Saturday, December 31, 2011

Out with the old in with the NEW!

A year has dissappeared before our very eyes
and a New Year is about to begin... How exciting!
 We now have a new clean slate to explore and plan.
 PLAN... 2011's plans didn't happen for me (or me!!!! {Wendy :O)})
 But I can see some had great success's for
 finishing UFO's....
 All in all we had 228 finishes...WOW amazing ladies!
 Fiona Of Bubz Rugz did an amazing amount of UFO finishes...
 20 UFO's marked of her list and posted as finished...
 As an encouragement award we would to love to send you
 a little something...SURPRISE...he he
Fiona if you can send us an email with your snail mail addy
 we will get something in the post to you...
 Now ladies as  for 2012, we will be off and running...
 Get those UFO's finished, posted on the blog here
 and there will be loads of Surprises happening in 2012...
 Make sure you check in each month to let us know your still about.
 If you haven't completed any UFO's this year 
 maybe 2012 is your year.
 If you no longer wish to be part of this blog next year 
please let Wendy or myself know.
 Hope you all have a wonderful Happy New Years 2012
 Happy UFO'ing and may 2012 be a year full of finishes!!!
 Hugs Dawn and Wendy x x x

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you and a BIG


to Dawn and Wendy for hosting this Sew Its Finished site
and thank you to all of you for the encouragement and support

I got so many of my UFO's done and dusted out of my cupboard

- certainly there are some still there - I think I need to decide whether they really are projects I want to do

but I have to admit that I seem to have started just as many during the year!!

I will definitely be going through my cupboard and making up a list again this year

Wishing you all the very best for 2012

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Long Awaited UFO Finish

This quilt was a stack and slash I did at the end of 2006 so it's been a UFO for some time. Last month it became my first quilt on the frame and after some trials the quilting was completed. Monday I machined the binding and Tuesday night finished hand stitching the binding on the back and ta da! "Citrus Splash" is a UFO no more.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another UFO finished - Macintosh Rose

I finished sewing the binding on my Macintosh Rose wall-hanging last night so it is now ready for my Mum for Christmas. It isn't a surprise as she has seen the work in progress (it took over 18 months to complete...) but I know she likes it, started in February 2010 and finished in December 2011.
This is the second Macintosh wall-hanging I make her. I have used fabric that hand-dyed in the summer of 2006 for the focus fabric for both wall-hanging so they match and she will be able to hang the second one next to her first one.
I am on a roll as this is now my 5th finish. It feels so good to clear up my UFO that I have digged another one out that I am hoping to finish by the end of the year so I might be here soon! Watch this space.
In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It is becoming to look a lot like Christmas!

We had our first dust of snow this morning, last day of school. Sadly, it was all melted by lunch time but at least it was pretty this morning.
Although we put up our tree last week-end... before the tree skirt was finished, I am proud to say that  it is now finished and around the tree, I did the last stitch on the binding last night.
I made my skirt using blocks I made and received from the Christmas Scrappy Block Swap I took part in in August 2009! I know that was a looooong time ago... My blocks have been patiently waiting to be used since then. I only got them out about a week or two ago and decided that this was the year I was going to get them into a quilt, they were not going to wait yet another year until next Christmas.
This one is a real UFO when you think the blocks were pieced about 30 months ago. This is my 4th finish this year (and second in about 2 weeks) and I am hoping to have another one to report very shortly, only needs the binding now... Watch this space!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Teachers Gift

This was a very relaxing project. A mug rug for my granddaughters 4th grade teacher. Dear grand had bought her teacher a mug and wanted me to make something so her desk would be protected & oh yeah, can I have it done today.

It took a few hours mainly for the cutting and applique work and I did a squiggly line quilt pattern and voila...

ABC and apples for the teacher, I thought it was cute!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Advent Calendar ready - just on time

Well, I don't know how long an UFO has to be left alone to officially be considered a UFO but I feel this panel was belonging to my long UFO list. I bought it at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham In August to make an Advent Calendar for my daughter - Miss Strawberry Shortcake. I was very good and pieced the top in September, thinking that I would have it finished well on time.
And then because Advent Calendar are not put in use until December, it was left on the side for later. So it was only last week-end that I digged it out from its plastic bag as it had become a WIP (work in progress) to start quilting it. I completed the free motion quilting over 2 days and finally on Wednesday (30 November!) I was able to prepare and stitch the binding during the day to finish hand sewing it before going to bed.
All is well in the end, the Advent Calendar was ready on Thursday morning and full of chocolates on Thursday night when Miss Strawberry Shortcake returned home. Although she can't recognise the numbers yet, she has fully understood the concept and work as a great team with her brother to find their daily chocolates in their respective calendars! This is now my third UFO finished this year, will I be able to squeeze another one before Christmas? Watch this space!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Another Quilt Done

This one is such a wonderful pattern called; Easy Does It and it takes only 9 fat quarters plus fabric for the back and binding. I love the colors in this one and I quilted it with long straight seams spaced evenly across the width of the fabric and then I tied it off with silk ribbon and cotton crochet thread.

The unique thing about this quilt is that it is double batted because I am donating it to a homeless person in our area as the temperatures are dropping and I can't stand the th0ught that someone is cold.

Another one is waiting, so need to run, finishing quilts is so much fun!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Finish # last for 2011

It has been ages since I have been able to post a UFO finish. But here it is....I finished hand quilting and binding Harry Potter today....That leaves me with 2 scrappy quilt tops left from my UFO list..but they will not be done this year; I am afraid...

Until after New Years; I will not be hand quilting...too many other things to do for the next few weeks. And my fingers need a  After the holidays; I have 2 commissioned quilts to quilt for ladies. So I will be back at it again....maybe I'll get to practice some FMQ in the meantime....I hope.
I didn't take a picture of the back of the quilt; sorry, I forgot...but it is solid dark blue.  This quilt measures 55"x65"...just a small one.  Now it is going on my  website for sale.  Take care; have a great day.....       

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

3 more finishes

I started these Christmas table runners over 2 years ago now and I have finally finished them!!
One I have kept for me and one to my MIL and the other one to my daughter.
They look similar but each panel is different and I can't remember where I got them from now. Too long ago lol.

So thats another 3 finishes for me.

Hugs to all.....

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A quilt is finished....I think this one makes it No. 4

I made some of these blocks when Rachel Griffith had a Pin Wheel quilt along and the other blocks are from the Mystery Sampler BOM from the Craft Forum. I decided to put them all together as I wanted a bigger quilt. This will fit nicely on a single bed or just great for snuggling up under.

This one I machine quilted it by meandering all over it. Seems to be the easy method for me at the moment with my quilts. Might venture out and try a more complex machine quilting soon.
I have another quilt top waiting for me to machine quilt it and then that will be another finish.
Have a great week everyone and hugs to all...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Howdy y'all from a new member........

Just popped in to say hello. My name is Sonja, I'm from Texas, & I'm a fabric addict. I have more project "starts" than "finishes" maybe by joining here, it will help me get some old UFO's done.
Thanks Dawn :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My next 2 finishes

In the last few weeks I have finished 2 longish term UFOs, so thought it was past time to post them here.

The embroideries for the blocks were done when I was learning to use the embroidery software for my machine.  I used fabrics that I had hand dyed.  The border is not the bright pink as shown in the bottom photo - it is much more subtle than that.  Not sure what happens to make the colours go so off.

The second finish is Daisy Street

I enjoyed doing these stitcheries over a couple of years, and finally got it assembled.  Last weekend I did the quilting and it is finished. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mug rugs, too

These are the first four I finished.  I have another 6 ready to bind.  I've used the Sewing Revolution Bind Aid ruler and it made it so easy to finish.

Here are some other finishes that I think I've forgotten to put on:
Beatrice Bear by Always Stitching.  Another beautiful doll.  Just love her designs.

This was a split 9 patch I made with a Moda Layer Cake - bought from Homespun and Beautiful.  It's a double bed quilt top.  I just love the colours in this layer cake.
A cushion made using the Sewing Revolution's Create-a-tilt ruler.  The cup cake in the centre is a machine embroidery pattern from Bunnycup Embroidery.  All very easy to make and lots of fun.  I made this with my sewing group at Sewing with Wendy.

This is a scrap raggy quilt I made with left overs from other quilts - all in 8 1/2 inch squares.  Lots of fun to do and very quick.  Cutting out was the longest part of the process.

I'll have to look through and see what else I've forgotten to put on here.



Sunday, September 25, 2011

Mug Rug band wagon

I did this coffee cup stitchery a few years ago

After admiring everyones Mug Rugs
I knew a mug rug was a perfect idea for this stitchery

Lots of quilting and finally finished


I cant believe how many UFOs I am completeing plus all of my other sewing commitments.
Here are two more to share with you

 I started this replica of a postage stamp quilt about 3 years ago and recently found it in the cupboard and decided it deserved to be completed. It is constructed using assorted scraps cut into 21/2inch squares. There are 30 blocks consisting of 49 of the squares plus double sashing all around, so it is a very large quilt. I origanally wanted it for our caravan, but now its finished and I like it on my bed. Even my DH agrees that it looks right there and brightens the room. I found a vintage sheet at an op shop for just $2.00 and I have used it on the back along with a panel of the 2 1/2 inch squares, sorry forgot to take a photo and my dear friend Dawn quilted it for me on her quilting machine as I could never had done it on my domestic machine.

 At Xmas I gave my 3 daughters a flannel quilt as their gift and my SIL Richard asked where was his soft, cuddly quilt. I found another UFO in the cupboard that I had started at least 8 years ago and put aside as I didnt like it. I pulled it apart and remade it using the 16 patch blocks with solid blocks and left overs for the border. I didnt have enough fabric for the back so I sewed more squares and sewed them with the little bit of fabric I had left and was very pleased with how it turned out. Richard now has a two sided quilt and I am pleased with its rebirth. This is the back on first and below is the front.

The front has turned out quite nice and I am glad that it is finally finished. Richard will get it in November along with hes sons and daughters quilt. their birthdays are all within 7 days of each other so we can all celebrate together when we go on holiday at the beach.
Bye for now Jude

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Dear Jane!!!!

Now this is not one of my UFOs; but I wanted to share it with all of you. It is a finish; just not the ones I am suppose to be  I am working on orders; so have to the my 2 UFOs behind for now.  This is a quilt that a lady pieced; it took her 2 years to put it altogether...I hand quilted it for you this past month. It was one of the hardest quilts I have ever hand many tiny pieces...seams!!!!
I delivered it to her today and she loved it...she has to scallop the edge now and bind it for a guild show in a couple of weeks.

So here it is......from the
from the side
from the end

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Finish #10 - Polka Dot Girls

I have had my purple Polka Dot Girls Quilt finished for ages, but finally got around to having it quitled, so now its all done.  The design is by Bronwyn Hayes.  I do love her stitcheries and still have a few of her projects to go (maybe one day!).
So, its #10 finish for me.
The completed quilt (I didn't add any borders)

and some close ups:  (though the detail is hard to see)

Crow Wall Hanging

Hello fellow sewer/bloggers!

It's been months since I've posted on here. After being out of work for two years and three months, I started a job the end of April and I'm finally getting into a new routine.

So when I joined this blog, I posted that one of my goals was to complete a crow wall hanging from the pattern I purchased two years ago at a national quilt show in Williamsburg, VA. Now that the temperatures around here are more reasonable (even chilly today) I'm in the nesting frame of mind and want to make pretty things again.

So here is my wall hanging. I still haven't sewn the casing on the back so it's temporarly hung with tiny straight pins (hence the slight sagging).

The pattern had straight quilting on theirs but since I love leaves so much and my fabric had leaves in it, I decided to quilt it with falling leaves.

Sewing all the beads on took quite a bit of time, but I did it while watching my favorite BritComs on Saturday nights.

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I'm not sure if I'll complete my fall bird quilt, but sure will try. I've already started making Christmas gifts (actually completed and delivered one already).

Happy sewing!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Finish

Can you tell I have been on a Christmas/winter quilt kick lately? This is another UFO that had been sitting around for awhile and I decided to finish it. It is a prayer quilt. For those who do not know what a prayer quilt is, it is a quilt that I begin praying scriptures over for the new owner.

I never know who the owner will wind up being, but believe whoever receives this will be blessed by it.

It is a bit Wonky and that is why I love this so much! All the fabrics represent winter season or Christmas.

I love the rich colors in the backing fabric I picked out and as you can see, I did some basic quilting on this one, machine stitching straight across from top to bottom.