Nook and mp3 covers


Yes, I have been meaning now since Christmas, when I got the big surprise of this Nook, to make a cover for it and my little mp3 player.  I had been meaning to make it out of the fat beautiful quarters group I was also given for Christmas but I wasn’t feeling that fabric.  I still had some quilted pieces left over from this quilt:


So I put them together to make these two small covers.  My favorite part is the strap.  I will definitely be making more objects like this.  I already have another quilt to deconstruct after I finish the queue of projects I have right now.

Volcanic Island – Construction Reconstruction

I feel like November is going to be a month of finishes.  And here is one of my favorite finishes: Volcanic Island – Construction Reconstruction.

I began this quilt in July of 2008, so it has taken me more than four years to get it done, but here it is and I love it!  I am really excited because three months ago I had a technically finished quilt that I just didn’t think was right:

See, technically done, but just not right.  Pretty in it’s own way but not as vibrant and interesting.

I won’t be afraid to cut apart a finished quilt again!  And as a bonus here is the back:

It is difficult to see, but this is one of the most heavily quilted quilts I have made.  Due to cutting it up and sewing it together, it has a ton of quilting with a lot of really nice parallel lines.  You can really see the design fun I had here, since some of the front became the back and vice versus.

technical difficulties, September ufo

So, this is the second time I am publishing this due to the word press glitch.  Hopefully, that is my third and final technical difficulty.

Anyway, yesterday started with me dumping my smoothie all over myself.  I decided not to let it get to me.  Then, I was humming along making much progress, when I broke a needle.  When I replaced it, the machine made this clunking sound.  So, today, I plan to give my machine some tlc plus perhaps another new needle.  In any case, it is unlikely that I will get the ufo done today.

In any case, I am pleased with my progress.  I have a clear idea of how to finish this quilt now, and I am happy with it.  Because of this quilt, I have an interesting new technique.  As soon as I clear my quilt queue, I plan to start a quilt with this technique.  It solves my problem of wanting to work small, but also wanting full size quilts.


I started piecing these blocks back together and I love them!  I even used a new technique that I had never tried before that created those think lines of orange. That orange is actually the back fabric.  I sewed the blocks together back side together.  Then I had the seam allowances on the front.  I pressed, then basted them open.  Then I added thin strips just to cover the raw edges, I left a thin line of the seam allowance showing.  I am really excited to finish this center part today, then I get to start working on the outer frames.  I realized yesterday that I didn’t have to keep the back the back or the front the front on the frames, so I can’t wait to start playing.

It’s so fun to have a quilt I was so ambivalent about become so exciting!

Yes, I did

Yes, I cut into a finished technically finished quilt- bound and everything.  Septemeber’s ufo is the Hawaiian quilt.

I cut out all of the squares out.  I plan to reassemble them closer together.  I didn’t like how far apart they were.

I have a lot of scraps to add as well.  I’m excited about it now, but it was really hard to cut it up.  I kept on listing the things I love about it but it just wasn’t quite right.

ufo 2012

Judy at Patchwork Times is doing another UFO project for 2012, and I am going to give it a shot again.  I had seven finishes out of twelve last year so I am feeling that I was successful.  Only four of my projects are going to be a repeat for 2012 (one I just gave away, so while technically not a finish, it is gone)  So here is my list for 2012:

1. Chicken quilt 1 – Prodigal chicken comes home from war to opulent city

2. Chicken quilt 2 – Country fried chicken

3. Denim cathedral windows quilt

4. Paul’s quilt

5. Ducky quilt – this is a newer quilt, only in my my mind so far with only 3 pieces cut out and the templates even though I have been thinking about it for over a year.  A long way to go, so my goal is only to make progress.

6 .Repair Grandma’s quilt 1 and 2- I came into possession of two of my grandmother’s quilts.  I want to mend them.  They don’t need a huge amount of work, it’s just a matter of getting to it.

7. Dark angel quilt, mend bathroom rug.

8. Christmas star kit and g. cross stitch- this star kit I have been meaning to work on for a full year.  The cross stitch is over 4 years old at least again for the cross stitch it is just to make progress.  Since the kit is mostly working on the computer, I figure it is a good pair.

9. Grandmother’s flower garden- again a very old project.  I have several pieced, and the goal is to get the top pieced at least.

10.Christmas stockings

11. Hawaiian quilt – this one needs a total work over.  I feel like it should be cut into small art quilts.

12. Angel card quilt

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.

March 2011 ufo


Well, March was a fail.  Or not.

Technically, it is done.  It is bound and quilted.  It is a functional quilt.  I just don’t feel like it is done.  I feel like I need to push it to another level.  So I will continue to work on it over the next few months.  Or maybe it will be on 2012’s ufo list.