Sunday, December 23, 2012

UFO Sunday - Christmas quilt

I am so, so glad that Leah Day started UFO Sunday!  Things are actually getting done.

My hubby suggested I make a Christmas quilt about 6 years ago.  I designed my own pattern using the method in the book Crosspatch, Inspirations in Multi-Block Quilts,  by Pepper Cory.  I must have a problem figuring out yardage needed because, again, I couldn't finish this quilt because of being a quarter of a yard short of the main material.  All I needed were 27  3 1/2" squares of the white material.
In trying to figure out how to finish it I decided to use a plain white since I could put the blocks on the outside of the quilt and it wouldn't show that much.

I had did some ripping and some re purposing of the white/gold material and add the plain white squares to fill in.  All in all, I think it turned out okay.

Now all I have to do is baste it and quilt it.  That may be put off again as it's a queen size quilt and right now I don't have any place to stretch it out to baste it.  But the top is done, a good feeling.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

UFO Sunday, Red Jacket

 I'm glad Leah said UFO's don't have to be only quilts!  The other day the drawers next to my sewing machine started calling me, loudly.  When I opened one drawer this is what popped out of it:

Pulling it out I saw it was a fleece jacket I'd cut out many, many years ago.  Why didn't I do anything with it then?  There were four darts, which I didn't like to do back then, and I needed lining.  So I got the darts done and sewed the seems all up. 

And then I put it back in the draw!  Guess what?  I still need to get some lining.  :<{   Maybe after Christmas I can get back at it.

Also hiding in these drawers are a vest (more darts), a skirt that is way too small for me now, and a wool coat that needs batting.  Next year!  Promise!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Spiral Ornament & Cat Hairball Filler

This week I busted out two homework designs on one quilt.  This quilt is made from left over half square triangles from a different project from long ago. 

Both designs are easy. I used the Cat Hairball Filler for the HST. and I really liked it.  The design flows so nicely and there was no getting stuck in a corner with no way out.

I used the Spiral Ornament pattern for the squares.  It just seemed to be the perfect fit.  I'm hoping the designs define their area.

Friday, December 7, 2012

UFO Hearts and Bows - Finished

How sweet it is, another finished UFO!  It feels great and almost like a weight off my shoulders.  And this is my oldest UFO so progress is being made.

The Montana breeze was blowing enough to plaster the quilt against the fence.  We haven't had too many day without a strong wind...just part of living in Montana, I guess.

Leah Day asked us on Monday what our favorite quilt designs were.  I guess I would have to say those with loops as I did the background of the Bows in Loopy Lines.
I did the  background of the Hearts just in an echo stitch....nothing fancy, but wanted it different then the Bows.  Used Leah's homework for busting Flower in the center of the Hearts.
I like the way it fits the heart shape.

 With the oldest UFO done and on it's way to Project Linus I could play with a teddy bears sleeping bag for a little girl who just got a new baby brother.  And as he's getting all the gifts I thought she needed something, too.
 Using the Paisley for the bed part of the sleeping bag I realized that's another quilt design that is my favorite.  I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, though there are a few things I would do differently if I made another one.  Mostly making it a little bigger for the size of the stuffed animal.

UFO finishes:
1. Barn Wall Hanging
2. Cross stitch
3. Hearts and Bows