Thursday, February 16, 2017

Finish No. 1 - 1st Quarter

Finish No.1!  And so much fun to make!



When I was at Quiltcon last year, I took a fun class with Amy Smart, Advanced Piecing Techniques.  One of the techniques we talked about in the class was partial seams and piecing hexagons and after lessons, we were allowed to use the Accu-Cut machines in class...I cut all the fabric scraps I brought, into a bunch of really big hexagons.

Fast forward 10 months....I decided to just piece them all together and play with some fun FMQ flowers in each patch.  I'm happy with how the flowers turned out, they are kinda hibiscus looking.


We also talked about diamond piecing...

I found this great bright plaid in my stash for the binding...and there you have it, finish No. 1.



I gifted this quilt to a friend's granddaughter...I hope she uses it and loves it until it falls to pieces!



Some Stats for the quilt:
Size: 40" X 45"
Quilting: FMQ flowers and loops on my Pfaff
Started: 02/20/16
Finished: 02/06/17
Fabric Used: All stash - 100%! (I love when I can do that!)

1st item checked off my UFO list!

This makes finish #1 for 2017...and 46 remaining UFO's (9 remaining on the 1st Q List)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 First Quarter Finish-A-Long

Okay...I'm gearing up for the 1st Quarter Finish-A-Long...

I spent a few minutes hours last night and looked over my UFO list...and visited with the projects in my Sewing Room...and got very distracted, because everything I took out to photograph I wanted to start working on right away..but finally narrowed my list down to something I can focus on for the next three months.

This time I didn't just throw all of my UFO's into the pot...

I picked ten items to focus on...

Cherry Tweet, by Chitter Chatter Designs
There is a lot of applique in this pattern...I have a lot of projects that are UFOs because of appliqueing...I love the look, just not the work, but now that my sewing machine has a blanket stitch I am vowing to finish this quilt!  ...side note...this is all flannel, I have a feeling the 90"x90" top will be very heavy!

Clovers, by Fig Tree & Co.
I started this quilt in 2012...with a lot of very old (and quite few ugly) fabrics, but overall I like the quilt...so I'm gonna plug along.

HST Diamonds (no pattern, just a layout)
This is just a simple quilt made of HSTs in some cute fabrics.  The black fabric has black cats on it with pink ears and green eyes!

2014 Fat Quarter Shop Mystery BOM
...So close to finishing this (shaking head)...so close, just two more blocks to go.  Most of the top is already put together and waiting for the last stars...but don't we all have those UFOs?  The ones that we can't understand why we stopped working on when they are so close to being finished?  Don't we?

Snapshots, by Fat Quarter Shop
...another one so so very close to being finished...four blocks to go on this one.  Luckily the pieces are cute and ready to be sewn...

Scrappy Trip, by Bonnie Hunter
This is the second Scrappy Trip quilt I am making (I can report the first has been finished and is currently being used).  I've kinda puttered with this quilt, adding strips of red and white as I come across them, never really paying too much attention to how many partial blocks (the ones on the left) I have...but I think I have plenty to get a decent sized throw out them...time to move this little doggie along...


Strip Quilt
This is a scrappy quilt I put together to practice play with free motion quilting on.  I got a copy of Angela Walters' Shape by Shape II book and Christa Watson's Machine Quilting with Style for Christmas...now I'm itching to get this under the needle!

Hexagon Baby Quilt
Scrappy quilt...destined for a friend's grandbaby...I'm thinking flowers maybe...

Pillow from Perennial Star, by American Jane
This is just one feathered star from Sandy Klops' pattern...the stars finish about 20"square.  I'm using wool batting ('cause it's fluffy) and ideas from Shape by Shape II to turn this into a wintertime throw pillow for the bed.  I guess that makes this a Perennial Snowflake then...

Hand Sewn Henry, by Me (based on my cat Henry)
And this is the world's oldest UFO...okay maybe not the world's oldest, but definitely mine.  I started this back in the good ol' days of the mid-nineties.  The top is entirely hand pieced,  but for the life of me I don't know why?  I had a really nice fairly new Pfaff back then...but I have several quilt tops that are hand-pieced...and I need to add, hand-pieced very poorly!  Maybe I was sewing them while commuting on BART?  Who knows...  This top had everything on it but the appliqued flowers (again with the applique) when I pulled it out on New Year's day.  I cut out some flowers, stems and leaves, got the shapes turned under and tacked into place...and then hand sewn on with a blanket stitch and embroidery floss all while binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix...woo-hoo!  And last night I started the hand-quilting...'cause it needs to be entirely hand-sewn, right?

So that's it...ten UFOs to work on for this quarter...wish me and all of the 2017 1st Quarter FALers  good luck!

And a collage for the link-up party...
Scrappy Trip, 2014 FQS BOM, Perennial Star Pillow, Hexagon Baby, Hand-pieced Henry, Snapshots, Clovers, HST Diamonds, Cherry Tweet



Friday, January 6, 2017

The Finishes of 2016


Okay...I'm not very good at keeping up with blogging...

...which led me to miss the not only the 3rd Quarter 2016 Finish-A-Longs...sigh...but also the 4th Quarter.

Sigh...[insert sound of palm hitting forehead]

But in the spirit of end of the year wrap-ups...(only six days late)...I did make my goal of having only 40 (yes 4-0) UFOs remaining on my list at midnight on December 31st.

Tiny quilt from MSQ tutorial
Yay me!

Another finish from a MSQ Tutorial
On January 1st, I had 61 unfinished quilts...in various stages from "cut but not pieced" to "finished flimsy" all the way to one that "just needs binding".

Yep...61

By December 31st, I had finished: (drum-roll please)

3 Bed-sized quilts (one twin and two king)

My 1st King size quilt!


19 Lap quilts

Big Lap Quilt


10 Small quilts (think wall size to cat size...or baby size, whatever)

Started at QuiltCon...finished for Rooster (the cat on the right)

That's a total of 32 finished quilts...29 quilted by me and 3 quilted by credit card (thanks MSQ and Sew Shabby Quilting!)

Quilted by Me!  (from this awesome pattern)

Also...I purged some really old fabric stash (to friends and charity) and 13 UFO projects that were just never going to get finished (again to friends and charity)...let's be honest, tastes change.

Speaking of really old UFOs, the 2016 finish that wins the prize for being the oldest (started in 1997!) is this tiny Irish Chain, which now keeps my washing machine nice and dust free!  Thank you!

An oldy...but goody (37"square...and it took 19 years to finally finish!)

I also may have sort of maybe did add 24 quilts to the list this year...(I wanna make all the quilts!)

Added...AND finished this year!
So here is 2016's score sheet...
61 UFO's
-32 Finishes
-13 Deletions
+24 Additions
40 Remaining

Yay me!
I think I need to work on my picture taking skills

Let's see what 2017 can do for this...

Tops ready to be basted, quilted and bound...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Weekend Projects

I spent some time recently helping my Mom make some pillow fronts using her finished cross stitch pieces.  We had a lot of fun hanging out, chatting, laughing, swimming, taking the dogs for a walk...feeding squirrels...and sewing.

See that cute "leash" that hangs free?  Adorable!


Like me, and probably most crafters and sewists, she enjoys the process, the patterns, the supplies...just generally making something cool by hand...as much if not more...than the finished project.  And we all know how that can lead to a lot of finished, but unfinished UFO's.  (...a closet full of un-quilted tops, perhaps)

She had the idea to turn some of her smaller pieces into pillows, and asked me to come visit and help her out.



So some super simple patchwork, a bit of sashing and quilting and we turned 11 of the small cross stitch pieces into three pillow fronts...that she will make into pillow covers for the holidays.  (Uh-oh...did we make more UFO's?  LOL!)

I don't know much about the cross stitch patterns, other than these below are by Sue Hillis...



...and are my favorites!

Isn't this skate adorable!

The fabrics we used to frame the squares are random scraps from my stash...love using up stash!...so it was a win-win weekend!


And as evidence of my mom's patience (and counted cross-stitch requires it)...she has earned the trust of the neighborhood squirrels and hand feeds them un-shelled peanuts!




Monday, July 18, 2016

Finish No.1 - 3rd Q

Okay...so I feel a bit like this first finish is a cheat...all I had to do was get the binding sewn on and the quilt photographed.

I love piped bindings!


But then I have to remind myself that three months ago it was un-basted and un-quilted and languishing in my trunk...



And now it is done and living on my Mom's bed!  The pattern (modified to be a bit bigger) is Line Dancing by Kathy Mack for the Moda Bakeshop.  The printed fabrics are mostly Mod Century by Jenn Ski...with some Moda Bella solids (in what colors, I know not...sorry, I started this quilt in January of 2013!) a few random scraps thrown in to make my charm packs stretch, and the binding is fabric from Zen Chic...the quilt finishes at 60"X73"

I had fun quilting this!

And fun using up some very old flamenco skirt polka-dots on the back!


So this is finish #17 for the year....leaving 41 on my 3rd Quarter List.  Time to get back to the sewing room!

Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 3rd Quarter Finish A Long

So after the rousing success of the 2nd Quarter Finish A Long...here is the working list for the 3rd Quarter:

...Apple Stars, Shiny Happy Dog & Cat (softies), Bonnie's Blooms,  OHO, Line Dancing, Hand-Dyed Stars, Big Hexies, Zig Zag Diamonds, Snapshots, HST Pinwheels, 2014 Mystery BOM, Brown & Blue UFO, Oh, My Stars, Chevron Cats, Cherry Tweet, Hand Quilted Postage Stamp, Flowering Snowball, Log Cabin, Cricket's TV Dinner, Batik 1600 Quilt, Mystery Quilt (still need to find the name of the pattern), Ribbon Box, December 26th, Bee in My Bonnet Row Along, Aunt Ruth's BOM, Perennial Stars, My TV Dinner, Starry Log Cabin, Hand-pieced Henry, (in the boxes, partial tops) Yoyoville, Clover, Ferndale Flora, Adore, Sew Sweetness Bag, New Year's Stripes and Squares, Dapper Dan, Chunky Blue and Gold, Leslie's Geese, Starburst, Red Trip, Ava's Starry Eyed and Olivia's Christmas Snowballs

Still a list of 42...several adds and quite a few deletions from last quarter.  I like a big meaty list, I can never tell what I'm in the mood for...

So, here's wishing myself and all the other FAL-ers the best of luck in the 3rd Quarter!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

2nd Quarter Finish A Long Re-Cap

Here's a quick recap of how I did during the 2nd Quarter of the Finish-A-Long...it's not too shabby, if you ask me...

Starting List (42):
Hand-Dyed Stars, Big Hexies, Ribbon Box, Zig Zag Diamonds, Apple Stars, Snapshots, HST Pinwheels, 2014 Mystery BOM, Strip-Pieced Mini, Penny Candy, Angie's TV Dinner, Baby Star, Brown & Blue UFO, Line Dancing, Oh, My Stars, Oh, Americana!, Chevron Cats, New Year's Stripes and Squares, OHO, Shiny Happy Dog & Cat (softies), Cherry Tweet, Hand Quilted Postage Stamp, Flowering Snowball, Log Cabin, Cricket's TV Dinner, Batik 1600 Quilt, Mystery Quilt, Ribbon Box, December 26th, Abundance, Bee in My Bonnet Row Along, Celtic Solstice, Aunt Ruth's BOM, Perennial Stars, My TV Dinner, Bonnie's Blooms, Yoyoville, Clover, Ferndale Flora, Starry Log Cabin, The Big Easy and Hand-pieced Henry.

Finished (6):
Ribbon Box, Strip-pieced Mini, Penny Candy, Angie's TV Dinner, Oh, Americana! and Abundance

Deleted/Donated (3):
Baby Star, Celtic Solstice, The Big Easy (definitely was the big ugly)

Remaining, but made progress (6):
Apple Stars
The top is pieced...and the paper is mostly removed
Line Dancing
Just need to attach the binding...

New Year's Stripes and Squares
The top and backing are all pieced...

OHO
Changed this to a small quilt, too many blocks weren't square (need to practice my curved piecing)...and I got the FMQ started...

Shiny Happy Cat and Dog
Shiny Happy Daisy & Shiny Happy Bonnie need shirts!

Bonnie's Blooms
I got the flowers cut and pinned on...but I'm not feeling much love for this project anymore...hmm, donation maybe?

And least you  think I was good and didn't add any new projects to my list...here they are:

Oops...[insert shameful winking eye emoji]...Added UFO's (5):

Chunky Blue and Gold (stash buster)
 Dapper Dan (stash buster)
 Starburst from MSQC tutorial (stash buster)
 Leslie's Geese
Adore (and I do...)
I have already started FMQ this one...and am having a lot of fun!  I'm debating on whether or not to make each "leaf's" quilting the same or unique...


I also did a little re-organizing, stash thinning and quilt-top wrangling...
They all look so nice hanging in a row...I certainly have my work cut out for me!

Check back tomorrow for my 3rd Quarter List of UFO's...