Unfinished projects

Quilts of Valor

10 October 2017

What kinds of charities do you create for? I’ve mentioned that I’ve recently signed up as a member of Quilts of Valor through my favorite quilt shop, which happens to be an official QOV shop.   Since my niece signed up as well, she brought all her red, white, and blue fabrics over to my house to cut.  I pulled out my patriotic stash and we got to work.   We sat at the dining room table and cut blocks for scrappy red, white, and blue quilts while we drank gallons of coffee.

We cut square and rectangle blocks into sizes with a finished 6″  square block in mind.  We started with 6.5 inch square to begin, then down to 3.5, 2.5 and 1.5 inches depending on the scraps, thinking we can combine those sizes easily to make a finished 6 inch block.   Once we were finally finished,  we divided up the stash of cut squares evenly between the 2 of us, by size and color.

Weeks later, I stared chaining those smaller blocks to make bigger blocks to get them ready.  So… my niece was kind enough to bring me her stash as well, under the guise that she didn’t want me to be bored, while I was home recovering from an injury  Right!   Funny girl!

So far, I’ve got 2 started and they are in need of borders.   I’m thinking some flying geese might be just the ticket…

Thanks for stopping by!

QOV WM

 

 

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UFO #1 almost finished

11 February 2017

I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted. It’s almost Valentine’s Day…  Yikes…I have a new found respect for those folks who are posting regularly.  Well, I have been sewing and quilting, but work has been crazy., so I really haven’t had anything much to share.

Finally …here is my my little not quite so ugly anymore  quilt, which I find has redeemed itself once the sashing was added.  It is a simple elongated 9 patch that I pieced to give me something to practice quilting on my longarm, plus use up some of  my stash.  It needs blocking and binding, but I think it may be a donation quilt when all is said and done.

I used Superior So Fine #50 for my first time and was a little disappointed.  I had a lot of trouble getting the tension right.  Either I had loops and eyelashes or the thread was shredding.  Even after re-threading, reloading the bobbin, and completely loosening my tension disks and re-tightening, I struggled with the thread.  I even went to their website for FAQs.  More practice with it needed,  I think.  I have to say, there was hardly any lint when I was finished quilting, which I really did like.

Below are some pics of front and back.  Please look with a forgiving eye.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy New Year & UFO Resolutions

January 3, 2017

Happy 2017!  Wow!  Yes, I actually wrote 2017.  That seems so unreal.  I hope you are feeling rested.  Most folks I know are back to work today.  I am fortunate enough to have one more day off work.  So today it’s just me, Bailey the Wonder Dog, and the chickens, who are  enjoying the unseasonably warm weather by begging for bird seed at the back door.

Well, I don’t really have a resolution per say, but I hope to finish some UFOs that have been taking up space.  I have a number of  flannel squares that I  created and embroidered designs on that need to be assembled into something.  The original plan was a  queen size quilt.  I would settle for a throw now, just to get it finished.

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I have a baby quilt that needs some sashing, and I’m hoping to improve it with some quilting.  I was trying to clean out my stash, and let’s just say the top is not my fav.  I was going for soft scrappy granny colors; it’s just washed out to me.  Let’s just say I’m struggling with it.

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I also found a box of jewel toned fabrics and directions,  with a few completed squares for a quilt called Galaxy of Stars that my mother-in-law sent me in 2008.  Gasp, the postmark on the box is the only reason I actually know how old it is.   There is a TON of fabric in that box.   Hmmmm… a little more investigating is needed.

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Well, my ultimate goal is to improve my hand guided quilting.  These projects will provide me with opportunity practice my skills and hopefully improve, while making for more room in my stash. 🙂

Back to the grind tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have the best year yet!

Diana