Judy L's UFO Challenge

Friday, January 15, 2021

It’s The Little Things

First of all I decided to fix the quilt top I showed before.  It took an hour to take apart and an hour to put back together.

One of the other things I’d like to do is work on small projects.  This is a placemat bag I’ve been wanting to make for 2 or 3 years.  If you search on placemat to bag by Lorrie Nunemaker you’ll find the pattern I followed.  There are many tutorials by many people.

I used a 3” tuck for the boxed corners.

I’ll add a zipper pull and use it in my camper more than likely.

Wait!  Don’t go in there!  That’s my sewing room I mean.  I’ve been going in there to arrange, shuffle and consolidate.  There are too many ideas floating around in there.  So I have been grouping like things and putting them away.  I’ve also been thinking about how to make better use of the space.  I’ve decided when I catch myself spinning in circles I’ll walk out and make a decision about what I want to do next and go back in with a little resolve!  Eventually I hope a lot of the “noise” will be gone and I can work in there peacefully.

I was going to go sew at the church tomorrow and then again Monday since I have MLK day off.  Sadly, COVID has reared its ugly head and there are several members that have been exposed.  While testing is being done and results are pending my friend has closed the door to social activities.  Of course I’m sad but I don’t want to take the risk.  I’ve got plenty to do at home so that’s where you’ll find me.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Too Many Tabs Open

Over the course of two posts Julie perfectly captured where I’m at.

I have too many ideas flitting around in my head.  I want to use my scraps, I want to do the rainbow scrap challenge,  I want to work on this mystery quilt,  I want to work on that sew along, I want to work on UFOs,  I want to work on new projects I have kitted up  People call all these distractions...



So how do I combat this?  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking, thinking, thinking.  I do want to bring my UFOs to a completed top at least.  I have several unquilted tops that are earmarked for others.  I also have new starts I’d like to make.  So where does this put me?

I need to locate the UFOs that need to be brought to a completed top stage.  Locate might be the wrong word.  Maybe inventory them.  These are things I can work on anywhere I sew.  The majority of that sewing time would be earmarked for when I go to the church to sew with friends.  

The unquilted tops.  I just need to get to it.  Do it.  Get over whatever is holding me back and quilt them!  I  can pull those tops out of the stack and locate or make the associated backing and binding.  More inventorying!

The new starts.  This is easy.  These are my bucket list type quilts.  As I’m wrapping up one top I start thinking about what I want to work on next and go rummage through my cache of nuts 😜to choose what’s next.  I am not above making new kits so this is my opportunity to scrap wrangle for new starts.  

So this post helped me think out loud.  I’ll probably keep operating close to how I have been with some adjustments to get more finishes in.  This is my version of goal setting!

Did you goal set for 2021?  What’s your plan?  I’m FREEspiriting.  Write that down Elle.  That’s my word for the year.  Free!  Free to choose but in other areas of my life free of stuff and commitment.

Happy New Year!  In all my gabbing I have not made that wish for you all.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Epic Fail! Well...

...more like try again.

Do you see anything wrong with this picture?  Let me give you a hint.  The row I sewed to the top should have been attached to the bottom.  I just realized I was hurrying to get it attached before I went to get lunch.  I did not even give it a second thought.

When I got back I cut the borders then pressed the top.  I lay out the border pieces to cut to fit.  Couldn’t I have taken a moment to look at it?  Why yes but I was talking.  Hmmm....  I’ve been contemplating to fix or not.  Yes I must fix it.  Then how best to fix it.  I could surgically remove the pieces and swap them around.  12 pieces times 4 sides to do that.  Suddenly pulling borders off and reversing the two bottom rows then reattaching borders isn’t looking so bad!  Maybe 5 long seams.  Better!

I came home from church and continued dusting off the longarm and getting ready to oil and thread it.  Both of these activities will happen tomorrow.  Both steps towards accomplishing this months OMG.  I’ll also be back here in the next day or two and let you know what I have in mind for my quilty works.

Would you fix this mistake if it were your quilt?

Thursday, January 07, 2021

January 2021 OMG

I really tried to encourage myself to make this a quilting goal instead of a piecing goal.  But I know doing this makes me resist getting back to my machine even more.  So for this month I’m going to bring my Scooch Over 1 top to flimsy.  Here are layouts I’ve been playing with.

Regarding the actual act of quilting I will get my machine threaded and dusted off and ready to go.  The bonus will be if I do more!  We will see.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly goal.  Are you playing too?

Sunday, January 03, 2021

What are the Mountains of your Mind?

I borrowed this from a friend that heard Bonita speak.  This was what he took away from her lecture.

When Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest, set out on her quest to conquer this mountain, she faced much resistance. She was told by experts that 99% of the people who say that they’re going to climb Mount Everest, fail. That’s pretty disheartening news to someone who has never climbed a mountain. Instead of listening to the loudest voices of the ninety-nine percentile, she decided to focus on the quieter 1%. What is it about that 1% that sets them apart? With this focus, just a few years later she conquered that mountain and stood on the summit.

What are your mountains? What do you need to conquer? Listen to that still small voice, the voice of victory and focus on that. Take it one step at a time. Don’t worry about the thousands of steps or decisions ahead of you. Just the next one. That’s the only one you need to take right now. Also note that the steps you’ve taken so far, every single one of them, has brought you to this place, this moment, this decision point. I don’t know about you, but my biggest mountains are those that exist in my mind. I’m learning how to quiet those loud voices, the naysayers, your enemy and focus on my champion, the victory, the 1%. It could take you to great heights.

This is my mountain.  My Avante that I’ve owned since August 2015.  I can probably count the number of quilts I’ve quilted on it with two hands.  Why do I not use it more?  You’ve seen me crank out tops left and right.  I taken several ruler classes.  I’ve quilted for others both for group gifts and commissions I’ve taken on.  Not one single time has my work been criticized.  

So why?  I’ve tried talking to others about it.  I’ve tried to enlist a coach or encourager.  No luck.  I’ve thought about it many times and tried to pin the reason on others.  My son complains it’s too noisy.  He’s barely around anymore.  There goes that excuse.  My daughters cats were always using it for a hammock.  They became interested in the thread so it was immediately unthreaded and not used since.  Neither the daughter nor cats live here any longer.   I know it’s me.  All me!

I had a quilt on the frame that my design was too complex for my skill set at the time.  I took it off until my skill set matched my desired plan.  I’ve mostly freehand quilted with good success.  I have a tendency to want to custom quilt everything.  I can’t seem to see that an all over pattern will be just fine for what I am doing.   What I am doing is quilting every day quilts.  The current quilt on the frame is one that I’m doing an all over swirl pattern on.  It’s boring, I’m bored, I don’t want to do it.  I’ve learned a lot about myself haven’t I?

So here I am.  I don’t want to take that quilt off.  I need to move forward.  Do I pick it out and do something else?  No, I’m a quarter to a third way through.  Can I change the pattern up?  Doubtful but I may be able to make the designs more open so it’s less quilting but it’s still a lot of quilting.  I just need to commit myself to doing a little on it everyday until it’s done.

Do you have something you’re trying to overcome?

Thursday, December 31, 2020

December 2020 OMG Complete

I waited until the last minute, why?  I don’t know why!  But I didn’t!  I finished everything on my list.

Borders added.

Blocks made.  50 of them!

That was my goal.  All complete.  Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you the happiest New Year.


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Retreat Day At Church

Can you have too much fun?  A few friends gathered today at church to sew.  We had a small gift exchange.  This group has so much fun together.  Lots of laughter, teasing and love!  The really fun part was that Karen and I are addicted to The Quilted Cow’s weekly live on Facebook.  Be warned it’s a super long sales pitch and they have awesome stuff!  The one thing I’ve fallen in love with are the shirts.

I’m not sure how I found them but I quickly shared the info with Karen because she loves the quilt shirts too.  We planned that I wear my newest shirt today so that we could stage some funny pics.  The joke is on me because while Karen and I were discussing the staging, Linda started snapping pics.  I think what she captured was even funnier than what we were trying to do.

 This, to me, was the epic shot.  I was telling her what we were going for.  We were talking and that’s my listening face.  If you didn’t know you might think my thought bubble said “What?  You think I’m naughty?”

This was the staged shot.  “What can I say?”  Her thought.  “That’s funny!”

Another staged one.  “What can I say?”.  Her thought “She’s crazy!”

We had fun!  But there was sewing too.  The pillowcases are done and the borders are added to the camper quilt.  Parts are cut for the broken dishes blocks.

More to come!  I’ll show and talk more of the broken dishes blocks soon.