2018 is here and that means it is time to think about goals for the year. I have a list of quilts that I want to get done, and of course, there’s the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge, but I received a gift from dear friends that perfectly sums up what I hope to do this year:
I feel like I’m finishing up a school year and getting ready for summer because I have been finishing stuff up like crazy. Last week, I finished quilting “Rajah Quilt Revisited” which was a 2016 Block of the Month that I started in January. This week, I finished a quilt that had been in the UFO pile for a decade. Yes, you read that right. I pieced these tops in October of 2007. (I think. It could have been ’06 or maybe ’08.) I made them to be a Halloween costume for my DH and me. We each pinned a panel to our shirts, wore berets and threw drapery fabric toga-style over our shoulders and went as a pair of french doors. (Yes, it took some explaining.) After Halloween, I stuffed them in my drawer with the intent to quilt them one day.
One day arrived in April, which was the month when these were supposed to be finished for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge. I pulled them out, started quilting the first one and then moved on to the other. It was at that point that I realized one was shorter than the other. (The one I started quilting, of course.) My DH is a foot taller than I am so I made my panel shorter, but in the decade that they sat in my drawer, I totally forgot that detail. So I pulled out stitches, added more fabric and started quilting again. Of course, as you’ll see in the photo, I still mis-measured. But, they are done, not perfect and after a decade, having them hanging is worth an extra half inch of fabric!
This was supposed to be my finished quilt for March for the American Patchwork & Quilting 2017 UFO Challenge, but it needed to be completely quilted and bound so I’m happy to have it completed by June. This quilt was the 2016 Block of the Month from The Quilt Show, called “Rajah Quilt Revisited.” It’s based on a quilt made on a women’s prison ship that traveled from England in 1841.
My quilt was machine appliqued, machine pieced, machine quilted and hand quilted and I am happy to say that I made it for myself so I get to keep it!
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Remember last week when I told you that Pat Sloan would have a special guest on her American Patchwork & Quilting podcast? Well, it’s me! I’ll be on live at 4PM ET today talking about “Ravaging Rio and the Ghost in the Library.” If you can’t listen today, the show will be available as a podcast. See the show page for more information about listening.
I’ve been doing a lot of hand sewing lately. I decided to do a quilt-as-you-go technique on the Victims Quilt so that I didn’t have to put a king-size quilt under the machine and I’ve been hand sewing the seams closed on the back. It’s time-consuming work (each of the long seams is taking over 2 hours) and I know that glue would be more efficient because I am machine sewing later, but this is the route I chose. The great upside of all of this hand sewing time is that I am blowing through a lot of interesting podcasts. Here’s what I am listening to:
Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast – She’s having a very special guest next Monday!
Tara Gentile’s Profit. Power. Pursuit Podcast – Covers the details of running a small business, particularly a creative business.
Melissa Dinwiddie’s Live Creative Now! Podcast – About creativity and living a creative life. I find myself nodding in agreement with all that she’s saying.
So, if you’re finding yourself with some time on your hands and are looking for a few good podcasts, I recommend the above. If you’ve got others that you love, please share!
January is not even close to over yet and I already have my UFO completed for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge. #apqresolution
I had one of these place mats made already so I only needed to finish three. And, it’s only January and I already have an item ready for my guild’s show boutique in October.
Since last year’s American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge freed up some great space in my UFO drawer, I’ve found 12 more UFOs for this year. (Well, 10 more UFOs since 2 carried over.) Here’s the stack, ready for finishing!
At the beginning of the year, I joined the American Patchwork & Quilting 2016 UFO Challenge. For the challenge, you label your UFOs 1-12 and each month, APQ picks a number to work on. I did well with them for a while, but I totally fell off the wagon in October. However, I banged out two this weekend so I’ll finish the year with 10 of 12 complete and I’ll definitely take those numbers. Some of my UFOs had been in there for a decade so It’s great to clear them out. I’ve already got my 12 UFOs picked out for 2017. (Well, 10 because 2 will carry over.)
This weekend, I threw one UFO away, which is by far the easiest way to finish a UFO. I decided that I didn’t want to finish it so I cut off the big parts of the background for scraps and pitched it. One down! The other UFO was a Peruvian rug that I have needed to put a hanging sleeve on for many years. It’s embarrassing that so many of my UFOs literally required an hour or less of my time. Anyway, hanging sleeve complete and weaving hung (finally).
I know, it’s July. But, I just put the finishing touches on my UFO for June for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge. This piece was a machine quilting sample from years ago that just needed a binding. It got one and now I can donate it to my guild for its mini-quilt raffle and have one fewer item in my drawer.