Thursday, March 1, 2018

I have been working

February was a good month for getting things done.

I completed my UFO for the month early in the month.  Since it was only the 6th by the time I completed the top I made a little heart quilt.  I blogged about those already.

When the Olympics started and I wanted to watch several of the events I started binding a quilt.  I got it done and given last Sunday.  It was the first Reflections quilt that I made for my youngest daughter.  It is a king size so it took a while for me to get it done.  It was really hard to get a picture of it.  It was a dark rainy day and the thing is huge so very hard to lay out.  I draped it on my stationary bike.  That is the most action that bike has seen in awhile.
 This picture was taken with it folded on the couch but even with a light right next to it it turned out dark.  Much better light in the sun room but it is crowded in there.

I also moved on to another of my UFO's.  I was working on a Christmas quilt but got stopped when I needed to lay out the blocks and did not have room.   So instead I pulled out an easier project and repaired a quilt that had been damaged by our dog, Moose. My husband had tossed it across the top of the dog kennel and he had pulled an edge into the kennel and chewed a hole in it.   I had worked on getting that done several times but fixing a quilt is just not something I enjoy doing.  The first thing I had done is take out a bunch of the quilting and replace a part of the back fabric and a section of the boarder.  After doing that I noticed that I missed a few holes further out so decided to applique a patch on to cover them.  That is what I did yesterday.  It just needs to be re-quilted now. Not cutting up my fabric right away paid off this time.  I still had some of the boarder fabric and I was able to visit the store that the backing fabric came from and buy more.  This is the second quilt that I have repaired that Moose chewed up.  The first time I was covered with a quilt and he was laying at my feet.  I did not realize he was chewing on the quilt.  We no longer have Moose but it was not the quilt chewing that had us rehome him.  We did that after he broke my leg in three places and I could not take care of him while I was non-weight bearing.  Shoot I could hardly take care of myself and I could not get out of the house or walk him.

Here is the applique I added.
I basically cut out some leaves and did needle turn applique to cover the holes.

The second quilt that I need to repair is a quilt belonging to my youngest daughter that her dog chewed a hole in.  I plan on just putting a patch on that one.  I have found a couple of orphan blocks but I am not liking how that will look so am thinking of going with something different.  I am a good mom.  At least her dog has never chewed on another quilt.  I don't know how many more quilts I would be willing to repair.

Since I worked ahead on my list when I come to that number on my list I will just add something new.  I have plenty of projects I can add.  I need to get some items completed and out of my room.

I have continued to sort and purge as I unpack and put fabric on the shelf.  I also used my label maker to label all the project bins.  Once I have a full list I will have to make decisions on the ones that I no longer love and will very likely never complete.  Right now the number of project bins is overwhelming.  My husband says at this rate I have to live to be a thousand.  I thought about starting one of them this month, we will have to see if I do.  When I thought about it I was having trouble choosing one.  That is a bad sign.  One day I was having a lot of trouble coming to grips with everything I have.  Before and during the move I did a lot of purging but it was really not enough.  We still have to much stuff for our smaller house.  However, I had already got rid of the easy stuff to let go of, now I have to make the tougher decisions.  I have been told that I will have to go thru the stuff three times to be effective. 

The other list I should be making is my list of quilts that need to be bound.  My oldest daughter completed the quilting on four more quilts this month of quilts I made in the past.  That adds to the ones I already have.  Luckily my son-in-law is completing the binding on one of them.  He actually likes binding and since it gives him a good excuse to 'watch' TV in the evening he will sit and bind.  He also gave up Twitter and Facebook for Lent so he has more time.  Right now my daughter has number two of the Reflections quilts on her machine.  That one happens to be for her so maybe I can get her husband to bind that one also.  Even after that one she has more to do.  When she quilted for customers mine always got put on hold.  Now she is attempting to get everything quilted.  I am not even sure how many of mine she has.

This month I will also be making some backs for some of her quilt tops.  I think she dropped by five for me to make backs for.  

Looks like March will be busy also.  Since it is still raining I should have plenty of indoor time before I need to work in the garden.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Making progress

Even though February is a short month I have been making a lot of sewing progress.

Yesterday I was able to complete the little wall hanging that I started last week.  This top was a reward to myself for completing my February UFO. 

This quilt top was a free pattern from last year for Five Fat Quarter Fun called Chains of Love by Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl and Amber of Gigi's Thimble.  Here is a link to the pattern Chains of Love

I used red and pink from Mama's Cottage and the back ground is the little hearts from The Good Life collection.   And yes, they are directional and I made sure that they all went the same direction.

It went together very quickly.  I realized when I was making this that it is the first heart quilt of any kind I have made.  I am not sure why that is since I have collected heart patterns for a while.  I will now have to make more.

In addition to making the little quilt I also completed making a back for the Reflections quilt and I also made a back for another quilt which was another one on my list for the year.  That means I have completed two UFO's for the month of February. 

Today I actually pulled out another one to begin working on.  It has been sitting in my sewing room partially finished for at least 5 years.  It is a Christmas quilt.  I am hopeful that I will also get that one completed this month also.  I had put 12 projects on my list to work on this year I will have to figure out what other partially finished projects I have to add to the list.  

I have also been binding a quilt for my youngest daughter.  I made the top for her a couple of years ago but it just got quilted last month. 

I have at least 8 quilts in the binding pile.  I am hoping to get them all bound this year.  With the Olympics going on I have been doing more television watching and only have one side left on the current quilt it should be done by the weekend.

Monday, February 12, 2018

February 2018 UFO

I feel very accomplished this month.  I completed the UFO by February 6th.  I do still need to make a back but I should have that completed by tomorrow.

This quilt only needed boarders.  The first boarder was easy.  The second one not so much.  It is made from the bonus half square triangles from making the square in a square blocks.  To do that boarder I needed to make sure that they were the same size. That took a bunch of trimming.

I love these colors.

Once I got enough trimmed I attached the boarders.  I have a lot the squares left over to trimmed and put together an other quilt.

Here is the finished top.  The second boarder is really hard to see.  My husband was having trouble holding up this quilt.  Our old house had a front porch to stand on.  The current one does not.  We are going to have to find a way to get a better picture. 

This is actually my third quilt like this.  I have made one for each of my daughters.  I am currently binding one of the other ones as I 'watch' TV.

I started these after I visited the Art Museum for a Monet exhibit.  It is called Reflections.

I have now started on a new project.  I small valentines wall hanging.  Will I have it done by Valentine's Day?  The top will be together doubtful that it will be quilted.  Also the back for the Reflections quilt will be done. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January 2018

It is hard for me to grasp that January has come and gone.

The good news is that I have finished my January UFO.  Or at least gotten it to the flimsy stage.

This quilt was started for The Fat Quarter Shop QAL in 2016.  I was doing fine on it as a QAL until we made the decision to sell our old house and move into a one level.  Once the decision was made it was time to start purging and packing.  Of course I was not going to purge my project but the sewing room was one of the rooms that was packed up early on in the process.  So this was packed away in a bin, in a moving box.

It took a while to get the old house ready to sell so that was the project I was working on all of last winter.  We had already bought the new, if a 70's ranch can be called new, but not much sewing was being done.  Bins had been unpacked and put on racks, but that was about as far as I got with my fabric.  We finally got the house on the market in June.  We had to wait for the rain to stop to get it painted.  We got offers at the end of the summer but of course it took until October to close.  In the mean time I was working full time and commuting at least two hours a day plus checking on the old place and watering the lawn all summer.  My husband and I were taking turns doing that since he was busy everyday babysitting the grandkids.

Then I needed to find my sewing mojo.  I had only sewing two baby gifts and a mini quilt in all that time.  But even after the house sold I had no motivation.

The UFO challenge this year was exactly what I needed.  I have so many 'almost finished' projects.  Two only need the boarders added.  I wonder what it is about the boarders that stops me?

Speaking of boarders....this UFO had five boarders.  That almost stopped me in my tracks, but I powered thru them.  I even made the back and the binding.  I did not get a picture of the back because it got to dark tonight to take a picture.

Here is the front.  It was not a totally rainy day but not the brightest either so the colors look more washed out than they actually are.  To take this picture I was standing on a stool to try and capture the entire quilt.  The fabric is Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree.

Now I just need to get started on the February UFO.  I am hoping it is a small project since it is a short month.

Linking to Patchwork Times

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goals for 2018

This is going to be a short post with no pictures.

I have a list of UFO's that I would like to complete in 2018

1. Reflections quilt - I need to find the partially finished flimsy Found - February - DONE

2. Fix the buzzsaw quilt.  Another flimsy I know I have and can't find. Found

3. Finish the flannel Rag Quilt
4. Finish the Christmas quilt
5. Finish the Pumpkin quilt
6. Repair Sarah's quilt
7. Repair tropical quilt  - DONE
8. Finish the Deer quilt
9. Finish the Happy go Lucky quilt- Need to make a back - DONE
10. Finish the Cross Roads Block of the month - January- DONE
11. Finish the Be My Neighbor Block of the month
12. Finish the Patchwork Block of the month.

Those are the UFO's I can see from my computer.  Most are really quick finishes.  A couple only need the boarder sewn on.  Two I know are in the house somewhere but have been misplaced as we unpacked after our move.

The biggest item on my list is to finish organizing my sewing area and supplies.

Note to self - do not start any new block of the months.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Changing Season

Yes it is fall, but I am also referring to the fact that the old house is now sold.

We are still adjusting to the new location but the next big change will be when I retire.  I am hopeful that will happen soon.  The commute to work is a tough one.  I actually go into work really early in the morning so it is the commute home that is killer.  I have noticed that I grind my teeth when I am stuck in traffic.  I need to retire before I break my crowns.

Plus, I have a lot of fabric to sew.

Speaking of sewing, I have been doing a little of that lately.

At the end of August I was invited to a 1st birthday party for a co-workers daughter.  In their culture the 1st birthday party is very important.  They had a huge party.  The day I got the invitation I began a quilt.  The first time I presented a co-worker with a quilt they did not even know that it was.

It is from 'The Big Book of Strip Quilts' from that Patchwork Place.  The quilt is called Flowers for Nana Girl.  I choose that pattern because I had pink and yellow 2 1/2 strips from a strip exchange from many years ago.  More years than I can even remember.  I only used a small portion of the strips.

After I completed that quilt I wanted to immediately cut out a new quilt.  I resisted and instead picked up a UFO.  Several months ago I had started a flannel quilt to give to one of my daughters.  As I was sewing two of the rows together I had flipped several of the blocks.  When I discovered it instead of ripping them out and fixing it.  I stuck it on a shelf.  I took the time to rip the rows and fix them then get the quilt top sewn together.  I have not taken a picture of this yet.

Since my daughter had quilted a couple of my quilt tops I have been working on binding most recently.  Right now I have a stack of quilts that need the binding sewn on.  Winter is coming I have plenty of quilt to sit under and stitch.

I also need to work more on the house blocks.   It has also become a UFO for lack of me working on it.

When we moved I had a quilt top together except for the boarders. I am still looking for it.  I had another top together that my daughter was going to quilt but said I needed to move a block because she knew I had given it a turn and had to much of one color in one area.  Can't find that one either. I keep looking.  Much of my fabric is still in bins.  I am hoping that I put the tops in one of them.  Now that we are no longer spending time on the old house and I am about to retire I am hopeful that I can finish unpacking the fabric.   I have to admit that I need to purge fabric but it is really hard.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The old house

I feel like I need to show the old house.  It has been a part of out life for 44 years.  We raise all our children in this house.  Had 10 foster children and 10 foreign exchange students at different times.  We loved this house.  The only reason we moved is the stairs.

We had done many things over the years to it.  In recent years, we had changed to gas, re-piped the water, decommissioned the oil tank, put on a new roof and updated the kitchen.  Things that would have made it perfect for aging in place.  But the laundry was in the basement and one of my knees will likely need to be replaced.

After we moved out week looked at how old it looked.  We had a great kitchen but the whole house needed painted.  Plus the basement stairs had begun to list to one side.  I guess when I am a hundred and 5 I might list to one side also.  Anyway, the work began to spruce it up.

Then the rains came.  This year we had record rainfall.  And that is saying a lot for Oregon.  After the snow and ice melted and the rains continued we had a leak in the basement.  That added to the expense and the work.  We had to attempt to remediate the influx of water.  We think we were successful.  Anyway after the very expensive work was done we did not get anymore water during February and March, which had heavy rain.  Or April or May when it continued to rain.

The stairs got fixed and made to code.  All the electrical was checked and plugs and switches all changed out.  The inside was painted and we waited for the rain to stop to paint the outside.

My husband and I totally disagreed about what should be done with the front of the house.   I won some and lost some battles.   Here is what it looked like after we finished painting the front.

I felt we needed bigger plants he refused.  Ok they have grown a bit since this was taken but I still think we needed taller.  Of course the fact that we had a huge rhoddy on one side before influenced how I thought it should look. 
Front door, we painted the front porch.  I love how it looks.

The below picture was given to us by the young boy in the picture who is now in his seventies.  That rhodendron was small when he was a child.  It was over the roof this last year and the center stump was hollow and full of ants.  We know it had to go but I have to tell you the puny Azalea just did not cut it for me.  I wanted another rhodendron.   I have been looking for an old picture.  But they are all still packed and I could not find one on my phone.  Funny we took a picture of the kids every spring in front of that rhodendron.  But I know you can get an idea of it's size because most of my quilt pictures were taken on the front porch and you could see it next to them.

OK I found an old picture on Google street view.  This is from April of 2016.  Before we moved and started fixing up the outside.  Look at how big that Roddy was.  We had trimmed around the bottom for the walk way. 

We had updated our kitchen several years ago.  I miss it.

The color is all wrong in the picture.  Not sure what is up with that.  I need to go over with a real camera.

We did refinish all the wood floor both upstairs and down.

Two in the living room.  I am now finding that some of the pictures I took are not transferred from my phone I am going to have to take some more.

Dining Room

Entry Way From  the stairs looking toward the Fireplace.

This is getting kind of picture heavy so I will add more pictures of the other rooms in another post.