Wednesday, June 29, 2016

So Ufo's are not new to me!

In 2010 I wrote:" You know its a hard decision to decide what to work on when you have so many WIP's (works in progress). I would like to stop "starting" new projects but I think it comes with the creative gee so medically, I am unable to stop "starting"! What a relief. I wonder if there is a pill?"

So in 6 years, nothing has really changed with me. Except for the fact that right now I am on a mission to finish some of the projects that I have in shoe boxes, gift boxes and sewing boxes everywhere I look.

And even though I don't think I am starting new projects right now, in reality, one of the completed blocks I started a year ago, isn't really a UFO. Its become a new project that has captured my attention...

One Stack and Wack Basket Block started at camp last spring
My EQ plan for the blocks that I drew up last year!
The plan...

The reality! Another WIP...

Baskets and Butterflies WIP

I have been procrastinating the last few days. I have three baskets to applique and about 6 butterfly blocks to appliqué and add antennae. Most of the quilt is together but like all new projects I have sort of lost interest so today I did some bindings...

Last day of school to work on bindings! #UFOfinally finished

Tomorrow, I am going to get that appliqué done!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Great Finishing - On your Mark, Get set... (Camp part 2)

Camp continues..

This year, camp felt like we were missing someone. My dear friend Sue had gotten double pneumonia in February and several times in 6 weeks her family thought they were going to lose her. Her recovery was and is very long and very hard. I decided we should all make a quilt for her so everyone made a little 6" block and we put them together and I gave it to her on the Tuesday after the retreat was over. Rest assured... she cried!
Sue's quilt!
So remember those nickels I took... well in need of starting something new, I dug out some nickles and made this little lap quilt. It was fun and easy and It felt good to start and finish something all in one day.
Nickel fun!
Once I got home, I pulled out the top and quilted and bound it right away so it wouldn't become an #ufofinallyfinishednotquiltednotbound .
Nickel fun finished!!!

My last finish was this split nine patch which I made from a package of nickels. I started it in October 2012 at another camp.  I got all the blocks done, but that's the problem with camps. You sew like crazy and sometimes if you don't get back to it after you come home from camp those projects become UFO's or even worse... FI,IADWTP's!!! It is now a #ufofinallyfinishednotquiltednotbound. Soon

Split nine patch started in 2012

And then it was time to come home and pack up. 

To be bound

This weeks goals are to get this pile of quilts bound. The two bottom ones have been quilted for a couple of years, the top two have been quilted in the last year and the middle one has been on my bed at least ten years without a binding. I am going to bind it first... I think it deserves it!

Nickel quilt made in 2004

I am going to try my new to me Bernini 4mm flat felling foot #71 to bind these quilts. I tried it yesterday on this little gem and I have to say it was almost 100% perfect.  ( By the way, you can add this little fellow to my 2016 #UFOfinallyfinished list)

Sanfrancisco stitch company Fall 2014 Mystery
If it works on my next quilt, I will not be hand sewing any more bindings!!! Stay tuned.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The great finishing... On your mark, (Camp, part 1)

It all started the 21st of April... (I know that was a while ago).

Every year on or about that date I pack up all my stuff and head to Peterborough Ontario and go to Quilt camp. Of course there is more to it than just packing... I organize the camp so every year I have lots to do getting everyone organized to go to camp. Then I have to take time and plan what I will take. (Which always ends up being way more than I can possibly do!)

This year I planned to take UFO's (unfinished objects)... because I have a lot of them. Some I should just stop calling UFO's and start calling them FIIADWTP's!!! (forget it, I am done with this project).

So I packed up my bag(s) with several very old projects, some Nickle's (5" squares) in case I felt like completing one of several nickel projects I had started and promised myself, no trips to Fabricland while I was at camp... hence no new projects!

Being confined to a large room with 40 other quilters is plenty of motivation to work on a project, but only bringing UFO's started out feeling like a bit of a mistake. Everyone around me was working on something new. But I dragged out my first project and everyone around me jumped at the chance to remind me that I had started it many years ago at another camp.

Mystery Quilt started 2008
And so I plugged away, and before long it was done... of course there was moaning and groaning... but it was done. It came home folded neatly in my bag and is waiting to be quilted... Maybe soon!

Next out of the bag... another quilt I had started at camp, the first time I attended camp at Elim. I had bought the template and pattern on a recent trip to NFLD and decided it was going to get finished at this camp...

Newfie Quilt started September 2010

This quilt was 75% finished so I worked at getting the other 25% done. So many people asked me for the pattern, including a German Lady who came in to visit and scared me half to death. She spoke over my shoulder and I was sure it was my mother-in-law ( who died 25 or more years ago.) But we had a great chat and immediately bonded. The 25% was completed but once I brought it home to add to the rest I think it still needs 20 more blocks... They are ready to be sewn, but might be another UFO for a future camp.

My friend Aimee took a picture of me working on that Newfie Quilt... I was in a big mess!  LOL

Ok... enough for today... stay tuned for (Camp part 2)