Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Nice to have it finished....only about 2 years after I started it...when Heidi was just a grape sized blob!
Now I just have to try to be patient for the cooler weather to arrive so Heidi can snuggle under it while we read stories :)
we've decided to keep our blog running this year to see how we go! Let's just say last year was a warm up, a trial run, so to speak and this year we'll 'take two'!!!!
With that in mind, we will need to begin with a new blog button for 2012 won't we???
Here it is for you to copy and paste onto your sidebars with a link back to our SEW IT'S FINISHED blog for others to come and look at your amazing finishes, which is sure to inspire them to achieve what you lot have this past twelve months!
Remember, even ONE ufo finished is one less than you had before, so don't be hard on yourselves if you didn't reach your target.
I've started already, with one UFO that was begun in 2010 and has been sitting there, at the safety pin stage for most of last year, ready to be machine quilted. I'm quite proud of myself as the quilting has begun and I figure it will be finished by next week if I keep plodding along!!!
We have another member to our blog too......welcome Kathleen from Rose Prairie Quilts . I'm sure we'll be seeing a few finishes from her in 2012, along with all of us! *wink wink*
Motivation is a huge encouragement on our blog.....you ladies are fantastic at motivating each other so it got me thinking about a 'blog motto'.... Now I know this is pretty bad, but there are not too many words that rhyme with 'twelve' so, here goes......
Our blog motto
Jelly Roll 1600 technique. The flowers are fused, then blanket stitched. I'm thinking it's going to be a donation quilt for Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation center.
Here is my list
-Cynthia England Landscape
-Gloria Loughman Landsape
-grey and taupe quilt
-black, white and lime green disappearing 9 patch
-queen size potato chip quilt
-Moody Blues drunkards path
-queen size quilt for moi (using Chocolat by Moda)
-Vicki Pignatelli project
-silent auction small wall quilt for our guild's challenge to raise money for the Humane Society of Winnipeg
There are at least 5 or 6 more that are in various stages of completion. I'm not counting the bundles of fabrics that have been designated for future projects. I think if I could complete even half of the above list, I would be quite impressed with myself.
Can't wait to see everyone's accomplishments every month!
Monday, January 30, 2012
|Joy's Parting Gift|
Sunday, January 29, 2012
2. A Pinwheel Table Cloth, started last summer. Originally I had meant the squares to make individual cushions for our outdoor table / bench set, but even with protective spray the colour on the matching table runner faded too much so I turned it into a table cloth:
Saturday, January 28, 2012
at Bits 'n Bobs
More photos on my blog here
I have bigger version of this sitting in my UFO pile. Thank goodness it's the weekend!!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
remember I told you that Dawn and I had been chatting and we have a surprise for each of you, and that you’d better get onto finishing at least one UFO by the end of the month????
Well................ we can reveal a monthly ‘reward’ if you like, for each of you that complete at least one UFO by the last day of a month. Whether your finish is big, little; old, a bit newer (but not new!); one or many, it will qualify you to receive our gift for the month. Yes, you ARE
hearing reading correctly.......you WILL receive a gift EACH month you complete an outstanding UFO that must be from last year or before.
How are we going to do that, you may ask?
Well.....Dawn and I have been thinking long and hard and thought you guys could do with some rewarding for all the hard work you’ve been putting in ..... delving into those piles of ufo’s so, between us, we will be designing a “Seasons of “ BOM for Sew It’s Finishers, but only if you blog about a UFO finish from your list on the SIF blog by the end of the month . Each month there will be a new design for a block which will be in both stitchery and appliqué format and then on the twelfth month you will receive finishing instructions to complete your quilt.
Remember, no completed ufos for the month = no block!...sorry, but we need to encourage you to get those oldies out of the cupboard!!!!
We would be more than happy to see progress photos of your gift blocks on the SIF blog too.....I know...we’re sneaky but we want to keep inspiring and encouraging as many of you to finish your older UFO’s so that you want to get our gifties each month!!!
So.....let’s get to it....you have just over a week to go before the first gifts are sent out...so make sure you have a finish posted by then.
Hint: If you’re worried you’ll miss out, work on a small finish this month so that you can squeeeeeeeze it in before next week!
Can’t wait to see what you complete!
Sew many hugs...
Wendy and Dawn xoxo
My name is Rhianon and I have a blog over at The Nifty Stitcher.
I am so delighted to be part of this blog. I've been a quilter for over 12 years and came to it through my work as an embroiderer. I have a stack of UFO s to work my way through this year and I'm gonna do it!!
My first finish is this quilt :
This is going in the post today and I can't wait to hear their reaction. It's a complete surprise for them and I hope they love it.
I'm looking forward to making new quilty friends and I must say thank you to Dawn and Wendy for accepting me.
Have a great day everyone.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I have quite a few UFOs (heaps really) but as I haven't actually got all my projects out to count them up I'm using the UFO list that I made in 2010 and then updated in 2011 but only managed to get three done last year - I'll have a new list as well ! I think my problem is that there are just too many projects that I want to do so I get started then see another one and ...well you all know the story :)
I'm going to post my list on my blog as soon as I get it sorted - hopefully in the next week but in the meantime here's a photo of a stitchery that I started sometime in 1996 (gee so long ago I'm struggling to remember) and it only needs a little bit more embroidery on the fence and some greenery around the roses on the gate and it will be finished - I can see that I unpicked the flowers on the fence at some point - so I'm definately going to add this one to the list - it seems a lot of my UFOs are the same - just a little bit to do and they're finished - so I'm determined this year :)
so here's to hopes and wishes and finished UFOs in 2012 !
Actual, real genuine finishes
"Minty Cream". My version of Cinderberry Stitches Raspberry Cream
Started I think February 2010, stitched, quilted and had binding attached March 2010. Finished today.
This is exactly how I left it almost 2 years ago. A bit back to front. This is actually the second finish. I didn't put a hanging sleeve on this as the plan is to have a hanging rail on the wall with the baby alligator curtain clips. Easy to swap out when ever I choose too.
And the back to prove that all the tails have been trimmed and tucked and the binding is all sewn down.
Just saw the dividing line between the dining room and the lounge on the ceiling. That will be gone this weekend.
Finish number one was "Merry Christmas". A Gail Pan freebie. I think I started this late 2009 and the stitching was finished March 2010. Backing and binding done July 2010. Finished Sunday.
Feels good to get these done but I still have lots more that are wip's wisp's or ufo's and I am about to start 2 new projects. Fun times at the machine.
Have fun doing what ever you are doing.