Saturday, December 31, 2016

Get it Done - 2017 UFO List

Looks like it has been nearly 3 years since I last wrote a blog post.  I recently retired, and have been adding things in to my life that I didn't make time to do while I was working.  Blogging will be one of them, and quilting will be another.  To motivate me in my quilting, I am joining Judy at Patchwork Times in the 2017 Get it Done UFO Challenge.  Here is the info on the challenge.  The idea is to make a list of 12 UFO's. Judy will pick a number each month, and that is the UFO you will work on.  I am making one small change.  My sister will be visiting at the end of January, so no matter what number is drawn, I will be finishing her quilt in January.

Here is my list-

1.  Nan's Star Quilt

Christmas Star Quilt

This month I chose 2 UFO's.  The blue star quilt only needs binding, so thought I'd have time for another project. 
The Christmas star quilt was a wedding gift started in 2008.  I started sashing these, and ran into some blocks that were wonky.  It looks like I even took part of it apart.  Since I made this, I used one of the fabrics in another project, and it bled.  So will redo that block, fix any issues, sash, make a backing, layer, quilt and bind.

2. Happy Scrappy Houses
This is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville.  I can't find a picture in my computer.  It was one of the earliest tops I did.  It needs to be quilted and bound.  The backing is all ready to go.

3. Paper Doll Quilt
Currently all this is, is a piece of fabric.  I bought it in 2009, intending to make a lap quilt for my mom.  That is still my intention.  I think I will cut it into rows, and put pinwheels of '30s repro fabric between them.   So this needs to be designed, cut, pieced, assembled, layered, quilted, bound.
Second UFO for this month would be a string pieced 30's quilt, made with scraps from the Paper Doll quilt.  I have collected embroidered pillowcases, dish towels and other items to use as the center of each block.  Combining these in one month, as I can't do the second until I finish the first.

4. Disappearing 9 patch.

 This was a Christmas gift in 2014. Still not quilted.  I need to make the back.  This may be sent out to be quilted.

Secondly is Razzle Dazzle. 

Started in July 2016 on a quilt cruise to Alaska with Bonnie Hunter.  I still have some cutting to do, and several more blocks to complete.  I am farther along than the above picture, there are many blocks that are partially completed.

5. NYE Heart Quilt
Started this with a yahoo group called Quilt Talk.  It was a New Years Eve mystery.  I was in over my head, at that time I wasn't too accurate on my seam allowances, and with all the small pieces, it soon turned in to a mess.  Will have to do some seam ripping on this, find the instructions, and sew it back up.  Also need to make a back.

6. My Blue Heaven
I took this class with Bonnie Hunter in September 2015. Another of her free patterns. I have all the hourglass blocks done, including the border.  Have all the stars cut out and many done.  I have a possible border fabric, but may change that.  Need to piece backing.

7. Christmas tree skirt

Just needs binding. Actually may need quilting too.  Since this is a smaller project, added a second one. This is for donation to my church's Art Auction.

Travel Quilt
Fabrics for this came from a Yahoo group called Noodles and Nickels.  We exchanged 5" squares and 2 1/2" strips.  It is partially quilted.

8. 30's 9-Patch

This is cut out only.  Pattern is from an Alex Anderson book on rotary cutting.   Will do pieced backing.

9. Christmas Hearts

This was the first quilt I pieced.  I started to hand quilt it.  I have about a 6 inch area done.  I am thinking of taking that out and putting it on my Grace frame to hand quilt.  I have not done anything on the frame yet, this would probably be a good place to start.  Needs quilting and binding.

10. Scrappy Bargello

Another Bonnie Hunter free pattern.  I have all the strips cut, and 3 of the columns sewn.  I have chickened out on cutting the columns into strips.  So needs another column sewn and some courage. Will piece backing.

11. Sisters Choice

Yet another Bonnie free pattern. Out of all of these, this is the one I really want to finish.  I started it in Spring 2016.  I have about 25 of the 9 patches done, and fabric picked for more.  Have had fun picking pairs of fabrics for the 9 patches.  So still have cutting, and piecing and ..... all the rest for this one. Another pieced backing.

12.  Secret quilt.  This is for a sister, and have only purchased fabric.  Need to start with a design and go on from there.

Among all these, I also will be working on Bonnie's Maverick Stars as a leader/ender project. (I reversed the lights and darks on mine. )

 This ends up being 17  UFOs.  This is almost all of my UFOs.  I'm looking forward to some finishes and some great strides on others.  Will blog at the beginning and end of each month to show my intentions and my accomplishments. 
While digging out these UFOs, I found that several of them stopped in their forward progress because I ran into problems I didn't know how to fix, and I just stopped.  Now, these problems don't seem so insurmountable. I also came across pictures of a lot of finishes.  Maybe I'll do a post on those one of these days, to prove that I can finish things.

Thanks, Judy, for the inspiration to Get it Done!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week 3 Stash Report - January 19, 2014

A fairly quiet sewing week.  Didn't touch the binding on my sister's quilt.  I decided I could make some items that were on my mental UFO list and use up a bit of fabric.  Not everything needs to be a full size quilt. 

I made a 10 Minute Table Runner for a silent auction at work in 2012.  Two coworkers who did not win the auction were disappointed.  I decided then to just go ahead and make them each one.  This didn't get done in time for Christmas 2012 or 2013.  However, they will be their first Christmas gifts for 2014!  I bought the center fabric in 2012 or early 2013.  It's the same fabric used for the auction table runner, only off the clearance table this time.  The border/backing fabric is estate sale fabric.

The blue is darker than the picture, more of a royal blue.  I like the blue one best, the design is omni directional.  The red one is uni directional, so the Christmas trees are upside down on one side. 

Although they are called 10 Minute Table runner, it took me just under an hour to make each of them.  The only thing I had done ahead was decide on the fabric.  I think even with the fabric cut, it would take me more than 10 minutes to complete. 

When I got them done, I decided to do a little more.  I chose a decorative stitch on my machine and topped stitched all the way around the blue one.  Decided to cut back on time on the red one and just did the stitching across each end.  I ended up liking it better. 

Here's a pic of the corner, so you can see the difference.

I did do a bit more on the Maverick Stars, but no more complete.

Didn't even go anywhere that sold fabric this week, so didn't buy anything.  Yippee!

Fabric in this week:  0 yards
Fabric in Year to Date:  .5 yards
Fabric out this week: 1.66 yards
Fabric out year to date:  4.66 yards

Total Change - 4.16 yards out

Check Judy's blog, Patchwork Times, for other stash reports.  

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Stash Report 2 - 1/12/14

As I started to write this,  I noticed my header seriously needs to be updated.  I think those clematis are from the summer of 2012.  If I showed a picture of my yard right now, it would feature half melted snow, dead leaves and mud.  But that's not what we are here to talk about.

Not much happened on the sewing front this week.  I am going to try to finish up some UFO's this year.  The first is binding a quilt for my sister, Nan.  My mother bought the top from a friend probably 10 years ago, and about 2 years ago I paid to have it quilted on a long arm.  Before Christmas I cut the binding strips from the excess backing.  This week I ironed them. Today I trimmed the edges of the quilt. Are you beginning to see why I don't have many finishes?  And since I neither purchased or sewed any of this, I won't be counting it as part of my stash busting.

I just mentioned that I want to finish up UFOs.  So this week I started a new project.  I know.  I want to use this as a leaders and enders project, but thought I'd better make a couple of blocks, to be sure I like them.  I'm going to make some Maverick Stars from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.  Here are the two I have completed.

 I am making light stars on dark backgrounds, as I have a lot fewer light than dark scraps.  My squares will be cut 2 1/2", so will take about 25 blocks to use a yard of fabric.  If my math is correct.  I think.  I won't even try to count the little scraps I will be using to make the star points.  I did cut both light and dark squares for this project this week. 

My scraps are organized (ha) by my own system.  Bonnie Hunter has a thorough description of her organization system on her blog.  I did not want to cut up fabric without knowing what it was going to be used for.  So, I came up with three scrap quilts I wanted to make, and sorted and cut fabric with those projects in mind.  Anything larger than a fat quarter is stored in a drawer or shelf in my sewing room.  Smaller pieces were cut, when possible, into 2 1/2" x 16" strips, for a future Scrappy Bargello quilt (also from Bonnie Hunter).  I need 128 strips and I have over 80 cut.  Smaller pieces are sorted into a string quilt box and a crumb quilt box.  I made a string quilt top last summer (also on the UFO list) and have made some crumb blocks.  I went back through these boxes this week and pulled what I can use for the Maverick Stars, my fourth ongoing scrap quilt. 

Now my scraps will be sorted into Bargello, Strings, Crumbs and Maverick Stars. 

I got a email coupon from my favorite fabric store this week.  From reading other blogs, I know that coupons can get us in trouble.  However, this was for only one piece of fabric, so I couldn't go too crazy.  I ended up buying a half yard of  this -
which I plan to use to bind the Maverick stars, in some far off someday.  Been wanting to do a striped binding.

It has taken me half of forever to get to the point of this blog, my stash report.  I'm sorry, I cannot tell a short story. 

Fabric in this week:  .5 yards
Fabric in Year to Date:  .5 yards
Fabric out this week: 0 yards
Fabric out year to date:  3 yards

Total change:  2.5 yards out

If you want to read other (mostly shorter) stash reports, check out Patchwork Times.

If you're still with me, here is my favorite find from the 3 estate sales I went to this weekend.
I plan to use it to bring in veggies from my little garden this summer.

Hope you all have a great week.  Happy Sewing.    

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Stash Report 1 - 1/5/14

I have been reading the stash reports at Judy L's blog, Patchwork Times, for quite a while.  I found all sorts of reasons why I shouldn't participate.  I buy a lot of my fabric at estate sales, so I'd have to measure it all.  I even buy scraps,  how do you measure an ice cube bag of 1960's garment sewing scraps like I recently purchased. Do I count fabric that's not for quilting? How do you count as yards when you make those scraps into crumb or string blocks?  Finally decided to just do my best  guess, and use this report as more of a way to see what I have used, instead of worrying about how much comes in.  And it will also become a way of showing some of my bargains.  I like showing those off.

Today I finished a baby quilt for a coworker.  My quilting career contains a lot more starts than finishes.  This is the biggest project I have completed. 36" x 36" I learned a lot about piecing, quilting, binding, and measuring for your backing correctly.  The 4 patch blocks and binding are all from stash, I did buy the back piece, to go with the baby's safari animal nursery. 
Four patches, arranged by color

When you don't buy enough backing, you improvise

My personal rules for this report will be to only report fabric out when the project is complete.  Before that, it is still in my sewing room.  Hopefully this will inspire me to finish some of my works in progress. 

This week's report -

Fabric in this week:  0
 Fabric in Year to Date:  0

Fabric out this week: 3 yards
Fabric out year to date:  3 yards

Total change:  3 yards out

If you want to see more stash busting reports, go to Patchwork Times.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Cutest Purse Ever!

When I started this blog, one reason I chose the name was to force me to post timely happenings in my life.  I think I should have been realistic and called it Two Weeks Ago I....

And it has been just over two weeks ago that I made myself a purse that I absolutely love.  It started with a tutorial I saw at Mommy by Day Crafter by night.  (Thank you for the great tutorial.) She had made an adorable purse for her two year old daughter.  If you'd like to check it out, go here. 

As I said, this was originally made for a two year old.  I'm not 2, so needed to make it larger.  I used my best elementary school math skills and recalculated the sizes of all the fabric pieces.  I measured a couple of my current purses to determine the size I wanted.  I was trying for 10' x 12' and 4" deep.  To double check my calculations (since elementary school was a LONG time ago) I made a mock up out of newpaper. 

Lovely, isn't it?
I started with these fabrics-
The larger print is by Amy Butler, and I'm not sure about the small print.
I had made the pleats a half inch deep on the newspaper pattern, and liked the look.  I added a pocket on each side of the interior.  My math skills turned out a little less than perfect, as the finished size ended up being 9" x 12".  But I'm very happy with how it turned out.  If I make another, the only change I'll make is to add interfacing to the straps. 

Isn't it cute!

One final, totally unrelated, thought.  If you have a trampoline, make sure you anchor it down, or you might end up with this. 
We had a tornado hit about 2 1/2 miles from here, and this is what happened about a block away.  Fortunately we had little damage.  Isn't this amazing?  That's a full size trampoline up there. 

Good night all!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time to update the picture on my header.  We had about 4" of snow today, and my yard looks much different than it's pictured.  My office closed at noon today, and I used my unexpected time off to do a small project that I've been wanting to do for a few weeks.  I finally got some ear buds that I don't hate, and am actually using my MP3 player.  I wanted something to store it in, and keep it from turning my purse into a tangled mess.  I found a tutorial here for a card case.  I used the pocket from a pair of men's jeans, so it was large enough for my player.  I started with this-

and this -

and ended up with this -
The jeans were an old pair of my husband's, the fabric I got in a bag of vintage 60's fabric at an estate sale, the button came from who know's where.  The only modification I made was to use a small ponytail elastic instead of a ribbon, thought it would be more secure.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  And the price was right. 
Looks like it has been over a year since I posted anything.  Seems like I have had trouble getting something to say and pictures at the same time.  Reading that last post reminded me of some things I intended to do in the bedroom, that still haven't been done.  I fell off the challenge that Heather had, and about the only thing that has been accomplished around the house has been to paint the master bath.  I used the same paint as the turquoise wall in the bedroom.  This just got finished last week, and I need to buy a new towel bar and TP holder.  Oh, and we cleaned out the storage room in the basement.  Had a small water leak that was really a blessing, as it forced us to totally empty the room.  While it was empty, we painted, rearranged the shelves, got rid of a LOT of stuff, found a few long lost items, and created a space that actually functions.  I can find what I need, add stuff, and not risk my life opening the door.  Guess I need to figure out my next room to attack. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January's progress on Better Home Challenge

I'm reporting in on the progress I made in January on the Better Home Challenge.  The short answer is 'Not much.'  My main excuse is I've been sick for about 10 days.  Am feeling better, but really didn't feel up to tackling any sewing while I was down.  I did get a couple of things accomplished and will show you now. 
I had mentioned last time that I didn't know what to do with this quilt rack.  I didn't want it in front of the window.  I realized we had a space heater in this spot that could really go anywhere in the room and would be moved out when the weather is warmer.  So the two have now switched places and I'm happy that the quilt rack still has a home in our room.  It is hand made, and I got it in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, which my mother claims as her home town. 

I did get my laundry put away, however, more has crept in and taken its place.  A much smaller amount, but seems a never ending battle. I have also been handwashing.  Have done six sweaters and have two more to go.  This has gotten a laundry basket out of the closet, so did a bit on cleaning out the closet. 

Last post I talked some about the spool night stands.  We spent more than we wanted on the bedroom furniture, so were trying to repurpose something we already had.  Here is a picture of a spool top that we use as a plant stand in the summer. 

The two that are now nightstands were not quite this bad, but they were pretty beat up.  Here is what they look like now.


Hubby cleaned them up, stained them, painted part of them with the wall paint, built and installed the shelf in the middle and added legs to make them tall enough. I want to put a skirt around them to hide all the stuff.  Also need to make something to hold magazines, as the shelves just don't hold them well.  After we installed these, I came across a blog showing lots of ideas using the big spools.  Here, I thought I was being cheap, turns out I'm trendy! 
Finally, a few closeups of some items in the room.  Hubby made me this rack to hold bracelets.  I sort of described what I wanted, he came up with the design and the idea of using bamboo.  He's proud that he used no nails or glue to hold it together and I'm happy that I can get to my bracelets more easily.  Think I have enough?

 He had some more bamboo, and this lamp needed a repair, so he replaced the stand with bamboo, to continue our beachy theme.
This is a little candle holder I got at an estate sale for a quarter.  Love the design and the color.  Made in California. I want to put a shelf up in the room, and this will go on it.

Accomplished one other thing, totally free!  We decided we don't want to put any rugs down, so don't have to buy any. 

I'm linking in with Heather, who started this Better Home Challenge.  She listed the total amount she spent on her room.  I didn't keep track, but other than the furniture, we haven't spent a lot.  Paint, a board for the peg rack....  Already had the pegs, and the fabric I hope to use for the window.  May buy some new blinds and a ceiling fan.  There is still work to be done in here, but am happy with the progress so far.