have the same feeling, that you can showcase fav fabrics.

Good luck on sticking with your month. I was already trying to do that and ended when the bag that was left was to Winter in colors to do right now, at least that was my excuse.

Anina said...

Lovely, just lovely. And I'm with you on the "not starting new projects" problem. I really want to just finish what I have but I have SO many ideas for new things!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Stunning work Jacquie. Love it. The topper is sweet. I feel the same way - hard NOT to start something. The coins can be time consuming when you do them like that. But it ended up so wonderfully.

upstateLisa said...

jacquie, your topper is gorgeous and the quilting is divine!!!!!! it must have taken some time to do all those lines!

Marie' said...

What a sweet baby quilt!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Jacquie, you are just finishing left and right. They are beautiful.
Excitement on our end, hope to get more finished by the end of the month.
I think it is in our genes to want to start new projects when your so creative. We don't want to blow a fuse up there.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

beautiful quilts. I can see why that's your favorite color combination - so light and airy. gorgeous quilting!

Darcie said...

Gorgeous finishes, Jacquie! Both color schemes are so refreshing and Spring-like.

(Are you sure that you can't treat yourself to a little bend in the ban?!) ;-)

Shari said...

Two beautiful works. Good luck at not starting anything new for a while - that is so much harder than you think!

I agree with Tonya about finishing your experimental pieces - so much better that way and what a lovely little table topper!

Your coin quilt is so fresh and sweet - perfect for little girls or adding that soft touch.

Cheers!

Ruth's Place said...

They are both fabulous, but I really, really love that baby quilt!

Titikaka said...

Is not to late! Please, could I participate in your action? I will make blue and green block for charity. My email is titikaka_tm@mail.ru

Victoria said...

Beautiful! Love that table topper!!

Jodie said...

Two more great finishes, makes me wonder how many you have left to go?

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

I made the coin quilt also. Why do they call it a coin quilt? I did the African Coin.

Lindsey said...

Great quilts but how is Fudge?

Shasta said...

Both of these quilts are so beautiful.

Bekhy said...

Love the pieced circle quilt: it looks perfect with the vase, and I wholeheartedly agree w/ Tonya's view on not wasting any blocks! My sympathies about Fudge. Sorry bout the late comment, been on vacaton.

kay said...

I love your circle quilt that is posted in April 2009. It is blue and lime green. Can I buy a pattern? Kay

jacquie said...

kay, please drop me an email. you're comment leaves me no way to contact you.
thanks!

kay said...

I can't find your email address
kaywelch@gail.com