Angel quilt finished

Yes- finished.

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Published in: on March 1, 2015 at 10:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Angel quilt back

I have made considerable progress on the angel quilt. I have even decided on the name: Angels 3: Celestial Spirits. I finished the back. Here is a picture before I added the backing:

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It is fun to see this quilting, never to see the light of day again. Here is the finished back:

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I am adding prairie points which will look like rays.

I am excited because I am on track to finish by March 1!

Published in: on February 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm  Comments (2)  
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Update: Hawaiian quilt and February UFO

I have made great progress on my UFO:

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I have solved the problem of the disk. I integrated it by adding a thin strip of fabric around it. Now it is partially surrounded, and even more dimensional. I trimmed the edges and I will add some fabric to make the quilt into a rectangle.

I did some stitching on the cardboard sections. There is definitely more to be done there. I also need to go out into the cold freezer that is my sewing room and root around for a specific fabric that has a feather motif for the wings. They are just too flat. Still, good progress.

On another front, I have added the first run of the green to the Hawaiian quilt. The muted green is perfect. It will really create dimension and reminds me of the ocean or water.

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Published in: on February 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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February UFO

My February UFO is this angel quilt:

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Paul picked this one. I have several other projects that I would have given precedence. But I set up the game so I play. I have several problems. One is the metal object in the center of the sun. This is a watch back with the month dial and a polished rock bead glued to it. It is a great object but I didn’t think to put holes into it before I superglued it. It is not attached as well as I would like. Also the angels faces are from a Christmas greeting card. If I redid this, I would copy the images to fabric somehow instead of attaching the card itself.
I have my work cut out for me but this still is a piece that I love. I haven’t worked on a piece like this for a long time: a painterly piece. Most of the things I have been working on lately are clothing or more traditional quilts. I am excited to see where it will go.

Published in: on February 8, 2015 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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update on the tropical shirt quilt

In honor of football widows everywhere, we spent some time laying out the Hawaiian quilt before the game, the idea that I could sew it together while the big game is on. Here they are in all their glory:

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I love the colors! Our original idea was to sash them with white. A lady at the fabric store had the idea of adding very thin lines around them first. This is very successful. However, then we added the white sashing:

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This is actually a better photo than it looks in person. In person, the pattern is very muted, nearly invisible. I always thought I didn’t use white because I was afraid it would get dirty. (On a completely unrelated note, I somehow got two little pink stains on this white fabric). Actually, any expanse of white looks like a bed sheet to me in my quilts. Which is odd, because it certainly doesn’t do that in other quilts I have seen. I called down Steve to look at the white after I had sewed two strips on, and he agreed. Hence the stickers on a probably vain attempt to keep the blocks in order. The good news is that next weekend I have a reason to go to the fabric store and also, I can cut out my skirt this afternoon while the big game is on. I will eventually get the skirt online, at this point I only have one layer sewn so it is not really ready to be photographed. The other good news is that football season is done after today, and I will get my husband back on Sundays, which means less sewing but more fun. I love the colors!

Published in: on February 1, 2015 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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January’s UFO done!

The first UFO that Paul drew for me was my knitted tank. I bought this yarn at Savers a few years back. When I started I had about three inches done. Now, it is finished!

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Overall, I am pleased with it. If I make another one in the future, I would use all the same yarn because there was a fussiness involved with switching yarns.

Published in: on January 25, 2015 at 9:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Hawaiian quilt update

I finished all of the Hawaiian blocks. This quilt is made from Steve’s old Hawaiian shirts so he has claimed it.  It is fun to have his input.

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After the blocks were done, we decided that they needed to be set. Last weekend we went to JoAnne’s to get fabric, then because we couldn’t find what we needed we went to Glad Creations. Glad Creations has the most beautiful selection of fabric. Here’s what we ended up with:

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I love these fabrics. We also have some white with tan palm leaves to put around this. The lady at the fabric store had the idea to make a very narrow frame and then add the white.   Today Steve will decide which blocks get which of the five colors. Perfect activity for the commercials of football.

Published in: on January 18, 2015 at 11:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas crafting

I can now share my crafted Christmas projects. First, this rug.

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This went to my sister, Jenny, in our exchange. I could really only see it in her house so I was really glad it went to her. I had some trepidation about it because I really felt it was for her or maybe my sister Katie’s kids. I am looking forward to seeing this after it is washed a few times. Here is the back where you can see the stitching:

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This next project went to my sister, Katie. This is a book I made. I haven’t made a book for many years, but it turned out really well. She said she would use it for her little girl’s drawings.

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I make one of these denim lap quilts every year. This year I gave to my brother and sister-in-law. Hopefully, they will be able to sell it for their upcoming trip to China to adopt a second child.

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Here is the back. I love this wild horse fabric. My friend, Sandy, gave to me a couple years ago and I finally found the perfect project for it.

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2015 UFO/goals

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For several years I participated in online UFO Challenges. This year I decided to work on them myself. What is a UFO? A UFO is an unfinished object. What is a UFO challenge? It is a challenge to finish them in a year, or in my case make progress. I am choosing to work on my own because my creative projects don’t neatly fit into quilting or even sewing projects. Even though it is late if you would like to do something similar, let me know.

I have twelve. Which works perfectly since there are twelve months. I have made 12 index cards each with a project written on them. Every month I will draw one for me. I will really focus my attention on that project for a month although I will still work on my other projects. The goal will to be to finish some, but also to get direction on others.

Some are just ideas and some are really far along. So here we go.

2015’s UFOS:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. Green and black bolero
  2. Green skirt
  3. Knitted tank

The second part is quilting or sewing projects:

  1. Angel quilt
  2. Cross stitch project
  3. grandma’s cathedral windows
  4. Hawaiian quilt
  5. wedding ring quilt. I have the fabric, I just have to get to it, technically mending than a UFO.

The third part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New wedding quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.

The last part is writing projects:

  1. Poetry book
  2. Blog book

 

2014 Wrap Up!

So how did I do for my goals for 2014? Here is my retrospective:

2014’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make some garments for myself this year one per season. I am going to leave this one loose, but I do still want to learn more about this year.

    Success! Completed garments for 2014:DSC05006 green bolero, DSC04980fingerless beaded gloves, DSC04969green corset top, DSC04962black bolero with beaded trim, DSC04951pink bolero, DSC04922navy corset top, DSC04921burgundy corset top, DSC04920pink corset top,DSC04910 orange skirt.

  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.DSC04949

    DSC05008Completed multi-plaid robe. I think this referred to the Hawaiian quilt, which started as a quilt, went to a possible garment, then now is back to a quilt.

The second part is UFOs. Pretty much failed. I didn’t work on my UFOs hardly at all this year only one finish.

  1. City chicken quilt. Finished!DSC04840
  2. Angel quilt.
  3. cross stitch project
  4. grandma’s cathedral windows

The third part is mending:

  1. t-shirt quilt. This is in pieces but I plan to get it done soon.

    Finished!

  2. wedding ring quilt. I have the fabric, I just have to get to it.

The fourth part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New male quilt. There is one person who doesn’t have a quilt made especially for him. I have begun this one and pictures will follow soon.
  3. Steve’s denim quilt When I made a denim quilt for our elephant exchange, I had Steve remove the pins while watching football and he fell in love with it. Thus, football and quilting days begin today and we will jointly make a new quilt starting today! Finished!

I am pretty happy with my progress, especially clothing construction: I made nine finished garments. I am especially proud because six of them are hand sewn. Not so much progress in quilting but with the move back to my sewing room, I expect to be more successful this year.

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