Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 UFO List

Judy at Patchwork Times will be helping us along in our UFO-busting for 2017 by hosting a Get It Done Linky Party each month. I’m planning on playing along and hopefully getting some work done on my lengthy UFO list. Here is my list for 2017:

Jol – I started this one in the fall and I have the blocks pieced together. I still need to add a border (or two) and then quilt and bind it. I would really like to complete this one before next Christmas.

Kitties in the Middle – I have 23 blocks complete, so I hope to get more blocks done and figure out what I’m actually going to do with this one.

Vintage Kitchen – This was a free block of the month wall hanging from Jenny of Elefantz in 2015. I have the blocks embroidered and the main fabric. I know I had coordinating fabric, but it’s no longer in the project box so I obviously snarfed it up for something else. I will have to look through my shelves to find fabric to finish this one up. I hope to get this top pieced.

Hugs & Kisses – I don't have a photo of this one, but this is a baby quilt I put together a couple of years ago. I just need to quilt and bind it.

Rainbow Stars – This is from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for 2015. I have pieced the rows in the photo together, but I still need to complete stars for the border, then add the border, and quilt and bind it. We’ll see how far I can get on it.

Rainbow Forest – This is also from the 2015 RSC. I have 13 blocks done. These are paper pieced, so they take a little bit of time. I really have to figure out what I am going to do with this one, so I guess we’ll all be surprised when I actually get to work on it!

When Friends Gather – This is a McKenna Ryan BOM I started a LONG time ago. I can’t remember how old this one is. It’s all fusible applique, so it’s not too difficult. I am actually looking forward to picking this one up again. I haven’t opened the project box in a while, so I really don’t know how much more I have to go on it. I know I have some of the blocks done. The photo above is the pattern photo.

HocusPocusVille – I have all of the blocks embroidered and I have pieced the 9-patches. I’ve got the rest of the fabric cut for the blocks, so now I just have to piece it.

Sawtooth Cats – I have the blocks done and pieced. I have to complete the paper pieced border and then add it, quilt and bind. I know I put this one aside because the border was so tedious, but I hope to finish it up this year.

Spring Bouquet – This is another old BOM. I have completed the blocks in the middle, so I still have to complete the borders, then quilt and bind it.

Folk Art Cats – This is a pattern from The Stitchin’ Post that I got for my birthday a few years ago. I have five blocks done. It’s time to pull it out and work on it again.

Hello Moon – This was a BOM from April Mae Designs about 3 years ago. I’ve done the fusible applique on all of the blocks and was waiting to stitch them down when I quilt it. I picked up some sashing fabric that I thought would work, but once I got it home I really didn’t like it, so there it sits. I will find something to sash it together with and then get this one done.

That’s my list. I’ve had to adjust it a couple of time, but this is the final one. I am looking forward to working on some of these projects again…others, I’m not so sure about. But, I’m sure to make some progress on them all in 2017. I will be linking up with the 2017 UFO Lists at Patchwork Times.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Planning for 2017

Yvonne at Quilting JetGirl is hosting a planning party, and I thought I would join in. I always have lots of plans for the year…way more than I have time for. But, without having some kind of plan, I would probably just wander along and forget about some things I hoped to complete.

I plan on continuing with the same linky parties I’ve been doing this year, and I will probably add others as I come across them. I’m also adding a couple of programs to my quilting life this year. First, I will be doing Kathryn Kerr’s 365 Challenge in 2017. I know what the quilt will look like, so it’s not a mystery (I tend to peter out on mysteries when I don’t know where it’s leading). I also have my fabrics picked out, so I am ready for January 1. I don’t think I will get to a block each day on this, but I hope to get the week’s blocks done in 2-3 days each week.

I’m also going to participate in Get It Done over at Patchwork Times. Judy will be challenging us to work on one UFO per month. This might dovetail into the One Monthly Goal (OMG) over at Elm Street Quilts, though my UFO list for Get It Done is primarily piecing and finishing tops. I think I will be using OMG to try to finish the quilting and binding on some projects, though some months these two may overlap.

A goal I have set for myself for 2017 is to become at least proficient on my long arm machine. I have had it for 2 years now and I’m still not comfortable with it, primarily because I don’t use it enough. So, I hope to be on it at least once per month.

I will also continue with my stitching projects. I have embroidery and cross stitch projects going and hope to make some progress on them, especially the really old ones!

I want to spend a little more time with non-quilting sewing this year as well. I have fabric I bought to make pillowcases and bags, and I hope to spend more time on those projects.

I also have all of these books:

These run the gamut of crafting techniques, and I would like to spend some time working on at least a couple of projects or techniques from some of these books. I bought them for a reason, so I need to use them!

Which brings me to Craftsy classes – I have loads of classes and most of them I have just watched and not done the projects. I would like to work on projects or techniques from 2 or 3 of my Craftsy classes this year. Again, I bought ‘em; I might as well use ‘em!

Just a few other items I would like to work on this year…

Become more proficient at knitting socks and hats

Spend more time hand quilting

Take a class at a local quilt shop

Spend more time on my genealogy research

Complete a Stitch Book for my decorative stitches on my sewing machine

Make a Crayola Color Chart with my Crayola crayons for my color tinted embroidered projects

Get a couple of larger quilts completed for donation (this month I donated a couple of baby quilts for the fire victims in the Smoky Mountains; they also needed larger quilts for boys and men, so I hope to have some made up and ready to go if needed)

Get some Kennel Quilts made up and ready to send out when needed

Get more Ronald McDonald House quilts ready to go for our quilt guild

That’s all I can think of now. I know I have tons more I could add, but I’ll stop here. I hope to enjoy my time in my sewing room more this year, and not feel pressed to complete things. Right now, working on projects and moving them forward is fine.

So, that’s it. I hope you all are having a great holiday and are looking forward to the new year. I will probably slink off and hibernate for another week or so until my daughter leaves after the first of the year to head back to school. In the meantime, I will probably mostly be working on hand stitching projects so I’m not locked away in my sewing room away from the family. I will be linking up at Quilting JetGirl for the 2017 Planning Party. Head on over to see what everyone is dreaming of for 2017.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

All is Calm

Yesterday I picked up the needlepoint cats again. I completed a bit more on the flames in the fireplace. I think I only have 2 or 3 colors left in the flames, then they will be done. I plan on working on that today. It’s a great day to sit and stitch – dreary, cold, and rainy. I do need to clean the carpet this afternoon, but I still should have plenty of time to sit and stitch today.

I hope you are all having a great Sunday and a lovely holiday season. I will be linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. If I don’t see you before next week, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday – whatever you may celebrate!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Slow Stitching

I have been spending a little time this week working on the Autumn’s Call embroidery. Here is the pattern…

I just love the Crabapple Hill patterns and I like having the color on the embroidery. I’ve noticed that it’s much more enjoyable for me to embroider with the colored background rather than a plain white (or other color) background.

I have the pail and the pumpkin stem stitched, so I am next going to work on the pumpkin. Here it is today in my hoop…

I hope to spend a bit of time on this today. Otherwise I probably won’t be able to work on it until Tuesday Bee. We will see how today works out!

I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

UFO Sighting

I’ve decided to take a firm approach with my UnFinished Objects and try to get them done. I usually have so many projects going at once that things get lost in the shuffle, but I am going to try to make a concerted effort to clear out the UFOs and get them ready to quilt. First up is HocusPocusVille…

I finished the embroidered blocks back in February, and I picked up some Civil War reproduction fabrics to use for the pieced blocks way back then. Since then it has sat in its project box quietly. So, yesterday and today I pulled out the fabric and started cutting away at it. I’ve cut all the pieces for the 9 Patch blocks…

I will try to get them pieced this afternoon. I plan on doing the 365 Challenge for 2017 and I wanted to use the reproduction fabrics, so I needed to get these pieces cut so I can use the leftovers for that project. I still need to cut some light and dark squares and triangles for the rest of HPV, so maybe I will get those done later today or tomorrow. The remaining fabric will be available for 365C.

I’ve already run my errands this morning…I dropped off some quilts for donation to the victims of the fires in Sevier County and I stopped and picked up a Christmas gift…so this afternoon is all mine (other than laundry, which seems to be never-ending!) I will work on these 9 patches, then tomorrow afternoon I hope to get back to the Campers quilt top. For now, I will be linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation. I hope you stop by to see the wonderful projects, and have a great day!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Woman at Work

I have one Work in Progress for this week and that is the camping quilt. Today I finished cutting out the trailers and their “swooshes”…

These are all ready to fuse, so Wednesday I plan on completing at least one block.

I also have a plan for scraps for December. I want to go through my scraps and my smaller pieces of fabric and cut 6-1/2” squares. These will be used for Kennel Quilts. I have been meaning to get some made for months, but have yet to sit and do them. Maybe having some squares pre-cut will help my motivation 😊

That’s about it for today. I will be linking up with:
Esther’s Blog for WOW – WiPs on Wednesday
Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday

Monday, December 5, 2016

The First Full Week of December

It appears winter will finally settle in here in the Tennessee Valley. Brrr. This week is starting out wet and cold, and by the end of the week we are looking at snow flurries (about a month late!) This coming weekend should be dry and very cold. Perfect weather to hang out inside and sew…and consider hibernation for the winter.

This week’s agenda looks pretty much the same as my monthly goals. I need to continue working on the last Christmas gift I need to make…

Today I hope to get some of the appliqué pieces cut out and ready to press onto these background pieces. It would be great to get that done in the next couple of days.

This week I also would like to complete the block for the outgoing president of our quilt guild. I have the fabrics and an idea, so once I sit down to work on it I should be able to stitch it up quickly. I hope to get this block done by next Tuesday when I can give it to the president at Bee.

The remainder of my time (aside from the “normal” stuff I do around here) will be spent continuing the re-organizing and clearing out of my sewing room. I have my fabric and books (and a few other things) set up on my shelf units…

I still have about 3 boxes of “stuff” to go through, along with a couple of stacking bins. I’m also hoping to go through my stacks of collected patterns and magazines. Then I have the computer desk to clean up…which is a whole other project! I’m also going through all of my daughter’s beads that she left here when she went off to college way back when. She doesn’t want them anymore, so I am going through those and putting them into storage containers that are more manageable for me. I really didn’t like the containers she had them in; they just didn’t work for me. I have a bit more to go, then I will need to find a place for them in my sewing room.

I do have a couple of crochet projects I’m working on right now, so I can work on those in the evenings, along with my current embroidery project. But those won’t be my priorities for this week.

For now, I will be linking up at Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. I hope you all have a wonderful (and warm) week ahead!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Finishes

I only had one teeny tiny finish for this week. Yesterday I took out this turkey panel that I picked up off the free table at a quilt guild meeting…

...and I folded it in half, stitched up two sides, then stitched a hem around the end. I turned it right side out, and now it looks like this…

I’m going to use this to store my fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween themed table runners, wall hangings, and quilts. I picked up the panel thinking I could use it as FMQ practice, but it has sat on my shelf for about a year now. It is now serving a practical purpose! Now I can put all of those fabric decorations away with the holiday décor. Yay!

Along with still working on clearing out my sewing room, I took some time at lunch yesterday to make some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies.

 Yum yum! You can find the recipe at 100 Days of Real Food.

Also, it looks like Santa came a little early…

I guess it’s time I put up the Christmas tree! Hopefully we’ll get to that this weekend.  For now, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Go check out all of the great Friday Finishes…and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winding Down

We have been busy around here in November, so I haven’t posted in a while. We finally have everything repaired and painted from our flood in early November, so now I can get back to something close to normal. We even decided to repaint and replace the flooring in the family room…

It’s looking pretty good. The family room is right next to my sewing room and initially I was going to move my sewing room in there, but hubby decided to move his office from upstairs into the family room. Now we can both be down here at the same time instead of in opposite ends of the house.

On Sunday I raked up all of the leaves in the front yard and got them to the back yard for composting/mulching…

The dog likes to inspect the leaf piles – then jump in! This was the first time I have raked the yard this fall. That is extremely unusual. Usually Thanksgiving weekend is the last of 4 or 5 times that I have to rake. I’m sure there will be some more raking in my future since we are having rainstorms this week which will probably blow the remaining leaves off of the trees.

I’ve done very little sewing the past couple of weeks. The fires nearby in the Smoky Mountains has been foremost in our minds the past several days. The loss of life and injuries are heart breaking, as is the loss of homes and livelihoods. We usually head up to Sevierville/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg several times a year, and always at Christmas time for our daughter’s birthday and Winterfest (and some outlet shopping). But I’m not sure how the fires will affect everything going on with Winterfest. I grew up with wildfires in California, but have never seen anything like this since we’ve lived here (19 years). Hopefully the rains we are having this week will douse the rest of the flames all over East Tennessee. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by these fires.

With December here, it’s time for me to look back at November. I was able to finish the remaining 6 backgrounds for the blocks in a quilt I’m making as a gift

The rest of the work on this quilt will be fusible applique, then I will sew the pieces down as I quilt it. Completing this quilt will be my One Monthly Goal for December, since I hope to have it done by the 25th!

I started on another embroidery project this week.

This is a design from Crabapple Hill Studio. I love their patterns. I traced this one out on white fabric with a brown Pigma pen…

Then I colored it in and heat set it…

As you can see I already started working on it this week at Tuesday Bee. I spray basted some thin batting to the backside of the fabric, so as I’m embroidering it I’m sort of quilting it. I wanted to try this with a small pattern before I try it on a larger project I will start after the first of the year. I think I might get this one done this month.

The only other project I really would like to complete this month is a block for the outgoing President of our quilting guild. Here is the fabric she chose…

I can make any kind of block I want, using any colors. I have an idea of what I will do, so we’ll see how it turns out.

Today I need to finish straightening up my sewing room. It became a disaster when we had to clear out the other rooms from the flood (plus my own tornado-like skills in my sewing room). I have my closet, fabric, and books all neatly organized, and now I just have to figure out what to do with all of the rest of the crafty stuff. Some is going to the garbage and some is going to the donation station.

That’s it from here. I’m going to be linking up today with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday, and with Elm Street Quilts for the December Goals for One Monthly Goal. Head over for some great projects…and have a wonderful Thursday!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Finishes

Sunrise through the smoke 11-18-16

The fires are still burning around here and creating a bit of color at sunrise. Hopefully the rain that is supposed to come through tonight/tomorrow will help with the fires. We have only had about 3-4 rain “episodes” in the past few months here at my house…so unusual here. Our “episodes” of rain have only been 20 minutes or so; not a day full of rain. Hopefully the fires will be out soon and the air will clear and we still start getting rain soon…and be able to breathe when we go outside. This is the first autumn I’ve been in East TN (19 years) that I haven’t been able to open windows in the fall to enjoy the weather. Such a strange fall around here.

I made a little progress this week on the Christmas Circles quilt…that’s what I’m calling it for now. I finished sewing the charm pack squares to the layer cake squares, then at Bee on Tuesday I cut out the fabric behind the smaller squares.

I then took those cut out pieces of fabric and ran them through my AccuQuilt Go! cutter with the circle dye, so now I have lots of circles.

I then started sewing the circles onto the smaller squares on the blocks.

I’m doing this all raw edge appliqué, though you could use any method you would like. I have about 10 of these blocks completed, but I still have quite a few to go…42 in total. They will then be ready to put into a top. I’m pretty excited about that!

The only other work I have been doing this week has been on my needlepoint cats.

I’ve made some progress on this since last time I’ve shown a photo of it. I have some of the flames and the middle part of the cats to complete. I’m really trying to get this one done soon. I also hope to spend some more time next week working on the Campers blocks, though I will only have a couple of days for that. I will try to get a couple of the backgrounds of the blocks done today.

For now though, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Check out all of the great finishes there!

Monday, November 14, 2016

A New Week Ahead

I’m excited to get on with this week. By the end of the week my laundry room should be all done! Yay! Not bad for just a couple of weeks’ work. I so appreciate having the laundry facilities available when I need them…something I don’t think about much until I don’t have it! So on with this week!

I’ve been a little busy already this morning. I have hamburger buns rising right now, and I have cleaned the sprouts that have been on the counter for the past several days. We also temporarily hooked up the washer and dryer last night so I can get some loads of laundry done today. I still hope to get some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies made after lunch, then it will be a nice dinner of salmon, rice, and asparagus…yum! I also plan to spend a little time in the sewing room today.

Over the weekend I decided to start working on a Christmas quilt that I had planned on making this year. During the local quilt shop Shop Hop this past June, I picked up a layer cake and a charm pack from Moda’s Christmas Gatherings – Primitive Gatherings fabric line. You can see the colors in the link here, but they are pretty burgundies, greens, golds, and creams. They are holiday fabrics, but they are not the traditional reds and greens of Christmas, so I plan on having this quilt out all winter.

One of the shops in the Shop Hop had a sample of a quilt made using a layer cake and a charm pack, and it looked quick and easy and something I thought I could handle. Here is a sample of the blocks in the quilt…

I sorted out the fabrics and paired up the charm pack and layer cake fabrics. I folded the larger square in half horizontally and vertically and creased it, then lined up and pinned the smaller squares with the crease lines.

Then I raw applique stitched the smaller squares onto the larger squares.

You can see the stitching a little better from the back side of this square.

I only have 5 stitched so far, so I hope to get the other 37 done today. Then, from the backside of the larger square I will cut out the fabric behind the smaller square. You then take that cut out piece and create the circle to then applique onto another block. I like using up all the fabric! I will probably save the cutting for tomorrow’s Guild Bee, since I need hand work for that. I may also take a couple of blocks from Bird Dance to stitch if I have time. I have 4 hours to fill at Bee!

So that’s what I will work on today. The rest of this week I will probably do more work on Suki’s adventures in camping. I’m pretty much done with deadline stuff so for the rest of 2016 (all seven weeks of it!) I will probably mostly dabble in my sewing room and maybe clean it up a bit. Other than Suki’s project, nothing else needs to be done before Christmas, so I can play a bit!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. I will be linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. Head over for some great projects.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Finishes

I’m still stripping wall paper, but I got a little bit of sewing in this week.

I did finish this Vintage Holiday pillow…

This is a gift and is now winging its way across the country. I really am very happy with how it turned out and I plan on making another one for myself…hopefully for next Christmas.

I also finished up my crochet project…a poncho!

This isn’t a great photo, but this is a really easy pattern from Red Heart. I’ve never made a poncho, so I decided to make this one (minus the fringe). I plan on keeping this in the trailer for those cold evenings by the campfire in the spring and late fall. I had a lot of fun working on it, but I’m glad it’s done because crochet and knitting give my hands fits (carpel tunnel from my secretarial days!) Also, when I finished I only had about 20 inches of yarn left - woo hoo! It's great to use up all of the yarn and not have half a skein sitting around!

I also completed two blocks for a Christmas gift quilt from this pattern by Amy Bradley Designs…

I’m veering from the pattern (a lot!), but I am using the ideas and some of the applique pieces. I’m only using one of the trailer patterns throughout the quilt rather than all eight. Here is a peak at one of the blocks…

Mr. Owl

And this is the star of the quilt…

Suki girl

That’s about it from here. I hope to finish stripping the wall paper today, then by the end of the weekend we hope to be painting and finish up the laundry room. I don’t think I will get any work done in the sewing room until later next week, but we’ll see. For now, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Check out all of the great finishes this week.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Late Start to November

My first post of November and it’s already the 8th of the month! We were camping most of last week, but when we got home we found we had a leak while we were gone. Yup, a big mess to clean up! So, that’s what’s been going on around here since the weekend. Fortunately, things are not as bad as it first looked, but it’s still a pain in the neck to deal with it all. Not what we had planned for right now. Anyway, I finally got back into the sewing room yesterday and here is what happened….

I put together the Vintage Holiday pillow cover. I used the “wrong” fabrics for the corners and side pieces (according to the instructions those two fabrics should be switched), but I kind of just skimmed over the instructions of which fabrics went where. It still turned out fine and I like the larger pieces with the trees. Anyway, it’s done and I like it. This is a gift and will soon be on its way to its new home. I may try to make another one for myself for next Christmas. I think it’s a really cute pattern.

This pillow cover has flaps on the back, with this cute vintage sign fabric…

This has been a fun project. I don’t make many pillows. I think I just don’t care for the process, especially the finishing, but this project may have swayed me to make more pillows. The back turned out really nicely, so I can see more pillow-making in my future.

That’s all I have done so far this month. I ran out to the post office this morning to ship a Christmas gift, and I stopped at the pet store to get food for the critters. I have lots of laundry to do today, and more wall paper stripping (my least favorite thing to do!) I also plan on slipping in some time in the sewing room. I will be starting a Christmas project starring this pretty girl…

She’s 10-1/2 now, and still a sweetie. Here is what she looked like the day we got her, 10 years ago…

Who could resist that face? Well, I’m off to get some things done. I will be linking up at Fiber Tuesday with The Quilting Room with Mel. Head over for some great projects.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Finishes Friday!

I was able to finish hand stitching the binding down on the batik Gypsy Wife yesterday morning, so it’s done!

I hope to get a better photo soon, but I didn’t have my handy (and tall) husband around to hold it up for me. I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I have a label ready for it, so I might try to get it on this weekend and run it through the wash, then it will be ready to go to its new home. I had a lot of fun (and a few headaches) making this quilt, and I’m so happy it’s completed. This was my goal for One Monthly Goal for October, so I will be linking up with the finishes party over at Red Letter Quilts. Go check out some great finishes for October.

I had a couple of other finishes for October. First, I finished the Witches Hooray wall hanging. Actually it’s a table runner, but in my house it’s a wall hanging.

I really enjoyed the embroidery on this and I am so happy with how the borders turned out. I also like the hot fix crystals and nail heads I added…a little bling never hurts! This is on the wall in my living room as soon as you walk in, so it’s front and center. It will need to come down after next week, but I have an old wall hanging that will fit in the same spot which will work for the fall. I do have a holiday/winter wall hanging pattern in mind to make to put up in the same spot after Thanksgiving, assuming I have the time to make it!

I also finished the neutral Gypsy Wife top in October.

This one will be going up on my living room wall. I know how I am going to quilt it, and I have the backing and batting for it. It should be easy quilting, so now I just have to take the time for it. Hopefully it will be hanging up by Christmas.

That’s about all I have completed for October. I still need to work on blocks for our guild charity quilts, but that will be done by the weekend. So, that about wraps up October here in my sewing room. I probably won’t be posting much over the next week since we will be taking the trailer out one more time this year and celebrating our anniversary. Woo hoo! I will plan on taking a small hand stitching project, even though I never seem to get much accomplished when we go camping. But it should be lovely weather and a nice quiet trip.

I hope you have a wonderful week and Happy Halloween. Stay safe!

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!