Thursday, January 22, 2009

My First UFO Finish for 2009

This is a long ago UFO from when Jeff was in Iraq in 2005. He said it was cold and needed a quilt. I put together a Roman Stripes quilt really quick and sent it to him. I just couldn't bear to throw the ends of the strips away, so I put these triangles together at a guild sewing day, sashed them, put a border on and then said, "My, that is ugly!" But still, I couldn't bear to throw it away.

I finally got it out, quilted it, and put the binding on a few days ago and now that I see it finished, I rather like it.

Dan said it would make a nice cover over the top of his recliner. That led to a discussion about what those things were called. Chair doilies is what I think they were called. He said his mother had them on all the chairs. I believe they were used to keep hair oil off of the upholstery.

I took a picture of it and it looked like it had rounded sides, which it doesn't. So, I got my 24" ruler and laid it next to the quilt and took another picture. Now, you know that the ruler is straight, so that means the edge of the quilt is straight, also. I wonder if there is a setting on my camera to fix that bowing effect?


Mimi said...

Maybe it is an optical illusion. I think it turned out pretty good. Sometimes things are surprising when at first we don't think we will like them and then once it is quilted, it looks pretty darn good. Congrats on getting your first UFO done already.

hetty said...

It looks great! I didn't even notice the 'bowing effect' until you mentioned it.

hetty said...

Oh, I almost forgot.... Congratulations on finishing your first UFO!

bettsy said...

Boy that dredged a word from out of the depths of my memory. I always called the doily an antimacassar ( you can look it up on ( If only I could remember what was on my shopping list today). The oil was macassar oil and was used in Victorian times. The doily protected the chair from the hair oil, so it was antimacassar.
Thanks for providing me with my trivia thought of the day - got to keep the old brain cells working.

Anonymous said...

I like it, Ruthie! It's a great quilt. Lucky Dan to get it for his recliner! Eve

Vicki W said...

Congrats on your first finish! I like it! My grandma had chair doilies too.