03 May 2013

Friday Finish: Flimsies Flimsies Everywhere!

Flimsies aren't the only thing everywhere - I've got boxes coming out my ears. Okay, not really. But I've gone through three rolls o' packing tape and I'm calling it quits for a few days. Not much left to pack, which is good. But the sewing machine is one of the last things to go in a box. I need some therapy after the boxing madness that is my life now.

But, in other news, I have four, count 'em, FOUR flimsies to show you.

Should I start with the favorite or the first one done?

In fairness, I'll go in order of completion (that sounded so much like those stupid voice recordings you hear, when you really just want to hear a real voice!).

I had the stuff all cut out for this quilt (did it on my semi-annual cut-a-thon a few weeks back). Sarah, of Confessions of a Fabric Addict fame, introduced me to the Angler 2. What a lifesaver that was!

So, my Flirt Briar Rose flimsy is done:

I love this pattern. I've got plans for a Happy Go Lucky one once I get settled in to my new home. And we got the rental we wanted this week, so that is settled and oh so awesome. It's near a fabulous park we love, only a few miles from the MIL, great friends, my aunt and uncle, Hobby Lobby and Craft Warehouse. It has a big backyard with RV parking (we don't have an RV, but it does mean my kids have a space to ride their scooters and bikes that is fenced in and away from hazards like cars and such).

Okay, but back to quilts. The second one I finished last week was this one:

(my little photo bomber)

Now, I've admitted I don't love this quilt. Is that horrible to say? I like the pattern. I'll use some white if I make it again. It's for the H2H quilt drive and I wanted to choose colors that would wear well as I'm donating it to the group that is taking them overseas.

I guess it's good that I don't love it since I have to let it go, but I feel sort of guilty about it. I meant for it to turn out better. Just didn't happen. Oh well. The flimsy is done and I've got the backing and binding fabric coming so I can finish this before we move and get it off to Sarah.

I'm pouring all my quilty love into this one:

I used this tutorial (ah, heck, I'm using the whole idea, fabric and all!) and it was so much fun to put together. Used my Angler 2 to make the snowballs. Seriously, if you don't have one, get one. Makes life with HSTs and snowballs and the rest so much nicer. Promise. I've got plans to make more of this style.

I'm working out a pieced border I think. Or should I just do a thin white border and then one of the fabrics from the line? Your thoughts?

Option 1 - small dark inner border, then on-point four patches, then outer border:

Option 2: just some half snowballs, which make them look like stars (I'm not sure about this one . . . .)

Option 3: A solid border that crosses in the corners, then a bunch more nine-patches

Option 4: (pardon the huge picture with the small quilt) just three solid (or semi-solid) borders - I like the simplicity of this one and it would soften the super-busyness of the scrappy quilt, but it's also sorta plain Jane (nothing wrong with that, just exploring options)

So tell me what you think!

This one was on my to do list for this week, and I finished putting on the white borders this morning.

I've made a few versions of this quilt (um, lemme see . . . . about 7 now). I think I'm worn out on it, though I do love it. It's called Matchbox and it's designed by the fabulous ladies at Abbey Lane Quilts. This big girl will be backed in some minky and go on my bed at Christmas time.

Linking up with Amanda Jean and Sarah, because I'm pretty stinking proud of my awesome flimsy collection. Grand total before my move is at 15 so far. I've got one more to lay out next week and stitch up. Gotta git 'er done!

Have a fantastic weekend. We're going to enjoy the sunshine!


  1. your flimsies are lovely :) regarding the boarder debate, I like option 4 or 1, in that order. I haven't heard of the angler 2, I can't help but think of angler fish :) have a great weekend!

  2. And I like 1 or 4, in that order, so we half agree. I think if I did 4 I would make the inner border a row of pieced squares.

  3. I agree with Allison, option 4!
    Congratulations on all of your flimsies! I love your fabric choices!

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my quilt and a link to my blog in your post. I would love it if you could also include the name of my blog along with "Source"

  5. You are gettin' er done too!

    I like that last pic of the yellow quilt for the border option. Your Happy Go Lucky is killing me with how pretty it is;)

    I think I would be trying to keep my sewing machine out until the last second too lol

    Congrats on finding your new home!

  6. I really like option 2 and option 4. You've been a very busy woman and they all look great!

  7. Lovely flimsies! If it were me, i'd pick option four! Sometimes simple is best :)

  8. I'm odd man out - I love the look of the stars in option 2! All of your flimsies are lovely - isn't it going to be wonderful when they're finally quilts instead of flimsies? Whoop whoop for you!!

  9. I have to tell you that when the picture of the pink and brown piece came up I said, "Oh! How Pretty!" So there will be people out there who love that quilt.

    As for the borders, the stars are cute but I like the plain one for the quilt you have made. THIS TIME! !!

    And thank you for the blog. Your amazing production is an inspiration to those of us who keep saying we "need to find some time" to get back into the sewing room.


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