Saturday, May 30, 2020

UFO Busting #108

Happy Saturday!  It looks like we made it through another week.  I can definitely say I'm ready for this weekend.  With temperatures reaching the mid 80's (that's 26 C I believe) I hid inside as much as I could.  I pulled out the pinwheel UFO and decided it was time to make that outer border dance.

Once I realized trying a mathematical approach wasn't going to work for me in figuring out how many scallops per side and what size, I was golden.  There was no need for all that math and headache.  Instead I focused on the piecing of the blocks to space my scallops.

Add some echos and filler stitches and boom, almost finished borders.  Because I love me a good piano key, I decided to fill the area  from the scallops to the outside edge of the quilt with piano key lines.

I went with a thread that more so matched the fabric to help those scallops stand alone better.

I still have three sides to go, but this quilt could be showing itself as a finish in the next few weeks.

Today I decided to highlight two posts from last week's party that make a point...good behavior (and sometimes bad) needs rewarded.  Donna Lee at DONNALEEQ is rewarding herself with some new fabrics and a new project.

Over the past couple of weeks she has finished a few UFO's and decided it was high time to indulge in some beautiful William Morris fabrics and possibly a little applique.  I love it!  I can't wait to see what project she decides on.  With these fabrics (plus a few more she's pulled) it will be fabulous for sure!

Next up we have Gail at Quilting Gail  who also has some UFO finishes to celebrate (go visit her to see them) and is rewarding herself with a new project that she will host as a quilt along.

The project will be the rockin' Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilt's free Winnie the Pooh and Friends Quilt.  I love me a good ol' Lorna pattern and this one does not disappoint.  Perfect for a little one or new born or just a Winnie the Pooh fan.  I adore both of these ladies, so if you have some free time join in, stop complaining about losing that tail...make a new one!  Gail has the details for the quilt along here on the blog.

Now it's your turn.  Link up below and show us what you've been up to this week.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

UFO Busting #107

Welcome to UFO Busting!  It's Saturday and it's time to celebrate everything we did and didn't to this week.  I'm still flying on a quilty high from hosting the TGIFF party yesterday.  Who needs sleep?  Not this gal (lying...yes I do).  Yesterday I celebrated the finish of a UFO dating back to 2018.  It is my Flying Geese baby quilt.

Read more about this quilt here.

Now it's time to get serious and quilt some more.  I have a ton of UFO's that aren't going to quilt themselves.  So this week, I went through the piles and settled on my next few quilting projects.

Three more smaller quilts are basted, with two more waiting on deck.  I'm thinking the quilting will be simpler on these, using an edge to edge design.  My biggest problem is over thinking things and I'm trying very hard not to.

I laid the pinwheel quilt out on my tables so I could assess those 5.5" borders and figure out how to quilt them.  I've deiced to use the piecing of the top to help place scallops to frame the quilt.  I've never tried this before.  My initial plan just wasn't math-ing for me and I was getting frustrated.  I realized I was making it way harder than I needed too.  Rulers have markings for a you can use them.  Once I embraced this idea, scallops seemed much easier and less mathematical.  This made me very happy.

Now lets take a look at what made you happy last week.

First up we have my dear friend Sandra at mmm!quilts and her finishes for the Island Batik The Ultimate Home Decor blog hop.  And as she always does, she knocked it out of the park.

Using the Island Batik River Valley collection, Sandra created all kinds of goodies (coasters, napkins, bolsters, a basket and cushions) to make time spent on her deck even better.  I'm always impressed with the creative things she whips up.  Sandra, darling, you do realize the only thing missing in these pictures is me, you and a bottle of wine (also dogs).  Love you and miss you!!!!!

Next up we have Deana at Dreamworthy Quilts and her Arizona quilt.  Not only is this quilt beautiful but it will be a quilt that in generations to come, will tell a very cool story.

The pieces in this quilt log an adventure she and her husband took on together (and sometimes separate) to walk/bike/hike from their home to the Arizona border.  Each little log tells a story of their journey.  Make sure you hop over and read about how this quilt tells their story.  Those panels in the corner are just perfect!  I can't wait to see this on all finished up.

Now I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and tell us all about it.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Flying Geese Baby Quilt TGIFF Party

Welcome to TGIFF--Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!

If you've never been here before, my name is Tish and every Saturday I host a UFO Busting party.  But really it's a party for everyone.  I want to celebrate finishing those UFO's, ignoring those UFO's, what ever you want to show us.  But today we are celebrating those ever so sweet Friday Finishes.  Today I'm sharing my Flying Geese Baby Quilt...and yes it was a UFO.

This quilt started life as a guild challenge project back in 2018; make anything using flying geese.  I wanted something simple and modern.  It was super easy to piece.  So why did it become an UnFinished Object?  Simple answer.

All of that open background negative space.  It seemed like a good idea when I was piecing it.  But when it came down to quilting I let all of that white get in my head and had no idea what to do with it.  Should I do something all over?  Should I try something custom?  Too scary...bye bye.

So it sat until now.  It's time.  And the funny part?  Once I started quilting I couldn't stop!  I decided on a divide and conquer method.  When in doubt start with some straight lines and echo them.

An echo makes everything better.  Then take those straight lines and add a small safe curve.

And before you know it you are swirling.

Then, BAM, a finished quilt that leaves you saying, but I want to quilt more.

I quilted this one using my favorite go to neutral Aurifil 50wt #2600 Dove.  

I love how this shade provides just the right amount of contrast without screaming "LOOK AT ME" on the white background.  I used a fun green/blue print from my stash to finish this one off.

How about a few more pictures?

I'll admit, I'm in love with this one.  I don't have a home in mind for it yet, so I'll probably hang on to it and pull it out and pet it occasionally.  It also serves as a reminder of, don't put it off.  You CAN do it.  Backgrounds are not to be feared.  So maybe I'll hang it in my sewing room?

Ok, enough about me.  Let's see your finishes!!!  Link up below and show us what has you doing a happy dance today.

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A huge thank you for stopping by today!  Come back tomorrow and party with us, and every Saturday, for UFO Busting, to celebrate what you've done for the week....UFO or not.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

To-Do #13

I find myself still trying to get back into the groove of things.  Not much is happening during the week quilting wise.  I find Saturday afternoons and Sundays are were the quilting happens. 

Last Week's List:

1) Bind Flying Geese Quilt--done

Best thing about baby quilts...they are usually pretty quick to bind.

2) Photo shoot for Flying Geese and Mosaic Mystery Quilt--done

The sun was out in full force on my day off and I was able to take both quilts outside for some glamour shots.  I've posted about Mosaic and Flying Geese will have it's day this week when I host the TGIFF party.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

UFO Busting #106

It's Saturday!!!  They day we get together and celebrate those finishes (UFO or not), things we are working on and quite possibly those things distracting us from what we should be doing.  This week I'm celebrating a not UFO finish, my completed Mosaic Mystery Quilt.

Mosaic Mystery was Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs 2019 mystery quilt.  Instructions for this one wrapped up in February this year with the big quilt reveals in March.  So I don't really consider it a UFO for me.  But a finish is a finish to celebrate, am I right?  You can read more about the finish here.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Mosaic Mystery Quilt--Finished

It's taken a few months, but I finally have another finish!  I started quilting on the pieced Mosaic Mystery quilt designed by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs back in February.

If you'd like to make one of your own, make sure you check out the landing page for Cheryl's mystery quilt alongs here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

To-Do #12

Making those lists and checking it twice times a hundred...isn't that how that saying goes?  Easing back into my 14hr work days didn't come as easy as I thought it would.  At the end of day one, I thought what is the big deal really?  By the morning of day two, I started questioning my life choices, realized that took too much energy and tried to sleep with my eyes open staring at a keyboard.  So I wasn't really sure how my to-do list would look this week.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

UFO Busting #105

Ah, 2020.  The year the calendar basically went January, February, March, May.  Returning back to full time work this week was so surreal.  It almost feels like an entire month didn't exist and in work terms, it didn't.  But it's great to be back with my work family!  I'd love to show you all the sewing that happened this week, but it's hard to sew and take pictures of it when your eyes are closed.  I think I fell asleep every evening this week as soon as I got home.  But I can show you all the quilting that happened last weekend. 

I quilted away on the flying geese baby quilt. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

To-Do #11

Its been way to long since I've made a list and checked it twice.  Just a week shy of two months...yikes!  But hopefully, I'm back on track and ready to get to work.  Just for giggles, lets review the last list I made, on March 10th I do believe.

1)  Keep on a'quilting Mosaic Mystery--Finished!
2)  Keep on a'quilting kid charity quilts--Mastered!  I think I ended up piecing a total of 5 more bringing the total made to 7.
3)  Make block 3 or Out West Quilt--Nailed it!

So even though I've slacked on my lists, I have been working.  But now it's time to laser in on things I need to do.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

UFO Busting #104

Happy Saturday! And yes it is Saturday, I checked.  The numbers in our state have came in way below what anyone could have hoped for and it looks like this quarantine-cation is about to end on Monday and life will hopefully start returning to normalish.  With that, though, comes less time at home and less time for sewing.  Over the past few weeks, I've got my sewing spaces cleaned, projects organized and even saw some to a closer finish.

This week, I finished quilting the Mosaic Mystery Quilt.  As soon as I took this picture, I noticed one curve I didn't quilt.  

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