Monday, October 10, 2016

Progress on UFO Challenge Projects

It was a busy summer and I didn't get posts written about my projects for the #APQresolution UFO Challenge. I did get a reasonable amount of sewing done and have made further progress on several projects from earlier in the year as well as on some of the summer UFOs. Here is where each project started and where it is now. 

JANUARY (2): Autumn wall hanging applique kit (bought, never started)
This was redesigned into a totally different wall quilt from the kit and the top is now done.

FEBRUARY (5): Pillow covers for back porch chairs (fabric bought this past Thanksgiving weekend, nothing else done)
These got done in February.

MARCH (3): Fairy frost geranium quilt (ready to quilt -- set aside because I couldn't decide how to quilt it or what color thread to use) 
This got done in March.

APRIL (1): French print apron (currently fabric in a bag with a sketch)
This got finished over the summer and is hanging in the kitchen as my currently in use apron.

MAY (7): Butterfly stain glass quilt kit (bought, never started)
This is a completed top which has been basted with batting and backing and I began quilting it. I am using black thread to fill in the lead lines on the stained glass as the quilting. It is slow going, but it is coming along.

JUNE (10): Chocolate Cherries Bargello (need to finish machine quilting it)
This got finished over the summer and is ready to photograph and post in my Etsy shop.

JULY (4): Irish Chain (is being handquilted -- has been in progress for decades)
I worked on this a little bit. There is a lot of quilt left to be quilted including putting something in all the large plain squares this design includes. Will be a while before this gets done.

AUGUST (6): Halloween tote bags (bought great fabric for these, need to work out design)
I had enough fabric for 2 of these. One is done (I have been using it this month as it is October) and the other one is almost done. 

SEPTEMBER (12): Strawberry Lap Quilt (ready for basting -- got put in a bag and forgotten about ages ago)
This got finished over the summer and will be given away shortly (it was a charity quilt kit from my quilt guild).

OCTOBER (8): La Vie en Rose quilt (began as a box of fabrics and some sketches at this point)
This is in progress. I came up with a design (nothing at all like the sketches that were in the box) and have assembled most of the top. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Lisa's UFO Report: September 2016

From '40 Fabulous Quick
Cut Quilts' by Evelyn Sloppy
Making progress on my September project for the  #APQResolution UFO Challenge was not exactly a big success. I was supposed to make progress on a Southwest themed quilt.

The progress made on the project was very minimal. Starting the month, I had a bunch of fabrics - a Southwest Collection pack of 10" squares, yardage of some other Southwest-y themed prints, and some co-ordinating solids - with no plan of what to do with them. I spent some time researching pattern options that work well with 10" squares, both online and in Mary's quilt book collection. Mary helped me find a pattern that I think will work well with the fabrics. It called "It's a Guy Thing" from 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy. I think the pattern lends to a Southwest feel & the large triangles will be great for showing off the patterns in the 10" squares.

So that was my progress - coming up with a pattern/plan. I still need to sit down & map out my number and size of blocks, and find a background fabric before I can really get to work.

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.