Friday, January 11, 2019

My 12 UFO Projects for the 2019 UFO/WIP CHALLENGE for 2019


Hello and Welcome to my blog!

Julie from the blog The Crafty Quilter has started a UFO/WIP CHALLENGE FOR 2019 and with plenty of enthusiasm, I am joining her!

http://thecraftyquilter.com/2019/01/2019-ufo-wip-challenge/

This will be a post filled with pictures of the projects I have chosen to use as my 12 UFO Projects.  

Recently, I took time to do some much needed organization in my fabric storage room.  Which is our spare bedroom and works excellently for this purpose.  By refolding fabrics, I emptied out 4 big totes and throughout the process of organizing, discovered a whole bunch of UFO's.  They range in small projects from pillow cases to queen sized quilts that had been set aside and forgotten for one reason or another.

With Julie's Challenge, I will be working on completing 12 UFO's throughout the year.  I am hoping that I will be able to accomplish at least one project each and every week of the year in 2019.  No, I am not setting myself up for a pit fall.  LOL.  I do realize that this is a huge challenge and most likely one I will not achieve.  Yet, with setting this goal, I know I will constantly be working towards it.  Plus, I have two other reasons for setting this goal.  My husband and I need to come up with at least $1,000.00 for dental work.  The second reason is that our extra special Miniature purebred Poodle, Mr. Shakes that we rescued from a horribly abusive place, before we left Texas and moved back to Grants Pass, Oregon.  His Vet has informed us that he has to have Ear Surgery and that is going to be well over $500.00.  Aside from a couple of other items, selling my quilts and other quilted items are hopefully going to help make these both possible by the end of the year.

I have so much faith in my Family and Friends and above all The Lord!  That the finances will be made available, first and foremost for our precious fur baby.  The remainder will also be provided, I have no doubt, as the various items that have been made with love will be shown some place to be sold.  Can you tell I have it all figured out?  LOL.  Alright, enough of my ramblings.  Beware...I do love to share and jabber.  ***smiles***




Alright, here we go.  This is my # 1 project for January.  The reason I have chosen this as my first project is because I chose to do this hand embroidery project for my Mother as a Christmas present for this year.  I found the pattern @  https://stitchfloral.blogspot.com/2018/10/fall-wedding-progress-part-1.html     and thoroughly enjoyed every part of creating this beautiful hand embroidery project.  I have chosen to make a pillow cover with it.  I am hoping to have it finished by the end of the week to share a post by date Julie has specified.

After the Project #1....I am not positive yet on the order in which I want to do the UFO's.  I must ask Julie if I have to be specific or just be clear at the beginning of the month.



This set of blocks were part of a BOM designed by Debby Kratovil.  I have thoroughly enjoyed following her blog and trying to keep up with the BOM.  Somehow, along the way, I failed though.  I can not even remember what happened as to why.  But I love applique and am very positive that I will not have any problems in setting up the blocks that I am missing.  I have all of the patterns.  I just stopped putting them together.  Well at some point this year, this fantastic BOM will become a Quilt!





This UFO is my oldest UFO and it also holds a special place in my heart.  This applique pattern is my very first design!   I took the extra close up photos to show some of the details a tad bit better.  I know that all of those pieces go with this top.  Right now, I am not sure if I will use them to finish the quilt with or not.  It will feel fantastic to get this quilt finished!!





My picture taking certainly does not do this quilt any justice.  I believe that this is one of my most beautiful quilts that I have created.  The fabrics are both Christmas prints and the pattern I used is one that my friend Carole @ From My Carolina Home designed and shared on her blog with us.  The reason that this quilt was not finished is because I could not decide on how to finish it.  Has anyone else ever had this happen?  Since I have been paying attention to alternative methods of borders, I am going to choose one of the techniques I have watched a video tutorial of and get this beauty finished.






These 25 quilt blocks were made while following Pat Sloan in her Weekly Sew Along.  I had quite a bit of fun and created several new blocks that I would never have tried on my own.  Plus, there are quite a few of these blocks that I now would just love to make an entire quilt out of.  I just signed up to do her BOM and her weekly sew along, also.



I am disappointed that this picture did not show up very nicely.  I will have to have Hubby take pictures to post in the Month that it will be completed.  In the past couple of years, I have really fallen in love with hand embroidery once again.  This is one of the projects that helped bring those feelings back to the surface again.  This quilt is going to be for my Nieces new little girl.  One of the choices that I seem to be going for more and more are easier patterns in baby to lap quilt sizes.  I am curious to see how long this phase lasts with me.



I have really fallen for Owl fabrics, Owl Patterns (quilts, hand embroidery, softies, even pillows...did I miss some?) and Owl Appliques!  Yet, I have not had the opportunity to play with very many of them.


I hope to make a big change where this is concerned throughout the year to come!  I have no idea when I had the opportunity to put this baby quilt top together.  Then the other question to be answered is what took me away from finishing this adorable fun quilt?  I am pretty positive I will never remember the answer.  Since it is on my finish list for this year, I look forward to getting it quilted and finished.  Have you done any Owl Quilts or did you discover another cutie Animal that you just fell for?  I would love to  hear all about it and even better see pictures!



I do remember my friend Deanna and I working together on this quilt.  Plus, so many other special quilts together.  I am sorry to say that we somehow stopped seeing and talking to one another.  I still love her and miss her and her smile and laughter so much.



I just wanted to share a few close up pictures of some of the fussy cutting we did.  It was very difficult to get these cute animals to be featured.  I should say that for this quilt we were using scraps and that part, I can not tell you any thing about another quilt or if we were given the scraps or what.  Sorry, but we did a pretty good job.  In my opinion.




The little smiling frogs and the long alligator smiling are both so adorable!  How ever in the world do many of us little girls grow into girls who just scream with horror at the thought of touching one of these adorable green ribbiting frogs?  LOL.   Now the Alligator, once they get big enough to bite....oh yeah, I agree with not wanting anything to do with them except at a great big distance like on TV!!



I wanted to share the Elephant also.  Mainly because I am starting to get all girlie about Elephant fabrics and patterns also.  So on to see what other wonderful adventures await me in this year of UFO Adventures!



This delightful quilt was created from June until the end of July 2018 as a week by week sew along.  The designer is Julie Cefalu of the The Crafty Quilter Blog.  I had such a marvelous time creating this quilt, I know that I will do another quilt along with her if she decides to do one this year!  HINT HINT Julie

We had company visit just as I was finishing this quilt and it was set aside and life got in the way.  I believe this quilt is my youngest UFO and I really am looking forward to finishing it.  It is always strange the way that the world works and therefore something tells me that this quilt will most likely end up being one of my last quilts to finish.  LOL.


                                    

The photo above is a quilt back for the quilt below.  I have always enjoyed creating Scrap Quilts and very often have created two sided quilts using a very simple pattern for the backing.  In that respect when you go to quilt the quilt you are not having to worry about how the quilt design you have chosen for the front will effect the back or even vice versa.



I follow Carole @ From My Carolina Home Blog and this lovely scrap quilt is one of her Majestic Mystery Quilts that she has been sharing for several years now.  Do not quote me, but I think I have made 4 of her Mystery Quilts and loved each and every one of them.   With the Top and the Backing, I need to add borders to have them match in size.  I do all of my own quilting.  The majority of the time, I use my Mothers 301A Singer machine for straight line stitching and as long as their is not much loft for quilting.  If there is any amount of loft, I just guess, then I use my PFAFF that my Father gave to me a couple of years before he passed away.  With it I am slowly learning how to do Free Motion Quilting and also use his machine for Applique with any type of fancy stitches and just have a blast.  So throughout the year, I look forward to playing and learning on both machines while finishing each and every one of these 12 quilts.  Plus, I also hope to start and complete several more quilts along the way!



This is just one of the many Christmas projects that I have discovered while organizing my Fabric Storage Room.  I do all of my sewing at the Kitchen table.  I love all of the space the kitchen table has to offer and of course the lighting is fantastic.  This quilt was made with a whole lot of love and a bunch of scraps!!  The perfect combination.




I keep my eyes open for all of these fun Christmas Fabrics at Garage Sales and Second Hand Stores due to the fact that I am honestly still in love with all of them.  LOL.  I still have a few scraps left, enough to make a small table runner.  I hope to make it this year.




These adorable little elves were added as a border just to add some extra fun to this Christmas Quilt.  I thoroughly enjoy creating Christmas Projects!




Oh Me, Oh My...this is my last quilt to share!  Plus, if I am counting correctly, it is an extra one.  That is perfectly fine with me because as I stated, I do plan on finishing as many UFO's as I possible can this year.  This baby quilt is another quilt that I am practicing Free Motion Quilting on.  It can not be a good idea to step away from it for this long of a period though.  I do not remember this one at all.  It is made with the same flannel owl fabric as used in an earlier quilt shown.  So I shall find out and let you know when I share this adventure in the month that it is completed.


Sorry that it took me forever to share my 12 plus projects.  I hope that I did not bore you in any way.  I would love to hear your opinions and suggestions in the comments.  I am a person who just uses a computer but honestly does not know how to "use" a computer.  So please be patient!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a fantastic day!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A NEW YEAR WITH FUN CHALLENGES


I discovered these in a tote that some how had gotten moved out of my fabric storage room.  These will make a fun project.  No matter what I decide to create with them!!


March 17,2008   Seems to be the first date that I began posting about my Quilt Journey.  I have loved each and every seam I have sewn and even every seam that I have had to rip out!  LOL.  Although, in true honesty, from November 17, 2017 until now.  I have been struggling so much with a depression because my Dad passed away on that date and he is the real reason I began quilting.  He is the reason, I fell totally in love with Quilting and he was my Number 1 Fan with each and every project I have made from the day he gave me all of the scrap fabrics, threads, tools and his support all of those marvelous years ago.  Let me share with you my very first post.

And It Came To Pass

My father began quilting years ago. Well last year for some reason I was bored and thought I should make a quilt, dad always enjoys it. So, I asked him if I could have some of his scraps and explained I was going to try a quilt. He was very helpful and filled a huge plastic storage box with fabrics of all sorts. Then he gave me some threads and cutting mats and some good information. Throughtout the year, he has continued to give me scraps and rotary cutters, threads and needles. Always helping out and surprising me with new things.

Well my first quilts were nothing to jump up and down about. But I fell in love with the adventure and have more or less become obsessed. I am definetly a beginner, but am improving---can even match seams up. As soon as my dear hubby shows me how I will download some pictures.

Currently I am working on two projects; the first is NightTime: the first star quilt I have attempted. It did not turn out too shabby. I am waiting for the weather to improve some before I lay out the backing, batting and top to prepare for quilting. The second is a scrap quilt that I am quilting as I go and then adding a star applique to the top of the block. Have not decided where to go from there yet.

Well, I hope you enjoy your day and feel free to leave a comment. Brenda

Now, my thought was that I was going to reintroduce myself a tad bit and then get started sharing the 12 UFO Projects that I have picked out and decided to do for the UFO Challenge for 2019.  I am honestly very excited about it.  I have not been excited about a quilt in so long, I did not know if I would ever get it back again.  Thankfully, it is and full force.  I had planned two items to tell you about and then show you, also.  The first was going to be introducing myself in a whole new Blog.  Come to find out, this whole blog world has changed up quite a bit.  Basically, it all boils down to the fact that every thing that I tried failed big time.  So over a period of time, I will just somehow get this one all updated.  LOL....if I am capable of doing that!!!  Believe me, I am not good at this computer stuff, but I am excited to start blogging again (finally) and sharing my love of quilting with other quilters who love quilting also.


 Julie of The Craft Quilter Blog has a UFO/WIP CHALLENGE FOR 2019

and I signed up right away with a lot of enthusiasm!  Here is the link to her post on her blog if you would like to join the fun for the year!

  http://thecraftyquilter.com/2019/01/2019-ufo-wip-challenge/

Since I have already written a fairly long post, I will wait until tomorrow and do a bit of a reintroduction of myself and then post information and photos of my 12 UFO Projects that I have chosen for Julie's Challenge for 2019.  I hope that you will join all of us also!


I am not quite certain what I will do with this lovely individual fabric piece.  Although, I do know the perfect family member who I will be giving it to when it is all finished!  Has this ever happened to you?


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Your fellow quilter Brenda


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

PURPLE STARS GLOW BRILLIANTLY




These star blocks were fun to make.  Yet, the entire quilt has taken me quite a long time to complete.  In each of the blocks, 3 varieties of purple fabrics were used and one white background.  Although I had selected a large variety of purples, quite a few of them had to be used a couple of times.  It is rather sad that our bed is only a queen and the quilt is made to fit a California King.



I folded one row completely under in order to keep it from touching the floor.  My wonderful dog Dodger is black and turning grey and sheds enough hair every single day to fill a coffee can.  The vet has informed us that some dogs just do this, we were worried she was sick or very stressed.  Yet, she has done this since she was a puppy and has never had any bald spots.  Oh yeah, back to the quilt.

In this photo, many of the purples look dull and actually not any shade of purple.  I totally am in love with the quilt, but at the same time can not wait to mail it to the special friend that it is for.  I was going  to put a scalloped border around it and found a fantastic video tutorial, but things just did not work out for me.  I will have to try again on another quilt.

While finishing this lovely huge quilt, I began organizing my fabric/guest room and became overwhelmed with the number of unfinished projects that I have accumulated.  Both in quilts and hand embroidery projects, plus even a couple of blouses that need to be finished.  I have several friends online who post blogs daily and are such wonderful people, because of them and their unknowing influence, I am definitely going to start blogging once again.  This go around is going to be mainly about accomplishing finishing each and every one of my unfinished projects and once in awhile doing some of the home improvement projects that I have wanted to do and also creating a quilt that I just feel the urge to.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I love to read comments and will respond as quickly as I can.  Have a spectacular day tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Saving Pictures

Today, September 5, 2018 I am going to begin learning how to do numerous new tasks on my new computer.  I just need a post to play with.  This is a quilt that I am making for a very special person in my life, she is the God Mother to my only child.  Plus, she is my Mothers Best Friend and like a second Mother to me.  Believe me this photo is awful....it makes the majority of all of the colors just disappear and look so boring.  But in reality, it is beautiful.  I will be showing this to my husband and when I take the next set of photos, it will not be me taking the next photos!  So, off I go to begin learning.  Have a great day!

Monday, August 28, 2017

SO MUCH HAPPENING....IT IS FABULOUS





I signed up for Pat Sloans  GRANDMA'S KITCHEN SEW ALONG on June 28, 2017 (well actually a tad bit earlier than that...but not exactly sure).  I had tried to do a couple of her other sew along's and failed miserably due to life in general.  I am hoping that life has settled down enough that I can keep up with this one!

The block pictured below is titled  "Half A Modern" by Pat.  She gives a wonderful descriptive story about Why she names her blocks what she does and how it relates to one or both of her Grandmothers Kitchens.  She asks that we share a part of our memories with her.  Only, sadly due to my memory loss, I really can not do that.  I think that is another reason I also really want to complete this quilt.  I may explain later, but not now.
Block 4  "HALF A MODERN"


This is Block 5 titled...Glasses and Cups.  I have chosen a wide variety of fabrics for this Sew Along with Pat Sloan.  I have chosen 2 main fabrics with Fruits, plus a third main fabric with small red apples as my backing fabric but if needed it can easily be used in the blocks also.  I have also chosen a wide variety of  fabrics ranging from solids to the one below featuring the large variety of apples with black as the background. 



I have also chosen a wide variety of  fabrics ranging from solids to the one below featuring the large variety of apples with black as the background. Being that my blocks are rather on a sort of "scrappy" choice, I went ahead and chose white on white as my main block fabric.  Yet, I also have used several different selections that I have available.  It always feels wonderful to use up bits and pieces of scraps!  So all in all, I am having a great time with this Sew Along.




This is my quilt top at this stage...all blocks are sewn together into rows into the Double Sized Quilt Top!  I think it turned out spectacular!  Of course, each Scrappy Mystery Quilt I have participated in of Carole's from From My Carolina Home Blog has been a favorite and all of them are loved dearly!  I have not decided how to finish this one off.  Carole has a great detailed border included in her pattern, but the room and bed that this quilt will be covering, the border would be lost.  So, I am trying to figure out something else.  Yet, it may be quite awhile due to the fact that I am working on three other quilts at this time.  My oh My, what did I get myself into?

Thank you for stopping by!  I love to receive comments and I respond as soon as I am able!  Have a great day!     Brenda