Saturday, September 22, 2018

UFO Busting #31



What a week over here!  It always amazes me that even in the midst of the busiest week I can sneak in some sewing time.  Last weekend's move of the aunt got kicked up several notches, when the movers didn't show up on Friday to pack/move the last of the big items.  She had to be out by Saturday...yikes!  But a huge shout out to my family and friends for coming to the rescue.  We got her moved all in one evening and we managed to break nothing.  Hooray!!!  But the busy week didn't end there, nope.  Saturday I played runner/printer for my daughter's photo booth at our local Children's Festival.  Her booth was a huge success and I think I sweated off an additional 10lbs from all that running back and forth.  All I could think was thank goodness I'm down 25lbs!


I was continually running from the booth to the building in the back to print pictures.
Then we were facing homecoming week.  A time for football and celebrating community.  We had a small parade, a pep rally, the big game and of course a dance.  Miss Jen decided to skip out on the dance.  Like her momma, that isn't really her sort of thing.

So what did I manage to sneak in?  Not a quilt finish, but so close.  I just need to decided on the binding and I can celebrate this finish with you next week.

My flying geese challenge project had the last long seam sewn  as well.  It is based on a free tutorial from Sizzix called This Way That Way Flying Geese.  I say based on because I didn't use a dye cutter for my geese so my sizing is a bit different.


I also managed to sneak in finishing the third block for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt.  They are safely buried in that stack of blocks so you can't see them.  I hope to start piecing the finished tops together this weekend.


Next let's talk tackling UFOs and strategy.


If you are going to take over the quilting room, you have to have a plan.  Just ask Caroline Kitty Cat, Princess of the Fuzzy Butts.  She always has a clear plan for her goal and can manage to execute it within minutes seconds of me leaving my quilting chair.  Have I mentioned she rules with a clawed paw.


I realize if I'm going to take over the UFO's in my sewing room, I need to have a plan as well.  So I set down to analyze my list of quilts I'd like to finish before the end of the year.  Nine of the quilts already have backings purchased.  Of those, four are already basted and have the quilting started, leaving me with eight to still purchase backings for.


Next I moved all of the quilts on the list (with backings) to a more convenient place so that when their time comes to be quilted (and it will) I will have everything I need without having to waste time looking for it.

Hands down, the number one creator of UFO's is the "how do I quilt this question".  I want to make sure I don't allow this road block to stump me further, so I've started planning my quilting now.  I keep these print outs handy and work on them if I'm on the phone or trying to unwind for the night.


I haven't come up with full plans,  just little jump starters to get my creative juices flowing.  Not all of these quilts will receive custom quilting.  I hope to take advantage of some edge to edge work as well.  I will be talking about this process at an upcoming quilting event I will be attending in October.  I've thrown out an invitation to other quilters attending to bring tops that have them stumped so we can come up with a plan together.

Do you have any great tips for tackling your UFOs or ways to come up with quilting plans?  I'd love to hear about it.

Now let's take a look at last week's party.  One of the things I wanted when I started this linky was a place for us to ask for help.  For me confusion and indecision has allowed way to may UFOs to pile up.  Chris from Chris Knits Sews put out a call for advice last week on picking fabrics for some up coming projects.


What better way to get that advice than to ask quilting friends??  If you haven't had a change to read her post make sure to check it out here and help her get these projects headed toward finished!

And celebrating a quilting finish last week we had Gail from Quilting Gail.


She shared with us her recent Flying Arrows baby quilt using an adorable Dr. Seuss layer cake!  Make sure you visit Gail and help her celebrate her finish.


So now let's see what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and tell us!  I hope you were more productive than battling tweedle beetles in a bottle on a noodle eating poodle.




So..."Go forth and stitch
and stitch up a storm.
There are many quilts to make
to keep the good peoples warm."
--Tish (on quilting)

"And will you succeed?
Yes you will indeed!
98 and 3/4 percent 
guaranteed!"
--Dr Seuss (on quilting he just didn't know it)


Saturday, September 15, 2018

UFO Busting #30


Happy Saturday to you!  I hope this post finds you happy and safe where ever you are.  It's been a crazy week watching as Hurricane Florence prepares to hit along the east coast near the Carolinas.  I did manage to sneak in some sewing earlier in the week before helping my aunt in law prepare for her weekend move.  My muscles definitely got a workout this week and the past few.


I want to give a huge shout out to my family and friends for all the help the provided with this move.  I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people that are willing to jump in and help, when really they didn't have to.  It definitely made this move much quicker and easier.

Now on to the sewing.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

UFO Busting #29


"A journey of a thousand quilts begins with a single stitch."  I was quite happy to see this piece of sage advice when chopping up this beautiful Kate Spain FQ last weekend.  Isn't that true of everything?  Do not discount the small steps we take, they lead to many great things!  Even when that one small stitch seems impossible to make happen.


My focus this week, when I could find the time has been finishing the piecing of this Star Blossom Baby quilt.  Slowly she moved in various stages.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Fireburst Mystery-My Block 2 Blocks


In case you missed it this past weekend, instructions for the second block in the Fireburst Mystery Quilt was released.  I didn't get to share the pictures of my finished blocks in that post, well because they were not finished.  But I am happy to report that all 3 sets are complete!


First up, in absolutely no layout what so ever, are the blocks for my full sized scrappy version of the quilt.  I can't wait to get this one finished to see how it looks.


Baby quilt 1.


Baby Quilt 2.

Are you sewing along with us?  We'd love to see what you are making.  You can join in our Facebook Group here and also feel free to tag me @tishnwonderland or #fireburstmysteryquilt on Instagram.  It's not too late to join in the fun.  We have one more block to go next month and a whole lot of time to get this put together.




Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fireburst Mystery Quilt--Block 2


Happy 1st of September!!!  I apologize for being a day late.  Let's get this month started off with a small boom in the form of Bock 2!  This block may take just a little bit longer than last month's but I promise it will still be pretty easy.  Below are the pieces we will be working with.

Friday, August 31, 2018

UFO Busting #28


I promise we will get this party going on it's correct day of the week very soon.  With tomorrow being the release of the next set of instructions for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt, I thought we would start partying again early this week.  It's never too early for a party.


I'd love to show you all the productive quilt things I did this week, but alas, thread to fabric, I wasn't that productive.  Nothing on my quilting list got accomplished this week.  However, that doesn't mean I wasn't productive.  I'm still riding the declutter rearrange my house train.  One of the areas I focused on was where my Sweet Sixteen lives.  After moving some shelving around, I changed the wall that it sets on.

Friday, August 24, 2018

UFO Busting #27 (A day early)


I'm back! It's back! And it feels great!  I can't wait to hear what everyone has been up to during my several weeks/months hiatus.  I have managed to sneak in some sewing time and create a few more UFO's (smacks palm to forehead).  That's okay, job security for this linky party.

This week, I focused on starting a Star Blossom Baby Quilt that will be a gift for a dear friend expecting in November.  She sent pictures of her decorated nursery and I knew immediately it needed a quilt with Kate Spain fabrics.


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