I didn’t get much done this week….I knew I wouldn’t have sewing time because what little time I did have had to be dedicated to charity quilts. BUT I didn’t want a week to go by with no progress at all…so I pulled out my Texas Braids and decided to trim them. I’ve had them done for awhile but have been afraid to trim them…well I started out by reading the directions. I read and tried to understand the cutting process. It shows to cut between the two squares. Hmmm….I decided I really didn’t like that option. If I do that, part of my block will get lost in the seam when I put the binding on. I decided instead to slide my ruler over about a 1/4″ and cut there. Mine ended up looking like this. Then I started looking at the drawing. I was so confused. The picture showed that the little red squares went from border to border. I liked that. But then I went and re-read the cutting instructions. Something seemed off. I felt like I needed but cut something off the other end too. See…look at the picture below. [Read more...]
I set the mystery aside long enough to sew just a bit on Talkin’ Turkey. My goal is to work on UFOs and I can’t work on them if I don’t take a little time out for them. So….here’s what I got done.
Yes, I know it doesn’t look like anything at all as it’s unorganized but here’s the goods.
Last week I told you that I thought I had all of the flying geese done but this week I went to sew the borders together and alas, I was short a few pieces. I counted and recounted. Originally I thought I was short about 8 geese. Well when I was making 400 and some that makes sense that I could be off 8 geese. This is so true as I knew I cut this out over the course of week during nap time moments when all the kids were sleeping. I counted again and I was closer to 45 off. Oh well…might as well start sewing right?
So I sewed them all- then sewed them into the borders. I was so happy to have those outer borders of flying geese finished up. Then I lifted up my book with the directions and ah…there in the box below was a border strip I already finished! That was why my count was off and dang. I didn’t need to make 45 more geese.
…and so goes the life of an unorganized quilter!!
Oh well. From there I was onto making the sashing strips. They are all finished too. They even got Ruby’s stamp of approval. See? [Read more...]
I pulled out all of my Bonnie Hunter UFO projects. I counted them up and took pictures so I could make a new listing of them. Stop back later this week and I’ll share it. For now, with Winston Ways completely finished and Pfeffernuse sewn into a top, I need to start in on a new quilt. The closest one to the machine was Talkin’ Turkey so I pulled it and started in.
It started out like this at the beginning of the summer.
I had some of the red string units finished.
Over the summer when I had the luxury of all of my childcare kids sleeping at the same time I cut out the rest of the quilt over the course of a week during nap times. (I miss those days when everyone slept at once!)
When I pulled the Talkin’ Turkey UFO just before Christmas I finished the string pieced units. Then over the weekend jumped in and started on the over 400 flying geese units.
Can you believe I am this far? [Read more...]
I have progress in the UFO department….
Look and see!
My Pfeffernuse quilt is a top! I’m so excited. It feels so good to have a project that is this far along. I started thinking about where I am going to put this quilt in the line up of quilts waiting to be put on the quilt frame. The good news is that this one already has a backing ready to go…dare I hope to get it done over the weekend…maybe.
What’s fun about this quilt…I bought a big box of scraps, many 80′s calicoes on a garage sale for $1 and they make up much of the string blocks. The box was so big that there is plenty more to make another quilt. Kelli saw this and said if I didn’t mind, she’d take the rest of the box of scraps. She wants to make this quilt too.
I’m very happy with the border fabric. It’s a piece I bought from Whittles Fabrics.
You can find me here next Wednesday sharing my UFO progress..oh my, I have to figure out what I’m pulling out to work on.