Monday, November 4, 2013

1st Finish Of November

It is a dark & rainy day today but I think I've got good enough pictures to post about Batik Noodle Recipe 1... this time of year it might not get better for days! November is typically the dreariest month for us as the fall colors are pretty much over and we don't seem to get a lot of sun again until the temperatures drop.
So I tend to turn to bright colors in my quilting room for a spark - crank up the tunes, turn on all the lights and sew. I played around with some walking foot waves that aren't symmetrical on this top and I really like the look. I tried to sew these lines quickly and not think about them too much which got easier by the time I flipped the quilt and did the other half. More of this please!
I used a variegated Star thread that has become my go-to on tops that aren't traditionally bright like this one... it adds a bit of subtle interest but also blends well. I bought it on sale thinking it was kind of blah but liked the price. It's a mix of lavender/mauve - not exactly something I'd ever go looking for!
It also looks great on the darker fabrics - just wanted to share it as an idea in case you struggle with choosing thread on some projects like I do. Sometimes the unexpected choice is the right one.
I had a length of batik in my stash that I bought to make a jumper eons ago, I think it is much better used as backing on this quilt. I used the blue/teal/green batik I bought at SR Harris last week for binding.
Batik Noodle Recipe 1 is my 55th finished project in 2013 (UFO Finish #48) and will be donated to Project Linus. It is the 1st of 3 that I will be posting this week. I also have a "new" UFO on my design wall today - Primary D9P which I am using as my leader/ender project. This UFO is on my Q4 list and it will go together quickly I think. I'm loving the pops of yellow!
I'm linking up to Design Wall Monday@Patchwork Times.


  1. One of our guild members showed a D9P quilt on Saturday - made from a 9 patch swap. The original 9 patch blocks had to have yellow centers and were done using florals. Then she cut them apart for the D9P, and the quilt was spectacular. Wish I had taken a picture. That yellow center just sparkled all over the quilt. So I think you're going to love the end result.

  2. Nothing like a touch of yellow to make the sunshine on a cloudy day.

  3. Interesting how well that thread just goes with whatever it sews over. I haven't used variegated thread for quilting yet. I live the yellow in the 9patch.

  4. What a great start to the month...luckily today the sun is shining here, have a great week.

  5. Disappearing 9-patch is my "go-to" for quick baby shower gifts. It's easy, but looks complicated. Also doesn't require special quilting to show off the design. Love your primary colors!

  6. I used a smoky lavender on a multicolor quilt and it blended into most of the colors. I like your wavy line quilting.

  7. Beautiful Quilt! And I love the thread you used!


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