Monday, December 29, 2014

Finishes this year.

Finish Along 2014
OK, I understand that this is not due until the very end of December, but quite frankly, with all the stuff happening right before New Years, I won't have another day to complete this work.  So today or rather tonight, I decided to give up, and let it go.  I over did it, stating that I would finish 6 BOM's that I was working on throughout the year, and that I would have all of them done.  Not likely, but now I'm ready to concede. Why?  Because I did other quilts at the last minute for Christmas gifts.  So here is the link to the promise of what I would complete for the 2014 Finish Along with Katy from the "Thee Littlest Thistle".

A Lovely Year of Finishes
I also entered a quilt for "A Lovely Year of Finishes from "Fiber of All Sorts" and "Bittersweet", two fantastic sites to follow.  They are doing the same thing next year and I'm all in girls!!!  Still have a list of quilts to complete including some of my BOMs from this past year.  Also have 5 others that I followed but did not start, so I have plenty to do.  I also have 5 other kits that I found when cleaning up my sewing room for my mom who visited.  And my husband after discovering how much fabric I have has said "No more purchasing until I get some of this completed".  He's right of course, but who wants to not own such beautiful material (sigh......).  I need help!

All of these quilts have links or buttons on the side to click and see what was done.  You'll notice also on the side that there is a section called completed.  That's where most of the links are now.
Here is my list of quilts that I said I would do:

1)  Quilt Doodle Design - wonderful Christmas Quilt - All done.  Here will be a Quilt Hop at Quilt Doodle Designs in January to see everyone's winter quilt.  Join us...

2)  Pat Sloan's Globe Trotter Mystery Quilt BOM - completed it and gave it away for Christmas.  Turned out beautiful with Robert Kaufman material.  But no photo did justice to the material.

Loved it so much I did a smaller version for a Contest for my Quilting Guild.

3)  Debbie Mumm's Quilt of Honor - Husband didn't want to give this one away.  Also turned out exceptionally well.  Plain quilting on it, but really I should redo the quilting to something special in the square blocks.  I'll think about it. Maybe a star of some sort??  Any suggestions out there?

4)  Vice Versa Quilt - here is where I didn't have the time to get to it, even though I had two more blocks to do.  I just didn't have the time to cut out the blocks and do it.  But I've seen finished ones on the Flickr group and so excited to complete, will do it in the new year.  Gen X Quilters also has another BOM starting in January that looks very modern and great!!!  Want to do it but I'll have to think about it.
5)  My free Craftsy class that is a BOM.  Loved it!  Highly recommend it.  Look at the finished product (but not quilted so I failed in this one as well!!).  I joined another class that shows how to free style quilt each and every block (here I go again!!!)

6)  The final quilt that I said I would complete is my Pixelated Quilt.  Once more not done, but half way there. I did do 10 more rows of 2 1/2 inch quares.  It's a sunflower.  Coming along so well,

Size is large, but squares are 2 1/2 inches, so in the end about 2 inches each.
But I did do others, and this is what they look like.  (did I mention I work full time?  Boy am I sucking up!)They are all completed:
1)  !2th Man Quilt for my husband.  Seattle Seahawks of course!

2)  Flannel Quilt (had to finish it when my husband found out how much material I have.  We have a rule, I can't buy more material until I finish some quilts.  Well, I can't buy material now, until I get my stash down, because it's so much).  Called "Friends are like Flowers".  Sorry, bad picture.  Cat loves trying out quilts especially if they're made of flannel.

3)  A smaller quilt top that I've had cut out for 3 years, completed it today when I found it.  But I'm adding buttons for the center tomorrow.  Quilting all done.  Did echo quilting of the flowers.  It's about a yard wide.

4)  A kit that I absolutely loved to make. Graphic Quilt Cross by Allie Health.   It was two charm packs, one in black and one in white.  Take a look at the quilting. Spent a Saturday doing it on my small sewing machine.


5)  Pinky.  It's all binded and finished, with a black backing, and I quilted in white thread.  Looks amazing.  My own design.  The picture below is not binded, but it is done.  See the quilting below as well.

6)  A purse
and finally .....
7)  a Wool table top for a round table all hand stitched.  Gave to my mom for Christmas.

Does that make up for not getting everything done on my list???

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Update on "Oh forgot one".

During my holidays to get away from the stress, I quilted "Little Pinkie" a  little bit more  ;)
Here is the quilt, but below it is some of the stitching.  Enjoy.

Each square had a different style of quilting on it.  It was fun doing free style.

Been busy.....

Over the holidays as a surprise to my husband I sewed a quilt for him, but it was difficult with all the things I needed to complete and finish teaching this year.  But did it.  

Used SeaHawk material and a kit from Calico Creations.  Wonderful kit with a pattern that is simple, but I added a few twist.  Had to add the twelfth man symbol  ;)

But that's not all.  This one was one that I had extra material and my mom came for Christmas so I was trying to transform my sewing room, into the extra bedroom it was,and that when it happened!!! 

My husband found out how much material I really had.  Darn it!!

So I tried to make a few quilts to cut it down.

According to my husband I can no longer buy any more material until I get the material situation under control.  OK I admit it, I'm a fabricaholic but I don't feel the need to stop all together.  I'm just going to stop buying for a while until I have cut down the material.  Plus, there are so many quilts that are UFO's that I need to do something about that as well.  LOOK MOM I'm setting goals for the new year  ;)

So at the right is one of the results.  Flannel quilt with roses, and green and brown triangles.  Large lap quilt as you can see from the picture above.   Here are some closer shots.  The background is more yellow then the white showing here.  I call this quilt "Friends are like Flowers".  You have to nurture both, and give care to both, otherwise it will wither away and die.  You can neglect both a bit, because of time, or your busy schedule, but you don't do it on purpose, you don't decide you don't have to take care of it because you believe that both will take care of themselves.  This quilt is a reminder to me that marriage, friends, and family, take effort and time to nurture and make strong.  

Cat approved.
Now working on the final two quilts that I said I would complete for the 2014 Finish along with Katy at the Littlest Thistle.  It was a finish along for three months.  Read about it here.  I said I would finish 6 of the BOM's that I started in January.  But I only completed three of them, and have two fo them almost done (just need to put them together), but they won't be quilted.  So I didn't do it all.  I did however did three more quilts (batting and all) that I did not say I would do.  That makes the 6.  Does that work?  Who knows. Will keep you posted.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Oh! Forgot one

One more I forgot to mention! Pink and black with exotic squirts. Squares of different patterns to cuddle up to. Each square has different quilting on it.

Black border around the quilt. Big enough to hide in;)