Almost There!

The last client quilt before Christmas is almost ready. Whew!

So far, sew good!

A couple of days ago it looked like this.


After many hours of quilting I've finished the white background, the skinny blue border, and the squares where the rings connect to one another.

In progress

I've also (almost) finished quilting the rings. Unfortunately there is a failed experiment in the first row of rings (12 sections), so tomorrow I will rip and re-do.

AARGH - wish I hadn't done that!

Sometimes when I'm ambivalent about a design it helps to keep going. Sometimes it doesn't. It's always a gamble, and this time I lost. The design wasn't a bad idea, but my execution was not consistent enough to make it work. Yuck.

Ah, well. Win some, learn some.

In the meantime, another beautiful Frozen quilt came and went. Most of it was done with a pantograph, but the panel and its borders were custom quilted.

Also Fresh off the Frame is a quilt destined for an orphanage in Mexico!

The outside border (above) looks like striped fabric, but is actually (meticulously) pieced, and so is the back!


My grandson was dressed the part, so we took a quick "Elfie" after his concert - ha!
If you celebrate the season, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Try, Learn, & Grow!
P.S. I am also on Instagram under my blog name, FreshofftheFrame


  1. I always love seeing your quilts on the frame. Don't ya love watching it transform as you quilt....I think that's one of my favorite things about quilting on a longarm. Welllll...Merry Merry Christmas friend. V:)

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Good luck getting the quilting ripped out quickly and finished for your client today.

  3. Beautiful! Sorry to hear about the ripping part. Merry Christmas!

  4. I can't tell you how refreshing it is to hear of another long armer who has to rip out, upon occasion! I usually think I'm the only one in the world wasting time doing such time-consuming nonsense. "If only I had stopped sooner. But, nooooooo. I just kept going!" My feeble brain at work.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  5. Good job! They look so pretty. Merry Christmas!

  6. Goodness you have been busy! How many hours would you guess the wedding ring took? It's looking fbaulous!! Hope your un-sewing didn't take terribly long : /
    love your 'elfie' ;-)
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (did all of your kids come home??) and that you managed to stay healthy...
    take care ~ Tracy (the one who is so, sooo far behind on blogs and emails and such. sigh.)

  7. Your quilts look fabulous Carole, and I love the "elfie"! Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and that you and your family were all 'ealthy for it!
    Barbara xx

  8. What a difference the right quilting makes for a quilt. I always learn something new in your posts....thanks for that.

  9. Pants for the ripping part, I hate that. Looks like a great quilt though, Wintry in a different, understated way. And what's Christmas without an 'elfie'?!


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