Just about anyone with a crafty hobby knows what UFOs are (and no, I am not referring to an extraterrestrial invasion!). They are the unfinished objects that were started and then abandoned in favour of newer, more exciting, more pressing, or easier (!) projects. They lurk in hidden corners of the sewing or craft room, sometimes forgotten for years, but in their dark corners they multiply with their secret mission to take over the sewing room!
During the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day I came across Staci, at The Confused Quilter and have joined in her mission to stop the invasion!
More of a support group than sewing challenge, each of us have set a goal for the UFOs we will finish this year. There is even a flickr group to post pictures and to keep us motivated.
This year I have committed to finishing one UFO a month. This seemed like a reachable goal and will clear up a lot of space in the sewing room (for all those new projects I am going to start this year!)
When I cleaned the sewing room last year I confined all of the UFOs to a single bucket, promising myself that should the bucket become full I would finish what was in it before starting anything new. You can imagine how well that worked….. Here is the bucket now:
At least 3 of the quilts in this bucket I inherited as UFOs for my grandmother. (You see what happens when you don’t get them under control? They go on and invade other sewing rooms!)
I also have a pile almost as big piled outside this bucket of clothing and bags, and then there is this poor quilt, which has been sitting cut out on the floor so long that I no longer remember which colours I cut for which part of the pattern.
And so, in 2011, the invasion will be stopped! We will sweep the UFOs from all the dark corners and take back our sewing rooms!
Do you have UFOs lurking in your craft space? Come and join in the fun!Read More
At the moment I have a few too many quilts laying half-finished on my sewing room floor. And a backlog of other projects that were put on hold during the back-to-school, harvest-the-garden rush. But now that things are back to normal their usual level of craziness, I have found a few minutes here and there to finish one of the quilts.
I cut the little 3-inch squares from scraps every time I make a flannel project and then when I have a big enough stack I turn them into a quilt. This is the first time I have used large squares along with the smaller ones and I like the way it looks.
It is quilted with a wavy free-motion stitch in purple thread! I don’t usually like to use colours that really stand out, but I am getting more confident with my quilting and I love the way the purple blends with all of the colours.
The binding is, of course, hand-stitched to the back. Each time I am sitting for hours with needle and thread I start to wonder just how bad a machine-stitched edge would be??? But I persevere, and in the end I know that this last finishing touch is worth all of the time it takes. And my grandmother would be proud.Read More
I was featured on the Sew Fun blog today! Eek! You can check it out here. And while you are there, be sure to check out the great Sew Fun patterns. I have sewn them all and highly recommend them. The directions are easy to follow and I have always been more than happy with the finished product (and been given many compliments when I present them as gifts.)
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My charm square quilt is finally finished!
Of course, I had to make a trip to the fabric store before I could complete it because despite my large stash of fabric I had nothing suitable for the back and binding. In the end I really love the way the dark teal sets off all of the other colours. And the back is a snazzy blue with gold dots (with a really nice sheen.)
I am enjoying free-motion quilting more and more. It certainly gets easier with each quilt. Machingers (quilting gloves), a quilting table and a darning foot have all made it so much easier. Someday I might even work up the nerve to try a real “pattern!” This time I just created some nice lazy loops all over.
I realize that these pictures aren’t the best. If I still had the quilt with me I’d retake them, but this quilt is now for sale at a local store – eek! I can’t believe that after thinking about it for a couple of years I am now truly selling my sewing (outside of custom orders, that is.) I hope there are people out there who enjoy buying quilts and pillows as much as I like making them!Read More
Yesterday I finished my very first charm square quilt. The fabric is Oddysea by Moda and I am in love with the rich colours and the fish blocks scattered throughout. The pattern was made by creating 9-patch squares and then cutting them in half in both directions. Putting the pieces together after that was a bit like putting a puzzle together – only because I was determined to have all the fish swimming to the sides and all the shells facing the same way. (a random quilter I am not….someday I should try to put the blocks just wherever they end up…it would be a good exercise for me in letting go…)
Working with charm squares was fun in that it eliminated one cutting step. However, I was disappointed to find that all of the charm squares were not cut to the exact same size, which did cause problems later on in piecing the quilt. What I really should have done was re-cut them all to the same size before I began…. but it seemed silly when the reason I bought charm squares was so I wouldn’t have to do more cutting?! I’m not sure that I would work with charm squares again, unless I cut them myself!
I really like the finished top and can’t wait to quilt it and bind it.
There is a local shop that sells handmade items that has agreed to take some of my quilts. This will be one of the first ones that I sell. I am both excited and scared about that prospect! I have so many ideas of quilts I want to make (and three in progress!) so it will be great to know what to do with them when I am done…but eek! What if no-one likes them?? The jitters of a new adventure…..Read More