Judy L's UFO Challenge

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Sewing or Blogging

I chose sewing!

About three weeks ago I cut out a queen size quilt with the goal of getting it topped and ready to quilt before my next sewing get together.  I have 6 rows assembled.

A week ago I decided to make a quilt for Ray's sisters 70th birthday so that took precedence.

On the agenda today is to make the backing for the Step Up quilt.  Assemble the BQ top.  Finish quilting the charity quilt on the Avante.  Load the step Up quilt.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Q1 Finish Along

This challenge took the place of A Lovely Year of Finshes.  While that was a monthly goal setting exercise this is a quarterly one.  I am going to declare what I hope to accomplish this first quarter and for each item I finish from that goal my name is entered for a prize.  I think that's right.  Read here for more info.

I am going to bind my two supersize 9 patch baby quilts.
I am going to bind my 30s feedback patches quilt.
I am going to quilt and bind my 5 Strip Stacks quilts.  2 primary colors and 3 pink and green.
Finally I am going to piece, quilt and bind my queen size pink and black Poppy BQ quilt.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Just One Thing

I am a member of the yahoo group Stashbuster.  They talk about their JOT or just one thing that they hope to or have accomplished.  I have been trying to follow this practice recently because I never seem to accomplish anything in the sewing room.

This past week I tried to sew the rows together of a quilt I am working on.  In a matter of a few days I had the top together.  I got Ray to run by the quilt shop to get more of the green I needed to complete the top and got it washed and ready to go into the top.

I've been stash diving and pulling backs for quilts I plan to quilt soon.  I ran across the purple I was planning to add to another top for the final border and got that top done.  I pressed its twin so I can quilt both of them at the same time when their turn comes up.

By doing JOT I have been more productive in this week than I have in a very long time!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

I haven't been sewing much unless I go to the church for their Friday night sewing group.  I have done a little bit of quilting but nothing to brag about.  I am now working 7 days a week and 6 of those days I am required to be in the office.  This will probably go on until March so I will do what I can when I can.  The lady that heads up the sewing group at the church was nice enough to extend the sewing time on January 1st so that we have a longer period to work there.  She did this for me.  I love that gal!  I am also going to take a class on the 3rd and not work.  It will be Bonnie Hunter's NYE mystery that she holds at Fabric Fanatics in Plano.  This will be my fourth year and is a gift from my best friend each year.

Merry Christmas to one and all.  I know my readership has waned over the years as my blogging has fallen off considerably..  I enjoy hearing from everyone that takes the time to comment.  I also wish you a Happy New Year for 2016.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Feedsack Patches

My goal to finish this quilt is almost met.  I just have to finish quilting the side borders and bind it.  I think I can get this done since it's a little one at 38x48.  If I can get the binding made and sewn on Sunday I should be able to get it tacked down by Monday...gulp.... It could happen!

Happy Thanksgiving one and all!



Monday, November 16, 2015

Another Quilted

I've finished another quilt on my Avante.  I tried more complex things.  I had tension issues.  I got some learning in.

I only basted the top edge.  I didn't have issues with the other three sides.  I free handed a wave design across the top and down the sides as I went.  At first I was quilting the center then the sides.  At some point I quilted the sides then center.  I made it work but will try not to repeat that error.

I was pretty consistent down the sides until I got to the end.  I wasn't feeling my best and my corners ended weird.  I drew it out but it just didn't work.  I'll try turning it next time so the side borders are at top and bottom.  I need to take a small step back until I've had more practice.  

Someone suggested I make my loops bigger.  I like how they look but I get bored quickly!  I'll work it out.

Finally I need to pay closer attention when winding my bobbin.  The thread slipped out of the tension discs.  I think this was the root of my tension issues.

Next up is a little quilt I pieced.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Four Patch on Point

I was gifted a baggy of squares.  I picked out the pink and the black and decided to make 4patches.  I have wanted to make a 4 or 9 patch on point quilt so here was my opportunity.  Now I am trying to choose a color for the alternate blocks.  The fabric is not necessarily what I will use (it's clothing in some cases) but is meant to nudge me in the right direction.  What color do you like host?  Should I try others?

Red.  Green.  Pink.  Black.  White.  

I will save my opinion until I hear others.