Well this is a blast from the past. This was the second quilting class I took. It wasn’t difficult, but for some reason got put away to be a UFO. Well no more… here she is all finished. It’s been moved to my To Be Quilted Pile.
This pattern is Lucky Stars by Atkinson Designs. I love their patterns. They are so well written. I did mine in 20 different batiks and Moda grunge white.
I’m thinking just an all over pattern with neutral or white Glide thread. I have a white batting and a batik backing for it. It’s so colorful, I’m really stuck on a good thread for this one. I’ll need to think and do some research.
So at the end of 2013, I did inventory and have to start working the numbers down. The two big numbers were UFO – Needs Piecing and UFO’s - needs quilting. So here’s the numbers as they currently stand.
- UFO’s Piecing – 21
- UFO’s Quilting – 23
This doesn’t take into account current blocks of the month. These are just old past projects that I need to get done.
So when I did inventory late last year, I found I had quite a few UFO’s. When my LQS – Quilters General Store put on the 1st annual UFO quilting retreat in early January, I went and managed to get some projects done.
So not a great photo, but I got Trailing Diamonds done… this is in Japanese Fabrics. Notice the fussy cut borders… I remember why this sat as a UFO for so long…those were a major pain because they were so long.
Also, got Forget Me Not done which was a QAL 2 years ago by Pam Buda. Not sure why this one sat, as I just had the half square triangles to do and put it together… it was a snap. Next to move to the to be quilted pile, which is just as large as the UFO pile, but at least they are moving along.
I’m doing several BOM this year and this is one I couldn’t resist. If I ever get out to Nebraska I want to go The Quilted Moose. Well… It looks like the shop is on the outskirts of Omaha, not too far from the Quilt Museum, which has been on my list.
Anyway, I digress dreaming of future quilting road trips. Debbie Roberts of the Quilted Moose wrote this beautiful book Baskets, Birds and Boughs: Quilts Year ‘Round. This quilt was done in Jo Morton fabric and in the Japanese Taupes in the book. Homestead Hearth offered both colorways. Since I have a lot of Reproduction going on I opted for the Japanese Taupes. A picture of the full quilts is here. I complete the first month, which was the center and this aptly named block The Whirling Star.
I think with all the blocks I’ve done with my friend Polly from my favorite LQS Quilter’s General Store, I have finally learned something. It came out right on 18.5″… I made sure to do a little over-sizing and cutting it down to just the right size in an attempt to not loose any points. I sweated it for awhile there… but plunged ahead. Next month is the applique. Not my strong point, but I will persevere.
While it’s blazing cold and snowing relentlessly, I managed to work on some more blocks.
I got the next set of 4-Star General blocks done
and the Civil War Sampler blocks done this month as well.
Happy New Year… I finished two pair of socks recently. Both of these are made out of Sophie’s Toes yarn.
I also got a nice surprise on the last day of the year. I got a fat quarter bundle of reproduction fabrics – Jefferson County by Jeanne Horton. This bundle is gorgeous. I can’t wait to use them.
Since it’s a New Year and I’ve been inventorying my UFO’s… I’ve decided my goal for this year is to actually quilt more quilts. I’m great at piecing, but need much more practice at the quilting. I’ve been working on quilting the purple quilt that I’ve auditioned motif’s for, but it’s a slow process. Hopefully I’ll have something to show on that one before long.
So not much going on around here New Years Eve. In fact, I’m hoping to get some quilting done. In the meantime, I finished two more tops. Both of these are from Jo’s Little Women journey 12.
This is Arlington, which I changed up, so they don’t exactly float. I do love how it turned out. I’m getting good at these directional borders.
This one is Gratitude, which I love… it was fun and turned out awesome. The gals at the quilt shop picked out the fabric on this one for me and it turned out great. I really couldn’t be more pleased and I can’t wait to quilt it.
For the holidays I made a couple bags. These each took 1 charm pack and 1 yard of fabric for lining and pockets. There was also some iron on interfacing for the middle. These were easy and fun to make. The recipients seemed to like them.
So I’m working on a surprise… this just a little teaser. I have the quilt pinned out and hope to get to the quilting soon. This is what I’m thinking…
These for the body,
this for the inner border to break up the butterfly motifs,
and this for the outer border.
Well this is how I’m thinking…hopefully I can pull it off.
Whohoo! My husband got me a Pfaff Passport 2.0 for my birthday this year. It’s quickly become my go to piecing machine. As you know I love to do very small blocks as often as possible and this machine just makes them come together quickly and easily. I have to say I missed the IDT from my old Pfaff that died in the accident with UPS. I don’t think I’ll ever be without the IDT again. I’m totally smitten.
Total disclosure, I’ve been lusting after this machine since it came out, but said… ok I’ll wait for the reviews. The reviews are stellar and I’ve watched them fly off the shelf and not show up on eBay. Anyway, I mentioned I wanted one more machine to the hubby…well I walked into my quilting room one day and there it was on my pressing station. Whee!
So other than the IDT being totally awesome! Another thing I love… it’s only a smaller machine, but it has some serious power. It hasn’t balked on thick seams. Finally one of the bests parts is the feet are not wobbly. I love how they have a solid feel for snap-on feet. Put on the IDT – no wobble at all and best of all…when I put on the 1/4″ foot… it was a scant 1/4″ no fussing whatsoever. No moving the needle this way or that… it was bang on right out of the package. Kudos to Pfaff… this is one stellar machine for piecing. I have no comment on the quilting as I do that on my Sweet Sixteen.
Anyway, I was giving myself a neck ache as I put it on top of my Tracey Table, so I ordered an insert and it got here right away. I made the necessary adjustments and in about 15 minutes it was flush. No more neck ache.
So back in August I ordered a new La-Z-Boy chair – the Vail chair. It’s a smaller chair that fits me perfectly. No rocker as I want to be able to spin and don’t need the rocking. Well it came and instead of being the pleasing pink I picked out… it was this insanely bright salmon color. Even the folks at the store were like no way is this the sample. So, I got to pick a new color and went with Saddle in their performance fabric. I love the color… it just goes with everything and the fabric is so soft and warm. Yeah! I now have a chair to sit in and do my needle work, spinning, and crafty work.
A freebie iron…hey can’t beat a free. I bought something at Kohls using their “bucks” after the time frame. Well ended up didn’t need the item, so I took it back, but had to do an exchange only. Since I only had a few minutes to do the exchange I ran back to the irons and grabbed one. It’s a B&D the little sister of the one I normally use. Not as nice as the Digital Advantage, but not bad for free.