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Monday, March 31, 2014

March NewFO Challenge

I finally had the pleasure of starting a new project this past week.  It's a cute little spring pattern called Cottontail by Jeri Kelly....



This is a tabletop pattern to fit in the Ackfield stand frame, about 14" square.  I bought the pattern last spring with every intention of doing it right away, and ..... ah well .... *sigh* ..... didn't happen!  So I decided that this year I would have this little gem finished so I can enjoy his cute little bunny cheer this Spring!

I have all the pieces fused and began stitching them down last night....



I absolutely LOVE this green - doesn't it just scream of Spring????  I decided to just do a straight stitch on these narrow stems, and of course I got a little close on some of the edges :*)  But it's just a hanging tabletopper and it will look a lot better after I trim off all the little stick-out threads on the edges.  Of course, it doesn't look bad at all unless you're looking at it magnified like this picture LOL!!!  I can't decide whether to do that or a buttonhole stitch on the blooms.... what do you think?  Maybe even a free-motion edge around them?  I'm hoping to try some interesting FMQ on the background of this one when it's time for quilting! :*)

I'm linking this project up with the NewFO Challenge for March over at Cat Patches here!

I also wanted to share my progress on a UFO from two years ago with you......


My Piecemakers guild enjoys year-long mystery quilt projects, and I used these pretty batik fabrics for our mystery in 2012 called Baubles and Beads.  I did pretty well keeping up with the clues each month for about six months and then got sidetracked - you know how that goes, don't you???  I picked it up occasionally and finished off most of the clues, but I still had to finish the last step in the alternate blocks and then assembling all the blocks together, which I accomplished at Quiltfest earlier this month.


It looks pretty sad just hanging there like that, doesn't it?  Poor thing really needs it's borders and a much better photographer!!!  Not to mention a nice spa visit with the iron and some Best Press LOL!!!

What are you working on today?  
Check out all the neat projects being shared at Patchwork Times today!!!
Also sharing at Connie's Tuesday Linky Party!!!!

Have a glorious week my friends!
I hope your weather is as beautiful as ours is today - YUM!!!!
Yes, I think Spring may finally be smiling on us :*)

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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31 comments:

  1. Your bunny table stopper is adorable. I love the colors you chose. He'll be done just in time for his special day, not to mention he's as cute as a bug's ear, or should I say bunny's ear. Your UFO is lovely too. Funny girl about it's needing a spa treatment. I could sure use one of those too! lol

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  2. I love your little bunny NewFO project! Hmm, reminds me of a song ... Your UFO project is so spring-like too - I love it!

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  3. That bunny is so cute. Looks like he could just hop away. I just bought several yards of green fabric that is similar in color. Just screams "spring", doesn't it.
    That ufo is going to be an awesome quilt. Nice colors and pattern.

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  4. What a cute bunny! Perfect timing for spring and Easter. Love your quilt. I think I can hear it asking for borders this week so she'll be pretty!

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  5. The bunny mini is so cute - perfect fabric for the bun-bun. Ah, those dratted borders.

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  6. What a beautiful little Spring hanging. I have never done this type of applique (or most any type, for that matter), so I have no input on the edge stitching. But what you have done looks great to me!
    *LOL* I have never thought of a good ironing as a spa visit for a wrinkled flimsy. I think it is a very pretty top--love the batiks--even without the spa visit and borders! : )

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  7. Hi!!!! I love your bunny!!!! Adorable!!! Love you ufo too!!!! Yes!!!! Spring!!!! Thank You

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  8. Love you rabbit! could use a little spring here

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  9. Your bunny is adorable and your quilt is stunning! Love the fabrics.

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  10. Cute bunny! You chose perfect fabric for it, just like the ones hopping around in our yard. Love the quilt also!

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  11. The bunny is such a sweet piece! I love the pieced top too. The colors are fabulous.

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  12. Aaah, your little bunny is adorable! Very fun, spring colors! Your UFO finish is gorgeous, Teresa!! What a pretty quilt this will be!! :)

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  13. Your Baubles and Beads is beautiful. I so love the fabrics. I like your bunny, also.

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  14. I love it. The dark background and the spring lime green. Oh how nice it would be to see that green outside again. We have snow.

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  15. Hi! I loved the rabbit. The color combination is perfect. Interesting to see how it will look with a stitch. Batiks in HLO charm! Good luck in completing the project. Waiting for the following photos.

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  16. What an absolutely stunning finish. Just beautiful. And your bunny is too cute!

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  17. The bunny table topper is very cute but the quilt is gorgeous, love the way that it turned out. Such lovely finishes for a month where you were gone.

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  18. That bunny project is just plain ADORABLE! And I just LOVE that Baubles and Beads! I'm anxious to see those borders. ;-)

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  19. The bunny is adorable and wow, I love that quilt top! :)

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  20. Your use of batiks really pops this adorable bunny!!

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  21. I really love your quilt with the stars. And your choice of fabric is magnificent. The deep fushia/red fabric is very beautiful. Surrounding the stars with solid beige make them stand out beautifully. I'm looking forward to see the border and the quilting!

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  22. Your little bunny project is adorable and your mystery quilt is stunning even without borders :-)

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  23. Great projects as usual... love the baubles and beads!

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  24. what a cute pattern and great fabrics. maybe some thread painting on the blooms.

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  25. Cottontail - what a sweetie and love the colour, especially the super green.

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  26. Love Cottontail!!!! Your stitching looks great. Great job and I can't wait to see it finished. Visited from Slow Sunday Stitching and stopped by today to see your bunny and follow!

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  27. Looks like Spring around here as well. Easter is later in the Month, so we have more time to make our Cute Bunnies and Eggs. Or keep the decorations up longer. I need a Spring-y table runner.

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  28. I like the table topper, especially that vibrant green! Nice choice for spring. And your B & B quilt looks great-I like the secondary pattern that emerges when the blocks are put together. I hope it's sunny for you today :-)

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  29. Teresa this is adorable!! Love that precious little bunny! Thanks for sharing.
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