Moving through the UFOs …

This “Irish Snails” quilt was a kit … I’m not sure I like buying kits … I loved the sea-shell fabric – that’s what sold me on this kit.  However, there was not enough brown in the kit to make the pattern with the borders as instructed.  Luckily, I was able to get the exact brown fabric locally.  The pattern is by Peggy Gelbrich of Yellow House Quilter and is available HERE.  It’s an easy pattern to follow!

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Keeping Track

One person asked why I bother to keep track of UFOs, this years’ starts and fabric bought or used.  Well, it’s my way of cutting down on UFOs and attempting to use up the fabric that I already have!

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Summary: All Starts in 2018 are completed.  One UFO is almost done (see Design Wall).  That leaves 2 and a bit UFOs to complete for my PHD in 2018.

Design Wall

IMG_2568The scrappy red/pink/brown/green version of Ivan’s Diamonds is being quilted … Just have the outside border to quilt … then add the binding.  The label is already done and will be completely sewn down as the border is quilted. You can see the whole of this quilt HERE.

Bonnie Hunter Mystery

You can check out the mystery at  Good Fortune Mystery.  Bonnie has called for primary colours for this mystery quilt.  Unfortunately, I’m not a fan … but, it would be just like me to choose my own colours for the mystery … just like I’ve done with the quite a few of the past mysteries.  I’m still debating …

Stash Report

IMG_2565This baby quilt was completed and used 3.75 yards of fabric. You can see details of the quilt HERE.

I HAD to go to a fabric store the other day.  I had a gift certificate that was crying to be used.  Sew, I ventured across the river, into Burnaby, to visit “The Needle & I“.  A wonderful quilt store!  She has a lot of fabric and a great variety.  And as the saying goes, ….Screen Shot 2018-11-17 at 1.57.28 PM.png


The fabric at the front of the basket is the 8 fat quarter yardage I bought at the retreat.  (It doesn’t count this week).  The yellow is what I needed to coordinate with the fat quarters … and the other 3 at the back of the basket … well, um, uh … well … they were on sale and I’m sure I’ll use them sometime, somewhere in something.  🙂  The total damage 6.75 ….

  • Fabric Used this week:  14.25 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:   252.6 yards
  • Fabric Added this Week:    6.75 
  • Fabric Added this Year:   88.3 yards
  • Net Fabric Used for 2018:  164.3 yards

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Quilter’s Strip Poker

Strip Poker
S T R I P   P O K E R

Did the title get your attention?  In a previous post, I mentioned that we played strip poker at the quilting retreat.

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Several people asked me how we play it. Here’s how:

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My First UFO Finish in November!!


The first of 3 “Ivan’s Diamonds” is finished! I finished this at the retreat.  It took a day and a half to quilt.  Once I have things organized, I’ll give you a taste of the retreat.  If you want a bit of the backstory of this quilt go HERE.


It is quilted with a blue thread, with a combination of flowers, swirls, tear-drops, wiggly thingies and whatever fit in.

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Retreat? Oh yes!!!

I’m getting ready to head off to a retreat!  Oh – how I love retreats!  At this retreat – we don’t have to cook!  Bonus!  And I won’t have my lovely husband asking, “what’s for dinner tonight?”  And, I won’t have to answer with, “I don’t know!”  It’s amazing how often we have “I don’t know” for supper!
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Anyhow … since I had my embroidery machine up and running, I did up a few labels (one for the scrappy blue quilt – below – that I’m hoping to get quilted at the retreat)   Now, you don’t need to email me and tell me that a couple of the labels have 2019 on them!  I did that on purpose.  See the top label with 2019? Well, when I pulled out the bin with the UFO that the label will go on, I discovered a label that I made for this quilt that said, “2015!!!”  I often joke that the quilt is not necessarily finished in the year that the label is made.  However, I figured that 3 or 4 years beyond the date is a little too long.  And, 2 of the quilts belonging to 2 of the labels are not in my plan to be finished by the end of the year. (That is, unless I change my mind – which could happen!)

Sew, as I was cutting the batting to length to sandwich the 4 quilts that the labels will go with, I noticed that 3 of the quilts were EXACTLY the same pattern.  Yes, it’s a pattern that I wrote and I remember making each quilt, but I sort of find it ironic that they are all getting sandwiched on the same day! Two are scrappy and one is a 2 fabric quilt.

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