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!

Lots and Lots of Blocks!

I’ve been a bit laid up with an injured foot (do not drop a food processor blade on your foot, just sayin’).  So I’ve been working on lots and lots of blocks.  I thought I’d share them with you…

I’ve caught up on Stars in a Time Warp!  Check Barbara Brackman’s blog for details on these different types of fabrics. Here are several weeks worth:

Week 24 – Fancy Machine Grounds

24-Fancy-Machine-GroundsWeek 25 – Wood Block Prints

25-Wood-Block-PrintsWeek 26 – Pillar Print (yes, this is Kaffe Fassett fabric, not even close to Civil War reproduction fabric, but it was the only thing close to a print with pillars 😉 ).

26-Pillar-PrintWeek 27 – Aborescent Chintz’s

27--arborsecent-chintzesWeek 28 – Early Indigo

28-Early-IndigoWeek 29 – Lapis Blue (my new favorite block).

29---Lapis-BlueWeek 30 – Floral Trails

30-Floral-TrailsWeek 31 – Toiles (I used a Toile background in week 29, luckily I have more Toile).

31---ToilesHere are weeks 1 through 30:

weeks-1-thru-30I think this will make a nice scrappy quilt by the end of the year!

I’ve worked on Just Takes 2 some more.  My goodness this is a big project.  Several blocks below and several dozen to go!

Blocks 61, 62 and 63 – circles are hard!

JT2-Blocks-61,-62,-63Block 64 – Lucky Star

JT2-block-64Block 65 – Fools Puzzle

JT2---block-65-Fools-PuzzleBlocks 66 and 67Flying Geese and Soloman’s Star

JT2---blocks-66-and-67Block 68 – King’s Crown

JT2---block-68Block 69 – Star (one of the easy ones – same star, same size as all those Star’s in a Time Warp above).

JT2---block-69And I’ve finished the last Spring Blooms basket block:

Block-13There are some tiny corner stone baskets (the handle is the only applique), some setting triangles and corner triangles that have leaves to be appliqued.  I’ve prepared all these using the starch method (check out P3 Designs for tips and techniques on the starch method).  We are traveling next week so I’m ready for some airplane applique. 😉

So there you go, lots and lots of blocks!  One of these days these will be finished quilts – just taking one block at a time!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

I’ve been stitching on a little bit of this and a little bit of that this week.  A few applique blocks, a few Just Takes 2 blocks and a few stars for Stars in a Time Warp.

I’ve actually been working on this applique project for about 6 months.  It is called Spring Blooms.  This is what the finished quilt will look like (with different fabric).

Spring-Blooms-Pattern-CoverHere are blocks 11 and 12:

Block-11 Block-12 I have one more of the large basket blocks to go and then the little sashing baskets and outside leave.  I will get out the rest of the blocks soon and take pictures.

I’ve also gotten back into the Just Takes 2 project, completing blocks 60, 61, 62 and 63.  Here is block 60.  It is called Goose in the Pond:

JT2-block-60---Goose-in-a-PBlocks 61, 62 and 63 are seemingly easy applique blocks that are then put together.  But the quest for a perfectly round circle is a challenge!

JT2-Blocks-61,-62,-63Also over the last few weeks I’ve added to my collection of stars for Barbara Brackman’s Stars in a Time Warp.  Each Wednesday, she posts a blog which explores a fabric color or theme and we all play along by making a 6 inch star block from our stash based on her blog.

Week 20 – the fabric theme is Eccentric Prints – described as “fine geometric figures with jagged or wavy distortions.”  This was my version:

20---EccentricsWeek 21 – Neat Stripes.  I thought these stripes were pretty neat.

21-Neat-StripesWeek 22 – White Ground Chintz.  This may be a new favorite.

22-White-Ground-ChintzesWeek 23 – Blotch Ground Chintz.  The White Ground Chintz has a white background but the Blotch Ground Chintz has a darker background.  The white lines around the floral print give it the distinguishing ”blotch” characteristic.  The star fabric here is the closest I could find in my stash.  (For JSS’ers reading this… this came from Sue O’K’s stash… 🙂 )

23-Blotch-Ground-ChintzesSo, that’s what new at Cookie’s Creek!  Just a little bit of this and a little bit of that!

Take care, y’all!

Two to the Quilters!

I’m very happy to say that today I took two quilt tops to the long arm quilters!  Woohoo!  I just had to share a quick picture of each quilt.

Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs:

Le-Jardin-TopAnd Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory.

Thread-of-Memory-Completed-I’m thinking about renaming the Threads of Memory quilt “Stars in My Flower Garden.” And I keep referring to the Le Jardin quilt as the “Bunny Quilt” but I bet I can come up with a better name – maybe “Bunnies in My Flower Garden.”  I seem to have a theme going!

I’m still working on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion quilt.  Unfortunately I stitched 55 units from part three with the black in the wrong place.  Ugh!  So I’m ripping as I watch TV this week and will take it to my guild retreat next week.

Have a great week, y’all!

Starting, Finishing and Continuing

Since my last post I have started a new project, finished the last block for a project and have continued working through the Grand Illusion Mystery.

Continuing

Let me start with Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery.  It is no longer a mystery!  New Years day was the big reveal.  Check out Bonnie’s blog to see the finished quilt! I’ve been working away on Part 1 and Part 2.  Part 1 is done!

Part-1-DoneAnd I’m in the midst of Part 2!  Pressing the pinks before I add the blacks…

Pressing-Part-2Thank goodness I have two (yes two!) retreats this month!  While parts 1, 4 and 5 are finished, this project still needs days and days of dedicated stitching time!  Check out Bonnie’s Monday Linky post to see how other Grand Illusionists are coming along.

Finishing

As I mentioned, I did finish something!  Woohoo!  The last block of the Le Jardin hand applique quilt:

Block-9Now I just need to put all these bunnies together and add the borders.  Another retreat project!

Starting

Since I finished my bunnies I have nothing to hand stitch right now so I started a new wool applique wall hanging. It is called Twining Tulips and it reminds me of Spring!  You know there’s only 74 more days until Spring!

Starting I bought the kit at the Houston Quilt show a couple of years ago from the Wooly Lady.

Twining-TulipsI love working with wool and the bright colors are so much fun!

Have a great week, y’all!

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