The Last Friday of 2016

UFOs

Every year around New Years, I make my UFO list (UnFinished Objects … or Quilts).  I try to keep track of all my quilt starts and when they are finished.  Last year, I had 47 UFOs on Jan 1.  This year I will have 38!  I’m pleased that the number is down … although, much higher than I’d like it to be. Only 10 of the quilts just need quilting and binding.

There is much discussion on the web as to what defines a UFO.  I find it easiest to consider each quilt that is in progress on January 1 as an UFO.

In 2016, I started 30 quilts!  Wow!  I find that hard to believe. And of those 30 quilts, I finished 22 of them!  All of them have been gifted or will be in the near future.

Here’s my plan to tackle my UFOs:  Every Monday, I quilt with a lovely bunch of ladies.  I have a personal “rule” that I only work on UFOs.  I threw that rule out this year as my priorities changed and I was working on the quilts made with Grandma’s fabrics.  However, January 2 is the beginning of a new year and I’ll go back to my own personal rule.

I have prioritized which ones I want to work on.

  • On Monday, which is for piecing, I will work on # 15 and #38
  • During the rest of the week, I’ll work on quilting #37 (the final quilt using Grandma’s fabrics)

Linky Party

Then on Tuesday, I will start a Linky Party and you can join in the fun.  I will be posting pictures of what I’ve worked on and you can do the same.  If you have a blog – you enter the URL of the blog post and fill in all the rest of the blanks.  If you don’t have a blog, you can use a flicker page or a Pinterest page that contains a photo of your work.

Mystery Quilt

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Well, I have caught up on my clues for Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt!  Yeah!!! Yes, I’ve gotten all of the blocks for Part 1 to 5 completed!   I’ve been doing the yearly mysteries since 2009 and this is the first time I’ve ever gotten caught up.  Clue 6 came out this morning & i’ll get started on it later today!

 

Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting and Happy New Year! 

Gail

 

 

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Just a little sewing

With being away, Christmas decorating, cooking and both kids here, I’ve done very little sewing. However, I did manage to make a few blocks for Part 4 and Part 5 (on the right side of the cutting mat) of Bonnie Hunter’s En Provence mystery. Also shown are some of Part 1, 2 & 3 … none of the clues are completed!

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To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

Happy Quilting!

Gail

Christmas gift is gifted

A week or so ago, I was working on a Christmas gift and just gave you a glimpse of the back.  I did get it finished before I flew to Ontario … it has been gifted, my aunt loves it! and so now, I can show you a picture:

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I had 2 different panels which I purchased in Pennsylvania in the spring.  There was the one of the bird houses (top left) and one of the birds (bottom right).  Each bird house or bird was an individual rectangle, and when sewn together, the tree in the background joined together nicely.  The top right & bottom left window panes are an alternating mixture of birdhouses & birds.  I like how: although they are similar, each of the 4 window panes are slightly different.  Of course, the border was quilted in feathers!

This was the first time I have made an attic window.  I debated about doing mitered corners or doing half-square triangles.  A friend said that it would look way better with the mitered corners.  I knew she was right.  I took my time and each one turned out perfectly!

This was on the blog “Confessions of a Fabric Addict”    I couldn’t help but laugh!
‘Twas the night Christmas, I’m glued to the tree,
I’m wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be fat quarters or a pattern or lace?
Or a quilt kit, I said with a smile on my face.
And that’s when I heard him, “Hi, Santa,” I said.
“You know…good little girls should be in their beds!”
“I know I should, Santa, and now I’ve got caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought.”
“Well, let’s take a look in this room where you work.”
He shook his head quickly and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim, as he put it in gear,
“You’ve got enough crap, I’ll see you next year!”

 

Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting!

Gail

Only working on 2 projects

I have been travelling in Ontario for the last week and haven’t been able to post anything on the blog. But, I’m home now and able to spend a bit of time catching up. And hopefully get a bit of sewing done!

I did have an awesome time in Ontario, visiting family … it was really great!

Here are the projects that I was working on before I left and hope to continue to work on soon!

Grandma’s Fabrics #13

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is being quilted … with 120 white blocks and each block having a different motif, it’s taking a while to get this done.

 

En Provence – A Bonnie Hunter Mystery

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This is the start of Clue #3 of the Bonnie Hunter mystery, “En Provence”.  I have 20 of the dark blue/light blue 4-patches done, 30 more pairs to sew and more to cut and sew …

And, since I was away, I haven’t started on Clue #4 … maybe soon!

 

To see what others have done for the En Provence Mystery, go to this Quiltville post.

Happy Quilting

Gail

Grandma’s Quilts: 12 done!

I have 12 quilts finished.  # 13 is currently being quilted, but I’m not sure it’ll be finished before I go away for a week.  Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and I took the opportunity to freeze my hands and get pictures of 12 of the quilts.  I know I’ve shown a few of the quilts on the blog, but not all of them. These 2 pictures show all 12 in order from #1 on the left to #12 on the right.

And here’s a picture of all the labels with the backing fabrics:G'ma Labels #1-12

This is a picture of #11 & #12.  #11 is made with 2½” squares and #12 is made with 2″ squares.  Size does make a difference!  Quilt #13 is the same pattern as #12, but with less variety of fabrics because I’ve used up a lot of the fabrics.  G'ma # 11 & 12

Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting,

Gail

 

Working on 3 things at once

Currently, I’m working on 3 things at once.

First:  Quilt #13 is now a top. It needs to be quilted and bound

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Second:  The Bonnie Hunter Mystery (En Provence):  Step 1 in about 2/3 done and Step 2 is about 2/3 cut out, with none sewn.  I’ve been asked what colours I’m using.  I will be using dark and light blues in place of Bonnie’s purples and the dark red shown in the picture below.  My neutrals are neutrals and I will probably choose a darker green than Bonnie’s yellowy green.img_0122

Third: I’ve been quilting a Christmas gift … this is a part of the backimg_0125

To see what others in the quilty world are working on wander over to these blogs:

Happy Quilting!

Gail

Nothing finished this week

Nothing finished, but I did start 2 new projects … oh why oh why do I do this????  … I guess I like the idea of a mystery (thanks to Bonnie Hunter) and I like creating and Christmas is coming.

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Quilt # 13 is webbed together, and has taken the back seat for now …

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The mystery quilt … I have quite a few neutral 4 patches done (mostly as leaders & enders),  a bunch more to sew together.  The next clue is today … and I’ll be pulling fabric for it.

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Creating a Christmas gift for the dearest, sweetest person I know … (I’ll post a picture after it’s gifted!)

I’m going to a “quilt ’til you wilt” tonight & hope to get some sewing done … along with visiting and laughing and eating pizza!

Linking to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts

Happy Quilting,

Gail