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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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!

Oh Deer! Just Takes 2 Comes Back to Life!

This beautiful deer was out in the woods a few days ago.  She looks surprised!deer-in-woodsMaybe she’s surprised that I’ve once again started work on my Just Takes 2 quilt.  Here is my latest – block 59:

JT2-block-59You can see why I put it off – this Lone Star not an easy block!  And only 40 more to go!  Some easy, some not so easy.  But I really think this purple and white Just Takes 2 quilt will be wonderful when it’s finished.

Have a great week, y’all!

Around the World Blog Hop

Have you heard about the fabulous “Around the World Blog Hop?”  Every Monday we are passing the blogging baton on to one of our favorite bloggers.  Last Monday, my stitching buddy Barb linked to me on her Just Sayin’ Sew blog.  Thanks Barb!  Here she is with one of her wonderful Inklingo blocks:Barb-with-another-Inklingo-

To participate in the Blog Hop, I first answer some questions and then link to the next blogger  – who will blog about the Around the World Blog Hop next Monday.

Question 1:  What am I working on?

Oh my, that is quite a question.  I keep most (not all) of my projects in these colorful plastic boxes from Costco stacked up in a cabinet in my quilt studio:

Quilt-projectsFrom the tippy top box (a 4 patch exchange with friends) to the very bottom box (quilt blocks for my JSS bee exchange) – there are plenty of projects to work on.  However I’m not going to show you the contents of each one of these boxes – just some highlights of very recent projects and one new one on the horizon.

This week I took a workshop through the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild on Miniature Baskets with Margie Payton. It was fun but very intense!  Here is my miniature basket quilt top:

Miniature-Basket-QuiltI put the quarter on the quilt so you can see just how tiny those little baskets are!

After that very small project, my Austen Family Album block of the week seemed enormous!

Little-and-BigLast month, my friends and I hit the Houston Quilt Festival.  After seeing all the beautiful red and white quilts, including this wonderful Just Takes 2 quilt, I have been once again inspired to take up my purple and white Just Takes 2 project.

Friends-at-the-quilt-showHere are blocks 55, 56 and 57.  Only 43 more to go!!!

Blocks-55,-56,-57One last show and tell!  I’ve decided to participate in Bonnie Hunters new Grand Illusion Mystery quilt, which begins on November 28.  I’ve got some gorgeous batiks for this new mystery quilt:

Fabrics Can’t wait for the first clue!  Check out her blog and join me if you can!

Question 2:  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t think my quilting differs that much from others. I like to try many different quilting techniques, from paper piecing to needle turned hand applique and everything in between. I do like to have several projects going on at the same time, so I never get bored!  If a project doesn’t appeal to me today, I’ll pick up something else.  I love to begin projects but really do try to finish them now and then too!

Question 3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

I love to quilt!  I love that I can be creative and don’t have to draw, paint or sing (I am really bad at all three).  I blog about my quilting because I’m an insufferable show off!  I love to share what I’ve been working on.  I love to share others work too – quilt shows, bee days, quilt shop hops, etc.  If I can pique your interest, make you smile or give you a tip you can use, then I feel good.

Question 4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

I take lots of pictures!  The pictures tell me what to write!  I edit the pictures in Adobe Photoshop Elements, cropping, enhancing, resizing and finally saving a version for the web.  As I go through these steps I’m actually composing  the story behind the photo.  Sometimes it is a long explanation and sometimes all the photo needs is a name.  When I write, I try to give you lots of links to other web sites, other artists, patterns, fabrics, books, tools, so on.  The internet is full of resources!  I like to share those if I can.

Passing the Baton

Next Monday, December 1 check out Postcards from Panama for the next Around the World Blog Hop posting.  Carol from Panama is another amazing Inklingo quilter!  And I just love her bright fabric choices!

This week in the US we are preparing lots of fabulous pies, turkeys and side dishes so we can celebrate with friends and family all that makes us thankful.  One thing I am thankful for is to have this opportunity to share with you!  Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

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