Oh WOW! It seems like this month has flown by! And how can that be? We’ve had a travel restriction for most of the month. We haven’t gone anywhere. We haven’t been visiting friends … but the time has gone by ….
This month’s challenge for the Table Scraps is the colour purple. And I made this coaster (similar to others I made) … eventually, I will have a very pretty collection! The embroidery pattern is a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi.
And … since I did Drop Everything And Make It … it also qualifies for this month’s DREAMi!
Ugg … somethings take a lot of time! I was hoping to have this finished by today … but I have to do some unsewing! Do you see what the problem is? Thankfully, I hadn’t quilted those last 2 blocks on the right!
I was Featured
Susan, from Quilt Fabrication featured this quilt: (you can read about it HERE).
How are you doing with your PHD in 2021? So far I have 3 UFOs completed, but I feel like I’m cheating. Two of them (the Holiday Seclusion Mysteries) were started in December and were easy finishes. The Winnie the Pooh panel was a quick finish as well. I’m trying to go through my panels and get them quilted and gone. All of my New Starts, except for the March Island Batik project are completed. So, there isn’t any new UFOs developing in that area!
My 2021 UFO finishes. You can read about them HERE, HERE and HERE.
Spirit Bear Quilts is using a technique called Kanban to help her focus. I had not heard of Kanban prior to Spirit Bear blogging about it. Visit THIS BLOG POST to read about how she is using it and also see the link for further explanation.
Sharon @ Ms. P. Designs has a colourful task list spreadsheet … it’s free for you to download! I know in the past, several people have found this spreadsheet very useful.
NOW … what I want you to do …. follow the questions below:
If you answered “YES” to any of the questions – give yourself a cheer “Well done!“
If you answer “YES” in the orange, Great! You are making progress!
If you answered “NO” in theorange block … I want you to do some analysis. Answer the following questions as honestly as you can. This is just for YOU … you don’t have to tell me what’s happening. I just want YOU to know why the UFOs are sitting there, not touched.
Why didn’t I work on an UFO?
Do I hate them all?
Do I really want to decrease my UFOs?
Would I be happy if I gave some of my UFOs away (for someone else to finish)?
Did I start too many new projects?
Have I been to ill (mentally or physically) to work on them?
Answering the above questions MAY help you to understand why you’re not working on UFOs.
Rainbow Scrap Table Topper
January’s colour is pink. I do not decorate with pink. Nothing even close to pink. Ever. So, to fulfil this months Table Topper challenge, I used my embroidery machine and made a pretty mug rug. It is a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi. The pattern has “Happy Mother’s Day” written on it, but I obviously skipped the saying. This was such a quick little project that it didn’t even make it to my “New Start” list!
I used scraps of Island Batik fabric and Hobbs 80/20 batting for this project.
#1 I’m still working on the SAHRR but can’t show you any current pictures. Want to know more about the SAHRR? check it out HERE. We started the reveal of our centre blocks last week. See my centre block and the centre blocks that many others have made HERE! Tomorrow, we’re showing the 3rd round! There will be a link on Anja’s blog for everyone showing their 3rd row!. Be sure to check out all of the bloggers that are co-hosting with me! Here’s the list:
#2 I’m working on my March Island Batik project. Sorry, no pictures yet!
#3 Moorewood Mystery: Block A are all pieced. The final clue comes out on Thursday … and I hope to work on it! You can learn more about the Moorewood mystery quilt HERE.
I’m quilting the current guild mystery quilt. Sorry, but until the guild members have the final clue, I can’t show it to you. I don’t want to ruin their surprise!
Nothing finished, nothing bought!
Fabric Used this week 0 yards
Fabric Used this year: 5 yards
Fabric Bought this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added this year: 9 yards (my husbands amounts as well)
Net Fabric used – 4 yards
Husband’s purchases: 0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!
I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.
I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day
January – 31 / 31
Percentage = 100 %
For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces
I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”
Total success this week!
Finish piecing the current round of Stay at Home Round Robin√ done
Start on the next round of Stay at Home Round Robin√ done
Finish Piecing Moorewood Mystery Block A√ done
Make the PINK table topper√ done
Web the top for February’s Island Batik Challenge! √ done
Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes√ done
This week’s list:
Finish piecing the current round of Stay at Home Round Robin
Start on the next round of Stay at Home Round Robin
Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has organized this blog hop. It is to feature quilts from “Then” or from “Now” or both. Make sure you wander through the blogs and see how things have changed (or not) from Then and Now.
Years ago, I took a paper piecing class to do this quilt. There was NOTHING said about needing prior paper piecing experience. It’s not a large quilt, so I had hoped that it would be done in a couple of days. The teacher laughed at me and said that even she couldn’t finish it in a couple of days. It is a pretty complex pattern for a beginner!
And she was right – it took me several years (working on it in short bursts of time) to finish it. The fabrics were in a kit and there was not enough of the background fabric, so I had to take out some of the piecing and replace it with a different fabric. But it got done & I LOVE it!
And yes, I did make the snowman previously with Island Batik fabrics and you can see it HERE.
And I’ve already shown you my Island Batik “Christmas in July” project. You can read more about it HERE.
Make sure you check out the other blogs that are participating in this blog hop! There is LOTS of Christmas eye candy! You will see mice, Santas, Christmas trees, stockings, quilts, FREE patterns, perhaps a give-away or two and more …. much much more! Perhaps you’ll be inspired to start on something for Christmas.
In our first box for 2020, I received 2 yards of a beautiful batik! I made this comfy top from an OLD pattern from the ’90s.
Project #3, 4 & 5
I’ve been learning how to digitize various patterns for my embroidery machine. I’m using Artistic Digitizer by Janome. It’s a learning curve, but I’m loving it!
Recently, we were shown how to digitize an “In the Hoop Zipper Pouch.” The top 2 were made from a program developed during the class. The embroidery on the left was from a free pattern from Embroidery Library called “Delicate Magnolia.” On the bottom, I attempted to use my largest hoop (for the Janome 500E), make a larger pouch and do the design from scratch. My programing still needs some work! I didn’t like how the decorative stitching turned out, so I resorted to sticking the hoop under my sewing machine and doing the decorative stitches there. I used a variegated Aurifil poly #5844. The colours went really well with the fabric, but don’t show up that well and in many parts blend in with it. Like I said, I’m learning.
The fabric used in these pouches were all from Island Batik.
Thank you to Island Batik, Aurifil thread and Schmetz Needles for the supplies!
Ok … OK … I know that you are going to say “Gail, that’s easy for you to say, because you’re NOT a perfectionist!” Yes, I know I’m not … but I really, really, really don’t understand when people take things out because the point is 2 threads off of perfect. I get it when the point is 1/4″ off, or even 1/8″ off, maybe even 1/16″ … but in the whole scheme of things – NO ONE is going to notice the 2 threads difference. I get taking stitching out when it’s bad and not what you want … but 2 threads? … seriously!
Did you know that Perfectionism sets you up to fail? Mostly because NOTHING is perfect. Perfectionism limits your creativity and the willingness to take risks and TRY. It may also be what’s holding you back from finishing that last UFO.
Get it out that UFO that’s your stumbling block … work on it … try to not let the 2 threads ruin your enjoyment. Fudge and ease in that seam … it’ll be fine in the end – you won’t even notice it! I promise!
2 UFO finishes
I went to try out a new sewing machine. (Yes, I did end up buying it! More details in another post). But what better way to test out a sewing machine than to take a few UFOs? The Sunflower placemats were great to try quilting, piecing binding together, and sewing binding on. The Orange/Green Baby quilt was good for doing more quilting. As soon as the machine was set up, I finished the projects! I also took some straight piecing to try out the 1300 stitches/minute! It works like a charm!
A close-up of the fox. It is with the orange thread … I used a Janome app, took a picture of a fox on the white fabric, drew the fox and transferred it to my embroidery machine. It stitched out ok. I still need to do some work on it.
To be honest, I almost feel a little guilty at finishing these 2 small projects in one week, when I have SEW many others to finish that take more time. However, they are done and now off the to do list! At this rate – I’m sure I’ll get more than 12 UFOs finished this year … and that’s OK with me!
Show us your progress (finished or not) on what you’ve been working on for your PHD in 2020! Or show us your recently finished UFO! PLEASE: Make sure that you link your post back to this blog post. Also, visit others that also working on their PHD in 2020 and leave them an encouraging comment!
No finishes this week! I’ve been working A LOT on my March Island Batik challenge and I can’t show you yet! I can tell you that I’m using the “Glorified 9 patch” Accuquilt die that I was given. All the pieces for the block are on the die. I have them all cut and most of them are on the design wall. Some blocks are sewn.
When I need a break from the excusiating SLOW curved piecing, I am quilting the “52 blocks in 52 weeks” quilt. If you look closely, you can see that I’m doing graffiti quilting. A little bit of this and a little bit of that! A swirl, pebbles, a heart, a teardrop, a flower and whatever comes to mind. It’s fun and makes it so that I’m not bored. I’m hoping that it will be finished soon! Continue reading →
If you want to see a recap of Week 1, click HERE. Week 2, click HERE. If you haven’t seen the fabulous Log Cabin quilts, it will be well worth your time to visit the 2 Island Batik blog posts … beautiful eye candy!!! Here’s who’s in line for this week! I can’t wait to see what they create! Continue reading →
Island Batik “Log Cabin Blog Hop” Starts Today! Be sure to visit Island Batik Blog each week to enter to win a pre-cut of one of the fabric collections highlighted that week. These fabric collections are from the Fall 2019 line-up and should be available in quilt stores shortly.
I have seen a few of the quilts finished and a few in progress … oh my!!! Fantastic eye candy for sure!!! Be sure to visit each of the blogs!
What do you do when you have a 23 year old young man visiting and his dad (my cousin) asks you to teach him to sew pants?
Well, he was only here for 3 days … SEW … teaching him how to sew pants wasn’t gonna happen!!! Besides, I don’t make pants … And we had to play tourist (in the WORST Vancouver weather) and he had an interview on another day …
But, knowing my cousin, I HAD to do something.
SEW, I set Kristopher up at my embroidery machine … and he did ALL the sewing! Doesn’t he look like a pro????
Yes, he sewed pants … grey pants … and said his dad often wears red shirts … we I chose to made his hair salt & pepper (LOL) … and this is the mug rug that Kristopher made:
Yes, the retreat is over. It is done for another year! It was a wonderful time of sharing, quilting, laughing and laughing!
We played games! Instead of strip poker (See HERE) we used the LRC die and played with loonies (Canadian $1 coins). It was fun to the end. Then there was a scavenger hunt … looking for all sorts of things sewing and non-sewing related. One thing that we needed was a selfie of the team, taken in a car. Neither my partner or I had our own cars at the retreat. Much to the surprize of the owner, we hopped into the back of another car as she and her partner were getting out! We have a gift exchange at the retreat and played a game with each of us ending up with a gift we didn’t make.
One of my secret projects in the recent weeks was a snappy bag and a roll of toilet paper.
October’s Island Batik challenge is “Top It Off.” We were told to create a holiday themed table runner or table topper that includes appliqué. Well, you all know how much I love applique (NOT!!). However, with my Janome 500E embroidery machine, applique has become SEW much easier!