Sunday, December 15, 2013

Finally Finished!

For the last few years I've been a member of an online charity quilting bee. Each month myself and a group of amazing ladies would make a couple of quilt blocks, and we'd each take turns designing & finishing quilts. I had been feeling overwhelmed by life early last year, and when Flickr changed over to their new format, I decided I was done. I resigned from the group and started spending my online hours over at Pinterest instead.

I was supposed to finish this quilt in like May of this year--and I finally finished it at about 2:30am!

I was sorry to leave Do Good Stitches, and hopefully I'll be able to re-join in a couple years when I have more free time on my hands.

This quilt turned out so pretty-I'm so glad to have been able to work with all of these wonderful ladies!

Monday, April 15, 2013

2nd Quarter Finish-A-Long Goals

I'm linking up to the 2013 Finish-A-Long over at shecanquilt!

Right now I'm down to the lowest number of projects-in-progress in recent memory. I only have 9 projects going! Amazing, right? I'm hoping to finish one quilt a month for this second quarter of the year. Here's my mosaic that I started with this year:

I've started one more project that's not on here, but I'm really excited about it! I'll post pictures a bit later, sine I've only started cutting so far.

Here are the goals for Quarter 2:

I've started working on this really old heart applique quilt again, and I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the month. I started it when my friend Katie was pregnant with her daughter, who will be turning 8 this summer. I think she's a bit old for it now! I'm using raw-edge machine applique, so it's going pretty fast! DONE! Finished 5/10/13

Next up is this old farmyard quilt I started making when Ben was teeny-tiny--6 years ago! I used the Yellow Brick Road pattern, which is fun and a great pattern for beginners. I tend to try to add way too many fabrics into my projects, and this is a great example of that. It's really just too much. But, I'd much rather finish it and give it away than have it sit in my cupboard! The blocks are all done, so I just need to piece the top, quilt, and bind it!

My last goal for this quarter is Will's quilt. He wanted to make a quilt, and chose this robot fabric, and this "Ninja stars" pattern. He's done all the ironing and rotary cutting, and I'm going to have him do the sewing and probably quilting too. We started it about 2 years ago, and are about 3/4 done with the cutting. I'm ashamed to say that this has become an old UFO (Un-Finished Object) because of me! He asks to work on it often, but it's so hard to find time when the little kids are occupied enough that I can give him all of my attention while he's using very sharp instruments. I'm pretty sure that's what Bob the Builder DVDs were created for though, so I'm going to try to work on it with him whenever he asks, and hopefully we can get it done by the end of June!

So there we are! These three projects are my oldest WIP (works in progress). The oldest one after I finish these was started in January 2012, so I'm really excited to start getting these old things done. Especially since I stopped them because I'm not in love with them anymore, and it will be nice to have them finished and out of my cupboard and my crafty conscience!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

1st Quarter Finish-A-Long Finishes

Turns out I'm not a very consistent blogger. It's been three months since my last post! Oh well--at least I've been using that time to get some good sewing done! I'm happy to say that I finished all of my goals from my original Finish-A-Long post for this first quarter! Yay! Here's the original post so you can see where I started! On to the finishes!

1. Do Good Stitches Lemon Squares quilt:

This turned out to be a pretty big quilt! The quilting pattern looks kinda like stage lights or laser beams or something, which was pretty fun to do. There are close-ups and pics of the back here in my Flickr set. I still need to deliver it, which hopefully I'll do pretty soon here.

2. Doll Cuddle Packs:

I got them all finished! More pics again on Flickr. I'm going to give one away, and possibly try to sell the other two extra ones on etsy.

3. Evy's Dress (and matching doll dress):
The dress turned out looking like a nightgown, and I don't think I'll ever use this pattern again. But Evy likes it, so I think that's what matters most, right?

4. Old-Timey Nine-Patch Quilt

It's FINALLY finished you guys. After 11 years. Incredible. I didn't think it would ever happen, but here it is! More process pics and pics of the back on Flickr again.

5. Old Aprons:

I'm not very happy with these. They looked fine on the dress form the pattern maker used for the pattern cover, but that shape on a real person with real hips is just not flattering. But they are cute, and perfectly functional, so, maybe I'll fine someone to give them to?

6. The Saccharine-Sweet Triangle Quilt:

This was pretty hard to piece, because triangles are weird! I used up every last scrap for the back, and quilted it in an awesome radiating X pattern. 

So there you go! Accomplished all of my goals! Woo hoo! Time to start making and working on goals for next quarter!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Back to quilting!

I tend to always have a bazillion sewing projects going on at once. I get really excited about some new idea, work really hard on it, and then end up putting it away before it's finished. Sometimes I put it away because I'm in the inevitable "I hate this because it's too hard and not turning out the way I want!" slump, or I get really excited about some new idea I can't wait to start, or life just happens and I don't have time for much sewing for a while. I was very thankful to find out that I'm not the only one, and that this is pretty common among quilters!

Well, all last year I've been trying to finish projects, and restrict myself when it comes to starting new ones. By September or so, I realized that I was getting bummed out whenever I thought of sewing, because I had given myself a bunch of rules, like forcing myself to finish 2 things before starting something new, etc. So this year, I'm doing something a little different!

I currently have 14 things in progress (well, 15 actually, I started something new yesterday for a swap I'm in!). My goal for the year is to finish all of these projects! It will keep me busy enough so I don't start too many new things, but I'll have a bit of freedom to still be creative when I want to! For motivation, I'm linking up to the 2013 Finish-A-Long and continuing in the Project UFO group on Flickr hosted by Angela. So, my goals for the first quarter of this year are:

1. Do Good Stitches August quilt:
This is already pieced, basted, and about 1/4 of the way quilted, so should be pretty easy & quick!DONE! Finished 2/12/13

2. Finish up these four cuddle packs.
Just need to add a buckle to one of these, but I'm having a hard time finding the right one at stores!DONE! Finished 1/19/13

3. Finish up Evy's dress-the first dress I've ever made for her!
The dress itself is done, but I need to either figure out a way to take in the waist, or maybe add a sash or ribbon, because it looks like a nightgown! Also, I still need to make the matching doll dress.DONE! Finished 2/16/13

4. The Old-Timey 9-Patch Quilt:

I started this about 10-11 years ago! I had to take it apart at least twice, because I didn't like the direction it was going. I still don't actually actively LIKE it, but this is the best I've gotten it so far, and I'm not changing it again. One thing I do like about it is the on-point construction. All the books and tutorials I found had you cutting setting triangles, but that just seemed crazy, so I constructed it in rows, and then sewed the rows together. It was a little weird in the middle sections where everything is offset, but I kept the whole thing on my entryway floor as I was putting it together, so I didn't get confused. I need to get it done, and out of my head and cupboard!
I finished piecing the back just before Christmas, and it's now basted and ready to be quilted.DONE! Finished 3/17/13

5. These old aprons:

These are almost finished--I got discouraged because they were very floppy and weak since I made them with quilting cotton. I'm going to add some fusible fleece and call it good!DONE! Finished 3/15/13

6. And lastly, this super-sweet triangle quilt:

I made this using the Scrap Attack tutorial from Stitched in Color, and I also trimmed the tips of the triangles like described by Sew Katie Did. This is the first time I've done anything with triangles, and I don't think I'll be doing it again. It looks amazing, but takes forever, and is just a pain to work with the bias edges, and uses up a ton of fabric. But, the top and back are done, so I just need to baste, quilt, and finish it! DONE! Finished 4/2/13 Whew! That's all of them, just under the wire!

Hopefully I'll get all of these finished this quarter, and start on the next batch next quarter!