Judy L's UFO Challenge

Friday, April 29, 2016

Second Q2 Item Complete

This is the third of a set of supersize nine patches that I made some time ago.  It's a really fun pattern that you can find for free here.  This was also my second attempt at machine binding.

I like this better than the decorative stitch I did on the last one.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

First Q2 Item Complete

I had cut these microwave bowls out to give as a hostess/birthday gift back in March.  With my work schedule I wasn't able to complete them.  In the meantime I came across another fabric and was invited to another party by this person.  I decided to make her a second set.

My contract ended Friday. I've been getting things caught up around the house this week.  One of them was getting in the sewing room.  4 are for my friend and two are for me.  Hers will go in the mail tomorrow.

I've already moved onto the next item on the Q2 list.  Stay tuned for the update.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Microwave Bowl Process

I love microwave bowls but I hate how long it takes to mark them.  When I made the last round I think that was the most tedious part.  Google any tutorial for them and you will see the process.

Here is how I do it now.  I cut the fabric and batting per the instructions.  I fold the batting in half and mark one inch from the center then 2" down from the edge on the fold.  I fold the batting in half in the other direction and repeat.

Can you see the marks at the top, bottom and side?

Here is what it looks like when open.

I lay the batting on the fabric square and fold the whole thing in half and sew my darts in each end. I refold it and sew the darts in those ends and continue on with the directions as normal.

Let me know if you have questions.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Microwave Bowls

I found some wonderful fabric that looks like corks all in a row.  It reminded of a cork trivet that a friend made for me a long time ago.  She even made a second that we gifted to another friend.  

When I saw the fabric I bought it to make her some microwave bowls.  I had tried to get them ready the first time I saw her in April.  Then I was going to see her a second time and had run across Mardi Gras fabric so bought that to make her a second set but still had not sewn the first.  She loves New Orleans and all things Mardi Gras.

This past Friday I took the fabric and batting to my sit and sew.  I got all the fabric cut for 6 bowls.  I only cut 6 pieces of batting but need 12.  I marked my dart points on the 6 I had cut. Tonight when I realized my error I cut 6 more pieces of batting and marked those.  

I sewed the darts on 6 of the bowls tonight and will sew the other 6 tomorrow.  Then I will start trimming the darts and matching up sides.  I'd like to get these sewn and in the mail to my friend by Saturday.

Hope you are getting some time to sew



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Q2 Finish Along

I am joining another group of quilters declaring their list of projects that they would like to finish in the 2nd quarter of 2016.  Last quarter I only finished 1 of my items.  I'm going to list the majority of them again plus a few more.

Supersize 9 patch - binding

Feedback patches - binding

5 Strip Stacks - quilting

Step Up - quilting

Poppy BQ - quilting

6 Microwave bowls - piecing
Avignon Picnic - borders

Matchstick Marimba - quilting

Hugs and Kisses - border

Raising Cane - quilting

Baby BQ - quilting

This is a big stretch but doable.  My employment will be shifting so I may have a little more free time.

Click here to see what everyone else's goals are.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

OMG April

I have a quilt I must finish so now is the time.  Check out Red Letter Quilts to see what everyone else is doing.

I started this quilt in January but work has been soul sucking.  I'm about to have more free time.  I need to quilt the borders.  Bind and apply a label.  Ship to the recipient.

Come check back at the end of the month to see if I met my goals!!