Friday, 28 September 2018

A telephone for a friend

My friend Lynn had a birthday recently and since she is retired from the Bell Telephone Company, this 12" x 18" mini quilt from Lori Holt's alphabet book was the perfect gift for her.  The center is embroidered.  I had hoped to find small number buttons to add, but could not find those.  It is quilted with simple straight lines.  This project was a quick in between project and was not on the UFO list :-).

a kaffe telephone ☺

Table runner finishes!

I have been working on the table runners on my UFO list off and on since Christmas.  During the Christmas holidays I spent some time playing with rulers and trying out some free motion ideas on various table runners.  The decision of what to quilt on each one is the most difficult!  Then I just follow Lori Kennedy's advice and sit down, put the needle into the quilt and start sewing and see what happens ☺.  Table runners are great small pieces to have fun with and if you don't like the look of it, just add more quilting and it always turns out.  If I still don't like it, I just use it outside on my patio table.

This brings my UFO list down to 79 projects. Click here to see the original UFO post :-).   Some of these are very near being finished or just need to be blogged yet, so I'm making good project on that list.  I have another pile of table runners that I hope to start quilting next week.

This is a very old UFO. 

I did some machine quilting in it years ago and then I started adding hand quilting in the borders.  It finally got finished as well and gifted to a niece and nephew
This was a fun border stripe which lent itself to a very quick and easy table runner by cutting out 60 degree triangles.  It was a great one to practice free motion quilting on.
I just followed the trees and wavy lines which worked well. 
This was a fun way to use Christmas scraps and try out my 15 degree Creative Grids ruler.

I just quilted wavy lines down the length with a gold thread.

One of my students did the one on the shrinks a "little" when you sew it together :-).
This was an experiment in small log cabins to see if I could figure out how to add the diamonds around the outside.  I was inspired by a class I took with Marci Baker on "Not your grandmother's log cabin".  The diamonds are made with two log cabin diamonds and stitched together.  Worked slick.

I used my new Westalee circles ruler to quilt the center and the stitch in the ditch ruler to do the lines in the outer border.

This was a fun quick and easy quilt using half hexagons. 
I quilted circles in the centers but it seems like it still needs something else in there.  Not sure what, but I'll add something if I get a brainstorm.
This quilt was made using the Quick Curved Ruler
I used the Westalee arc ruler to echo some lines in the curved stars.

This was the perfect backing for this runner.
This is an old UFO as well done with the Little Twister ruler with a few Kaffe Fasset charm squares.
This is quilted with simple diagonal lines.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Alex's JK quilt

This year it was my grandson Alex's turn to come to choose his squares for his JK I spy quilt :-).  He was very particular about which squares he wanted on his quilt and which ones he didn't want.
Here he is putting them all neatly in order on the design wall
All squares picked.
Grandpa was working in the garage on sewing machines, so we set up a table for him to play with the micro machines and after all that work, it was snack time :-)
Here he is with the finished quilt which I delivered to him on the first day of school.  He chose this setting with green sashing.
He chose Bob the builder backing and tools as it wasn't quite large enough for the backing for the quilt.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Getting organized

During the Christmas holidays, I sorted and organized all the table runners I need to finish and worked on finding backings and batting for all of them.  This stack makes me feel like quilting this morning ☺.  I did actually finish a number of them and will blog the progress on those after I take pictures.

getting organized

Monday, 3 September 2018

UFO report!

OK, it's finally time to report on my UFO list.  A UFO is an "unfinished object" in the quilting world.  There are many other acronyms such as PIG "Projects in grocery bag" and PNYS "projects not yet started".  When my sister was visiting from BC in January two and a half years ago, she came along with me to a trunk show that I had to do locally.  She was a great help in setting up and packing up. 

When we came home, we unpacked everything and she asked a lot of questions about what I was going to do with these quilts and tops.  I was turning 60 that year and that was kind of a 'year of reckoning' and I was getting to the point where my UFO's were starting to bother me LOL.  So, she grabbed a piece of paper and pencil and started a list....  We had a great time rooting through all my drawers and bringing everything into the light of day and recording it on a list.  I entered everything into a spreadsheet, and organized my drawers by number so that I could also record that and find a project quickly.  Now when I need a baby quilt, I just sort my spreadsheet by "baby quilts" and see what I have on the go.  Works slick.  

I worked really hard over the spring and summer and tackled a few projects....I am happy to report that I have 25 of them finished and could check them off!  I finally dared to actually total up the list and look at the final number!  There were 118 projects on the list and with the 25 done, I have 85 left!  So, I will persevere over the fall and winter and work away on these til they are down to a manageable number.  I'm not one to work on one project at a time...I need variety so will allow myself to work on multiple projects.  I am also sending off some tops to a long arm quilter to help in the process. 

So, I found this post in my draft box from 2016!!  Yikes.  Meanwhile, I found quite a few more projects that I had in nooks and crannies and also started a number of new projects (but finished most of them :-).  I have to sort my table runners on my list of 85 yet as I have finished a bunch of those and hope to blog them soon and remove them from the list as well.   So progress is being made!  

Here are two projects that I've had unfinished for a loooong time.

This was a small quilt that I had started for my youngest son after I made him a quilt for his bed.  It was supposed to be a cushion for his chair?  Or a little quilt for his teddy??  I finally finished it and gave it to his children (!) to play with.  The quilt is still being used so the kids were excited to have a matching quilt :-).
This was a sample for a Simple Splendid Stars Workshop I took in September of 1992 taught by Kay Phillips.  The fabrics are cheap and batting is polyester.  I hand quilted it many years ago and it just got uglier and uglier LOL.  I finally put the binding on and it's in the playroom to be used as a doll quilt.
The history was documented on the label :-).