Friday, December 29, 2017

Ringing In the New Year with Final Results

Well, it's that time of the year again.

Time to ring out the old
and ring in the new.

It's the time to recheck those lists
and evaluate how the year went. 

Last year I followed along with Meredithe,
from the blog pomegranate and chintz,
who organized the 17 UFO's in 2017.

It was a big challenge.
The idea was to move those project forward and 
see progress.
It was a challenge that was positive, not one
to make you feel discouraged.
It worked!

Here's my list now.

10 out of 18 projects DONE and 
off the list.
That's about a 60% completion rate.

4 more that have been moved forward. 82%
And 3 things I just never got to. 18%

I'd say it was a positive quilting year.
Add in the extra projects that were new and not UFO's
and it makes me feel pretty good.

In fact,
with the encouragement of all of you

I'm literally singing out loud.

So what are the plans for 2018?
I'm thinking about adapting the original idea just a bit.


6  "so close" projects (UFO'S) 
You just have to do it.

6  "just start
 I'm thinking about all those
projects where I've collected the fabric, the pattern, 
and it's just sitting in a pile
 waiting for me to find the time to start.
This year I'm going to make it happen.

6  "surprises"
Not quite sure what these will be.
Time will tell.

Check out Meredithe's blog, she's planning
something similar.

I'm hoping this plan will
keep me focused, yet, will be 
freeing and exciting.

Wishing you all a year
of immeasurable blessings and joy.

Until Next Time-

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It's a Wrap for 2017!

Twas the week before Christmas
and all through the house,
there was so much commotion
it wasn't fit for a mouse.

13 stockings
hung by the chimney with care
while I was busy baking
trying to keep flour out of my hair.

When suddenly down in the sewing room
there arose such a clatter,
everyone raced 
to see what was the matter.

Vintage Ocean Waves
65" x 55"

"No problem", I said
not wanting a scene,
"I just finished the final project 
for 2017!"

It was started in the 40's
and now finished at last.
Stitched by two quilters,
one present, one past.

Just like a puzzle
the pieces were unstitched
and then sewn back together
with nary a hitch.

My eyes how they twinkled
as I looked at what was done.
So much work
yet so much fun.

It's all quiet now with
The fabric and thread put away,
so I'll stop just to wish you all
a very Happy Holiday.

Until Next Time-

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holy, Loose Tooth, Batman!

One of the most exciting thing to
happen to a six year old
is to get that first loose tooth.

You wiggle that tooth with
your fingers or your tongue
and finally to your great surprise
out it falls.
First grandson, first tooth!

I had been holding on to a pattern
that I had purchased off of Esty 
just for this occasion.

Everyone needs a special place to 
put that tooth so the tooth fairy can find it. 
This week I did some fun sewing.
I was making these super cute tooth fairy pillows.
They are made out of felt with
lots of details.

 The pattern is from 
Lindy J Designs.
You can find the link here.
She has a lot of cute things to make.

What little kid wouldn't love putting
their tooth into the pockets of these
fun pillows!

Look up in the sky.
it's a bird, it's a plane,

Complete with a logo pocket and a cape.

Holy, loose tooth!
It's Batman to the rescue!

You don't have to live in Gotham City
to have your tooth tucked away in 
this fun tooth pillow.

Now if you're looking for something a bit
more girly
How about a  9" dancing ballerina?
 Complete with a tule tutu,
glitter wings and 
a sparkly crown.
She has a special pocket
hidden under her wings.

Sometimes you just have to 
sew something fun and crazy.
Unfortunately, I missed that first tooth
but we'll be ready for the next one.

I'm not sure what the going rate is for
the tooth fairy these day, but at least,
she'll have fun leaving some $ in
these cute pillows. 
Until Next Time-

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Halo Medallion Quilt

It is so difficult at times trying to 
keep my halo perfectly centered.

And the same has been true 
as I've worked on my Halo Medallion Quilt,
the BOM available from The Quilt Show.

But, I'm happy to say,
the top is complete
and everything does appear to be perfectly centered.

 92" x92"

 The quilt was designed by
the late Sue Garman.
And working over the course
of the last 12 months, I have come to a few
new realizations. 

1.  Paper Piecing is not my cup of tea.

The entire quilt was presented as a paper piecing project.
I learned early on
 that  I would use that technique only when absolutely necessary,
like with the center medallion and, of course,
the circular flying geese. 

Most of the other borders that were
 pinwheels or hst's I felt I could 
use other methods and be just as accurate.

Isn't it great that there are a variety of 
ways to achieve the same results?

2. Fussy Cutting is not for the Frugal Fabric Cutters

If you can't stand having your
favorite yardage ending up like this skip ahead to #3,

but for those of us who get a burst of excitement and pleasure
out of creating wonderful secondary patterns and designs with the fabric
this is just a natural consequence. 

3. Round and Round We Go

When a quilt is made with a center square and then entirely of borders,
we may not realize how many times you must sew around and around.....

This quilt consists of 19 individual borders beyond the feathered star center.

Do the math
4 sides X 19 borders = 76
That means sewing around the quilt 76 times 
and trying to keep it square!
As the quilt grows so does the amount of time
and the amount of yardage you're wrestling 

with each application.

4.  Floaties are a Life Saver
Okay, that's a good thing at the pool,
but it's also true in quilt making.

Knowing how to figure out the size
 of those floating border strips
between the pieced borders is essential.
Just because the pattern says to cut them a 
particular width and length, we all know
that isn't always right. 

As my quilt grew and grew, I found
I needed to adjust those floaties.

Learning to adapt a pattern keeps
everyone happy and merrily swimming along. 

Each new quilt and stitching project
can give you new insight into what you like
or not like to do.
It can add more tools for your tool belt
as we continue to create the quilts we love.

Both of myself and the quilt are super happy
to be finished.

In fact, I'm simply beaming.
 Until Next Time-