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!