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February OMG Goal

Patchwork Times announced February UFO goal number 9 which happened to be a threadplay project for me:

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I decided it needed some ‘spark’, so I added gold thread to the ribbon.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I am using Sulky rayon thread for the free motion embroidery.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I used a simple meandering loop (with Sulky rayon thread) for the free motion quilting.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

Leftover fabric was used to piece the backing.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

I am happy to have this one finished!

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

It has already been gifted!

I have spent the rest of the month continueing scrap control.

Scrap Bags

I feel like I’ve gotten a hold of Mary Poppins’ carpetbag; my little scrap bags seem very deep!  Ha, ha!

However, I am gaining a whole lot of useable strip sizes…all neatly stored and ready to use.  I feel so much better!

Just the reds, pinks, purples and browns to sort.

I am linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.

February UFO Goal

Number 9.

9 is the number that was drawn for the monthly goal over at Patchwork Times.

My #9 is old.

Really old.

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

The wall hanging began by playing around with Libby Lehman’s threadplay technique.  Then I was asked to teach it.

I have no idea how long ago that was.  A long time ago.  I haven’t taught in years.

And I have no idea what I’m going to do to finish it.

I am linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.

January 2017 UFO Goal

I have chosen to work on Aunt Sukey Spins Off for my January UFO Goal.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

This quilt is already under the needle, and most of the top is quilted.  I need to get the borders quilted, and that will be my focus.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

The bonus will be to get the binding on, too, and be finished, but I’ll be pleased to get the quilting accomplished.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

Linking up will keep me accountable, focused, and motivated, so I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts – One Monthly Goal.

Another goal this year, is to embroider the blocks for Aunt Bea’s Parlor.

I have two blocks done.  I will be working on this project on Sundays.

Kathy’s Quilts will keep me company.  I am linking up with her Slow Sunday Stitching.

Aunt Bea's Parlor - Block 3

May your New Year be filled with blessings and the achievements of your goals!

One Monthly Goal – 2017

I need motivation.  I need focus.  So this year, I am listing 12 unfinished projects (one project per month to finish; or at least make progress) and linking up with Patchwork Times and One Monthly Goal.

Aunt Sukey Spins Off

 1.  Aunt Sukey Spins Off

This quilt is actually under the needle right now.  Progress is happening.

Brazilian Embroidery 001

2.  Brazilian Embroidery

I got stuck on what to do with the embroidery piece.  I’ve decided to make a pillow.

One Monthly Goal - Grocery Sacks

3.  Grocery Sacks

I’ve been wanting to make grocery sacks.  Surely this will be a quick and easy project.

One Monthly Goal - Round Robin

4. and 5. Round Robin 

This is a strip round robin from the year 1999.  All of the strips are done, but this needs to come together as a top.  I have good memories from this project! I’m giving this one two months…I’m sure I’ll need it.

One Monthly Goal - Aunt Bea's Parlor

6.  Aunt Bea’s Parlor

I have only 2 blocks stitched.  I don’t expect to finish this one this year, but I do expect to get a lot of the embroidery done.

One Monthly Goal - Bird House

7. Bird House

Ahem.  It is a bird house.  Started and abandoned quickly.  One of those “quilt guild inspired because everyone is making one” projects.  My excitement didn’t last long.  This oldie needs to be done!

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

8. Floral Blocks

Began as class samples when I was teaching machine applique.

One Monthly Goal - Floral Blocks

Maybe more pillows? What to do with only three blocks?

One Monthly Goal - Threadplay

9. Threadplay

This was a class sample, too.  I was teaching Libby Lehman’s threadplay technique.  Long ago and far away.

New York Wheel Inklingo Mystery Quilt

10. The Case of the Secret Garden

A fun 2013 mystery quilt designed by Linda Franz of Inklingo fame. 

Hunter's Star Quilt Top

11. Hunter’s Star 

Also, a 2013 project.

President's Blocks

12. President’s Blocks

I served as President of the Colville Piecemakers Quilt Guild 1999-2001.  I have thirty plus signed blocks given to me when my term was up.  It is about time that I do something with them!

For me, this is an ambitious list of projects.  However, I already feel better about my ufo’s simply by making this list.  What carries into the following year doesn’t matter. 

One enjoyable stitch at a time.  That is what matters.

Yoda Finish

It has been a very hot, dry and windy summer…ripe for wildfires…and indeed, we have them raging in my home state of Washington, as well as Oregon and California.  So when I am home from the day job, I am attempting to keep some green space around my home.

I have great water, but it comes from a gravity fed spring, so I am limited to how long, and how much, I can water the gardens at any one time.  I am losing the battle for the green space.  Fortunately, there are no wildfires close by. 

I am blessed.

We did get a brief respite from a cool down and storm.  Unfortunately, this storm was particularly vicious.  There are downed trees everywhere, and it left thousands of people without power, water, and, in many cases, without a place to live since the trees smashed their homes.  My father is one of those without power and water, but he is coping well.

Again, I am blessed.

What angers me is that these people who have lost so much because of natural disasters are now being preyed upon by looters.  I look forward to the Lord’s justice in dealing with these heartless and selfish crooks!

I bet you don’t remember this:

Yoda
I made a stencil of words and painted it:

Yoda
Seemed fitting for kittens:

Yoda
Then the little project sat. 

And sat.

I have finally sandwiched it and finished it.

Yoda
I was going to use free motion quilting and outline the kittens’ bodies…sort of a ghost effect.  Once I sandwiched it, and quilted it, however, I didn’t like it.

My next thought was to paint the bodies.  I should’ve stopped thinking and followed through on that idea.

Instead, I decided to thread paint the bodies.  Now I know about stabilizers (I’ve thread painted before), but this was already sandwiched and quilted.  And, yes, I know that I still could have used a water-soluble stabilizer.  If I had any.  I didn’t.  And if I wanted to wait to finish.  I didn’t.

Ha!  My little quilt (about 8″ x 11″) shrunk up like a roasted marshmallow!  I had to steam the snot out of it to get it to lie flat again!

Yoda

I’m done.  Maybe a granddaughter will want this one.  Or I will be an anonymous giver to a quilting buddy.  Heh, heh!

On to the next UFO.

Yoda

I thought a simple little UFO would be appropriate for my next project.

Many moons ago, I took photos of a sweet little kitten named Yoda. 

I played with effects on one of those photos in photoshop and created a design to print on fabric.

Yoda

I don’t know how long ago I did this…long enough that when I touched the gold yarn, it disintegrated (Perhaps bad quality?).   I didn’t save the file on my pc (Neglect or a computer crash?) so I have no reference and no way to print more of this fabric.

By the time you read this post, I will have free motion stitched the fused applique.  I’m not sure what else I’ll do yet.

I have more long days coming with the day job, so I don’t know when I’ll be back. 

Meantime, ya’ll have some fun creating, whether you love to create in the kitchen, the woodshop, with Legos, knitting, scrapbooking, or….  Just find the time for the precious creative muse!

Orca Bay Quilt Back (Part 9) and What’s Next

I’ve pieced the backing for the Orca Bay quilt:

Whenever I get the quilting completed, I will show a better photo, or two.

For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 2, click here.    
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 3, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 4, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 5, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 6, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 7, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 8, click here.
 

The sewing machine has been cleaned and oiled.  The floor has been vacuumed.  So what’s next?

I’m taking out an old UFO to work on.  I was learning Brazilian embroidery with this project, and I love it!  I don’t know why I never finished it.  There is not alot left to embroider.

How shall I finish this when the embroidery is done?  Frame it?  Make a pillow?  Make a crazy, scrappy border for it? 

Any ideas?

Anyone?