Monday, December 22, 2008
The problem is, though, that there are so many projects that I'd like to do that aren't on the UFO challenge list--my grandson's "Monster Quilt," a baby quilt for my niece (due April 1), a pieced Christmas quilt kit (that I'd use for a table cloth) I got at the Schaumburg quilt show, The Quilt Show Block of the Month Quilt, a quilt called "Wave Runner" (I have a kit.) from Marlous Designs (that I got when I was at the Schaumburg quilt show), a table topper called Little Charmers IV from Anka's Treasures (kit from Schaumburg), a wool felt table runner called In the Meadow (kit from Schaumburg) from Backyard Friends, the Goat Gazette Row by Row Quilt from Country Threads (I have one more row to do.), and many more! Does anyone else feel like there just aren't enough years in one's life to complete everything? ...and I want to do some art quilt stuff...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I did have a little trouble with the Lori Smith Bright Stars UFO, though. I drew my quilting design (for the plain blocks) onto a piece of deli-wrap with a Sharpie pen. I then pinned the deli-wrap to a plain block and quilted through the deli wrap. When I got ready to remove the deli-wrap, the part of the deli-wrap that was under the thread (and, therefore, VERY difficult to remove every little piece of it) was black (the color of the Sharpie I used). It made it look like I had actually drawn the design onto the white plain blocks with the Sharpie pen. I couldn't loosen all the tiny pieces of deli-wrap, so I had to take out the quilting. That is not easily done. It probably took me close to an hour to get it all out. ...back to the drawing board... I got one of the pieces of deli-wrap that had the quilting design drawn onto it. I pinned it to the top of about 4-5 pieces of plain deli-wrap, and sewed through these pieces with an unthreaded needle. It pierced the design into the deli-wrap pieces underneath (thus transferring the design). I pinned those pierced pieces to the plain blocks, and quilted through them. All went well! The quilting designs look really nice--no black! Hopefully, this will save one of you from going through the same ordeal!
Friday, December 19, 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
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Saturday, December 6, 2008
I'm a quilter. I love anything and everything that has to do with quilting. Right now I'm working on the blocks for the block of the month from The Quilt Show. I've posted one of them here.
Of course, I have way too many projects going right now. I'm working on a cat rag quilt for my great niece and a dog rag quilt for my great nephew. I'm also working on a "monster" quilt for my grandson.
In addition to these quilts, I have numerous UFOs (unfinished objects). I'm in a group that has a UFO club. We pick 10 quilt items that are started but not finished. We put $10 in the pot to begin. We number a paper from 1-10 and list the UFOs on that page (with the one that will take the longest to finish at number 10). Number 10 is due last. The order the rest of them must be finished is determined by a draw of cards at our monthly meetings. For example, at our next meeting someone will draw a number card (1-9). If the number is 3, we will look on our list to see what our Number 3 UFO is. That UFO must be finished by the next meeting. If it isn't, $5 must be paid to the "banker." Each month a new number is drawn. This has been a VERY good incentive to get these projects finished. It isn't the money so much as it is that no one wanted to be the first one to not get done! This has also helped to put a stop to unnecessary quilting purchases. We found ourselves questioning whether we could get finished with something else. Another advantage was that we were so fired up about getting these UFOs done that it spurred us on to finishing some things that weren't on our "official" UFO list. We are starting our second year of the club this month. I have enough projects to last quite a long time!