UFO work continues. Believe it or not I am still working on January’s to do list. Arghhhh. I just can’t seem to put a realistic time from on my hand applique work. I always seem to underestimate just how long it will take. That in its self is a work in progress. So to see what I did get accomplished I did finish piecing the 2016 Saturday Sampler quilt top and got it delivered to Vickie for quilting. Big round of applause and I take my bow. That also took more time than I had anticipated. Those pesky log cabin blocks were a challenge and approached differently than I had previously made them. P.S. I like my way better. But at least I tried something new and different.
The cute woodland baby quilt got finished and I delivered it.
I finished block 6 of the Boy & Girl quilt
I am now no longer procrastinating on the yellow and green quilt. I am actually working on month 5. I thought once I got the set in y seam sections added it would be a breeze. Not so much. I forgot I had to make the bias strips for the corner ribbons and make like 50 stars and applique them all on. that is what I am working on now.
Then there is Block 7 of a Boy and a Girl quilt to prep and applique which will complete January’s to do list. Not bad considering today is March 5th. I’m on it though.
Went to Saturday Sampler yesterday saw more beautiful fabrics and quilts to inspire me. I truly believe I need to be in fabrics anonymous because I see beautiful fabric and greed takes over and I just want it. It doesn’t matter that I have a room full of beautiful fabric it seems I just want more. Feed the beast! Anyway, I controlled my self and didn’t buy any new fabric just touched it a bit. I didn’t even drool on it. Although I have to admit, reluctantly, I did purchase 2 yards Friday and the quilt shop in Rolla when I was there working. They were pieces that would work well in the Friends of Baltimore quilt that is on my list for next year. I’m currently collecting fabrics for that project.
I have a muse. I drive by this adorable barn everyday on my way to work and I fantasize about converting this into living quarters with a quilting studio on top. I know it crazy, but it’s fun to think about. Isn’t it wonderful. I know, I’m crazy.
Happy March everyone. I’m heading back into my sewing room to work on ribbons and stars.
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Fresh Beginnings doesn’t that sound inspiring.
January 1st, 2017 – 365 days of planning, sewing & finishing those pesky UFO’s. I have a sewing room full of tubs of projects I thought at one time I had to make. Many have fabrics, patterns included. Some are just the idea of the quilt, like a photograph or page torn out of a magazine. From time to time they tug at me to open them up and consider working on them. I am feeling that tug today. Yet, I have my current project on my sewing table to be finished.
Kudos to me. I cleaned my sewing room! I believe having brushed against those UFO tubs has given me the curiosity to peek into them and say, “hello, I haven’t forgtotten you”. I am truly trying to stay focused on the list I would like to accomplish this year. But sometimes it’s a challenge.
Yesterday, I had planned on cutting and sewing together 2016 Saturday Sampler quilt. Surprise, surprise, I had not completed block # 12. Seven Sisters, a block of English Paper Piecing. Slap to the forehead. I had put off making this block while I worked on A Boy and A Girl blocks. Not to get discouraged, I dug right in and started making the block. I am hoping to finish the block today.
Maybe today I can actually start sewing the quilt top together. It is a half log cabin setting. I have made a quilt like this before. The instructions for this one are a bit different than the technique I had used before. I toyed with the idea of drafting my own pattern, but have decided I will be adventurous and follow this designers instructions. Then I will have something to compare and know going forward which technique I prefer. You never know if you will like something or not until you try it. At least that’s what I’ve always been told.
Just 3 more sisters to go and I can finish this block.
I have a birthday coming up and I am trying to decide what to give myself as a present. I need a new mat for my sewing table. The one in the photo above is 36 years old and is starting to show it’s wear and tear. But then I just saw this quilt book by Jen Kingwell, Long Time Gone, and all I could think of is what a wonderful way to use up my scraps. I think the mat may wait a bit longer.
Happy Stitches and Happy New Year Everyone
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Here it is June. The days seemingly are disappearing before my eyes. My UFO projects list is whittling down as well. Such a good feeling to put to rest the once revered projects that were starting to haunt me. Yesterday, I went to the Sampler Club at our quilt shop. It’s good to spend time with people who enjoy the same interests that I have. I love the show and tell. Such inspiration. The creativity is awesome.
I got my log cabin quilt back from Vicky, who quilted it for me yesterday. It is truly beautiful. I am considering entering it into the Ozark Empire Fair this year. They have a special theme class of log cabin quilts.
My back is 85-90% well. I have gotten back to sewing but at a slower pace. I sew, get up and move around to work the stiffness out of my back. Yesterday I was able to wash a couple of windows (from the inside only). That was a nice accomplishment. I also was able to mow bits and pieces of the yard working the same way. I would mow (riding mower) a little bit and then go rest my back. Slowly getting things are getting accomplished. Feels good.
Down to last last 20″ of border to get appliqued, of course this was last month’s UFO, but still plugging along on it and pretty excited at the prospect of its completion. It is so true that quilters pour their lives into their quilts. My Bear Hollow Quilt knows my most innermost thoughts and feelings, I believe I will need to keep it close as I have never let anyone get close enough to me to know me as well as this quilt does.
My addiction to BOM’s knows no bounds. I truly love them. With that said…. I recently signed up for a BOM applique pattern by Kim Mclean titled “A Boy and A Girl Albuml”. I fell in love with the bright colors and their non traditional use in the applique. So I will be adding this project to my list to work on each month.
I suppose there could be worse things to be addicted to.
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