Saturday, January 31, 2015

Whilst digging through the closet...

I found two UFO's that were very near completion so I dragged them out with the intention of getting them done and ready for the 'to be quilted then donated' pile!!  This one simply needs a backing so will root through the stash and see what juvenile fabrics I can come up with.  Hope there's some good stuff in there!!

 
And this one only needs a border on the two sides to make it big enough (think this one was done when Judy L was hosting a sew along).  The one above will go to the women's shelter and, of course, the 2nd will be a QOV!!  I'm feeling a little sense of accomplishment after having been a slug for so long!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Stash busting

WOW!!  Isn't this an exciting picture?  Looks like a plain ole piece of wrinkledy fabric, doesn't it?  Well, that's pretty much what it is--a BIG piece of plain ole wrinkledy fabric!!  HA  I can't post on this blog without having a photo so I just threw it down on the floor and took the picture.  But I did that to share with you my excitement at how much of my stash I've busted (not nearly enough, mind you, but it's a start!).  I was reading Alycia's blog the other day and she was selling stuff on Etsy.  We were chatting and she said she was selling to get funds to buy backing fabric for the QOV's.  WHAT?!!  Had she not heard of my stash woes?  Guess not.  I told her if she would tell me sizes, I could make her some backings.  She gave me a size and I started whipping them out (sorta).  I've got four done and have been cutting the leftovers for pillowcases.  I want to get a few more done before sending them to her but so far there's 14 1/2 yards OUT of the stash.  WOOHOO!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Another binding DONE!

 
This is a free pattern from Bonnie and I really like it!!  First and foremost, it was selected as a way to use up my scraps (but of course, barely nicked the top of the pile on this!!  UGH).  It has been quilted for QUITE some time and I finally pulled the trigger to just get it done when I saw the binding challenge.  So this is my 2nd binding finish this month and I'm glad there was a little motivation to do it (it's a cryin' shame it takes me something like that to finish).  This will be a donation to some worthy group (still trying to decide on QOV, women's shelter or vet home--too many groups to choose from!!).  HELP ME DECIDE!
 
Looking forward to working tomorrow night at the Ronald McDonald house.  Our church group serves dinner once a month there and it blesses us way more than anyone at the house.  We have a gal that does most of our menu planning (and she does a FABULOUS job)--we just do the cooking.  Tomorrow is soup night so we'll have a variety of homemade soups, green and fruit salad and breads plus, of course, desserts!  YUMMY!  I'm making a hamburger vegetable soup!!  'Unfornately' (NOT) it's not soup weather here.  We're having a really nice touch of summer with a few days in the 70's!  That's OK, soup's good anytime.  LOL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Another completion

This was one of the ones I mentioned that merely needed binding added to finish it up and now..IT'S DONE!  Not sure what will become of it but it could be a baby quilt, could be a table topper--hmmm.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Binding

I've seen in a couple of places in blogland where there's a group trying to get quilts to the COMPLETELY finished stage by putting binding on.  Wasn't sure I had anything needing the binding but I had 'crap' in the bottom of my closet and pulled it out this morning.  WHOA!  Five quilts (some are Schnibbles but still) needing just binding.  I already had paper pinned to each one telling me how many strips I needed for each.  So that will be a project.

Also was looking for the blocks to go with the Quilt Doodles BOM from last year and found what I think are all that I'd finished.  Looks like I'm missing a couple of months so may hafta bite the bullet and buy those from the designer.  This is what the finished quilt looks like--


I think it's absolutely adorable and really want to get it done.  So that will be in the works as well!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fini

It's done..maybe.  I'm still trying to decide if it needs one more border.  Those little side borders were cut 1.5" per the blog instructions so would be 1" (if I'm lucky) after the binding is stitched on.  I'll decide and either do it or not, get a backing made then off to the longarmer.  I have a civil war repro top that'll be my next finish it up project.  It really just needs a couple of borders and backing, YAY!

 
I also have one more donation quilt ready to go--just needs a backing pieced before going off to quilter so will get that done.  Maybe the rest of the quilt that goes along with the snowman faces will be the next I'll tackle.  We'll see as things are ALWAYS subject to change around here especially since it looks like we're going to have a string of 60 degree days coming up.  I can't WAIT!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Another one almost finished

I've been working on the Spell It With Moda Fabric alphabet quilt that they did as a designer blog hop awhile back.  I've had the letters completed for some time so just needed to put the sashing units on each letter and make the little extra filler blocks.  I've got ONE filler left today and the final assembly and this will be another flimsy ready for the longarmer.  I think it will look cute hanging on the wall as a 'back to school' time quilt.  How's it lookin'?

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DANG!  There's a shadow on the left.  Oh well.  If you look closely and with a discerning eye (HA!), I coordinated some of the letters with colors or fabric to match the letter (B has a bunny AND it's blue, there are fish in the F fabric, O is orange, etc--aren't I clever?  Not really).  I'll probably finish it up tomorrow and will take a completed picture then.  I think I'm moving at a decent pace getting some UFO's done.  We'll see how long that continues.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jelly roll quilt

I finished another top and just need to get busy and get the back made.  Will get that accomplished today.  This one turned out 66X72 and that was just about the same size as the snowball quilt, which was finished and backing made!!  WOOHOO!!  Think this one looks more like a women's shelter prospect than a QOV.  What do you think?
 
 
I've got the brown 'roman stripe' top that I'll measure and see if it needs borders.  If so, will get those taken care of in the next day or so and then move onto another red, white and blue quilt I started in a long ago workshop with Lyn Roddy Brown.  That one's for me!!  It will be my 4th of July quilt and maybe this one will actually get done BEFORE the holiday rolls around again!!  LOL

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Reminder to ME!

I've wanted to do this quilt ever since the book came out.  I LOVE this quilt!!  Everytime I see a photo of it, it reminds me yet again how much I want to make it.  Bonnie has been teaching for a week over in the Plano/McKinney area and this was one of the last class projects before she moves on to AZ.  AGAIN the picture.  After I finish a few more UFO's, this will be the project I start.  LOVE IT!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Working on UFO's

After completing the two most recents and taking them to the longarmer, I decided the next thing I'd work on was one of the UFO's I posted about in my 2014 wrap up. 

I'm REALLY tempted to keep this one but it will most likely become a QOV.  Think I'll put two more vertical rows and one or two more horizontal then possible a border.  That should make it large enough to cover any vet, no matter what size he or she is!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Back for flimsy

I got the backing pieced for the little tree quilt today.  Had a few leftover trees (like most Christmas tree lots do) and used them in the backing.  I think it turned out pretty cute even though it'll never get seen.

Now I need to get busy and make the backing for the Halloween quilt and I'll have two ready for quilting.  Then I'll have to poke around and maybe work on one of those UFO's I posted the other day.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hope I do better this year than I did last year!!