Sunday, June 19, 2016

UFO Challenge: June 2016

The selected project for June in the #APQResolution UFO Challenge is #10 which means I need to work on my Chocolate Covered Cherries Bargello. At the beginning of June it was pieced and basted and I had begun machine quilting it. There is quite a bit more quilting to do, typically I quilt through the center of each bargello swoop and have only done about 6 of these. Border quilting also needs to be figured out and completed then binding and a label added to finish the quilt. 
Double safety pins show where I left off quilting.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday Snapshot

Last week my husband and I, along with several friends, attended the American Homebrewers Association Conference (now called HomeBrew Con). My recycled grain bag totes were great for carrying our stuff (and exhibit hall goodies) around Baltimore and the conference. Several people asked about the totes, which was cool, and some asked how to make them. I explained the basics and a tutorial may turn up on this blog one of these days. 
Photo by Lisa North, June 2016
We had a bunch of beer that we wanted to take into the Grand Banquet (yes, they serve beer there, but this is a homebrew conference so bringing your own beer is definitely a thing). The grain bag totes held up beautifully to zip-top bags filled with ice and about 16 cans of beer (in each bag). Grain bags are tough and the double stitching and handle attachment came through this unplanned test with flying colors. When one of the zip-top bags sprung a leak it proved  my theory that the tote bags aren't waterproof, but they dried super fast and suffered no ill-effects from the soaking.
Linking up with Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lisa's UFO Challenge: June 2016

The selected project for June in the #APQResolution UFO Challenge is #10. So this month I will be working on a monarch butterfly paper piecing kit (I'm sensing a continuing theme from Mary's May project). 

I bought this kit (pattern and fabric) a few years ago with the intention of making it for my mother as she loves monarch butterflies - she has raised a few and plants a monarch friendly garden every year. My goal for this month will be to get all of the paper piecing done and the borders on. June is an exceptionally busy month though, so I'm not sure that will actually happen. I will be happy with any forward progress. 

Lisa's UFO Report: May 2016

My May goal for the #APQResolution UFO Challenge was to complete a Quilter's Tote that will be used for transporting mats, rulers, and sewing machine extension table. When I started the month, I had a novelty fabric and the tote pattern (both of which I have had for a few years now). As of May 27th, that was still all I had.

I'm happy to report now, that I have made progress! In a few days, I have managed to get the pieces cut, pockets & panels quilted, straps/handles made, tote body assembled, and fabric for the lining picked out from 'shopping' in Mary's stash. The only thing I have left to do now is to add the lining.

One of the reasons I'd been putting this project off is because it didn't seem very exciting to me (practical, but not exciting). But now that it is all together, I love it! I may have to see if I can convince myself and Mary to sign up for fall retreat so I have a reason to use it!

This pocket will hold long skinny rulers
I also made additional progress in May on my April UFO Challenge project. I have completed all 48 blocks & have determined the layout for the blocks. Depending on what comes up for June, I'm hoping to start working on sashing & assembling the quilt top.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

UFO Challenge Catch-up Report

I mentioned in my post about the April UFO project that the upcoming month looked a bit crazy. It was, hence no report on UFO projects since then.
I did make progress on my apron project in April, what was fabric is now apron shaped, has ties attached to it, and is half quilted. It might be all quilted but I ran out of the quilting thread I was using. Once I get more thread it should get done pretty quickly.
Butterfly quilt kit - unopened May 1
My May project was a butterfly stained glass quilt kit that I bought at a quilt show many years ago and had not even opened. During this month I opened the kit, read the instructions, decided there was no way I would ever make that project using the described technique and came up with a new plan. The pieces have now all been traced onto double sided fusible, fused onto the fabrics, cut out, and arranged on my background fabric. My plan is to fuse all the little pieces down (the paper still needs to be peeled off the underneath of each piece so this is a ways to go yet) and then quilt with a black satin stitch to make the "leading" of the stained glass design. Not sure when this will get finished, but I know what needs doing which is a step in the right direction.
Butterfly pieces all laid out on the background fabric

Saturday, May 28, 2016