Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Memories
from
Faded Memories
(picture heavy w/repeats)

I've had a ton of fun making new memories with Faded Memories by Moda.

You might recall I found a huge ziplock bag with a long ago abandoned UFO while I was de-stashing & de-cluttering. Sigh! Thought about giving it away but I immediately knew what I wanted to do and kept my fingers crossed that it would work.


I had to call on my friend, Jack the Ripper so we could take apart a bunch of 9 patches!

They became scrappy 16 patches - remember the Angels singing. lalalalalalalalalala! LOL

The light bulb moment involved the following pattern - my ziplock had everything I needed to make this quilt except yardage for borders. I'd deal with that issue as I moved along. :-)



Here's my quilt top (aka flimsy) without borders - what to do, what to do????? Yesterday afternoon when I finished assembling the guts I was beyond ecstatic - I was a super happy girl. (cue the Angels, please - LALALALA) LOL I still had to deal with searching for yardage for borders. I was able to locate some of the large floral prints for the outer border but couldn't find any of the tone on tone fabrics for the inner border. What to do, what to do?????

You guessed it - another light bulb moment!!! Use the background fabric from the stars and make an inner border and then use all the scraps for piano keys. And, to add more interest to the piano keys I also used some of the 2.5" squares to make piano keys. Then I used the background fabric to frame 4 patches to use as cornerstones in the piano key borders.

There are so many other projects that need my time and attention but I absolutely HAD to work on this one. I'm sure you understand exactly how I felt.

I'm thrilled with my completed flimsy so.......................................

La, La, La, La - means I love it
(aw, come on, you knew it was coming - LOL)

Thank you so much for visiting with me today. Come back soon because Sweet P, Paulette has dropped the gauntlet and dared us to post our UFO's. LOL
In Friendship!

71 comments:

Cindy, the Original Wheelgirl said...

So so so pretty! What a way to save a UFO...

Laura said...

Great quilt and way to use up the scraps in the border!

Terry said...

You're a genius! This quilt is amazing and beautiful! Well done! :0)

Jeanette said...

Absolutely love it! It's great when things just work themselves out!

Stephanie said...

Very soft and pretty. I do love piano key borders.

Monica said...

I think it actually looks better with the piano key border. The solid border was too plain.

Allie said...

Excellent save, Darlene, this is too pretty - love the border!

Cara said...

Oh its lovely!! I'm so glad you could rescue the fabric. It would have been said for them to not be shown off.

Linda said...

Love it, especially the piano key border, just perfect.

Thelma said...

Darlene, I LOVE this quilt, great job on reworking this family of fabric. I'm normally not a pastel person, but I think this quilt is simply gorgeous..plus I'm currently working with pastels too, must be something in the air!

Strlady said...

I can't believe you refurbished that fabric so wonderfully!! I have to tell you that pattern is on my TBM (to be made) list. I have a jelly roll of Garden inspiration I was hoping to use with some other Kansas Trouble Charm pk. Love what you did with the borders I might need to steal the concept. Congrats on the great finish!!

Deanna said...

Excellent re-work. Sometime "Plan B" is the best plan.

Carrie said...

It's gorgeous! A great save, a great idea series of ideas for what to do next ~ really great "thinking on the fly" ~ and a great finish! Good job!

Now go relax and have some fun. :)

Winona said...

Darline, that is such a pretty quilt. Good job. Winona

Screen Door said...

I love this... prettier than the pattern cover.

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Jen said...

Awesome quilt, and an even better story! Thanks!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Ohhhh I love it too - it is so pretty.

Quiltersal said...

Oh, Darlene! That is one gorgeous flimsy! Good job, lady!!!!!!!!!!

Carol said...

Oh Darlene it is gorgeous...spectacular beyond words. I sooooooooo love the piano keys...makes the top sing. Beautiful!

julia said...

Hi Darlene,
oh, how glad I am that you didn't abandon that project. Your plan B for this one turned out beautifully. I especially love how you "Miss Rosie-fied" the pattern by adding the piano key border...it makes the quilt much more interesting.
Great job.
Wishing you a wonderful week...I'm already excited about what kind of WISPs/UFOs you'll share with us!
Julia

Julie S said...

Love the quilt!!!!

Nicole said...

Isn't it funny how we are both trying to save projects we began awhile back!? Your resurrection is simply wonderful! Love the border.

Lynn said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!! You did a great job in switching this around into something that you love. Great job!

Janet said...

What a pretty quilt!! A ufo transformation :0) I love the border - smart thinking.

Shakerwood said...

Magnifique! The angels are truly singing!! Bring on the encore!

Rose Marie said...

Wonderful and what a great save!

call me crazy said...

Just beautiful Darlene! You definitely saved that UFO! :-) Have a happy day!

Puddles of Grace said...

Awesome Job!!! I am totally in love with how it turned out! High five!!!

Chookyblue...... said...

I loved the range Faded Memories.......I still have some to finish a quilt with.........

Lovie said...

From unwanted UFO to Rolling Stars, great job. I love the addition of square in the piano border (have to steal that ideal). Hope you post a photo once it is quilted and bound. Have you decided on the binding, did you have enough scraps left to do a scrappy binding? Can't wait to see the finished quilt, if it need a home let me know.

pajudie said...

Love it, love it, love it :o) Great job and love the fabric!!
Judie

Darlene B said...

It's beautiful! You did a great job designing the border. It's absolutely perfect. dsb448@att.net

Quilter Kathy said...

It's gorgeous!
No wonder you are singing!
What a great UFO rescue!

sewprimitive karen said...

Your friend Jack the Ripper, you crack me up ha! The flimsy is so pretty. I am doing the same thing, working on a brand-new quilt I must work on even though there are so many other things I should be doing.

Amy said...

Pretty pretty!

paulette said...

Wow!! Incredible!! Stunning!! Now that's what I call a UFO extraordinaire!! To think it was packed away all this time...boggles the mind!!
Take care!
Paulette

W. Latane Barton said...

I love it. Now if I could recreate some of my UFOs in such a fabulous manner I'd be one happy gal.

Millie said...

Your quilts are beautiful. I like the light soft colors in your quilt.

swooze said...

That turned out great. I just repurposed a backing that ended up not being used into three baby quilts!

Debi said...

It is beautiful, you did an amazing job on this top.

Sarah Craig said...

That's so beautiful! It's certainly inspiring to be reminded that you don't always have to end up with what you started out making! Good work!!

Karen said...

I guess all that getting together with Jack paid off.

Lindah said...

Yes, I do understand why you absolutely HAD to work on this project. The fabrics are absolutely charming. The block designs are quite fitting and the borders are inspired. Lovely quilt!

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

I like your version colors are so cute, I like them much better than the pattern! Glad the electricity was working well that day and the angels were in perfect harmony!!! Cyndi

Loris said...

Yep! the angels are a-singing :-)
That looks wonderful!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You sure worked everything out with that UFO Darlene! It is just lovely and so you!

Vivian said...

My comment is #48, which means I'm not the only one who's impressed with your UFO being turned into such a beautiful quilt top.
Love it, love it, love it.

Wendy said...

It's stunning and I love how you did the border scrappy. Good saving this one for sure, it's a keeper. I have the pattern but my fabrics are dark. We must think alike :-)

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

I need you to come by and refurbished all my projects I've started. Love your quilt.

QuiltSue said...

What a lovely quilt. It looks so much better like that than as the stuffing for a plastic bag!

shequilts said...

Love it. Absolutely.

It also reminds me that somewhere in the nether regions of my stash I have a large snap lock bag of Faded Memories. LOL

Sandra said...

Everything "old" is "new" again. This looks amazing!

Kaaren said...

It would have been a shame to have kept this beauty hidden away.

Doesn't this just epitomize giving something, "a new lease on life"?

Gorgeous, Darlene.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Oh, wow! That's a beauty! So smart of you to piece the border, and it looks amazing. That's a very sweet quilt.

Janet said...

Gosh when the juices get flowing, you really excell. What a great solution for the borders. The quilt looks wonderful.

Lori said...

Fantastic!! The little stripe really makes it pop. It's a terrific quilt and am so glad it's no longer a UFO!!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

LA, LA, LA, LA, LA - I love it too! It's just so very pretty! Can't wait to see your UFO's (smile)!

Denise in PA said...

Darlene - you should be thrilled - the quilt looks fantastic in those fabrics! And the border is perfect. Good for you!!!

AnnieO said...

Fantastic save! Glad you didn't pitch it so you could rework it into this beauty.

Mary said...

Way to go! It's gorgeous. I think the scrappy border really sets it off.

Ginger Patches said...

It turned out beautiful big sis!!!

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

It's a beauty - thanks for sharing and reminding me of Paulette's challenge - groan! I need to get going on my UFO's too.

Mandy said...

This is sew beautiful! Your idea was perfect!

I'm actually hosting a giveaway now if your interested ;)

Cathy said...

Fantastic! I love that you put a UFO to such good use.

Candace said...

I can see why you're so happy, Darlene! It's deeeevine!! Piano keys have been my friend on more than one occasion, too!
Cheers!

Becky said...

Great job! So happy you and your friend Jack rescued an unhappy quilt top. Your new top zings!

Audrey said...

This border is much, much better than a plain border! Love it!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Darlene! It's beautiful -- I love the stars!!!

Karen said...

You are amazing!! This quilt sooo works! Don't you it when those "lightbulbs" go off?? GREAT JOB!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OH MY I love that quilt Darlene. It's sooo pretty. WOW!!

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