Finishing a UFO

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This is a little grandmother’s flower garden quilt that I began well over 10 years ago. English paper piecing was not for me as I found the whole process painstakingly slow. So this little quilt top got put away unfinished. There’s a bit of everything in this top – some batiks, some ’30s prints, some brights, some hand-dyed fabrics — whatever worked for the flower I was working on, it seems. The freezer paper I used for the paper pieces is still in all the hexagons at the edges.

Now I’m going to finish it by adding in the pieces to get a straight edge. The hexagons I used to make the GFG were .75″ ones and, as there is a collection of Inklingo .75″ hexagons, I’m using those. To make sure it would work I did a trial. Worked like a charm! It’s so fast and easy to stitch hexagons with a running stitch as opposed to all that whip-stitching that it will take very little time to finish this. The best part is no more whip-stitching and worrying about stitches showing.

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The next stumbling block was the muslin I had used for the GFG. Whatever I had left of it is long gone and the muslins I have are just slightly different in colour, enough that they stand out to me. So I decided to use this fabric and printed some of the .75″ hexagons and the two half hexagons. I’ll use the same fabric for the binding. Watch this space! Progress will be shown as I get this finished off. The finished quilt will be a perfect size for a baby quilt.

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Baxter was back in the classroom, giving instructions on reviewing quilters’ UFOs.

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When we were getting ready to photograph the GFG he immediately came over to have a look.

5 thoughts on “Finishing a UFO

  1. I think switching to hand sewing is a perfect idea. If I do a hexi quilt, it’ll definitely NOT be done with EPP 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing you get it done.
    Also, been wanting to ask but wasn’t sure on time scales… How did the tests go? All what you wanted?

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  2. English piecing is so slow because it is a two step construction rather than just one…..I have seen whole quilts using the technique, not just hexagons either! Large sashing and border pieces. Good to see Baxter still on the job!

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  3. That is really the way to go, using the Inklingo. That is what I’m going to do on the next one that I attempt. This is such a pretty quilt!

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