Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Last of the January UFO's

As you know I've declared this year the year of the UFO finishes. To help I joined in on Judy's UFO Challenge and my list can be found here
January's UFO from my list was Dotty About Scraps a scrap quilt from far too many years ago,

This was my first scrap quilt and my first self designed quilt. It's approximately double bed sized.

I struggled with thinking on how to quilt this, probably why it's been in the box for so long. I normally draw out a quilting plan for ideas but decided to just wing this one.

First up I quilted straight(ish) diagonal lines through all the chain squares, through the sashing and into the borders

This gave me large. bordered areas of unquilted spaces. In these I quilted a made up motif of curves and straight (ish) lines. Again going over sashing and borders as necessary.

The pictures above aren't the best sorry as I used a Superior Threads King Tut variegated thread which blends in really well.

It shows up alot better on the back. I love this backing fabric by the way. I think I'm going to have to pick up some more. It's a lightweight upholstery fabric and great for backings.  You can see a sneak peak of the spotty binding I used too.

And the finished quilt

So that's January finished and three UFO's out of the box and finished. Roll on February.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Not just the year of Quilty UFO's

As you know I've declared this the year of the UFO. No new quilts to start unless it's birthday/wedding/new baby quilts.

So far so good. I've finished a few, another will be sandwiched tomorrow once I sort out the backing. I'm pretty confident I'll get that done by the end of the month too.

Well that got me thinking. It's not just quilty UFOs I've got tucked away in my sewing room. I've also got a few ( actually more than I thought) cross stitches started and put away for one reason or another. I dragged them out of their hiding places and decided to list these to sew in conjunction with the UFO Challenge I'm doing.

1.  The Nebula

This is a HAED design and huge. It'll measure 2ft x 2ft when finished and has over 390,000 stitches in it. You can see the finished picture and my progress on my side bar. I can guarantee this will not be finished this year but I'd like to get the top row of pages done,

2.  ( and 8) The Kingfisher

This is one of a series of birds by Heritage Stitches. I'd like to get it, and the rest finished and made up into cushions.

3. The Teddies ( this months UFO number)

 Although the top cross stitch is finished. I finished it today to be honest. the other in the series isn't started. I'd like to get them both done and then I'll  border and quilt them into a wall hanging for a nursery. Who's I don't know so it'll go into the emergency present box.

4. ( and 9 ) The Big Cats

I've an awful feeling that I may have to frog this one as I seem to remember being a row/couple of stitches out. I'll have to have a good look.

 5.  ( and 10) Winnie The Pooh Height chart

I have no idea why I started this one. Once finished I'll probably border and quilt it up and it'll go into the emergency present box.

6. (and 11) The Grey Owl

I'm not a fan of the background colour for this to be honest. It's worse than black for making your eyes tired. I love the owl though so need to get it finished

7. ( and 12) The Panther

This contains black,  dark black grey, black grey, very dark grey......well you get the picture. It's a nightmare and the only one on the list I'm really not looking forward to working on. Still once done it'll look good and maybe I can move onto the partner, a white tiger with white, pale pale grey, pale grey, off white.......etc etc

As you can see I've numbered most of them twice so I am covered for the 12 months of the UFO challenge as I doubt whether I'll get any done in just the one month. My eyes are no longer good enough to sew for long and I need perfect light. Still if even one gets finished I'll be pleased. 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Quick Start to Finish

So I was scanning through Instagram the other day and fell in love with some fabric. It was farm animals in yoga positions. I had to have some and tracked yardage down at EQuilter.com. It's been ordered and is winging its way across the ocean to me.

BUT, I also had a quick peek on E Bay and managed to pick up a FQ of the same fabric over here in the UK

along with frogs in yoga poses that are adorable.

The reason I couldn't wait for the fabric from the US to appear is that my Yoga partner in crime ( we started on the same day) has her birthday tomorrow. I just had to use this fabric for something for her.

I fussy cut some of the animals and bordered them . Sewed them together and she will now have a new mug rug for her desk.

I used the other fabric for the back ( the frogs I'm keeping for myself)

The quilting was fairly simple. Just a cross hatch, leaving the fussy cuts alone. I couldn't decide whether to quilt in a non metallic gold or a pale blue. I decided on both. The blue in one direction and the gold in the other.

And that's it. A few hours work this afternoon.

The yardage that's on the way from the US includes another fabric in the range and will become a lap quilt for me to use in class.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Scattered Stars

With thanks to SusanPrincess my practise block UFO has been renamed Scattered Stars.

As you can see I decided to round the corners to match the border

I know I showed some pictures of the quilting in the last post but I've since taken some better ones. Apart from the blue circles in the blue part of the border, it's all quilted in white with a mixture of feathers, straight (ish) lines, FMQ and circles.

The quilt finishes at approx 30" square and is my second finish for 2017.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

January Quiltathon Round up

 as I said in my earlier post I've been taking part in Judy's Quiltathon weekend. I haven't posted every day as until today I was spending alot of time sewing but with not much to show.

I started with his UFO

A 24" spare block.

I decided to border it with a 3" made up of 5 pieces with the corners being curved. I machine pieced the borders but decided as some of the pieces were just a quarter inch ( finished) wide I'd hand piece the corners. That's what took the time, all of Friday to be exact.

Saturday was sandwiching and stitching in the ditch

I then had to decide how to quilt and took a while drawing out my quilting design

And it's now fully quilted and awaiting binding, which will be tomorrow.

Doesn't look much like this but as I've done it all in white only the texture shows up.

These were all taken in artifical light. I'll get some better ones tomorrow in the daylight hopefully.

Oh yes can anyone think of a name for it please. I'm useless at naming my quilts. Its an adaption of a pattern called Galaxy and is the practise block for my quilt Sleeping Under The Stars.

Linking up at Patchwork Times, The next Quiltathon will start on Feb 8

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Quiltathon day 1

So Judy over at Patchwork Times has declared this weekend Quiltathon weekend. Well it would be rude not to join in wouldn't it.

I had a late start today as I had Yoga this morning and a few chores to do. I did manage a few hours sewing this afternoon though.

First up were some Bee Blocks

The patterns/instructions for these cat blocks can be found on Elizabeth Hartman's site HERE.

Next up was to work on a UFO.

This is Mini Galaxy of Stars, the practise block from Sleeping Under The Stars

I'm making it into a wall hanging and decided it needed a border

What have I let myself in for

Yep, a 3" border of 5 pieces, two of which are 0.25 finished.

The corners will be rounded so I've printed out some templates

I think I'll hand piece these. Something to do tomorrow. ( Add I've just noticed one of the templates is wrong, will have to draw them out again )

So after an afternoons work my UFO looks like this

Not much progress really. Hopefully I can get the other borders on tomorrow after another morning spent in the Yoga Studio.

I'll also be stroking the new fabric that arrived this morning.

I have no idea what I'm going to do with them but they needed to come and live with me.

Linking up with Patchwork Times for Quiltathon Day 1