Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WIP: the one with UFOs galore

Lots of WIPs this week!


Quilt UberFest

A billion projects on the go, and I pick up an old UFO.

Full post is here where I talk about the blocks, where they’ve come from, and where they’re going.

TBD: 16x 12” nine-patch blocks

So far: 2 down

3:10 to Mendocino

Also known as the Yuma quilt by Gotham Quilts.

My Mendocino collection:

I think this is nearly every #mendocinomermaids print from the original release... I may be missing one or two...

The problem is that the Yuma pattern either requires the fabric to be cut on the bias to follow the print, or else to have the print at an angle. At this point, it’s looking like I might have to cut the fabric on the bias, which will make piecing it interesting, especially given the softness of the original Mendocino fabric.

Choices choices.

Honey Honey (Spring Garden?)

A WIP from long ago, but right now literally ‘in progress’ re: quilting.

And today is the longarm work at @sydmodsquad! #freemotionquilting #handiquilter #hq18

I was working on this on Sunday at the Sydney ModSQuad sew-in, and ran out of Aurifil for the top after using two 50yd spools. My attempt at using a comparable Gutermann failed the surface match test miserably, and had major threadnesting happening besides. So I had to take it off the frame and will have to go back and finish it later.

The story so far... #freemotionquilting I had to stop because I ran out of Aurifil! Fabric line is Honey Honey by Kate Spain. Doesn't have a name yet. Suggestions?

I’ve never done a partial quilt before – it’s always been done in a single sitting – or else left on the frame overnight (once).

The idea was to have relatively light quilting at the edges, and dense in the middle.

Detail of corners. #freemotionquilting

That’s a detail of the outer edges. I went with themes of ‘fields’, ‘forests’ and ‘sea’ from outer edge to centre of the quilt. If I had the courage and the skill, I’d love to quilt some crops in there – flowers, fruit, wheat/crops… Ambitious, much?

100 Days Projects

Trying this again with 4-patches made out of 5” scrap squares. I have plenty of scraps and they need doing. Plus, sewing 4-patches is nice and easy and something I can do a few of every night or couple of nights.

Do I suck at #freemotionquilting feathers, or do I REALLY suck at #freemotionquilting feathers? #saturdaynightcraftalong #100dayproject #day1

I think I may need to start with simpler designs, though – get the feel of the machine before trying the fancy stuff. Haven’t sewn together the yellow scrap square blocks; also need to cut more batting pieces out.

Plain Jane Passacaglia

Putting rosettes together and sewing them to the main quilt. It’s getting unwieldy…

The unpretty side of the #plainjanepassacaglia at SCQuilters... #passacagliaquilt

I feel like this is taking so much longer than I wanted it to. Then again, I only manage to do this while I commute; I don’t have all day or even time in front of the TV – I’m just too busy.


In the process of making eyes – five at a time. I’m going for a yellow-centre, white petals flower – kind of a daisy.

[pic to come]

Swarm By Sel

Finished the top.

Mini #swarmbysel! A rather belated 1st birthday gift!

Have a backing. Now I just need to decide how to quilt it. Straight line or FMQ or both? I have an idea for ‘both’, actually. Might go with that.

Other things

I'm not sure what else there is to say after that, other than WHEW, am I busy right now!


  1. I made a Yuma Quilt, such a fun pattern!! Love your fabric choices!

  2. I love that triangle quilt! Absolutely beautiful!! I can't wait to see it finished!


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