Wednesday, March 31, 2010

UFO #25

When I got this quilt back from the quilter, Tommye in Moab, I couldn't help but think of my sister.

When I was in high school, my parents built a new house and my sister wanted her bedroom purple.  This was much to the dismay of my mother, but to her credit, she relented and let my sis have a purple room--(Mom hates purple).

While sewing down the binding for this, I just felt I needed to give it to my sis.  So it is now boxed up and on its way to Atlanta.  The blocks are from a birthday block exchange that I joined in on.  This quilt used the blocks that went with the lavendar theme.  I added the friendship stars and the strings to make it up to size.
This is the other quilt made from birthday blocks that I finished last week.

How Did One Quarter of the Year Pass Already?

A stack of quilts taken to Family Connections Center.  I still have a few that I didn't take.  But, as the head of the center there was happy to take these, it lifted my spirits.  I seems a mom had gone in just that morning with the report that her heat at been turned off and she had five children that were in need of more warmth.  I cannot judge as to why these things happen--I just wish that they didn't.  So if the heat is turned off, isn't the way to get warm water turned off too?  Is that how we explain to minor children the harsh realities of life.  Too many questions and our politicians aren't coming up with any answers.

With the date of 3/31 now on the calendar, I've finished 25 of my UFO's.  I'm working now into some projects with more to finish and also some bigger ones, so my numbers won't be as large.  But I am now officially 2/3 the way through my UFO list!  I'm already thinking of some things to start on that aren't on that list!

Friday, March 26, 2010

A New Look in the Bedroom

The quilt is now quilted and on the bed.  I'm not sure about the shams--I'm thinking I'll probably make some out of the fabric leftovers from the quilt.  These are just some I found at Kohl's.  They don't have enough body.  But, I love the quilt!

This is a close-up of the quilting.  Tommye Paddock of Moab, UT quilted it for me.  She's quite the quilting artist! 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's Part of the Journey

Binding isn't my most favorite part of making the quilt, but by the time you get to the binding, it's really exciting to see how it will turn out.  It's been a long time since I did a quilt as big as this one, and it's a bit cumbersome, but I got the binding sewn on and now I just need to finish this one by hand.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Waste Not Want Not Blocks

Hoping to answer some questions about this block.  I got a one page direction sheet from a site that is no longer online and I've even lost the sheet--so here goes with some sort of directions for those that have asked.
The Waste Not Want Not Block pictured here is a 8.5 unfinished block.  It uses 2.5 inch squares sewn into a four patch with the placement "flipped" as shown.  That makes a unit.  The next "unit" is a Half Square Triangle unit that measure 4.5 inches when trimmed.  I like to use 5 inch squares and then trim.  Notice the placement puts the dark at the left side.  (This can be flipped for placement into a quilt pattern.)  The Buckeye Beauty or Jacob's Ladder Block is very similar.  Most of those are made in a 12.5 inch size and I have made the Buckeye Beauty in many quilts,  as in this quilt but I like the smaller size of this 8.5 inch block.  If the dark 2.5 inch blocks are placed so that they string straight through the block, the result will be very different.  Also the placement of the HST so that the dark is at each corner makes a difference too.  This is a fun block to play with as there are endless possibilities.  Isn't that what makes quilting so much fun?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Waste Not Want Not or as hubby calls it--Heinz 57

I think there is a scrap from nearly every quilt I've done in the last two years in this quilt.  It started out as a swap and then I decided swapping wasn't worth the postage $, so I just started using up scraps of my own--I certainly had plenty.  I love the look of a scrappy quilt and this one is one I'll certainly do again.  Can do the squares as leader--enders Bonnie Hunter style!  The backing is a heavy flannel and it presented a string of adjustments, but I finally figured out something that worked and I found I really like using: Signature Spun Polyester Size 30 Thread, with a size 16 needle.  The one I used for this one is "Sandy Hues" in a light tan verigated tone.  It's a bit pricey and I'm certainly going to build my stash of this when JoAnn's has a sale as I love the way it looks when quilted on my home sewing machine.  It gives a better defintion to the quilting.  'Nuff said.  Anyhow this is a bit larger than any I've done on my machine--54" x 72".  A good size donation quilt for the Family Connections Center.  This one is UFO # 20 and the Laurel Burch is UFO #21...Whaaaa HOOOO!

More of Laurel Burch

This happy quilt used up the remainder of my Laurel Burch "dogs" border fabric.  I had fun using it and this one turned out totally different than the previous posting.  I used Aurifil 30 for the quilting and I'm thinking I like the Aurifil better for piecing.  I also tried using a stencil with a washable marker to mark it and then I quilted the design in some of the plain squares.  The rest is stitch in the ditch.  Design # 305 for the binding lay-down.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another UFO completed!

Yesterday I completed another UFO.  This one I finished piecing on New Years and I finally got a backing fabric.  Completed size is 60 X 60 so it was a bit larger than I usually do, but I worked it through my machine.  The backing is turquoise and I felt I needed white on the top and I think I'll be more careful about choosing two colors of thread again.  Sometimes the turquoise showed through to the white.  Not too bad, but enough that it was a bit troublesome.  This is the quilt that sent my bobbin flying, and after getting my machine back, it was much easier to quilt.

I've been a bit under the weather and not feeling like doing much.  I did finish up some blocks for Sunshine, using the Laurel Burch dog fabric.  I have a small piece left for some blocks for the July lotto, but now Laurel Burch is nearly gone from my stash.  The next "famous" fabric I have is "Very Hungry Caterpillar".  Don't know when I'll get around to that.

Here is the "flimsy" or the quilt top before quilting.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I miss my sewing machine already!

Monday while sewing, the bobbin in my machine went flying.  I realized I'd need to take the machine in for a tune-up.  My Featherweight hums and purrs with a quiet assurance that it's doing its job with precision.  Yet, I miss the speed at which I could sew on my Bernina.  I realize each year when I take my machine in and use this one for some pieceing, how fast I've become used to sewing.  Right now I'm working on a backing for a quilt that I hope to quilt soon. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Totals for 2010--So Far!

Okeedokee--here's what I've been working on for the first two months of 2010.
January--9 total UFO's to completion
February--9 UFO's to completion and one WHIMM (work hidden in my mind) completed.
Blocks sent to Sunshine for assembly for quilts for either WAS or WTIL--14 I think--I didn't keep very good track on that one and I didn't keep a photo.  (Actually I have the March blocks done and counted in that total.)

Seems like when the weather is bad outside, I spend my time sewing and sewing.  Now we're having a few sunny days and I'm really getting spring fever!

The quilt pictured here started from leftovers that I purchased of the Bears!  It is actually UFO #18.  I made happy squares and used them in a quilt or two for Sunshine and had Bev in Alaska quilt them and send them on to either Wrapped in Smiles or Wrap Them in Love.  I had a few happy blocks left and a major piece of the bear fabric and just enough of the black and tan checks to make a strippy quilt.  The fabric I used for the back is actually a very nice fabric I bought at a LQS in Durango, CO for another project, but after it sat for awhile the project just didn't ring any bells for me and so I just used it up as a backing.  Luckily I had some blender that I could use for a binding!  I tried doing some heart quilting across the top.  I used a stencil for the design and it came out just "okay" but not too bad.  Some stencil designs lend themselves to quilting better than others.  I just free motioned the rest of the quilt in loops and curves.  I outlined the bears at the bottom.

I sandwiched some UFO's ready to quilt, but, they are awaiting my wrist healing a bit from overuse.  I started some piecing on a new project~~Yippee!  Something new!  I'm going to have to find some fabric to use as borders etc.    ...Will post pictures later!