Sometimes, I don’t know I’m there until I get there.

I have been working on this country chicken for several years.  It was on my UFO list at least once.  I declared it done since it was bound and finished, but I never felt like it was completely done.  Last week I was laying in bed looking at it and I realized that the sandy brown fabric was wrong.


I considered adding more green fabric to cover it.  Then, I thought, why don’t I just color it with fabric markers.  Now, in our house if anyone is coloring with markers on any sort of serious project the artist-in-residence needs to step in. So, we spent some time coloring it:


I am very happy with the end result.  I declare it really and truly done!




Yes, it is done.  And delivered to a very cute little girl – my little niece, Annie!


The ducks are there- from Great-Grandma Amann’s leftover blocks.


All of the different flowers – pansy




Another pansy:


It was fun to see her wrap up in it and it does fit her sunny, happy personality!




So here is where I am at: two sides nearly attached  and one panel pinned.   I realized that I will need to go to the fabric store to get a third of a yard of batt, but I bought almost exactly the right amount of bubble gum fabric and yellow fabric.  I don’t like the blue and yellow striped fabric that I used for an attaching fabric although in this photo it’s not too bad.  I bought some more fabric to add another, hopefully straighter, line around it.

I am already in the teenage doghouse for some other antics which have put me high on the list as most embarrassing mother of the week.  I might as well put it over the top by sharing this with you.  Isn’t this the most beautiful boy?



Getting it Done April

I really want to get done in April:

1. Buy fabric, pattern, for next garment.

2. Piece third and fourth frame for ducky quilt.

3. Quilt and attach third frame ducky quilt.

4. Finish second friendship block.

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1. Quilt and attach fourth frame ducky quilt.

2. Bind ducky quilt.

3.Start love distance quilt.

4. Cut out next garment.


I have been super productive this week, or perhaps some projects that I have slowly incrementally been working on have come to a point where they are interesting to look at.

I am super glad to announce:  I finished mending the utility quilt!  It has been on my Get it done list for three months. This quilt was given to me by my uncle.  The quilt is special because was made by my grandmother.  It was beat up when we got it, and we used it hard. I can see on this quilt the incremental improvement of my sewing skills because I have mended it several times over the years.  I have two reasons for mending it so much: that my grandmother made it and that the back still is in one piece.


We got our tax money last week so I altered one of the two pairs of jeans I bought at Savers.  My singular pair of jeans that I have had for umpteen years were getting worn.  I am not much of a jean wearer, but people start to look at you strange at work if you don’t wear denim on casual Friday. Each pair was five dollars.  I love the dark indigo color. I liked how they fit me around the top, but the legs were too wide.  I am not a boot cut girl, having grown up in the eighties.  So I tightened the legs and they are much more form-fitting.  (By the way, if you want to see my video on how to do this it is: how to narrow jeans on you tube). I still need to hem them up one more time.


I also finished  quilting the first frame of the ducky quilt.  Hopefully, I will get it attached to the quilt today. Here is a close up of the flowers I quilted.  This is the back. Unfortunately, it is a little hard to see.


I also met with my friend, Veronica, and we began actual work (not planning or shopping) on our Caribbean Friendship Quilt.  Right now, I am working on two group projects, (one is a secret surprise).  This is a new way for me to work so I am hoping I learn a lot about my process.  Below is a build up of the first applique (not complete) of a purple tropical flower.  For this block we used a technique I learned from Sewing with Nancy on PBS.  It is from the fusible Art quilt series.  You put fusible web on the back of your fabric, peel the release paper. Cut each piece of the design and reassemble on the release paper ironing as the applique is layered.  The applique can then be peeled away as a unit.


Here is our inspiration from Andre Gunther photography:

Blue Flowe - Maui - Hawaii

I think we have good start and I’m excited to work on it.  I think it will be more like a quilt of tiny quilts, each very detailed but joined together.

Wow! A lot going on.


February get it done wrap up

I really want to get done in February:

1) Finish piecing Ducky quilt frame blocks.

I did technically do this, however since I decided not to use those blocks, it is not done.

2) Finish dress.


Yes, complete (except I need to find or fashion a belt)!

3) Mend grandmother’s utility quilt.

Made progress but not complete.

4) Sew frame blocks together.

Fail, see 1.

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1) Nook Cover (poor naked nook)


Yes, done!

2) Quilt first frame side.

Fail, see 1.

3) Quilt second frame side.

Fail, see 1.

4) Attach first frame panel to quilt.

Fail, see 1.

Getting it Done – February!

I really want to get done in February:
1) Finish piecing Ducky quilt frame blocks.
2) Finish dress.
3) Mend grandmother’s utility quilt.
4) Sew frame blocks together.

Things I seriously hope to get done:
1) Nook Cover (poor naked nook)
2) Quilt first frame side.
3) Quilt second frame side.
4) Attach first frame panel to quilt.

Getting It Done – January!

I’m pretty proud of myself to the progress I have made this month!

So for January I really want to get done:

1. Get the background of the center part of the Ducky quilt pieced. Done!


2. Get the flowers appliqued to the center part of the Ducky quilt. Done!


3. Pick a pattern and fabric for my first garment of the year. Done!


4. Finish mending the t-shirt quilt.  This I have to admit I didn’t get done.  I decided that quilt was unmendable and would have to be cut up and reassembled.  Instead I mended this quilt.


Things I seriously hope to get done:

1. Get the center part of the Ducky quilt basted. Done!

2. Get the center part of the Ducky quilt quilted. Done!


3. make a nook cover – This I didn’t get done. Sigh!

4. get the fabric for my first garment of the year cut. Done!

All in all, I am happy with my progress.  Later today I will have my list for February!

center done – thank you hem tape


I finished the center panel of this quilt.  I first added the centers to the Dresden plate blocks.   I was just pinning, then appliquing, but I had a few annoying pleats. So I gave up on that and used fusible hem tape to tack the centers to the “petals”. Then, I  did the satin stitch around the centers with a piece of scratch paper underneath to add stability.

When I attached the flowers to the panel, I stitched down the first one by hand. It took forever and I wasn’t really completely happy with the way it looked anyway.  So again I took pieces of hem tape and just tacked it down.  It is ready to be basted now and quilted. The quilting will permanently attach the flowers to the background.  Yay!  Tomorrow morning I will lay it out on my living room floor.

I have two ideas on how to quilt it.  One is to circle the center, then radiate out like rays in straight lines down the center of the petals.  I am concerned that I may not be able to achieve nice straight lines but I like this way best. The second is just to quilt around the edges of the flowers and the repeat the pattern out.  I still have some thinking to do about it.



December ufo wrapup

I did finish my December ufo in September: Paul’s quilt.


I am very pleased with it and showed it at my work.

I succeeding in finishing more than half my ufo projects: seven out of twelve!  Judy is changing her ufo challenge, so I will also be changing the way I do my thing.  Next week I will write a goal list for 2012.  I plan to start some new things and finish some old things.

Happy New Year!