Tuesday, February 2, 2016

QQQ UFO Challenge 2016

How often does life come in the way? .... I'm asking myself this question today - February 2, 2016. 
Why, you may ask? Because I intended to be a better blogger this year, but it is already February and I have done only one blog post at the beginning of the year! 
The plan was to do a blog post last weekend. For me, to make plans is a waste; plans always fail and 'of course' the plan to blog last weekend failed too! Not my fault this time; I-net connection was off for 6 days! One week without access to I-net or access to my Etsy shop, is that acceptable?! NO! Fortunate the local Post Office has I-net access and I was able to check in a couple of times during the week.

Well, that's history now! :) 
Today I'm going to show you my UFO's. Yep, we all have UFO's, don't we?! :) 
Quilts Quilts Quilts! Etsy team is hosting the UFO Challenge 2016 and deadline for the entries was January 31, 2016. You can see the entries here. I've added only a few of my UFO's and hope to finish them all before end of July 2016 (deadline). 

This is my favorite UFO; Postage Stamp Quilt. 
I have used 2.5 inch charms from swaps only. The quilt is ready to be quilted, hope to get the batting this week.

Heaps with HST (Half Square Triangles). It should be enough for two small baby quilts.
For this one, I have to buy backing, don't have anything suitable.

Flannel baby quilt. I've had these fabrics F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Time to make something out of them. Have everything that is needed.  

Another heap with squares. The idea is a lap quilt, but time will show what comes out of these fabrics. 

This butterflies bag has been sitting here another year! I intended to finish is last year, but it's still the same! :) 

The same with this one; ZERO PROGRESS! The 'Izzat Biryani' is a rice bag from Pakistan. These bags are strong and perfect for reusing together with old jeans for grocery shopping bags. 

...and a few other UFO's not listed for the challenge...

An Advent Calendar that needs binding. Don't have anything that fits...

Boring place mats! Not sure I like them... I don't have binding for these either... 

Two Christmas stockings, I'm turning them into two small wall hangings. 
I think I have fabrics for the red one, but not sure about the other one....

I have a few more UFO's, but not sure I'm going to do anything to them in near future.  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Surprise Gift and OPAM December 2015


I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season. For us, it was quiet and nice. 

I didn't do much sewing last month. Dear 'Nina' acted up and refused to sew. About 3 months ago 'Nina' was in for a long overdue service and there were no reason for it to act up. Horror scenarios was the mother board had to be changed and that costs money!  The Bernina guy did some service tests and didn't find anything wrong. The day we picked it up, I did test sewing and it worked perfect. No clue what the problem was. One suggestion is the high humidity here or dust / lint on a sensor... It has behaved after the trip to Port Louis, so perhaps it just needed a 'city dose'! Who knows?! :) 

I'm so flattered! One of my returning customers on Etsy is so happy with the custom orders I made for her that she sent me a hand warmer mug as a 'thank you'. 

The mug rug is one that has been sitting here F-O-R-E-V-E-R waiting for the binding to be hemmed. 
This mug rug is MINE and only MINE! LOL Most of the items I make are for sale in my Etsy shop and I seldom make anything for me or our home. 

I've never seen a coffee mug like this before. 
Not the right time of the year for a hand warmer mug, but I will definitely use it during 'winter'.

Couldn't resist making some nurse mug rugs! 
These are perfect gifts for a nurse. 

I finished a table topper too. I had some leftover fabrics from table runners I made earlier and what I had left was just enough for this table topper. Love this pattern! 

We are already a couple of days into 2016 and for me that means it is time to attack UFO's! I have pulled them out already and it looks like I have to buy more fabrics to finish some of them. I don't make New Year's resolutions, but I hope to stay on the fabric diet. I forgot all about fabric diet and bought way to many fabrics at the end of 2015! Shame on me! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

OPAM November


We are already one day into December... Soon it's Christmas! Yikes! 
Have you started preparing for Christmas? I've done some house cleaning and putting up Christmas wall hangings. Living in the tropics, I'm not going to make '7 varieties' of cookies! :) My favorites are gingersnaps and Norwegian dough nuts, so IF I'm baking, these will be the two varieties I will make. 

November kept me busy making items for my Etsy shop 

I love this Advent Calendar! It's so cute!

Advent Calendar, sold to the US 

A custom order to the US; two mug rugs

I've had some Christmas stocking panel forever and why not turn it into a wall hanging? :)

A cute Santa mug rug. 
Actually I made two... One is sold and off to the US

I've been working on the Postage Stamp Quilt - see my previous post - and I'm happy to say I have a flimsy! :) I don't have backing for it, need to get something on sale. I won't have time to finish it this month so it will be a UFO next year! :) 
I'm currently working on some nurse mug rugs for my shop, hope to get a few listed one of the first days.