Friday, December 8, 2017

The Ugly Old Lady Quilt

This quilt top was made to use up some large floral prints....the kind old ladies like. haha   stuff that people gave to me.

LisaE showed a quilt in WIP on November 15 that was a QOV i believe. the setting was perfect for using up large floral prints. So, once again, I borrowed her idea and made one of mine. It is 78x96

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After looking at the pic, i think i should have used that gold in the border for the yellow in the sashings, too.

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I really expected it to be butt ugly....but it is kind of growing on me and i'm thinking it's not as bad as i thought it would be. i guess that makes me an old lady. hahahaha

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It will most likely get a large panto and get donated somewhere. 

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At least some more not so great fabrics came out of the stash.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2018 UFO Challenge with Judy

It's that time of year again.....time to make my list of what I hope to accomplish in 2018. Judy Laquidara is graciously hosting her UFO Challenge once again. Rather than just number quilt tops from 1 through 12, i'm going to try something different this year. The to-be-quilted cabinet is stuffed full of about 75 or 80 tops ready to be quilted.

I'm going to take Judy's number each month and count off that many tops...and do that one. for instance, if January's number is 10...i shall count down to number 10 on the shelf and that is the victim for that month. but, to make things interesting, if February's number is 3, then i count 3 twice, and use that top. If March's number is 11, then I count 11 three times and do that one. got it?

I also have my UFO boxes numbered from 1 through 12 and will pick one of those, also, for the month. These boxes have all the pieces cut out, they just need to be assembled.

And, to be even a bit more crazy, I have 12 embroidery projects numbered 1 through 12 also.

So, each month I will quilt a top, assemble a UFO, and embroider a project. Of course, that only puts me further behind. For every top that i quilt out of the to-be-quilted cabinet, 2 more projects will be in there to take its place. But....if i also actually quilt the UFO that I piece.....and quilt the embroidery project, then I will be ahead.

We'll see how that works out.

This year I actually didn't make a couple months on my list. One project just got thrown out...and another was substituted for something else. I guess I might as well resign myself to the fact that I will die without ever emptying out the to-be-quilted cabinet. If you hear of my death, please come and rescue a few tops from the cabinet and quilt them in my honor....ok?  hahahaha


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lazy Geese

OK....raise your hand...those of you who knew this was coming. hahahah   I blame all of you wonderful quilters on MQR for showing these delicious quilts...that I just have to make. hahaha
First, it was Nancy's fault....then, Riley jumped on the bandwagon...and you know, if Riley is doing it, then you HAVE to do it, too. 

Thanks, ladies, for feeding my obsession.

I added a 6" border. it is 72x87". The background is a dark navy blue.

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The FQs came from my latest purchase at Jackman's. Once or twice a year they have a FQ sale for 99 cents each. who can pass that up, right? the last time you were limited to buying only 50.  this time there was no limit....so I got 100.   i go for the graphic prints.

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I haven't quilted it yet, but i know what i want to do, so it might not sit in the to-be-quilted cabinet for too long.

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Now, if I don't see any more wonderful quilts that I want to copy....maybe I can get to the quilt that has been on the longarm all week and i haven't touched it. haha

Monday, December 4, 2017

Life is not All Black and White

This one took a chunk out of the white and black selvage bins. The circles are leather....and represent the things that happen in your life. Big circles for major events...marriage, childbirth, ace job, retirement....the little circles and other things that happen....sickness, job change, more children, moving, job promotion....all those things in life.

When the circles are on a sashing....that is a point where you must choose which path to take.

It is 68" square. I know how i want to quilt it, so it might be quilted quickly rather than languishing in the to-be-quilted cabinet for years. Or not...who knows. haha


And you always need a dog...right?


And chocolate...what is life without chocolate.


A close up


Multiple layers make selvage quilts heavier than normal.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Tree

Thank you, Kim, for giving me an idea to use my orphan blocks. I would take them out every once in a while and try to get an idea of how to use them....and just put them back on the shelf. When I saw your tree, it just made sense on how to use them. I changed it up a bit and made it simpler....and used about half of my orphan blocks.

Three days of fun came to this...

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It is 66x88. the top stars and hexies are stitched down. then i made rows by the size of the height of the blocks. 

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There's a couple of 4 patch posies....a pink and brown embroidered block...a couple churn dash....a paper pieced volcano...some geese....some yellow selvages

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Even a Sunbonnet Sue with her cuckoo clock from Germany...a 16 patch...a star...a black and white that i decided after 2 that i didn't want to make any more. haha

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Even a fuzzy corduroy alligator

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And that concludes my Christmas spirit for the year....HO HO HO....it might get quilted by next Christmas.

And now, back to my regularly scheduled program.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Judy's November UFO Challenge

Well, November was sort of a failure as far at the UFO for this month. it was a 6 block needle turned Asian wall hanging. I had finished 2 blocks years previously...and started the third block this month....and decided it just was not for me. i can do needle turn, but these pieces were very small and it was more aggravation than fun, so i stopped the madness. the 2 blocks that are finished are going in a pile of orphan blocks.

But, so as not to look like a loser....haha....i did quilt a few things this month.

..Christmas Snow Glob table runner


..Fall wall hanging


..Funky Snowman Friends wall hanging


..A pair of snowmen wall hangings


..And, a Snow Globe Nativity Scene


And, as usual, I pieced a few things, too.

..Good Vibrations


..Midnight...a whole lot of 2 1/2 x 4 1/2" rectangles


..Mosaics...a whole lot of 2" x 4" rectangles


..Playing with some black selvages...the dark selvages in the middle....the white edge of the black selvages as the border


And I cut out a whole lot of quilt patterns and put the pieces and the instructions in a box....probably 5 or 6 of them. here is one of them.

..Ugly large floral blocks. someone showed this quilt and i thought it would use my large floral fabrics pretty well. 


And, not to forget the embroidery done in November, i have made 11 (so far) boots with shiny mylar in them. 




The background fabric says Wrangler on it...which I thought was appropriate for boots. I have 1 more to embroider then i will have 12. the blocks are 7" finished....i'm thinking they might be used in a border of a Christmas Texas quilt. 

These are amazing designs. If you google up Purely Gates embroidery you will see their designs. they are all awesome...i have several. They are based in Texas. Their digitizing is awesome and i recommend them highly.

Guess I'll go see if i can do better in December. hahaha

Hope you all accomplished your November UFO goal.









Monday, November 20, 2017

My Favorite Shoes are Boots

I am embroidering shiny mylar boot blocks....with Wrangler fabric that I found at a thrift store for background. The quilt will be named My Favorite Shoes are Boots.  

So far, I have finished 3 blocks.




You can't tell in the pics, but the mylar makes them shine and sparkle.

Good Vibrations

I love it when a top is just one piece to cut and it goes together quickly. This is called Good Vibrations and was a pattern in a mailing piece to subscribe to American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.


I can see this in a lot of different colorways. might be another one i want to make more than once.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Funky Snowmen Friends

This little pattern came in my inheritance from my friend, Sharon. It is a bit strange, but i like it....i guess because I am strange myself. haha

It is 36 x 41"  It is fused applique.

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The pattern had the snowmen in plaids, so i actually followed the pattern. 

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I matched threads to fabrics, so quilting is hard to see. i decorated his tie.

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The border and the back is the same red and gray flannel.

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Threads used were Glide Ruby, Cobalt, White, Sand, and Jade. Bobbin was Bottom Line Taupe.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mosaics

I seem to be in a black phase. I finished up this top yesterday. need to go find something a bit more lively and colorful to do next. haha


It hasn't been quilted yet



It's about 52 x 76"


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Snow Globe Christmas table runner

This table runner features Santa....and a lot of red fabric.

It is 16 x 39"". Blocks done on the embroidery machine.

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I had a wild red print to use for sashing and border

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The backgrounds are all the same mottled gray but the camera messes them up

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The sleigh is full of toys...have you been good?

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I quilted lines on the graphic border and sashing; and, curls in the backgrounds

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Back is a wild red/pink graphic print from the stash

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