The bears have their frames, next up the decision on how to bring them all together into one quilt. I had one really nice lay out, but the quilt ends up being orientated landscape. Whenever I make a quilt with a landscape layout it always seams a little wrong.
I really wanted to frame the embroidery to showcase them. I am proud that, unusual for me, I made samples to make the decision of what color ought frame the little bears without overwhelming them. I settled on the lavender/blue fabric that is shown above framing the bears and below to the far right. This is different palette for me, usually I love bright colors, especially for baby quilts. All of my primary color samples overshadowed the delicate embroidery.
I have used only stash fabric for this quilt so far. For the blue, I had exactly enough; I only had to piece one little strip at the very end. I was holding my breath while I sewed the last set. Someone must be watching over me (is it Lou?), because I have had that fabric for a while and it would have been difficult to match.
The blue quilt is now officially a flimsy, ready for quilting. Steve calls it “homey” and I guess it is with its unusual mix of fabric. It is a real stash quilt with every blue and green fabric in my stash in it. It really glowed when I photographed it.
We had to go down to Burnsville, so on the way I ran into the new SR Harris and picked up this lovely for the back:
It captures all the colors of the quilt and will hide a multitude of flaws in my quilting.
So how did I do for my goals for 2014? Here is my retrospective:
The first part is clothing construction:
- 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: green bolero, fingerless beaded gloves, green corset top, black bolero with beaded trim, pink bolero, navy corset top, burgundy corset top, pink corset top, orange skirt.
- I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.
Completed 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.
- City chicken quilt. Finished!
- Angel quilt.
- cross stitch project
- grandma’s cathedral windows
The third part is mending:
- t-shirt quilt. This is in pieces but I plan to get it done soon.
- wedding ring quilt. I have the fabric, I just have to get to it.
The fourth part is new projects:
- New girl quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
- 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.
- 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.
Here we go with my love hate with WordPress. I wrote this yesterday but the WordPress monster that sometimes for no reason, deletes everything when you post deleted this post. So one day late-
Here’s what I got at Saver’s:
A new plastic container, with many, many empty spools and bright embroidery floss. I figure about a 4 to 4.50 value for the incredible low price of three dollars!
Anyway, I had bought this at a garage sale last spring. Someone was super organized and then must have given up the project. I did not see the project that these went with, but then maybe someone else bought it.
TA-DAH! Everything neatly wound on its own spool. Ignore the wad of thread in the corner.
So, another month goes by without a successful finish.
However, I did finish this green border that goes all the way around the piece. Next year I will set a more reasonable goal, like only finishing all the pink or something.
Anyway, right before my birthday I received this lovely surprise.
A lovely package of charms. It is likely now I have enough to make a whole quilt. They are the most beautiful bright primary colors, also. I can’t wait to start working with them. Thank you, Deanna!
So I finally counted my grandmother’s flower quilt and I have 51 “flowers”. Here is the crazy Roberta count:
9 brown, 7 blue, 6 pink, 6 green, 6 plaid, 4 gold, 4 peach, 3 green plaid, 2 white, 2 pink floral, 1 different green, 1 peach plaid.
Yes, that is 51, and worse, only 5 sets that can be laid out as traditional flowers in sets of six. Awesome job planning. So I laid out four of the five flowers sets and I have 3 lights and 2 darks. Except that the one set of dark a weird brown color I am not thrilled about. So after some complex drawings, I decided just put them together randomly in alternate lines of 8 and 7. This means I only need 2 more flowers to make 53. Don’t ask me to explain the math. I will show you my flower football notes which I believe will get me partial credit on any quiz.
Anyway, I was starting to think about how am I going to put this sucker together. I have made satin quilts before but a long time ago, before I cared about washability and stability. That would probably be about the time I started this quilt. Any recommendations for what fiber I should use batt and backing would be awesome. I don’t believe I have any silk fibers which means the satin is either polyester or rayon.
On another topic, the ufo for this month is the cross stitch which I have been working on for at least eight years. I’m 0 for 2, on finishes for ufos this year, and I am afraid this may be 0 for 3. But I will give it a shot.
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.
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
Yesterday I was so productive. I woke up at six am and really worked. I got all of the orange centers put in the denim quilt. Now the next step is arranging the squares, making decisions about what other colors to put in. I already know that the very outer edge will be yellow and the very center will be yellow, but besides that anything can happen. I love this part of the process. (Also, notice our new sidewalk. Shovelling will be a breeze next year.)
I worked some more on Paul’s quilt and have one denim pocket square done and another crow’s beak square nearly there. Made the decision yesterday that finished block size will be 12 inches. Other than that the game is wide open.
I did a little cross stitch on my ufo. I am slowly making headway on it, trying to work on it every day. Cross stitch is so slow going.