Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lisa's UFO Challenge: September 2016

The chosen project for September in the #APQResolution UFO Challenge is #12. For me, that means I should make progress the Southwest themed quilt. This is another project that has been a stack of fabrics sitting in the closet for the past couple of years that I don't have a plan for (other than wanting to make a lap sized quilt for myself). 

The fabrics in the middle are from a Southwest Collection package of 25 different 10" squares. I also have  1/2 yard of the kokopelli & cactus fabric on the left and 3 yards of  the fabric on the right (I'd like to use this as borders or backing).

My main goal for September is to decide on a solid plan & design for the quilt, as that has been the biggest reason these fabrics have just been sitting in a pile. I have a feeling that the end design will require the addition of a solid fabric, so I would also like to decide on that as well. Depending on how quickly all of that goes, any cutting and piecing done would be an added bonus.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Lisa's UFO Report: August 2016

Finished Blocks
My August goal for the #APQResolution UFO Challenge was to make progress on the Colored Happy quilt kit that has been sitting in my closet for a couple of years. 

At first I thought it was going to be daunting to figure out which of the 40 different colored Kona solids where which, but it turned out that they were packaged up in the order they were listed on the pattern.

Knowing that August was going to be very busy, my goal was to complete the 25 blocks. There were 8 different different color groupings of blocks with 5 fabrics to each grouping, so I tackled the task by completing a single grouping at a time. I did have one curve ball in that 2 of the fabrics were cut too short in the kit, but I was able to find replacement fabric. Now that it is the end of August, I have achieved my goal - the 25 blocks are complete! They are now also laid out on the bed in the spare room, ready to be sewn together into a quilt top.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday Snapshot

It has been very hot and humid here in New Hampshire so I thought a look back at winter might help my perspective on the current weather. This is my niece in the winter of 2006.
Linking up with Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Lisa's UFO Challenge: August 2016

The project selected for August in the #APQResolution UFO Challenge is #6. That number on my list is a quilt kit. Colored Happy is a pattern designed by Valori Wells and uses Kona 30th Anniversary solids. I'd been eyeing this kit for quite some time, so purchased it with money I received on my birthday a couple of years ago.

I just took the fabrics out of the bag now (to get a picture for this post), and wow, there are 40 different colors! I think the most challenging part will be determining which color is which (Curry, Wasabi, Avacado, Yarrow?). They do seem to be organized into fabric groupings, so that along with an online color swatch I found should help.

August is shaping up to be an extremely busy month with activities (and I am also hoping to finish a baby quilt) so I am not overly confident that I will get this quilt top completed. My goal will be to get all of the pieces cut & get the 25 quilt blocks assembled.    

Lisa's UFO Report: July 2016

My July goal for the #APQResolution UFO Challenge was to make progress on an American flag wall hanging that has been in an unfinished state for quite a while. 

The pattern for this quilt was designed by Mary & the completed top has been sitting, pin basted on the trunk in the spare room for about two years now. I think it has even made a trip or two with me to quilt retreat, but has never made it's way out of the bag to be worked on.

Now that July has ended, I have completed quilting - I tried a new-to-me method for quilting the star portion of the flag, using a single continuous curve to fill in the star, and another for the blue background of the star. I'm really happy with how that turned out. I also made the binding & have almost finished hand stitching - all of the sides are done & now I just need to do the corners.

Saturday, July 23, 2016