Friday, June 1, 2012

Fun For Friday - Butterflies are Free and UFO Report

I'm interrupting the usual FFF post to bring you a special report from my friend, Susan McD.

In her own words:
Finally!  My UFO Cupcake Challenge is done......late!  A major problem with UFO's is that U Forget.  I picked up my notes, cut out all the letters, fused the letters to two of the borders.....and then found that I had the wrong oath.  What??  One side of my notes had the Presidential Oath, the other the Officers Oath.  Why both in my notes?  I can't remember why I did that.  Redo.



The UFO curse continued while basting.  Went to the last section remaining to baste....short a few inches.  What??
I had not centered properly.  I could not bring myself to remove all those pins so I cut off some of the backing, inserted about 6 inches of another fabric and put it back on the table and finished basting.



This spring Gwen Marston came to NJ.  I took a wonderful class with her.  She mentioned that she uses a single width binding on her quilts.  I tried it here.  Perfect!  This worked beautifully with the stripe and saved lots of yardage.


So 'POTUS 1789 - 1901" is done!  When I told Barb and Jill the name of the quilt they said Huh??  POTUS means President of the United States.

My UFO had a baby.  I ended up with lots of black and white triangles, right sides together, when making the second block. Can't waste them!  Turned all of them into little hsts.  I accidentally put some of the together wrong forming white "flying geese".  Decided I liked that mistake, makes it a little more interesting, so they are at the top of this little quilt, 12" X 13", called The First Four.  It is now in my UFO pile.....



Butterflies are Free (FFF)

For the past 12 years or so Hanna and I have raised butterflies around this time of year.  This year we had 5 painted ladies and the best release ever!  We did it while coco was at school.  You can see last years release here.

It's alway a challenge getting them out of their house.


In the center of these bushes across the yard, one sat for quite a while.  Usually they fly out and leave our yard immediately.


This little one was the last to leave and didn't want to.


I finally got it on my finger where sat for a while.  It really was the best butterfly day we've had.  They stayed in the yard for at least 5 minutes.


Have a wonderful weekend~

16 comments:

  1. Hello, Barb!
    I wanna thank you for your sweet comment on my Little Baskets (Jubilee Quilt Project)...
    I wanted to pay a visit on your blog (I'm SO curious, HeeHee) and OMG this is such an inspiration !
    love love your use of colors and I just added you to my bloglist ;>)

    THANKS a bunch, dear !
    XOXOXOXOXOX
    NADINE

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  2. I love your friend's comments on her UFO, especially the U Forget! Our extended family just had twin girls (which I had no knowledge of) and so I went to the studio to see what I could whip up. How about a 1/2 finished baby quilt with enough fabric to make a similar/matching one! I FORGOT it was even there. UFOs can be a blessing!! Tell her her quilt is awesome and the back is now much more interesting! as well as the smaller one. Enjoy seeing the activities that you and Hanna share.

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  4. Yay! How awesome Susan's UFO is done!! So, do you pick another one now?

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  5. I can relate to Susan's UFO comments, especially the U Forget which than can equal to a few redos or result in creative designs. That's just part of the UFO story. Loved your butterfly story.

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  6. Your friend's quilt is wonderful! Good for her to stick with it. The butterflies are beautiful -what a fun tradition!

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  7. I like the challenge story with its ups and downs. Susan has "stitck-to-it-evness and ended up with two very good pieces.

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  8. the "potus" quilt and it's offspring are great. it's too bad there were a few(!) minor(!!) glitches but i thought that the backing fabric mishap was solved brilliantly and looks wonderful.

    love seeing the photo of the butterfly on/in hand. what a fun and appropriate traditional thing to do with one's daughter.

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  9. It's fun hearing from your friends. Susan's quilt is gorgeous!! I love it from the little Presidents to the stripey binding. I laughed about the U forget comment - so true. The little quilt is fabulous too, love those free thinking geese. You and Hanna must have had so much fun releasing butterflies, what a lovely thing to do.

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  10. Your friend's quilt is just wonderful - love the background information behind it too!

    The butterflies are incredible this year aren't they? I have never seen quite so many around our gardens - and such a variety.

    Have a good weekend.

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  11. Now that's a quilt with a story, it seems like it was cursed but it's finally done and looks fabulous. I love the words and the ufo baby that resulted.
    What a treat to be able to release butterflies.

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  12. I think POTUS is stunning, your friend did a great job, despite all the problems on the way.

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  13. I love POTUS, what a great story!!! I LOVE the leftover quilt too , wish I would have bought some of that fabric, that is so cute , great for this time of year.
    So fun with the butterflies every year when I read you did this I keep saying oh I want to do that too!
    have a great weekend
    Kathie

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  14. I enjoyed the story about POTUS and the UFO baby! Love the flying geese "mistake"!

    What a wonderful tradition with the butterflies. I wonder if any of them ever make their way back to your garden.

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  15. What a great set of quilts. I loved the stories. And your beautiful little butterflies -- how fun!!!

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