Saturday, March 31, 2012

A UFO becomes a Snowman quilt top

March's UFO project was my snowman quilt, started about 2002. It was a block of the month and I had 3 1/2 blocks made when we decided to move from California to Idaho. It got packed in a box and never had another stitch done until last year when I pulled it back out. When I wrote my UFO list for this year I had 8 blocks completed and knew I was motivated to finish this, one of my oldest UFO's.

Worried about completing this UFO in 1 month when the number was chosen, I continued working on blocks so when Judy pulled #8 for this month I was very pleased, I had just finished the 12th block, What perfect timing!

I knew I wanted to change this quilt from the original pattern, it made an 80 x96" quilt and I wanted something smaller.

First I started auditioning fabric for the sashing. I liked the first one I tried, but it was maybe a little dark.

I tried a lighter blue. I pulled out some strips to try for a tiny border around each block.

I liked the red and the gold, but the yellow was a little bright. I just wasn't liking this blue for the sashing though, and even with all my fabric, I just didn't seem to have another blue that would work. Should I go shopping for another blue?
Well I decided to give the first blue another chance
It didn't look too bad with the red, I decided to just go with what I had. I figured out a plan on some graph paper so I could figure out the sizes for the sashing pieces.
Trimmed my blocks and added 1" strips of red for a skinny border. I put the blocks on the wall and started adding sashing pieces, figuring out the order to sew them in as I want along. It went pretty quickly and soon looked like this

Almost done, just needed a border. I was just about out of that red fabric, but that gold had looked pretty good too, so I gave it a second chance in the border.

TA-DA.............A completed Snowman quilt top!

10 years to make this quilt top, I sure hope it won't take me 10 more years to get it quilted!

Monday, March 19, 2012

A little of this, a little of that!

I've been working on my scrap squad quilt and can't show it to you  :-(
But I can show you some of the parts!
A LOT of these red squares 
  And a WHOLE BUNCH of these little units ( about 300!)

It's turning out to be a very colorful quilt.
 I'm currently working on the border, actually thinking about the border. I'm back to stalling and getting distracted while I figure out the perfect fabric combo for that border.

So what am I working on while I stall?     Several projects of course!

Some cute little 4" basket blocks from  They are posting a basket every Thursday in March, so 5 baskets total that will become a little wall hanging.

Also 3 more blocks for the Just Takes 2 quilt. I'm still behind here, but making progress!

As well as another block for my Harry Potter Project of Doom quilt. I can tell this quilt is going to be the spot to use up lots of those strange and unique scraps! Here's the first 2 blocks.

And then one great accomplishment I achieved on Saturday, St Patrick's Day. My Hubby was off snowboarding and the kids got 2 new Netflix movies in the mail. Sounded like a sewing day to me!
I got out my Shamrock quilt top (started 2 years ago, made into a quilt top last year), and decided today was the day it was going to get FINISHED!
I got it pinned and quilted, fed the gang lunch, and got back to work cutting binding. A few interruptions came my way but I kept at it and I finished the hand sewing part of the binding that evening shortly before bedtime! What better way to celebrate St Patrick's day, A completed Shamrock Quilt!

The instructions quilt can be found at
If you scroll down you will see Quilt Tutorials and it's the St Patrick's Day quilt.

Now I need to get back to that scrap squad border!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sew many projects, sew little time!

How does it happen, you vow you won't start any more projects till you finish up ones you've already started, and yet somehow you just keep starting more!

Oh but they are so tempting, and just the project you always wanted to do, or just the perfect quilt for someone. There's always a good reason for starting another project I'm sure.

OK, so I'll admit I started another new project. 'sigh' So many projects going on at one time, but I love them all.

So what's the new one?  It's the Project of Doom, A Harry Potter paperpieced quilt.
You can see a photo of a completed one here
I can already tell this quilt will be made with a lot of input from my 10 yr old son and I think that is great. And here's our first block.
My crystal ball was appliqued rather than paper pieced.
This is going to be a fun quilt to use up all my 'cool' scraps!

Here's March's blocks for the Craftsy BOM
 And the 3 month's blocks together.
Not sure who this will be for yet, but I'm liking these fabrics together.

 I started the Just takes 2 quilt late so I guess I shouldn't be surprised I'm behind on this one, but here's  block's 12 and 13.

And the other quilt I've been working on this week, My Scrap Squad quilt. I made a ton of 4 patches and cut a bunch of squares. I arranged them on my design wall, but wasn't quite sure if I'd keep that layout or change it around. It seemed like a lot of work to rearrange all those little squares, but my 3 yr old son helped me make up my mind. One evening he gleefully knocked all those pieces to the floor! So now I'll be trying out a different arrangement. Luckily I had taken a photo of what I had tried the first time.

Monday, March 5, 2012

My March Ufo goal

The UFO for March is #8

I was pretty happy about this one. This is my snowman quilt, started about 10 years ago.

When I wrote my UFO list it looked like this

                                                       8 blocks made
                                                        and kits for 4 more

               Knowing this would be a big project, more than I could probably get done in one month, I had already pulled this one out. My snowman blocks have been my hand work project while waiting for kids from the school bus and while watching TV. Just last week I just finished the last block!
First I fused all the pieces in place and then I sewed buttonhole stitch around each shape. If I started this quilt today I would have done the buttonhole stitch by machine, but when I started this quilt I didn't have a sewing machine that could do that stitch.

This quilt was a block of the month kit. However there must have been a finishing kit that I didn't buy. I just have blocks and a picture of the finished quilt, but no directions to finish it. That's OK because I'm not very excited about the original quilt design.

Here's all my blocks on my design wall.
 This week I'll be auditioning fabrics, perhaps a small red border around each block and blue sashing?
We'll have to see what these blocks have to say!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February's UFO is now a quilt top!

When #1 was chosen for February's UFO I knew I had a major job ahead of me, but it was a project I really wanted to finish.
I started with 80 blocks that were already made and looked like this:
During the month I made 19 more blocks, came up with a setting idea, sashed the blocks and sewed them together, and thought I was just about done. Then I realized a scrappy pieced border was going to look better on this quilt so I got busy sewing, transforming 130 scrappy squares into a border. Not so easy as I was making it up as I went along.
The end result............ the biggest, most complex and most favorite quilt I've made so far. 93x108"
Not Your Ordinary Farmer's Wife

It's so big I couldn't even stand back far enough to get a great photo. It looks a little crooked but it's not!
After I quilt it I will use the same blue from the border strip for the binding.