Hello friends,

May 16, 2017 § 18 Comments

Tap, tap, tap.  Anyone out there? Does anyone read blogs anymore?  I’m just wondering… I haven’t been able to keep up.  School sucked all the energy out of me this last year.

Here it is summer again.  My list of things I want to accomplish is a mile long!  I have missed my sewing machine. You can imagine.

The first thing I did after the semester finished was to design this row called “Tree Farm” for my local quilt shop, Gathering Fabric. The shop is participating in the Row by Row Experience for the third year.  They always have so much fun playing with the themes.  This year’s theme is “On The Move” and reflects the agricultural aspect of Woodinville’s Sammamish Valley.  I hope you get a chance to stop by and participate in the Row by Row Experience.

Slowly, I am getting into a groove and hope to finish a bunch of UFO’s that have been languishing in my closet. This was my design wall last week. Upper left is The Local, a BOM through Intrepid Thread. I think I am more than a year behind!

Below that are some pinwheel blocks that I started over Christmas break. Below that are some U.S. Map blocks using up some scraps from the Deco State fabrics designed by In The Beginning a couple of years ago.

In the upper right is Fly Away Home, a BOM that I designed for Richla of Got Kwilts and Ellen of the Grip & Stitch Discs for free-motion quilting.  The BOM will be ending later this summer and I want to try my hand at self-publishing a booklet. Keep your eyes open for more info on that.

What have you been up to?

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In review of my laziness

December 29, 2012 § 15 Comments

After looking at what I finished this last year, I decided to make a visual list of what has been left UN-finished and sitting in the closet.  Some of these date back to 2005!  Too many starts & not enough finishes.

I don’t know if it is because another year has gone by or the fact that our house is a wreck with the kitchen construction going on, but I am especially feeling the need to clean & purge.  Here’s a brief run down. I’m too lazy to take the time to link back to relevant blog posts. But you can click on the above image & it will take you to Flickr where there are links to the original photos.  If and when I get around to finishing them I can give you more details.  I would really like to see a few red X’s through these photos by the end of 2013.

1. Signature quilt given to me by former coworkers.  What I want to do is take the blocks apart and add some cornerstones to brighten it up a bit.

2. The Low Volume quilt started during my sewing group’s quilt retreat last fall.  This is one that I really want to finish but just haven’t had the time to get back to it.

3 & 4. Bee blocks that I think I just want to assemble and donate to a good charity.

5. Amish-style 9-patches. Originally it was going to be a pattern idea. We shall see.

6. Red & white tree of life Christmas quilt that I stalled on while quilting.  I need to focus on resurrecting my quilting ability.  It has gone by the wayside the last couple of years.

7. Snowflake quilt made with my sister-in-law.  It’s actually hanging on my design wall now, but I just haven’t been in the mood to finish it even though I really want it to be finished.

8. A scrap-busting Liberated Wedding Ring that keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the pile because I have no need to finish it.

9. Wagon Wheel blocks from a Flickr quilt-along that I think will make a good gift now that I am looking at it. Or possibly a good quilt for the guest bedroom. But if I intend to keep it then there is never enough motivation to finish it.  So, maybe a gift??

10. Another scrap-busting project that resulted in only a couple of blocks made. This would be a good charity quilt as well.  Again, no deadline…  no desire to work on it.

11. Civil War Love Letters quilt that would make a good gift to one of my traditional-loving friends.

12. Red & white blocks from a Ravelry swap. These would be good for a charity quilt as well. Maybe I need to have a goal that 1 in every 3 or 4 quilt finishes needs to be for charity?

13. The 4-Letter Word quilt that I am hand quilting. Hand work is never a good motivator for me.  I’m trying to overcome that fear/flaw in my character.

14. The Jelly Roll Race quilt that I recently made with my sister-in-law. I really think this one needs to be made into a chair cover for the chair in my sewing room. The cat keeps sleeping on my chair and it is constantly covered in cat hair!

15.  Tree from a Sue Spargo class.  I’m not sure what it will take to motivate me to finish this one.  Again, the hand work intimidates me. It was fun to work on while in the class, but then there was a whole classroom of folks to push me along! Now, who’s going to keep me going???

16. The Recycled Men’s Shirt quilt.  It’s stalled because I’ve just plain lost interest.

17 & 20. The Medallion QAL quilt & United She Stands from a Kaye England class in my early years of quilting.  They would also make good gifts for my traditional quilt loving friends. I may ask them which ones they would like and then finish it for them.

18.  Bow Tie quilt from a Kaffe Fassett class.  Now, years later, I would like to take the blocks apart and rearrange them in a different layout like this.

19. Handkerchief Corners quilt from a Kaffe Fassett book.  This fall I was thinking about this quilt and bought a few more striped fabrics to make it bigger so that it could be used on our bed.  Maybe that will push me to finish it?

Wheels go round & round

June 20, 2011 § 14 Comments

All 9 wheels

All 9 wheels

Over the weekend I tried to use the reward system to get both sewing and cleaning/chores done… Do a chore… Sew a circle.  It sorta worked. But I think I did more sewing than tasks on my list.

These are Dresden Plate or Wagon Wheel circles from Lynne@Lily’s Quilts QAL.  They are BIG.  And, I’ve been kind of slow in getting these done.  For some reason I’m really into big quilts at the moment and I think this would look great on the spare bed.  They all still need the background sewn onto each wheel. And then I think I  might try the quilt-as-you-go method.

How are your UFO’s and WIPs coming along for the Summer Circus of Finishing?

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Summer Circus of Finishing

June 7, 2011 § 14 Comments

Liberated Wedding Ring blocks

Someone asked to see my 20 Liberated Wedding Ring blocks.  I layed them out on the blue dot to see if I still want to use that as the background filler fabric. I have no plans for this quilt ~ to keep or give away ~ so it has been low on my list.  But it also made me think about all of the partial quilt tops and unquilted tops that I have left to finish. So I’m declaring this the Summer of Finishing Stuff.  Anyone care to join me in a mad circus of finishing?  (I know some of you already keep track of your UFO’s and WIP’s so this is nothing new to you) But if I don’t have a deadline or a purpose for the quilt, then it often sits around for months and years on end.

Here’s my plan… “summer” is defined from now until Labor Day weekend in September. I pledge to try and finish as many projects as possible in that window of time. (Without going mad!)

quilt tops that need to be finished

These are some quilt tops that I would like to finish… and even possibly quilt. But I’m not committing to the quilting, just the finishing of the top.

quilts that need to be quilted

And these are quilt tops that need to be quilted. Wouldn’t it be nice to see these finished?

Let the marathon begin…

Another UFO?

December 11, 2009 § 7 Comments

Kung Fu Panda pillowcases

So… is it a UFO if the fabric has been sitting in a pile of things to do, but not started?  There really isn’t much work to making pillowcases, other than making the time to sew them. It takes more time to set up the sewing machine than it does to actually sew these.  I may just count these as UFO #3 if I start getting desperate. Which I might.  The quilt shop that rents the mid-arm quilting machine got a brand new upgraded machine and it has set me back a couple of quilt tops that I was hoping to finish.  I might not make it in to quilt anymore before Christmas. We shall see.

Panda fabric by Timeless Treasures

I found the fabric last August when my mom was here and she was looking for lighthouse fabric.  It was just too cute to pass up.  I had every intention to sew these together LONG before Christmas rolled around. But somehow, it has ended up being nearly Christmas by the time I got around to making these.  They are for our Karate Sensei’s two youngest sons.  The youngest one is only about 14 months, but at the cutest stage right now.  And the older one LOVES the movie Kung Fu Panda. Even Gary and I liked it.  What’s not to like about a cute Panda using Kung Fu to save his town, right?

Polka Dot fabric by Michael Miller

I’m hoping that my photos aren’t looking too hideous on your computers. I finally broke down and called technical support for my computer.  We spent three hours on the phone  this week running diagnostics to try and figure out why the color red appears so intense and over-saturated on my monitor.  They are offering to replace the LCD screen.  And… while running diagnostic tests, we also discovered that the hard drive has some issues, so they are going to replace that as well.

I’ve also been reading veraciously on color calibration to see if there was any more I can do on my end. I learned more about using Adobe Photoshop for editing photos. Even though I took a Photoshop class a few years ago, I didn’t know that there was a check box in the saving for the web & devices dialog box that loads your ICC color profile.  Good to know! So…  one of these days I hope to be a little more educated on color, and calibration, and photo editing and what not.  In the mean time, I hope I’m not hurting your eyes with my photos.

UFO No. 2

December 2, 2009 § 15 Comments

Victory Quilt Sampler

Two down, four more UFO’s to go for the Joy in the New Year Challenge.  This wasn’t really a lanquishing UFO.  But it was a WIP that I was determined to finish by the end of the year because I want to give it to one of my sisters-in-law for Christmas.  The whole thing was a block-of-the-month through my local quilt shop.  And the blocks were generally this bright. But I didn’t always use the fabrics that they provided.  And my sister-in-law likes pink, so I wanted to add enough to make it feel pink.

close up of the quilting

I sent it out to be quilted and it came back absolutely fabulous!  I am SO happy with the quilting.

An ombre backing

The backing fabric is a Gelato ombre from the Cara Collection by E.E.  Schenck. I think it’s still around if you choose to do a little searching.  And the pattern is the 12-block sampler from Victory Quilts by Eleanor Burns. There are some cute quilts in the book in addition to the samplers.

Quilt on a Chair Still Life

It’s slow going, but I am now heading onward to some older UFO’s that really have been lanquishing in a pile somewhere in the sewing room.  I really want to see some Joy in the New Year. There are lots of new quilt ideas floating around in my head that I want to get started on… guilt-free, of course!

What do you call a UFO?

June 24, 2008 § 6 Comments

There has been some discussion among the folks in the Quilter’s Knitting group on Ravelry (must be a member of Ravelry to view). What do you call a UFO (Un-Finished Object)?

I’m not sure I even want to go there. And I know that I don’t want to count how many I have on my shelves! Never-the-less… I thought you might like to see one such UFO on my shelf. Back in 1999, my local Ben Franklin was selling a kit of fabrics – 2000 4″x4″ squares of fabric. You know… to celebrate the New Millenium. I split it with my mom. (I don’t think she’s finished hers either!) So, now I have 2000 2″x4″ rectangles… all nicely separated by color. As evidence… see that fabric underneath printed with “2000”?  I was planning on sewing them together by threes to make a sort of rail fence pattern.

Is it a UFO? A waste of time? Finish that baby? What do you have to say about UFO’s? And I don’t mean the kind found in Roswell, New Mexico.

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