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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