Saturday, January 31, 2015

UFO challenge update and a few other finishes

Where did January go??
Every time I do a blog post, the intention is to be a better blogger. My plan is to do a blog post at least once a week, but it fails all the time! My previous post was 3 weeks ago... too bad! I hope February will be better!

THANK YOU EVERYONE for your lovely comments on my previous post(s)! 

We have had a lot of rain since middle December, but that's the season. We are into the rainy- and cyclone season now. Five cyclones have been named in the area and two big ones have missed us. With all the rain, what is better than to stay inside sewing?! :) 

If you read my posts, you know I took stock of my UFO's at the end of 2014. I have two UFO posts; one post for the Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! on Etsy UFO challenge, where I participate with 8 UFO's. 

This month I have finished UFO #7 - a wall hanging for a dear friend.
I have used fabrics from Debbie Mumm's 'Rustic Retreat'.  Actually these fabrics were leftovers from a bed quilt I made for him in 2009, you can see it here. It's time he gets the wall hanging too, isn't it?! :)  

Over the last week I have been quilting the 'disappearing pinwheel' quilt. 
Happy to say I made progress...

.... until....

..... YEP! Ran out of bobbin thread! More on the way from the US and I will get it middle February - earliest! 

I have a few other finished UFO's - from my other UFO post

UFO #9 - Table runner - finished! 

UFO #10 - table topper / candle mat - finished!

UFO #11 - Table Topper / Candle Mat - Finished! 

In between working on UFO's, I have made - and finished - a few other items

For Valentine's Day

Table Runner

Teapot cozy

Set of 2 table mats in red

... and a set of black Valentine's Day table mats

From the 'Rustic Retreat' leftover fabric...

... a mug rug

I'm almost done with another UFO, but that will be the next post. Stay tuned! :)

I've finished another mug rug too, but can't show it now. It's for a swap and not received. Don't want to spoil the fun! :) 


January: 4 finished UFO's - 18 UFO's left


Friday, January 9, 2015

1480 charms later... and more UFO's

We are into the peak of summer now and it's so hot & humid so it's no fun at all! Venture out in the middle of the days is like going into a sauna. Phew! Longing for cooler days in April - can't wait! 

If you read my previous posts, here and here, you know I took stock of my UFO's and my goal is to finish at least some of them! 

Progress on UFO #5
The PSQ has kept me busy over the last days. I've added the last row of blocks as well as the border. 
All the charms are from several swaps. Unfortunately some of the charms were not cut to exact 2.5 inch! Some were even less than 2 3/8"! For those, I have cut them into 2 inch charms. I'm very careful when I cut fabric; a 2.5" square should measure 2.5" - not 2 3/8" - or even less! It's disappointing to receive charms not cut to the right size.  Oh well, I swap 2 inch charms too and can use them for that, it's just about the unnecessary extra work!  It has been a tedious job to measure all the 1480 charms that go into this quilt, but now IT'S DONE! :)
I thought I had batting, but no... Had to place an order yesterday and should get it in about 3 weeks.

I was looking for something and guess what?! I found more UFO's! 

UFO #21
Some blocks I started February 2012! The idea is a quilt for our bed. I was looking for my blues. I know they are in a bag, but that bag is hidden very well somewhere, couldn't find it! Oh well, I know I will find it when I'm looking for something else! 

UFO #22
A fun stitchery. It was supposed to be a bag, but........... I think I will turn it into a wall hanging....  

Yesterday I was busy making a Valentine's Day teapot cozy. I have left to hem it. The 'plan' for today is working on a matching table runner, if not sidetracked! :)

Have a great day! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

UFO challenge 2015 - part 2

In my previous post, I posted UFO's for the Quilts! Quilts! Quilts! team's UFO competition. Most of them are bed quilts that will keep me busy the next months. 

As if those are not enough, I have several other UFO's! 2014 was 'the year of creating UFO's'! I hope to finish some of these in between working on the bed quilts, new projects and other stuff. 

UFO #9-10-11
Table runner and two candle mats. 
I found the 2.5 inch charms for the table runner in a box when I was looking for something else. I had pieced together half of the squares and I remember I put it away because I couldn't decide what to make out of it. When I rediscovered it, that famous light bulb lit up and it has become a table runner. Now it is to decide on backing. The two candle mats are ready to be quilted. 

UFO #12
Log cabin blocks. The idea is a lap or twin quilt. 

UFO #13
Log cabin pillow cover. The back has a zipper closure and I was not happy with the first try; rip! rip! rip! I think I have to re-baste the zipper and try again. 

UFO #14
Table topper. Finally got around to order fabric for the back and binding. Should get it next week. 

UFO #15
Another set of four autumn place mats. I'm not happy with the fabric for the back, so perhaps I will change that...  

UFO #16
Blocks for a scrappy Christmas / winter lap quilt

UFO's #17
Cute snowman blocks for.... I don't know! Perhaps a table topper or runner? 

UFO #18
Block swaps from NNC based in Malaysia 
The idea was to applique some Sunbonnet Sue blocks in addition to the blocks we already have, but I have yet to decide on that. 

UFO #19
Grocery bag from old jeans and a rice bag from Pakistan.

UFO #20
Cute summer bag. 
What happened to this one? I wanted to change the pattern to make it my way, but now I can't even remember what that was about - lol! 

It's official; I have 20 UFO's! lol

I'm currently working on some Valentine's placemats. I don't consider them as UFO's since I started working on them after Christmas.