Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Northern Lights made out of Voile by Tula Pink

We've all had one (or a few!) of those UFO, aka unfinished object, quilts hanging around the house or studio. I seem to be on track to finish up a couple UFOs in my studio as the year winds down. I wanted to share the story of my Northern Lights voile quilt to inspire anyone who might have their own UFO they want to finish soon.

Quilt Details 
Designed by me
Quilted by Angela Walters
Started on 9/14/12
Finished on 11/2/15
Quilt measures - 106" x 104"


Anna Maria Horner wrote a great blog post a few years ago on sewing with voile. It is full of info & a great read if you want to learn more or are ready to tackle sewing with voile.

The process as documented on Instagram over the last 3 years:

Binding! I decided to use this cotton print from Tula Pink's Eden collection for the binding.

Lately I haven't had the chance to do much binding. Typically I'm on a deadline so my amazing mom will do the hand sewing.

It was nice to work on this over a few days & not feel rushed.

Note: The prints that I used in my quilt were all released 3+ years ago and might be hard to find at this point.

What UFO quilts to have hiding that you want to break out & finish? Tell me all about them in the comments.

© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/


Andrea R said...

Way too many UFOs kicking around, including a Northern Lights in greens and browns, waiting to be basted.

Lisa C said...

I honestly am not a UFOer. I have one lap sized quilt that I need to unpick some quilting and start over. It's been sitting around for about three weeks. I have two baby quilts cut and ready to piece (one week old). And a lap quilt ready to quilt (since last Saturday that will be quilted this Saturday). While I do have four projects in the works plus one quilt by the tv that is 3/4 of the way finished on the binding, I'll have these wrapped up by the end of the year. I tend to work on a few things at once but I also finished them up within a couple of months. I just get too excited to let things sit.

Cherie22 said...

I have an English paper piecing quilt called "this goes with that" in kaffe fabrics (he has seen it). I made it a priority this year to have it, I have two panels done about 80 more
Hers and triangle to go.

Pauline said...

Hi! Well I need to get going on my daughters handmade Grandmother's
flower garden that I started when she was a Jr. in High School. It was
for her graduation....I do need to tell you that she is 50 years old
now with 3 kids. OOOO Dear where does the time go? I only have
a small bit to finish the handquilting on it...this has got to be the year i finish it before I can't handquilt anymore. HELP!

Moowee said...

I feel like I'm at an AA meeting. My name is Marie and it has been 0 days since I talked about quilting but really did nothing. I have so many UFO's. I can think of 12 so there is probably more. I love to start a quilt. Once I see how it is gonna look, I'm ready to move on.

Moowee said...

Oops. . . . .just remembered 2 more that my Grandma started and I have worked on. I want to finish them and give them to her sons.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I have a nine patch I started 16 years ago and finally finished piecing it about 18 months ago and last Christmas I rented time on a long arm and quilted it. You guessed it...it's still in the bag that I brought it home in and needing some binding. Oh, I have other UFOs too but they are just simmering and haven't reached that full boil stage yet requiring attention. Karen

Marsha said...

I'm a fairly new quilter. I joined the quilt along for Park Bench. Finished the top (what an accomplishment), quilted, squared up, cut the binding and it sat, and sat. Believe it or not, I sewed the binding on today, and have been hand stitching tonight! Love it.

Rike Busch said...

Wow! An amazing quilt! My UFO list is a little bit longer. ;) I like to start quilting my Tula Pink City Sampler and to finish the quilting of my Amish Quilt. Although the quilt gas been shown already at our quilt show, there are some lines still missing. So, it's called 'The unfinished' ;)
Greetings from Germany, Rike

Jodi said...

Gorgeous! I have a Christmas quilt that I vow to start hand-quilting soon, although I usually machine quilt my quilts. And numerous other UFOs!

Pat said...

Spectacular and worth the wait!

Lara B. said...

Your Northern Lights is a gorgeous quilt Julie! Love the design combined with those fabrics!

Unknown said...

Astonishing, Julie! Thanks for sharing! They are so bright and colorful and even animated. I like everything so bright. I decorated my room with different paper prints with flowers, but my linen is so dull and dark. Can't wait to buy a good Italian one. Hope they'll deliver it soon.
Jess Davidson - freelancehouse.co.uk - my working page now

Sue D said...

Lovely quilt - well done on finishing another UFO!
For the last couple of years I have been trying to decrease my UFO pile... for every new quilt I start I try and complete at least 2 UFOs. The UFO pile has shrunk a lot and I'm really looking forward to completing the last few UFOs and then being able to concentrate on new projects.
I don't really enjoy hand sewing down bindings so I take them with me to sew when my quilt group meets at each others houses. It is amazing how quickly they get done when you are chatting!