Saturday, July 2, 2016

UFO Challenge - July

I wonder how many new UFOs I've managed to create since last time I checked in with Vicki's monthly UFO challenge.  Despite not spending a lot of time in the sewing room, I'm pretty sure there are some new projects that didn't show up last time I reported.  I think my biggest problem is that nothing on the "in progress" list is inspiring me.  I need a fun project, that will keep me going back there, because my longarm is pretty much full up with customer quilts, so getting my own off the 'to be quilted' list is not happening these days.

It's time for this month's UFO roundup, so here goes.  The pictures are two of the new starts, which are ready for quilting. They'll be heading off to Victoria's Quilts in the fall, so that should ensure they get some time on the longarm over the summer.

At the beginning of April I had the following projects:
12 in progress (oops, that's a step backwards)
7 planned but not started
18 to be quilted
5 to be bound

I did manage 4 finishes, despite my lack of entry into the sewing room (year to date - 20 finishes).  And also created a few more UFOs in training.  Now I seem to have:
12 in progress
7 planned but not started
21 to be quilted
3 to be bound


The detailed list for the past 2 months, so I can keep track of where I am :)

In progress:


  1. Scrappy pineapple
  2. Row by row 2015
  3. Edge of 17 shop hop quilt
  4. Kaffe stripes
  5. Patchwork Year 
  6. Gardener's Alphabet
  7. Merry Mayhem
  8. Stars 
  9. WindingWays
  10. Blackford's Beauty (Block Party)
  11. baby giraffe (mini Giraffe Abstractions)
  12. dashes (Block of the Month win)

Planned (fabric bought and/or collected)
  1. recipe wall hanging
  2. drunkards path variation
  3. Christmas wreath
  4. Christmas reindeer
  5. two cityscapes/panels
  6. ombre flying geese (leftovers from Spectrum) 
  7. Jeans quilt
to be quilted
  1. Building Blocks - 2012
  2. Easy Street - Bonnie Hunter 2012 mystery
  3. Turquoise Trails - 2013
  4. Labyrinth - 2013
  5. Rainbow Explosion - 2014
  6. Brights baby quilt - April 2014
  7. Tell it to the Stars - Judy Laquidara 2014 mystery
  8. Block of the Week
  9. turquoise &; brown rectangles
  10. turquoise & brown diamonds 
  11. One Block Wonder #2
  12. Border Creek Station mystery (started Oct 2014)
  13. one-fabric quilt
  14. baby reflections 
  15. giant scrappy swoon
  16. Disappearing hour glass #3 
  17. 2.5" plus quilt
  18. 5" plus quilt
  19. Modern plus quilt
  20. Houses
  21. Reflections of the North

to be bound
  1. turquoise & brown baby quilt
  2. 2 disappearing hour glass quilties
  3. Kaffe stripes quilty
Finished since last report
  1. Ascension 
  2. Allietare - Bonnie Hunter 2015
  3. Missouri Star drunkard's path
  4. Glorious and Free
 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Stash Report - Jun 12

Despite very little activity i the sewing room lately, I do have a finished top which I can report for this week's stash report. My plus quilt used about 4 yards of fabric from my scrap bins and is ready for quilting.

Binding on Glorious and Free used 1/2 yard of fabric. It's been a while since that was finished, but it never got included in a stash report.  So that's 4 1/2 yards out this week (month?) and nothing in.

I also finished this top, but I don't have any stash usage to claim since this is a shop sample and the fabric was provided.  The colours are Kona white and Kona Highlight - the 2016 colour of the year.


2016 totals:
75 1/4 yards in
106 1/4 yards out
Total: 31 yards out
Head over to Patchworks Times today for more stash reports. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Quilting Goals

Last month didn't go too well, on the "One Monthly Goal" front.  My lack of focus in my sewing room means that my plan to finish the border on my star quilt did not even get started.  But, new month, new goal. I'm trying to pick up my socks (or my needles, as the case may be) and get back on track. For this month, I need to finish quilting on a shop sample that I've been working on.

This top is actually finished - I'll get a picture up soon. But this month (hopefully in the next week) I need to get this quilted so it can go on display at the shop.

Check out other goals at Red Letter Quilts.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Project

I've been working on this project in between other activities for the past few weeks.  I stayed with no plan,  just an intention to make pluses using as many different fabrics as I could.

There are over 800 pieces in this little quilt, and over 175 different fabrics. I think I managed my intent of not repeating any fabric,  except a couple of the single squares at the end.  I pretty much ran out of fabric options in my scrap bin  by the time I had this finished.

Now it just needs a backing and I can finish the up this donation quilt. I'm tempted to make a companion from 5" squares (this one is 2.5" squares), but I think I need a break from this pattern first.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A New Project

I have a new project on the go tonight, after a dry spell for the past few weeks. Using the lovely colour of the year - Highlight - from Kona to make a drunkards path variation.

One might think this bright yellow would be enough to keep me awake,  but that isn't turning out to be the case. So I won't be getting as much done tonight as I had hoped to do, but it is nice to be working on something new.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Absent Blogger

I've been a bit remiss in my blogging lately. Mostly because my long arm business has taken off and is keeping me quite busy.  That's a good thing,  but has made it hard to carve out blogging time.  So I've decided to try something new - blogging through email. This will hopefully make it easier for me to link pictures to my posts,  without having to download them from my camera every time. So this post is an experiment :)

A couple of weeks ago the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild participated in a quilt show. We displayed several quilts from our members,  to showcase modern quilting for visitors to the show.

This quilt was my favourite,  and i think might be in my list of future projects.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

One Monthly Goal for May

It's already a week into May, and I can't figure out where the time has gone.  I did manage to finish my April project (Glorious and Free), but now I need to decide what I can possibly get finished in May. Right now, I just want to get back to sewing - life has been more about customer quilts, a modern display at the local quilt show, and life in general. I haven't been in the sewing room working on my own projects for a couple of weeks now.

I did finish the border on my house quilt (and I see I never showed a photo of that, so here it is).

So this month for my One Monthly Goal, I think I will try to find time to finish the border on the companion star quilt. I have a plan, I have the fabric. I just need to make a couple of dozen flying geese to get started.