January UFO Challenge Update

In my last post I talked about the 2018 UFO Challenge.  January was number 12 on the list and number 12 is the my Kaffe Fasset Burst of Blooms … and it’s done!  Well, the top is done, ready for the long arm quilter.

Yay!  Now, rather than go on to another UFO, I had to start a new quilt.  You know, starting is so much more fun than finishing!

Here is the pattern for my new quilt:

I’m using Shibori fabric and I used my new ScanNCut to cut all the applique.  Slowly but surely I’m getting the hang of this new toy:

So, after cutting 30 umbrella parts, I can now stitch them on the background.  Here is a peak at my design wall:

I’m using MonoPoly thread from Superior  Had to work out the settings for my machine (Bernina QE 750).  I’m using a Microtex 60 needle, Bottom Line thread in the bobbin and a tension set to 2.0. A tiny little zigzag and you can barely see the stitches.

And I love the blue Shibori fabrics designed by Debby Maddy for Moda. I think it’s going to be a fun quilt and hopefully won’t be on next year’s UFO list!

Happy Monday, y’all!

 

Challenges

Oh my goodness, the 2018 UFO Challenge is almost upon us!  But wait, I haven’t finished the unfinished objects from 2017!

I got some finished, I’ve moved some to the 2018 list and I’ve decided to skip some of them for now. Notice that the 2018 list is typed… that’s because I’ve had my own challenge… a minor bit of hand surgery (to fix arthritis in a thumb joint) has limited my writing and my hand sewing as well as rotary cutting and scissor cutting.

Number 12 on the UFO list is a project that I did all the cutting for before surgery.  It is number 12 because that was the number randomly chosen by American Patchwork & Quilting as the January project.

I knew I could work on this in January! I can easily push fabric through the sewing machine.

Another easy machine applique project on the list is this laser cut Christmas tree.  Why I didn’t get this done for this Christmas I don’t know.

I have a couple of Sue Spargo wool applique projects on the list… it may be a few months before I can play with those:

The blocks for the bunny quilt have multiplied from 21 last year to 61 this year.  Progress but not a finish.  Yet.

Another challenge I’m having fun with is this new toy I got for Christmas:

Learning this has been a bit more daunting than I thought but I figure if I can’t cut out fabric with scissors I have a tool that can!  So far I’ve messed up enough to know that I need a class!

In 2018 I hope I can be better at finishing more UFOs than last year.  Last year I think I started more than I finished!  But starting is always so much fun!

Happy New Year, y’all!  Have fun!

Woolly Thoughts and Small Worlds

I know, I haven’t written a blog in months (actually, almost a whole year). My only excuse is the many projects, retreats, vacations, stitch days, bee days, guild days, workshops and other fun stuff.

But today I want to share with you my two most recent obsessions — Sue Spargo wool applique and My Small World.

I’ve done wool applique before but it’s always been a simple blanket stitch.  Now with some projects, that’s what is called for.  But all there are all kinds of wonderful stitches you can use with wool that add dimension, interest and beauty.  Sue Spargo has a new book with all kinds of detailed instructions:

My first project was a simple needle book.  My friends assured me that this is folk art and mistakes are OK, they are part of the charm.  As you can see by my mistakes, this needle book is very “charming.”  Here is the front:

And the back:

And one of the pages inside:

Ok, now I was hooked.  And it was a good thing, since I was chair bound for several days after minor knee surgery.  So I took a wool project that called for blanket stitch and went to town with all the wonderful stitches I wanted to practice.  This is The Fall Guy by Sew Cherished:

Here are a few close ups:

I took a Craftsy Class from Sue Spargo and started on this Butterfly Sampler.  As you can see, it is still a work in progress:

A close up of the completed butterfly:

I was very excited to meet Sue at the Houston International Quilt Festival and I have signed up for her block of the month next year.  Can’t wait!

My Small World by Jen Kingwell is another project I am working on.  This is her pattern book:

Lots of fun, tiny bright blocks to start:

Here is the City block:

With a close up:And I just finished the Factory Block:

I’m using bright happy fabrics; trying to fussy cut some cuteness when I can and enjoying every moment working on this quilt.  Can’t wait to show you more!

My last blog was about finishing UFO’s.  And yes, I did finish a few but that didn’t stop me from starting new ones like these two obsessions.

Till next time, hopefully sooner than later!

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UFO Challenge

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?  I do!  I want to finish up on all those fun quilt project I have started so I can start on some more!  Well, I found the perfect inspiration on the APQ website – the UFO Challenge 2017.

I have filled in my 12 UFOs (unfinished objects) that I want to finish in 2017 (note that I used a pencil so I can edit freely 🙂 ).

I even joined the Facebook group for further inspiration…

Some of these projects are on the verge of completion, such as my Spring Baskets quilt.  All it needs is some pink piping and green binding!

My purple and white Just Takes 2 quilt is also pretty close.  I’ll be taking this on retreat in January to try to knock it off the list.  Here is one portion of the quilt:

Here are some of my purple bunnies – the pattern calls for 121 applique bunnies.  I’ve only got about 100 to go!

The Fiesta de Talavera quilt is a block of the month – so I don’t have all the blocks yet.  Here is block 2 (still needs some machine applique work):

Another project is a Jacobean Applique quilt inspired by this fabric and book:

One block done, but I need to made some decisions about where to go with this quilt – how big do I really want to make it?

My oldest project is a counted cross stitch dragon and castle.  The dragon block is done; the castle is nearly finished.  I can see these two as centerpiece blocks in a batik paper pieced wall hanging. I think I started this in 1999!

As I went through my project boxes, bags and bins I found a bunch of future projects that I haven’t even started on yet!  I have the patterns, have even set aside the fabrics, but have never started them.  Maybe I should make a list of those too!  For each UFO I finish, I can start a new project – LOL – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to follow that rule!

Happy New Year y’all!

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My First Blue Ribbons!

I am beyond excited!  Last week at the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show I was awarded my first two blue ribbons ever!  The show was fabulous with hundreds beautiful quilts.

Ele-funky was a quilt of pure joy to make!  Every elephant was different and I added special embellishments to each one. I had more fun making this quilt!

In addition to the first place blue ribbon, this quilt was also awarded an NACQJ Award of Merit.  That’s the extra blue and yellow ribbon you see.  Wow!  I was blown away! Such an honor.

ele-funky The pattern is “Elephant Walk” by Peggy & Laura at Fiberworks, Inc. The quilting was done by Susan Corbett and she added so many extraordinary touches, such as the quilted elephants behind the baby elephants.  I hope you can see them in these close-ups

e-close-up-2 e-close-up-1This year the theme of the show was “Life’s a Beach.” The show chair had a special category based on that theme and Aloha won first!  I picked up this pattern on a vacation in Maui – it is called “Sunshine Pineapple” by Vicki Stratton and Barbara Jones.  It is also quilted by Susan Corbett.

qs-pineapple-2When I made these quilts, I did so because they were fun; they made me happy; they were bright and warm and engaging.  The ribbons are like icing on an already wonderful cake!  I am tremendously honored!

Now, what fun, happy quilt should I work on?  Probably one of the dozen or so I’ve already started!

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