Monday, January 19, 2015

What's on the design wall in January? A Reverse Round the World Quilt!

I have had nothing on my design wall since last September.  Well, those fishies are getting covered up by a new quilt top.  It is a "reverse round the world".  I got this kit from my friend, Caryl, in December.  I think it has been calling my name, so today after I sandwiched my gold and green exploding pineapple baby quilt, I started putting the RRW on the wall.  I must say, I was a tad negative toward a couple of the fabrics.  The maroon and the greyish pieces just look too solid and too bold for the rest of the quilt.  I did some substituting: I removed the maroon barn board fabric and replaced it with some pinkish-maroonish with tangerine mix with tad of lightness. I like that description.  I also replaced the greyish blocks with a similar shade of fabric that had a little pink and green activity on it, so it does not come across so very bold.  See my photos, below.  You can see how checker-boarded the first one looks and how the second one seems to flow together better.  I am leaving the green as it is. 
I have the blocks on the left a tad crowded, due to not
having a wide enough design wall.

This is my second version. I think it looks better.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Cataloging UQPs

At the beginning of 2014, I went through my piles of projects and made a list of unfinished quilting projects (UQPs).  I rather like that better than UFOs.  If I did a list of UFOs, then I would have to include other 'objects', that are not quilts, on my list of unfinished 'objects'.  For instance, my unfinished Yeti Skills badge, tidying up my office, and completing my family genealogy!  Now, finishing my Yeti Skills badge is just 20 minutes of my time away, however, the other two are extremely elusive, and they are just examples of the mountain of non-quilting things I have waiting in the wings to complete.
     This morning, I sat down and went over last year's list and made a totally fresh, updated, list of unfinished quilting projects.  The good news is, I have two less on my list than last year. Success! Yeah!  I only have 28 UQPs for 2015.  The tough part is resolving not to add any further (new) projects during the timeframe of 2015.  I have high hopes of knocking out at least 8 of these projects.  I already started on my first one, Friday night.  I am getting my "15 Minutes of Play" quilt quilted.  I did all the stitch-in-the-ditch last night.  Now I just need to quilt in the border area and bind it.  I think I can have it done in two days (despite a couple "objects" that need doing, such as taking down the Christmas decorations).  That "15 Minutes of Play" quilt top was completed in February 2014. You can see it on my post of 02/13/2014.  I should have this completed UQP to post in the next week or so; in under a year, since the top was finished.[typed Saturday morning]
Sunday morning: I finished it last night. I have to take a photo to post. I will add that later.  I finished my first project of 2015! 
Ta da!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Completed in December 2014

I had three quilts that I finished in September through November, but just did not get the binding on.  I finished the binding on "Aoi Has Two Sisters" quilt.  Refer to what was on my design wall in September.  I also completed my "Sunset Sail"; got it back from Bev Hoek, my long-arm quilter, in September.  Also, I completed piecing the "Christmas Box" quilt in November and Phyllis Oneal long-arm quilted it the first week in December. I did a cheaty binding on it, so it was finished by December 9. "Sunset Sail" was finished on December 28, and "Aoi Has Two Sisters", I finished binding it on December 31.  Good-by 2014.  It was a busy year.  Now, I am going to prepare a cup of tea, find my list of UFO's and some gluten free shortbread cookies, and sit down and mark some things off my list and add two more, I think.  Plus, Caryl V. from Melba forced some reverse drunkard's log cabin thing on me, so I must add that to my list! Oh my!  Well, following are some lovely photos of those last three quilts from 2014.  I am so happy that the Sunset Sail and Aoi I started and completed in the same year.  That is pretty impressive for me. I am now thinking about a nap, but tea, list, and GF shortbread cookies . . . I almost forgot!
Christmas Boxes, blocks made from "hideous fabric" by Knotty Quilters

Sunset Sail quilt

Aoi Has Two Sisters, Japanese quilt inspired by my trip to Seattle

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

I did a lot of stuff this year. I think I completed 10 quilts. I have two that I have not posted the photos of yet; I need to get them off my camera.  I had surgery on my foot, took a short vacation to Seattle last August, one trip up the river last summer, went wading in Big Rattlesnake Creek, ate watermelon, cleared a few things out of the house, painted the dining room wall, took on a kitty sitting job for six to seven months, took a few barn photos and a couple train photos in the snow.  For Christmas, I got a new sewing chair! I am making a commitment to get at least four UFO's completed in 2015.  Happy New Year!
This one was coming into the Nampa yard last Sunday.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rustic Crazy Snowmen Wallhanging!

Someone wants to know why I made so many bags in 2014.  Between the big quilt projects, I like to do quick and easy projects to get that instant gratification.  There is no instant gratification in making quilts.  It is exciting to shop for fabric, to choose out of your stash which fabrics go together, getting the top all pieced, and then when it is done, but it takes awhile to get through the entire process.  I think that is what turns a lot of people off to quilting. It takes a lot of time, but the end result is fabulous!  I love it.  I have finished my rustic snowman wallhanging! Yeah.  These can also be rather instant gratification projects, if you get down and stay with it for a week.  This one is 20' X 20' and is hanging on a stick, as described in a post I did last July 25, 2014.  I think I put more red into it than I thought, but I love it!
The one on the upper right's name is Curly Joe.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Year in Bags

I have mailed out all my Christmas greetings and have everything I need to make some most excellent fudge.  We've cleaned out a few things, rearranged a tad, and bought a couple new things.  This year I made snack bags for a number of folks including all the ladies in the Cloverdale Ladies Society.  Below are photos of all the bags I made this year (and a couple of pillow cases, thrown in for good measure).  I made ten bags. Some of them got a little out of hand on the size for snack bags . . .you could get a full sized bag of Doritos in a couple of these bags!  The second photo down shows both sides of the same bag; the one I made for Elverta.  You can see the Laurel Birch elephants on one side of that bag and Laurel Birch kitties on the other side.  It was an excellent year for making bags!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

All the Cute Laurel Birch Elephants

All the cute Laurel Birch elephants are on the back of this baby quilt now.  This view is of the new front, which was formerly the back of the quilt. The new name of the quilt is: Modern Baby Quilt.
The moral is: Always look carefully at your Friction Pen, to make sure it is really a Friction Pen and not a Bic permanent marker, or your elephants and borders will have permanent blue lines on them.