September always marks the back to school routine for students and parents, leaves starting to change colors,and cooler temperatures. Another season is cycling away. I am extremely proud of my UFO no more accomplishments this year. I have freed up many tubs. What am I to do with empty tubs? That is so strange to not keep accumulating new projects. This is very unusual behavior for me. Nine months of staying on target. Now that’s an accomplishment.
On my list it is a Fons & Porter pattern “Neopolitan Delight”. It is a pieced quilt top. No applique, imagine that. Looking forward to getting started on it.
But in the meantime several things are going on. Firstly, I have successfully revived my fig tree. It had lost it leaves and was looking as if it had died. I re-potted it in a larger pot (basically, I finally took it out of the nursery pot it came with when purchased) gave it new potting mix and watered it. I will be bringing it in the house for the upcoming winter. But for now it is on the deck and sprouting new greenery. I am proud to say I did not murder my fig tree!!!!
Secondly I was asked to make a baby quilt for a friend to give as a gift. The parameters were lavender and gray nursery with an owl theme. This is what I came up with: I am finishing the owl applique by hand. Then there will be a gray skinny border and then a 4″ lavender border. I am going to attempt to machine quilt it myself. I mean after all that IS why I bought my dream machine to learn to machine quilt using it. I have been giving myself a pep talk and am pretty ready for the challenge.
Thirdly, Vickie had let me know that my 80’s “what was I thinking” quilt is completed. She has texted me photos and what a transformation. I am actually liking that quilt now. I can hardly wait to see it in person. I will get to see it next weekend. I will post photos when I get it.
This is what is going on in my UFO world right now. Hope your little flying saucers are aligning. Have a wonderful week.
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Whenever I think of August I think of sunshine and sunflowers. I was raised in Arkansas where the summers are hot and humid. We did not have air conditioning but an awesome attic fan that sucked air through every window in the house and shot it out through the attic vents. We spent out time harvesting the garden my grandmother had planted. Picking tomatoes, butter beans, purple hull peas, corn, okra and anything else she decided the plant that year. For a kid it seemed like hard work, but we sure enjoyed those canned and frozen veggies come wintertime. I remember playing hopscotch in the dust and eating ice chilled sweet watermelon. Those long ago memories become a motion picture in my head as I work on my blocks for Autumn Joy and I am thankful to have central air and the luxury of spending my free time doing what I love most and that is quilting.
The number chosen for August’s UFO is 3. On my list that is piecing 200 4.5″ log cabin blocks. Well that was completed months ago. I get a big check mark for that!!! I have chosen to work on Autumn Joy by Sue Garman.
Today, I accomplished mocking up four blocks. They are prepped and ready to hand applique. The nice thing about applique is that you can modify the original pattern at any time. Like when I screw up and forget to reverse the pattern. Who knows that but me, right! 🙂 Or I totally redesign a house because I sewed something in the wrong place and don’t want to rip it out. It just a little remodel that’s all.
This particular pattern was a 12 month BOM. I have completed 7 of them and am starting on # 8. Hopefully will have them all prepped by the end of the month with most of them actually appliqued. So my 12 months,12 projects will be 8 of 12 with four to go! Wooooooooie!!! I have even put together my UFO list for 2016… Now that is optimistic!
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