Monday, March 31, 2014

Ending 2013 and Beginning 2014


I started a long term sub job the beginning of November and my quilting went on hold.  I did manage to finish several pillow cases to mail to my son's unit in Cuba along with the pillow cases that were made by a love a lovely group of quilters who hang out in The Quilting Room on Facebook.


The troops appreciated them and my son sent me a picture of some to them with their pillow cases.

I also finished piecing a ton of half square triangles to make pinwheels.


I ended 2013 and began 2014 sewing the binding on my Day Dreamer Mystery.  They say whatever you do on New Year's Day you will do the rest of the year, and I made sure I was sewing. I feel that I was very productive in 2013. I completed several quilts moved several to bindingville, others to topsville, and made progress on more.  I also made a couple of bags, and other smaller items.

I have a pile of quilts all in need of hand stitching the binding down and one is at the quilter.

I also did a second long term sub job from mid January to early March which again cut into my quilting time, but the money feeds my fabric habit. :)

Since my last post I have completed the following or have them in progress:

I quilted this small baby quilt, and yes I did the quilting. I cannot do large quilts but I do very well with small ones.


I finished several rag time baby quilts for the babies being born to staff members at Tom's school. Here are just a couple of them:

 Hubby did the snipping on all four of the quilts.
 Here is the quilt I finished binding on the cruise.

This is Daisy Days. I started this quilt a long, long time ago. It is all hand appliqued.  I am not sure about the outer border. I may take it off and add a green border or I may add some more applique: green vines and flowers. 

 
I also  finished this twin size quilt top which is currently at the quilter. I am also making another larger, queen size, one with a different border, that is lighter in color. The pattern is called Argyle Beauty.

I made this cut bag with four zippers, called the Sew Together Bag.  It is by Sew Demented and the pattern can be found on Craftsy.

Outside

Inside which has three zippered pockets and is enclosed by a long zipper.

I have also made several buckets using the pattern Bucket Brigade, by Atkinson.

I made this one for Tom to keep his wire in that he is using to make jewelry.


These two are for me. The little one is going by my machine for scissors and my ripper.
The large one is going to go next to my chair for holding handwork and knitting.

I am using batik scraps to make a granny square quilt.  This is the first block.  I have the strips sewn for eight more blocks.  I need to cut them and sew them into blocks.












Monday, December 9, 2013

UFO Progress in November and into the start of December


Lightening Quick
Well in October a friend issued a challenge to get things done. Finish up those UFOs and I took her challenge to heart as you can see in my previous posts.
OFf KUiLTeR
 The first two quilts were ones that I had quilted a while ago that were waiting on me to make the binding, or as is the case with the second one, figure out what I wanted to bind it with.

Flip Flops of Summer, which also has some embellishing to be done before it is done.
November was a very busy month. I am doing a long term sub job and have not had much time to sew, though I did put what time I had to good use.
Rainbow Stars
Q is for Quilter
 I have finished a ton of pillow cases, and there is another story for a different post about pillow cases.

I also sent five quilts off to the quilter and had them return.  Last weekend I machine stitched the binding to the top of those five and two others so thy are all ready for me to hand stitch down.


Snowman Quilt
I also finished piecing all my Eat Your Fruits and Veggies charm squares and cut them into HSTs (half square triangles) so they are ready to be made into pinwheels.

Here it is December and I am trying to at least finish the binding on a couple of the quilts.  I also need to quilt a couple of baby quilts and get them ready as one baby is due in January, shortly after Christmas Break. And yes I know that the politically correct people refer to it as winter break, but I am old school and it is Christmas Break.

Day Dreamer
I am including pictures of all seven quilts that I have the binding attached to the front and a few of the HST I made.
These are the half square triangles waiting to be made into pinwheels.


I also made this cute little case for my new iPhone to protect it from the cold and scratches when it is in my purse.

Monday, October 28, 2013

More UFOs Moving Along

I have been busy working on moving my UFOs toward topsville and donesville.  I have two quilts at the quilters presently, that I need to make binding for. One I have the fabric for the other I need to figure our what to use for binding. I have cut and pieced binding for two other quilts as well.

I am working on the binding on another quilt and hope to finish it by Thursday, if not before.

I finished several more tops in the last couple weeks. One is called Summer Solstice and is partially paper pieced.  I did not do the full paper pieced border, just the corners.  I decided I was not going to keep paper piecing since it is not my favorite activity, plus I was not sure I had enough of one of the fabrics to finish all the blocks.
Before adding borders
I started with the four blocks put together, then finished paper piecing the corners and bordered it this month.  I decided I just wanted to finish it simply, rather than do a more elaborate border.
After adding borders.
Backing pressed and folded and ready to go.
I finished sewing the rows together for Barbara's Attic which is a Debbie Caffery Mystery I started a long time ago. I had misplaced a set of blocks and could not finish my rows. I finally found them in a box with another UFO and was able to finish my rows earlier this year.  I sewed some of the rows together earlier this year and finished them this month. I am debating putting a black border around the outside or just leaving it as it is and binding in black.

Barbara's Attic with the rows laid out.

I bound this table runner this month.  Here are the before and the after photos.
Before

After finishing the binding.
I completed another two tops as well. One Is made form left over hearts form the Crazy Hearts quilt made for my cousin, Janie, and the other is a second OFF KUiLTeR, using blue as the background this time. Both still need borders added.
This is a pile of the blocks before I started the original quilt. I still have a few left over to make a table runner or dresser cloth. I may use them to make place mats or large hot pads.

Crazy Hearts
Before being sewn into a top.
OFF KUiLTeR
I also finished piecing two baby quilts and bordered them.  The pattern for one is Pick Up Sticks and the other is a modified Pick Up Sticks because I goofed on the angle I was to cut the strips apart so I used them to make a variation of the design. I do not have any pictures of the blocks before I started putting the quilt together.
The smaller one with two of the borders added, though I may add one more outer border once I see if I need to make it larger.

The larger one waiting on outer borders.
Lastly is my favorite quilt. It is called Daisy Days and is one I have been working on slowly for a long, long, long time.  It is hand appliqued and It took me a long time to finish four twenty inch blocks.
I started these four blocks and and added sashing, and four borders, one of which is pieced.  I am thinking I may do some more applique on the borders with the vines.  I am also trying to decide if I want to have it machine basted so I can hand quilt it or have it machine quilted.
Here is the finished top, though I am not sure if I like the outer border.  I may need to add one more border or change it out out. What do you all think?






Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Finishing Class October 2013 and more...


This weekend was a finishing class.  I was busy on Friday night at my Snowman quilt class, where I worked on the trees.  I had the three snowmen and fourteen stars done already.
snowflake

snowman
On Saturday morning I finished the five sections of the Snowman quilt, as my goal was to finish that quilt that day.  I was able to accomplish my goal at the finishing class Saturday afternoon, and I also finished the backing, which was a fabric I found in my stash with snowmen and snowflakes on it.  It is already to send off to the quilter.
two panels put together, three more to go.   
The top and bottom halves of the snowman quilt with borders.

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On Sunday, the second day of the finishing class, I finished borders on my Day Dreamer mystery, and cut the borders and attached two to the Flip Flops of Summer quilt.  I also made backings for Q is for Quilter, Flip Flops of Summer, the Day Dreamer mystery, Simply An Illusion mystery, and the Rainbow Stars with piano keys border.

Q is for Quilter Mystery before borders
 
After adding borders
Flip Flops of Summer.  Once it is quilted I will add the ribbons back on and permanently attach them.

Borders Added!

Day Dreamer Mystery before adding last two borders.
Day Dreamer Mystery after adding the final two borders. The borders are purple not blue.
Six backs pieced, pressed, and ready to go
The two tops that were done that I also made backs for are Simply An Illusion and Bright Stars with Piano Key border.

It was a very productive weekend.  All are ready to mail off to the quilter so I can move them to the next phase.

Next up is cutting and sewing the bindings so they are ready when the quilts return home from the quilter.

I also finished the bindings on these three quilts in the last few weeks.

Finished binding this one in September. One More Time Mystery 

Finished Binding this one this month. I thought I was done and realized and I had skipped a section because I started binding twice in two different places and missed the in between section. 2010 New Year's Mystery.
I finished binding this one today.  2011 New Year's Mystery.
I have one more quilts with the binding ready for hand stitching and at least four more waiting for me to make the bindings, plus at least one table runner that needs binding, and probably more.

Now I have to go figure out which of the one on the list of UFOs I need to get to work on next....There are at least 15 of those, and that does not include the ones in need of borders or my applique projects. Yikes!  I need more UFOber!