Angel quilt finished

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Published in: on March 1, 2015 at 10:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Angel quilt back

I have made considerable progress on the angel quilt. I have even decided on the name: Angels 3: Celestial Spirits. I finished the back. Here is a picture before I added the backing:

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It is fun to see this quilting, never to see the light of day again. Here is the finished back:

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I am adding prairie points which will look like rays.

I am excited because I am on track to finish by March 1!

Published in: on February 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm  Comments (2)  
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Update: Hawaiian quilt and February UFO

I have made great progress on my UFO:

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I have solved the problem of the disk. I integrated it by adding a thin strip of fabric around it. Now it is partially surrounded, and even more dimensional. I trimmed the edges and I will add some fabric to make the quilt into a rectangle.

I did some stitching on the cardboard sections. There is definitely more to be done there. I also need to go out into the cold freezer that is my sewing room and root around for a specific fabric that has a feather motif for the wings. They are just too flat. Still, good progress.

On another front, I have added the first run of the green to the Hawaiian quilt. The muted green is perfect. It will really create dimension and reminds me of the ocean or water.

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Published in: on February 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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February UFO

My February UFO is this angel quilt:

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Paul picked this one. I have several other projects that I would have given precedence. But I set up the game so I play. I have several problems. One is the metal object in the center of the sun. This is a watch back with the month dial and a polished rock bead glued to it. It is a great object but I didn’t think to put holes into it before I superglued it. It is not attached as well as I would like. Also the angels faces are from a Christmas greeting card. If I redid this, I would copy the images to fabric somehow instead of attaching the card itself.
I have my work cut out for me but this still is a piece that I love. I haven’t worked on a piece like this for a long time: a painterly piece. Most of the things I have been working on lately are clothing or more traditional quilts. I am excited to see where it will go.

Published in: on February 8, 2015 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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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!

white elephant craft gifts

This is the last post of 2013 and the end of my first little book.  I will continue to post, but it will go to a second book – if the first one goes well. In any case, this was the first I could post these photos.  These are two of the three craft white elephant gifts I made for my extended family’s gift exchange.

I made this leader ender denim quilt.  I have made several of these: random squares with polar fleece back and no batt.  They are super warm and comfortable. I did add the triangles using my new templates.  I love the way the triangles look, however, I wouldn’t place them on the edge because somehow they make the edge a little wobbly.  I think I needed to trim the intersections of the triangles on the edge off.  In any case, it is warm and super comforting.

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The other quilt is pure Christmas: psychedelic and a little overwhelming.  It is exciting, chaotic and of course, being my quilt wonky.

I really love the way it worked out.  I used bells and bells on the tops of the trees, so it jingles when it is shaken. 

This quilt is unusual for me as well because I used pre-quilted fabric.  I have never done this before.  Mainly, because the pre-quilted fabric is often so poor quality.  I had about a yard of the dark blue pre-quilted fabric from my aunt.  It was one-sided and older, so the fabric while pretty, had a little polyester in it.  I picked up some more quilted fabric at JoAnne’s: the holly, white background fabric with green leaves and berries.  This was two-sided with different, but related motifs on each side.  It is a slightly better quality and feels like it is at least cotton on the top and bottom.  It was also 70 per cent off.  I only bought a half a yard which was barely enough to do the front of this quilt. I am regretting a little bit not buying more.  I loved how quickly this quilt went together because of the prequilted fabric.  The downside is that the finished quilt is pretty stiff. This is fine for this decorative piece but if I were making a bed quilt, I wouldn’t like that. 

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I will post again in 2014, so, my friends: may 2014 be a year full of joy and blessings for you!

second doll quilt

Well, second to last post until 2014.  The end of 2013 also marks the end of the time covered by what will hopefully become a reality this year: a personal book of this blog. I always hold my breath around Christmas, just trying to get the things necessary done, but next year I hope to rebalance my life better and complete the book.

That being said, I finished my second quilt for Steve’s student.  It is meant to be for a American girl doll.

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It is easy to see Steve’s hand in this one.  He really has a great color sense.  I still have a little bit of these fabrics and I am sure they will show up in future quilts.  Here is the back:

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I have more Christmas crafting, but it will have to be held until after Christmas.

He is born! Alleluia! Blessings to you and your families in this joyous season!

Published in: on December 22, 2013 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Second quilt

So Christmas busy.  Now working on the second quilt for Steve’s student who also has a American girl doll. I am now just working on things in order of deadlines.DSC04788

I am very happy with this one- Steve picked out the colors and arranged it.  We went to the fabric store and picked up fabric for the frame and back so I am excited to finish it- hopefully, today.

 

Published in: on December 15, 2013 at 9:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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American girl quilt done

 

I finished this little quilt for an American doll. I like the colors, they are reminiscent of an Amish quilt in a way.

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I did a little bit of hand embroidery on the back to sign it.  I always forget that my embroidery comes out better if I draw the word s on first, but still I think it came out ok.

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