Monday Linky Parties/OMG Done!!

For my January OMG I set a goal of making The Snow Dudes. I started it on January 4th, had the top done by the 10th, and quilted and bound by the 19th. Not too quick a make, but in between I worked on 7 other projects, so I am calling it good.


Finished top and pieced backing

I decided to use the remaining fabrics for the backing. This year I will try to do this for my projects. I could go buy a solid piece for backing, but most of my projects are table toppers or wall hangings. The backs are rarely seen. Better to use up leftovers than buy new. MOPS is my new word: More Out Prevents Stash.

   

Windswept lines, snowflake, back

I stitched in the ditch on both sides of the red border and around motifs, except the snowflake. For the background I wanted to create blowing wind so I meandered in overlapping sweeping lines from side to side. I didn’t go across the snowmen, but did cross the snowflake a few times. Now I wish I hadn’t, but it’s not a big issue. In the outer border I created VERY uneven squares. Oh well, I am not bothered by it enough to rip it out. I wish I had repeated the sweeping lines, but I can live with it.

Once the quilting was done I grabbed the remaining red I kept back for binding, but I was lacking about 10″!!  What to do? I grabbed a 12″ scrap from the waste basket and found a 1.5″ strip in my scrap bins and sewed them together.

I trimmed the sewn piece to 2.5″ and once done this was all I had left

From now on, 2.25″ or less bindings for me. Too much binding for such a thin sandwich of fabric and batting. I could only use 1/4″ due to the HST points, otherwise I would have sewn a deeper seam.

 
Front/Back

I give you The Snow Dudes!

 

One of them lost an eye so I had to do surgery!
The blue is more true in the lower left photo.

Linking with:
Design Wall
Bambi
Moving it Forward
Monday Making

33 thoughts on “Monday Linky Parties/OMG Done!!

    • chrisknits says:

      Thanks! They were staring at me while I ate my toast this morning. Maybe I need to rethink their location? As to the back, it’s more a freak show than interesting on this one!! LOL > >

  1. Rebecca Grace says:

    Your snow dudes are adorable, and just in time for the big winter storms! I haven’t gotten onto the pieced backing bandwagon yet, out of fear that a pieced backing would introduce more hiccups to my quilting process — you know, like the extra seam lines would just happen to fall in the same place as thick seam allowances on the quilt top, or I’d get something wonky back there and be more likely to end up with pleats/tucks. Also I love having those leftover pieces in my stash to work into future projects, because they are loaded with memories of previous projects… But I suspect you have been quilting longer than I have and your stash is bigger than mine! 🙂 Very clever solution for the binding shortage, by the way, and CONGRATULATIONS on hitting that January OMG with 10 days left in the month!

    • chrisknits says:

      If I had not stopped quilting for 18 years and not given away most of my stash at that time, I would likely have a bigger stash. But then after getting back into it less than 2 years ago, I have added quite a bit more. LOL! I might be weird, but scraps freak me out. I keep thinking I must do something with them, but I am not a scrappy quilter per se, I am more a build it from a new set of fabrics. But I keep saving those scraps wondering just what I am supposed to do with them! It’s exhausting. Bwahahahaha!!!! > >

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Chris! Your Snow Dudes turned out fabulously. I’m sorry you had to perform surgery, but thank goodness you could! Who wants a one-eyed snowman – that would be very scary looking unless it was a Monster snowman. I love the MOPS motto. It’s a great one to adopt myself. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Patty says:

    I love this! Snowmen are my favorite! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  4. Diane says:

    I analyze everything I make after a finish (deciding what I would do differently). Maybe we all do, but I can tell you from an observer’s point of view your table runner is lovely just the way it is! Nice finish!

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