2011 ufo wrap up

1. Hawaiian quiltThis quilt I have been working on FOREVER.  I am very frustrated with it.  On the other hand it is potentially nearly done because it has the binding nearly on.  I still feel like it needs to be quilted more. Updated December 2011:  Although this is technically a finished piece, I don’t feel like it is done.  Does that make any sense?

2. Blue Knitted scarf Again, I have been working on this forever.  I think I can declare it finished as soon as it reaches around my neck. Completed in June!

3. Valentine quilt This is kind of a cheat.  I was planning to finish this anyway, with a tentative finish date in April. Completed in April!

4. Dark angel quilt I just began this last week, so although unfinished, it isn’t something I have just been leaving alone.

Update December, 2011 : Again, although technically finished, I feel like it is not done, but very close.

5. Graduation scrap-book  Yes, my boy needs a scrapbook at his graduation party.  I have started it but it has a long way to go. Completed May 31!

6. Green, black and red, corduroy quilt  This I have had half done for DOUBLE forever. I began this quilt in 1997.  This a true ufo. Update 2/2/11: Completed!

Corn, Water and Wood, 61″x76″, fabric, thread, January 2011

7. Cardinal cross stitch I have worked on this for two years, but it substantially done. Update: Done in summer!

8. green t-shirt I just cut this at Christmas time. completed 6/28/11!

9. denim dress remake I have barely started this.  I just cut off the collar. I have a very vague idea of what to do with it. Update: I accidentally gave this to good will.  Since it is gone, I call it done.

10. These next three I am very nervous about putting on.  I have worked on them for a long time and they are hand sewing.  I am nervous I won’t finish them.  The first one is the Jewel Encrusted Pony. Update: Completed!

11. g cross stitch This is a top-secret project that I have worked on for six years.  It is a gift so I don’t dare give more information.  Hopefully, the person will someday receive it. Update: unfortunately this one will have to go on my 2012 list.

12. grandmother’s flowers quilt Again I have worked on this project on and off for four years. Maybe longer. Update: Again this one will have to go on 2012’s list.

So this is my final update for 2011.  I loved doing this project and have already started on my 2012 list.  It felt a little like college with self-directed deadlines not completely under my control, but with a lot of cheerleaders.  I definitely made progress.  I got seven projects done completely done and three more on track.

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Corn Water and Wood-ufo January wrap up

Singing we seek the soul, of all that is good
We come bearing corn, water and wood
Stop and behold, all that is good
Give thanks for the corn, water and wood

Corn, Water and Wood by Michael Martin Murphey 

I finally named the corduroy quilt.  After much thought, I realized that this song really reminded me of this quilt.  There is the corn motif in the block, and the wavy lines that remind me of water.  The bleached fabric reminds me of wood, especially with the texture. The rough nature of the fabric and the homemade feeling of the quilt makes me think of me of cowboys or at least a ranch.

Corn, Water and Wood, 61x76 inches, fabric, thread, 2011

 

Here’s the tied area.  This picture really shows the colors.

Here’s a close up of one of the bleach resist images.  Again, to get this image, I clamped two wooden cutouts together and then dipped black fabric in a bleach and water mixture.  I just quilted around the motif.

Successes:

Well, it is done. I count that as a major success.  Considering that last year I think I completed two quilts, completing the quilt in one month is a success.   I also had great results dying the flannel for the blue frame.  I am always amazed at how beautifully my Bernina handles machine quilting, so there are no little pleats or puckers on the back. 

Failures:

The quilt is not rectangular.  It probably would be best described as a trapezoid.  I’m not sure how important this is to me, however, it isn’t going to win any quilt show awards.  I think this is due to the stretchiness of corduroy, a feature of corduroy I really wasn’t aware of until I made this quilt.  Also, the blue frames are wobbly.  Even though this wasn’t intentional, I kind of like it.  It already vibrates strongly with the contrast between it and the black and red, and then the varying line intensifies that vibration. 

Lessons learned:

Flannel is the best thing ever to dye.  It accepts color with great intensity.

Corduroy is super stretchy for a woven fabric.  That combined with the nap makes it kind of tough to deal with.  I’ll still use it although, because I do love texture.

The Bernina really can sew anything.

So that sums it up.  I know this post is a little disjointed but I wanted to tie up my loose thoughts on this quilt.

January ufo finished!

I managed to finish it with just one day to spare!

I am actually quite pleased with it. The colors turned out great.  I added the red ties because I thought it would be difficult to quilt.  It turned out not to be, but I love the effect.  It has a really homemade old-fashioned look. I will post more photos in a few days. 

Meanwhile, check this out.  I believe I caught a real ufo in my photo of my ufo. 

Freaky, huh?  A real ufo right in my kids’ bedroom.

January Friday night sew-in update

I had a great night sewing!  I finished my book on cd so I will have to order another from the library.  I worked on three ufos and made a little progress on all of them.

First, I worked on the red and green corduroy quilt.  I put the black frame on.  I was about to put the red frame on when Steve interrupted. He felt like the red frame would be too intense.  I had planned to put a narrow red frame and then second wider black frame. He felt like a gold frame would be better.  He had the idea for the blue which I have to admit really makes the quilt sing. So today I am off to the fabric store.  I plan to get the back fabric, also, so if I have time to put the quilt together this week I can.

Next I worked on the Valentine’s quilt.  I attached what I believe is the last frame.  I was attempting to make this quilt a twin size quilt but, as all my quilts, it ends up being the size it is.  It ended up being more square than I intended but I like the proportions so I probably won’t change it.

Lastly, I worked on my second tiny angel quilt.  I had bought some metallic iridescent variegated thread at the fabric store.  I double threaded my machine with it and a plain purple polyester thread.  I did some machine quilting with that double thread.  It worked ok, but the effect is not really that striking. I will try it alone at some point and hopefully get a more intense result.  At this point, it hardly looks like anything but I will post the image anyway.

I had a great time sewing!  I usually do a little bit of sewing on Friday night anyway, but it was more fun to be the part of a group.  Thank you  Handmade by Heidi for the idea and thanks to Deanna where I heard about it.

ufo update

corduroy quilt

I’m slowly making progress. This picture is from last week when I had all of the squares done. I doubt I will be done by the end of this month, but it is much farther along, and I have a clear intention for finishing it.  I picked up some lavender, black and red flannel.  I didn’t really like the lavender when I got it home so I dyed it a lovely blue.  The thing I discovered is that flannel sucks up dye like nobody’s business.  I  did a low water immersion process and when I put it in it turned immediately very dark.  I pulled it out quickly and squeezed out a good portion of the dye.  I put it in a plastic bag over night instead of doing the regular hour.  It turned out the perfect color.  The only thing I am struggling with (as usual) is getting things straight.  The corduroy is shifting and stretching as I sew.  I straightened the columns as I went but nothing is matching up well.  I have to finish the blue and then add three more borders, black, red, black.

Due to the heaviness of all that corduroy, I am planning on putting polar fleece on the back.  Then I can do minimal quilting, just around the shadow shapes. I need to go to the fabric store this weekend to get the polar fleece, some more flannel, and tying yarn.

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ufo update

The first number that Judy over at Patchwork Times drew is 6.  This is for me the black, green, and red corduroy quilt.  I have been working on this quilt at least since 1997.  I know this because I turned the top in for a surface design class I was taking at the University of Minnesota and I graduated in 1997.  This makes it older than my younger son who is 12 years old now!

Anyway, the instructor had us do a bleach resist process.  We clamped black fabric between two wooden cutouts and then dipped them in bleach.  Since I was a student at the time, I didn’t have much funds for fabric. I went through my stash and found a little regular cotton fabric, and a pair of black corduroy pants. I do like the way the resist appears on the corduroy.  I pulled this out with the idea that I would give it as a gift a couple of years ago.  There were worn areas where the top had been folded.  I cut it apart and then began to reframe it with black fabric again, this time black flannel.  Then, I gave up because I decided that it was too dark of a quilt for a wedding gift.  I just gave them cash instead.  Less personal, but just as useful, and a lot less stressful for me. 

So here is a picture of it in its current state:

It appears that I did some more framing since I took the last photo for the blog. I measured the squares and a few are cut to 15 inches squares so I cut some fabric to bring the others up to that size. I cut some corduroy squares over Christmas vacation.  I thought they were their own quilt, but now I wonder if they are part of this quilt.

Anyway, I am off and running.  It feels like this is a hard quilt to start with because it is so old, but as this year is full of endings and beginnings, it will feel good to be in charge of one ending.

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2011 ufo challenge

I found this 2010 UFO Challenge by Patchwork Times. I love the idea of tying up loose strings, but I have a lot of anxiety.  Will I finish all these projects?  Will I finish any of these projects?  Some of these projects are not quilts, so I hope that Patchwork Times doesn’t mind my stretching their idea a little bit.

I will give it a shot.  What is a ufo?  An unfinished object.  I have several.  Some I have been working on for years and I don’t know if I can finish in 2011.  I don’t know whether to list them or not.  Some I already plan to finish. But here goes…

1. Hawaiian quiltThis quilt I have been working on FOREVER.  I am very frustrated with it.  On the other hand it is potentially nearly done because it has the binding nearly on.  I still feel like it needs to be quilted more.

2. Blue Knitted scarf Again, I have been working on this forever.  I think I can declare it finished as soon as it reaches around my neck.

3. Valentine quilt  This is kind of a cheat.  I was planning to finish this anyway, with a tentative finish date in April.

4. Dark angel quilt I just began this last week, so although unfinished, it isn’t something I have just been leaving alone.

5. Graduation scrap-book  Yes, my boy needs a scrapbook at his graduation party.  I have started it but it has a long way to go.

6. Green, black and red, corduroy quilt  This I have had half done for DOUBLE forever. I began this quilt in 1997.  This a true ufo.

Update 2/2/11: Completed!

7. Cardinal cross stitch I have worked on this for two years, but it substantially done.

8. green t-shirt I just cut this at Christmas time.

9. denim dress remake  I have barely started this.  I just cut off the collar. I have a very vague idea of what to do with it.

10. silk quilt  These next three I am very nervous about putting on.  I have worked on them for a long time and they are hand sewing.  I am nervous I won’t finish them.

11. g cross stitch This is a top-secret project that I have worked on for six years.  It is a gift so I don’t dare give more information.  Hopefully, the person will someday receive it.

12. grandmother’s flowers quilt  Again I have worked on this project on and off for four years. Maybe longer.

I will see how it goes.

first picture of black and red quilt

 
These are blocks I began in college in 1997 or so.  I did bleach resist using wooden shapes clamped around fabric.  I have added black corduroy in different wales.  I am now stuck, just for no reason. 
 
I made some new curtains for my bedroom that are from two recycled garments that I hand dyed a long time ago, and finally cut up.  I meant to make a quilt with them, but the curtains are cool with a fringe and decorative sewing machine embroidery.
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walking foot

S bought me a beautiful walking foot for the Bernina.  It works great.  I made a lovely PERFECT sample. I wish I had a top finished so I could quilt a huge grid.
 
I have some of Eliott’s quilt pieced. Slow going, mostly due to laziness. 
 
Paul is going to have the black, green and  red discharge quilt. I made this top over ten years ago when I was in college.  It is very awkwardly shaped. I plan to take it apart and reassemble it.
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