Wednesday Happenings

Well it has been a few days since my last post. To say that it has been hectic around here would be an understatement, but it is slowing down again. (I think) Last week I was furiously trying to get a quilt finished so I could get it off of the machine because I had someone coming Saturday and I was going to help her quilt her quilt. It was a half day job getting that done because it takes longer when you are trying to teach someone, but we got her quilt done and hopefully she loves it.

I did manage to get a few more star blocks sewn together on the Cathedral Stars quilt and here is a quick view of them.

Cathedral Stars

Cathedral Stars

I also managed to get the Batik Wave quilt to the point to where I could label it and get it up off of the floor. I will be sewing it as my leader/ender project while putting together the Cathedral Star quilt. Although I might use another Bonnie quilt so I will have another chance at winning the prize from Jo 🙂

We are having Revival at church this week and we had a church wide potluck on Sunday and our Sunday School class cooked on Tuesday (last night, feels like today should be Friday) night. The preacher has been challenging us to step outside of our comfort zone and examine ourselves and our service.

See Jo’s Country Junction for more Bonnie Hunter quilts in the process of being finished.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great rest of your week.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

 

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When does a WIP Become a UFO?

I have several quilts that I am working on but for the time being all but two have been put in a box and put in the closet. Well that got me to wondering, would they be classified as WIP’s or UFO’s. To me, I guess, once you quit working on the flimsy and put it away it becomes a UFO. But, I have also considered a UFO something that has been put up and there are not plans to work on it in the near future. I have plans to pull all of these quilts out and work on them.

I was working working on all of the quilts advancing all of them slowly. I then decided to put some of them away and concentrate on only two. One as my main project, The Sister’s Choice quilt, and one as my leader/ender project, the Tumbling blocks. I managed to get the Sister’s Choice to the flimsy stage and I am going to move on to the Batik Wave quilt. I don’t know that working this way is any faster than working some on all of them, but at least this way I have one ready to be quilted.

So what do you think, are my WIP’s officially UFO’s? Thanks for playing along with me as I contemplate the lighter things of life.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

I Have a Plan Two

A while back I came up with a plan to get some of my UFO’s on the way to becoming finished quilts. I was getting bogged down not knowing what to work on because I was overwhelmed with all of the quilts that I had in progress. The plan was to list them all and have random number generator select a quilt for me. Well I finally got the nine patch quilt finished into a flimsy and it turned out being a Sister’s Choice quilt.

Here is my revised quilt list

  1. Small Twister – squares cut out
  2. Large Twister – not sure where I am with this project, I cannot find my rulers so the twister quilts will have to wait.
  3. Green Double Four Patch – Had blocks left over from a previous one, so this one is far along
  4. Blue Double Four Patch – Had blocks left over from a previous one, so this one is far along, but not as far as the green one
  5. Sunny Lanes – I have some squares but I am not very far along with this one
  6. Modified Blue Heaven – I have some blocks left over from Camp Gravett that I am going to use here
  7. Film at Five – I have squares but I don’t know if I have enough for this without cutting more
  8. Strip Twist – I have enough strips left over from the previous to make another
  9. Cathedral Stars – I have a few blocks made and squares for the four patches
  10. Batik Wave – I had enough left over from the first one to make another
  11. Gratitude – I have this cut out and have started sewing the 2″ squares
Random Generated Results

Random Generated Results

Here are the results from the random number generator. Looks like I will be working on the Batik Wave quilt. Hopefully this will go quicker than the last one because I have some of the parts cut out.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

And Then There Were Three

Work is slowly progressing on the nine patch quilt which has now been turned into a Sister’s Choice block. I wanted to use some of my oldies but goodies left over nine patches, but did not have enough of each fabric to make more two color nine patches. So, I decided to see what I could come up with to make the block bigger and to make use of some of the smaller pieces of the oldie hits. Well you add to that the fact that I have wanted to make a Sister’s Choice quilt for a while now, and you have my revamped project. The pieces are slowly coming together to make blocks.

I have also been quilting on the pink butterfly quilt and the quilting was finished yesterday. I will be happy to have this finished and gifted to the recipients. It has been way too long. I was looking at my camera roll yesterday and I can’t believe the length of time that has passed since I started on the project of making two quilts. I guess sometimes life gets in the way and you just do the best you can (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it :))

I hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Quilting

Terry

A Choice Has Been Made

I decided on the quilt I wanted to make using three or four fabrics. I decided to make the Carpenter’s Star quilt using the directions from MaryQuilts. This is a quilt for Quilts of Love and is going to a girl who is being adopted by a couple in the church who are relatives. Her favorite color is purple so I am using purple and pink for the quilt. Here is a pic of the fabrics that I am using to make this quilt. I am just going to use three fabrics rather than making a scrappy quilt.

Focus Fabric

Focus Fabric

All the fabrics

All the fabrics

This is some throwback fabric, I was hoping the selvage had a date on it. The color is more accurate in the focus fabric picture. I also checked the kits for Quilts of Love to make sure that we will have enough stuff to work on for everyone who shows up to work.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Have You Ever Had “One of Those Quilts”

Have you had one of those quilts that starts out very pretty and by trying to increase the size of the quilt, you make it to where it is just OK? That is what happened to this quilt. I had to cut people out of the picture so that is why there are strange colors in the background. The recipient is a cancer patient.

Pink Star Quilt

Pink Star Quilt

I was trying to learn a new technique and so I used some fabric that had been hanging around for a few (many) years. The fabric was pretty enough but it was very dated and I did not have a whole bunch of the fabric. The stars turned out looking nice, but that was when the trouble began. I did not have enough fabric to make more than a baby sized quilt and I thought this was not very suitable for a baby (not modern enough) and it needed to be bigger. I then started trying to find some fabric in my stash that went with the colors that were in the black or pink fabric. Enter the gold, green and gray fabrics. Looking back, my gold was too dark and green too bright. I should have taken the time to go shopping, and I should have found a way to make the quilt bigger without making the setting squares so large. Sometimes you just have to scrap 😉 the first idea and then come up with an alternate idea. In this case it probably would have made this quilt sparkle rather than just make it turn out to be an OK quilt. Here is the original block.

Pink Star

Pink Star

Have you had any experiences like this?

Happy quilting!

Terry