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.

November ufo

Well, yes, I finished my November ufo!  I hope it counts that I finished it in April, but done is done. Here it is!

December’s ufo will be more of a problem.  It is a grandmother’s flower garden.  I have a lot of other projects with deadlines this month so I’m not sure I can finish a hand sewn top. We’ll see.
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new quilt

I’ve had this idea for a small quilt for a while using the scraps from Mary Beth’s quilt and here it is. Since I had half the squares done already it came together really quickly.

Published in: on October 23, 2011 at 8:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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Valentine’s quilt

I have been working on this quilt for a year and finally it is done!  I am so excited. It is one of the most girly quilts I have ever made and I think that is why I liked working on it so much.  I made it for my little niece, Mary Beth.  She is a true girly girl, with huge beautiful eyes and long blonde hair.  Her mom made me feel so good last year by asking for a quilt from me.  I had made quilts for my first three nephews when they were born, then I kind of fell away.  I was going through a bad time, and I missed making one for Mary Beth, Isaac and Annie.  I had made one for Seth, my littlest nephew, and at his baptism, I was able to give it to my sister in person (guilty pleasure: giving gifts in person, if I were truly a good person, I would not get so excited about that).  Anyway, my sister-in-law mentioned that I had given a quilt to the boys, but not Mary Beth.  I was glad she felt my quilts were that special. So, I have been working on this quilt ever since and here is the finished quilt:

This is a funny picture because I had to shoot it upside down.  It was so windy that my usual strategy of hanging it from a stick made it blow too much, so I had my husband hold it upside down so the stick would anchor it.

I may have gone a little wild on the hearts, partly because she is a little girl, but also because I wanted her to feel like she is wrapped up in love by her family. 

This quilt has a lot of history for me.  The hexagons in the corners are cut pieces that I got when my Grandma Amann died.  I have been using them ever since.  I was glad to put those in for Mary Beth so she would have that little bit of her great-grandma.  My grandmother died before Mary Beth was born, so she never got to meet her.  I wish I had something from my other grandmother for her quilt, too.

This is one of my favorite blocks.  I have only a few embroidery stitches on my sewing machine and I use  them very infrequently.  I don’t think I would use more if I had them, but I try to make good use of them.  All I did here was use a variegated thread and my nifty seam guide to make them parallel.  I love the way it came out.  Then I ran parallel hand quilting lines between the embroidered lines.

Here’s some more of my favorite blocks.  I did a tutorial on how I constructed these blocks here.  These are still some of my favorite blocks.  I did struggle a little bit removing the paper from the paper-backed part.

This is another one of my favorite parts of this quilt.  I had this large area that needed to be quilted.  I used an empty Valentine chocolate box as a template for the big heart.  (That Valentine’s box will come back again soon in another top-secret project).  I did the heart right away while I was basting.  I don’t think I will do that again because it was difficult to disguise my knots.  Later, I added the smaller heart, buttons and the butterfly.  I still feel like this could have been quilted a little more.  I machine quilted in the ditch around the center and the thin border, so I know the bat won’t shift.  However, my hand quilting is not the most sturdy so I hope it will not fall out.

Here’s a picture of the back.  I love the pink floral.  It reminds me of a nightgown I had once. My husband picked it out along with the blue and as always he is spot on.  Since the front of the quilt is a little on the dark side, I wanted the back to be lighter.

This is one of my ufos:  number 3.  I kept on hoping it would be pulled early so I could finish it for Mary Beth’s birthday, but since it didn’t, I just decided to go at it anyway. Whatever month Judy pulls 3, I will have a month off, I guess. 

I realized after I sent it up with my mom, I didn’t include a card.  So:

Happy Birthday, Mary Beth!  I hope you had a great day.

 Love, Auntie Roberta.

Valentine quilt

I have decided to get off my lazy butt and finish the Valentine quilt.  It is one of my UFO’s but I have decided not to wait until it comes up. I have a deadline involved but I won’t be clear because that deadline has to do with the CIA and I don’t want to jeopardize national security (in other words, it’s a secret).  The quilt top has been done for a while, so I needed to buy the batting and backing fabric.  I bought the batting and fabric last week.  Steve helped me pick and as always he is spot on.

I plan to get these sewn together in the next few days so I can baste it soon.

I am working on my actual ufo (Hawaii quilt)  for this month at the same time.  I don’t know if I will finish it or not.  But I say that every month.

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January Friday night sew-in update

I had a great night sewing!  I finished my book on cd so I will have to order another from the library.  I worked on three ufos and made a little progress on all of them.

First, I worked on the red and green corduroy quilt.  I put the black frame on.  I was about to put the red frame on when Steve interrupted. He felt like the red frame would be too intense.  I had planned to put a narrow red frame and then second wider black frame. He felt like a gold frame would be better.  He had the idea for the blue which I have to admit really makes the quilt sing. So today I am off to the fabric store.  I plan to get the back fabric, also, so if I have time to put the quilt together this week I can.

Next I worked on the Valentine’s quilt.  I attached what I believe is the last frame.  I was attempting to make this quilt a twin size quilt but, as all my quilts, it ends up being the size it is.  It ended up being more square than I intended but I like the proportions so I probably won’t change it.

Lastly, I worked on my second tiny angel quilt.  I had bought some metallic iridescent variegated thread at the fabric store.  I double threaded my machine with it and a plain purple polyester thread.  I did some machine quilting with that double thread.  It worked ok, but the effect is not really that striking. I will try it alone at some point and hopefully get a more intense result.  At this point, it hardly looks like anything but I will post the image anyway.

I had a great time sewing!  I usually do a little bit of sewing on Friday night anyway, but it was more fun to be the part of a group.  Thank you  Handmade by Heidi for the idea and thanks to Deanna where I heard about it.

2011 ufo challenge

I found this 2010 UFO Challenge by Patchwork Times. I love the idea of tying up loose strings, but I have a lot of anxiety.  Will I finish all these projects?  Will I finish any of these projects?  Some of these projects are not quilts, so I hope that Patchwork Times doesn’t mind my stretching their idea a little bit.

I will give it a shot.  What is a ufo?  An unfinished object.  I have several.  Some I have been working on for years and I don’t know if I can finish in 2011.  I don’t know whether to list them or not.  Some I already plan to finish. But here goes…

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.

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.

3. Valentine quilt  This is kind of a cheat.  I was planning to finish this anyway, with a tentative finish date 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.

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.

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!

7. Cardinal cross stitch I have worked on this for two years, but it substantially done.

8. green t-shirt I just cut this at Christmas time.

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.

10. silk quilt  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.

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.

12. grandmother’s flowers quilt  Again I have worked on this project on and off for four years. Maybe longer.

I will see how it goes.

valentine quilt update

I have finished the main part of the valentine quilt.

I already picked out some fabric to begin framing it. I have the fabric prepared but not cut, so next week during Christmas, I will hopefully have some studio time to put it together.

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patches finally done

Finally I felt I had enough patches to make this quilt.  I laid them all out on the bed.  I had 49 patches.  This would be enough to make a nice sized quilt.  Then, I brought in the critic AKA my husband.  He removed almost half of my squares that he felt didn’t fit in and I am left with this:

I do really love it, and now I have several squares that I can use for other quilts.  I may use some of the extras in the border.  I have them put in strips, and I only have to sew the rows together.  I am excited to start the borders.  I had a faint wish that this would be done by Christmas but now I don’t think there is a chance.

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storm

Busy, busy week.  Last week there was a big snow storm, the first one of the seasons.  It made me really count my blessings so here they are:

We only lost power for a few hours.

I got a lot of work done on a quilt I have been working on.

Everyone is well.

Anyway, my computer was down all weekend and we were pretty much snowbound.  I spent a lot of time sewing, which was joyful!  I finished all the squares for my pink quilt and put them in order. I got the rows sewn, and pinned together to be finished.

Now that it is colder, I am about to move my sewing machine in to my bedroom since it is pretty chilly in my sewing room.  If I have the door open and heat at 72- it is almost comfortable.  But if my kids are downstairs, they find it chilly.  I know I will do more sewing since my machine will be so available.

I also spent a fair amount of time getting whomped in Monopoly. I really enjoyed relaxing and just being with my family.  So much of the time, I’m running here and there.  I have to remember to slow down and just enjoy my life, my house.

Published in: on November 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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