Monday, January 13, 2014

Bears in the Suburbs

Phew! This 5-year old UFO is finally a completed top. Sharon from Ninigret Quilters challenged us to finish one UFO each month. For January, we were told to complete #7 from our list.

How about a recap? In February 2009, Judy Laguidara at Patchwork Times lead a quilt-along called Bears in the Forest. I immediately signed up and pulled fabric from my stash.

Step 2 half-square triangles completed...

 Stitching during a retreat weekend...

 Step 4 was completed by March 21. I'm not sure what made me stop there, but this is as far as I got. Was I unhappy with the brown border? It is a little dark, but it will have to do.

 When I was ready to take pics, I asked Julia and boyfriend Fred to hold it up. I accidentally called him Pete. Oops! (Pete is settling in at Camp Pendelton. He's fine, but anxious to get started with training.) This was Fred's first time holding a quilt for me and he did a fine job. Remember the quilt Julia made for him?

I'm not comfortable quilting anything this big on my Bernina, so I'm calling this one mostly done. I'll be donating it to Habitat for Humanity, so I'll see if someone in the guild will quilt it.

I don't live in a farmhouse, so I've renamed this one Bears in the Suburbs. It seems like there are bear sightings nearby every summer. I hope they stay away from my backyard! (There was one in Fred's yard once.)

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Along by Judy Laguidara
Started February 2009
Top completed January 13, 2014
72" X 87"


Sharon said...

Yippee!!! You are the first one to be entered into the drawing. Consider this blog post your notification to me of completion. Love the rotation of the striped center block; a-dorable.

mb-RI said...

Bravo! Wonderful start to the new year - week 2 / quilt 2! And they look lovely!

Cathy said...

Great finish! Bears in the 'Burbs - cute name. :-)

Marianne´s hantverk said...

Like that quilt.