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.

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.

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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:

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

 

2013/2014 Goal lists

A new year! A good time to look forward and back.  So this year’s goals:

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

The second part is UFOs.

  1. City chicken quilt.
  2. Angel quilt.
  3. crossstitch 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.
  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!

I only have eleven, so I won’t be necessarily assigning one per month.  Although my goal for January is to mend number seven.  I have three others I want to work on right away: 3, 10, 11.  I may try to do one a month.

Now for the retrospective.

2013’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make four garments for myself this year one per season. I made two successful garments this year:  a plaid skirt and a green dress.
  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe. I got out the fabric and the backing muslin, but that’s it.

The second part is UFOs.

  1. Ducky quilt. I want to get this one done by spring for sure, but I would love to get it done by February. Done in April.
  2. City chicken quilt. I made progress but still not finished.
  3. Country chicken quilt. I call this done.
  4. Angel quilt. No progress.
  5. crossstitch project a tiny bit of progress
  6. grandma’s cathedral windows no progress

The third part is mending:

  1. Fish quilt done 1/27/2013
  2. t-shirt quilt started, more to do.
  3. wedding ring quilt no progress
  4. my winter coat I just got a new coat which I guess counts as a finish.
  5. Patchwork quilt done
  6. green pants done 1/27/2013

Not great: 5 done, 6 with progress and one that kind of is a cop out.  Two of my big successes of the year didn’t even make the list: the anniversary quilt my siblings and I made in May and the landscape quilt I finished in November.  Oh well, a new year is starting.  I want this to just plot a course not hold me in.  I am excited to see what 2014 brings!

2013 goals and dreams

I decided that even though Judy won’t be doing the ufo projects, I wanted a list of goals and dreams for 2013. So I have a three-part list, the first part is garments:
1. I plan to make four garments for myself this year one per season.
2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.

The second part is UFOs.

3. Ducky quilt.  I want to get this one done by spring for sure, but I would love to get it done by February.

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4. City chicken quilt.

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5. Country chicken quilt.

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6. Angel quilt

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7. crossstitch project
8. grandma’s cathedral windows

The third part is mending:

1. Fish quilt
2. t-shirt quilt
3. wedding ring quilt
4. my winter coat
5. Patchwork quilt
6. green pants

productive lazy day

I worked on the satin quilt on Friday afternoon so I had yesterday free to work on the angel quilt.  So I alternated between sewing and reading for the whole day, with two lovely breaks at a bag garage sale and a walk around the lake.  It was such a great day.

I began by using wonder under to glue the cardboard angels and the metal object to the surface.  Then I added a lining back and a batt. I know that I should add the real back and show all my stitches, but I like the freedom of making big knots on the back when I feel like it and then lining the back.  I know I won’t win any quilting awards, but I guess I will stick to my aesthetic on this one, especially after the partial failure that is the back of the Son Country Fried Chicken quilt.  Then I added a border and extended the angels’ gowns into that space (thanks, Deanna for the idea).  Now, I am adding parallel furrows around the border.

Then I broke for a great bag garage sale where they have a $2 bag sale at the end.  It is for a catholic school in my neighborhood and it is huge.  I bought mostly pants for my older son who, while working and going to school, has worn out most of his pants.  I found a couple of pairs of shorts for myself and several for him.  And I found some yardage that I can make either a pair of shorts or a dress for myself.  Also, some cotton quilting fabric and two coffee cups. All for $4.

Then I worked on a dress shirt that a friend had brought for me.  It is a men’s dress shirt size xxl or something.  I cut it down and removed the collar.  Hopefully, in the next few weeks I will get it sewn. By this time, the clothes I bought had been washed and dried.  I cut some black pants off and hemmed them so my son could wear them to work.  In between, this and after, I read two books.  What a great day!

may ufo

So, here it is!  A finished ufo!  I present to you: “Here comes the Son Country Fried Chicken”. Mmmm, not sure about the name yet…

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chicken comes homes home to roost – February ufo wrapup

No, it’s not done, nor will it be in five days.  But I made significant progress.  I painted it, layered the batting and backing and did a great deal of quilting.  Then yesterday, I added the chicken prince.  Paul and I spent some time with markers, going over the black lines.

I think it really pops now.  But I need to do some more hand quilting.  I want to add a frame, then add more batting and a new back.  I will then machine quilt it, and finally add beads.  It may be a 2013 ufo.

chicken update

Here’s my prodigal chicken quilt again, sans prodigal chicken still although he is mostly sewn and just needs to be attached.  I have and idea for the path that I want to finish before I put him in.

I’m at a discouraging point of beginning to know what I want to do, but knowing there is much left.  Oh, why is February such a short month!  I decided yesterday I want a pieced border for this quilt.  It will be my largest tiny quilt yet.

Prodigal chicken comes home from war to opulent city

So, I pulled out the first chicken quilt, February’s ufo.  I decided to paint the quilt before I progress.  I used diluted acrylic paint.  I am nervous that it will be difficult to stitch due to stiffness. Although I have painted my quilts before it’s been a while.  I was reminded how nice it could look by The Smallest Forest.

Anyway, here is my template for the chicken.

I have used this template on this tiny chicken quilt aka potholder and the country fried chicken quilt.  In fact, this is the back of a semi-finished chicken that I xeroxed.  I lay fabric on the front side then sew around it from the back.  Then I trim away extra fabric. I achieve a very accurate copy out of fabric.  I will pull off the paper before I applique it.

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