Monday, August 26, 2019

Last Monday of the Month?

I was going to do a First Monday of the Month for August, and then forgot entirely about it. I’ll try to remember to do one next week, but no guarantees on that.

So here’s a Last Monday Of The Month.

I haven’t really done anything during August for quilting, not even the quilt that I promised my mother I would have done for her branch of Soroptimists International.

My original idea was this quilt – the Lava Flow pattern – made out of 2.5” x 4.5” blocks. It’s dramatic and interesting and unusual and modern.

August quilts

Except that mum asked for a ‘pretty’ quilt. So I dug up some older fabrics that I haven’t really hada use for and have made a ‘pretty’ quilt out of far simpler blocks:

August quilts

Hopefully can get the top done by the end of the week.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

First Monday Of The Month

So, I haven't blogged here much at all the last couple of years. Too many other things to do, including fret about the state of the world.

One of the reasons I stopped blogging my quilting and slowed down was because I didn't have the old WIP Wednesday to keep me going. The quilter who was running it got busy with kids and family and her shop and stopped doing WIP Wednesdays. I think she said it was going to be temporary, but I haven't seen it kick back in.

So I'm going to start doing First Monday of the Month (and maybe Mid-Monday of the Month) to get myself back into quilt blogging. I like talking about my quilts and quilt processes, and yes, it takes a bit more time but even a picture and a quick ramble is sometimes good.

And no, I'm not an instagram influencer, intent on my life being visually elegant. It'll be messy and awkward and very much not instaperfect. I have no photographic training, just an eye for what I like (which isn't necessarily what other people like).

So I'm going to try First Monday of the Month in just over 2 weeks. No muss, no fuss, just some progress on my projects. Which means I need to have projects and I need to have projects. So. That should get me moving...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

2019 Finish Along: Q3 Goals



One and Two: complete at least 2 UFO Challenges out of the six remaining that have been optioned for this year

I've been really remiss with these:

Jan - 100 Tula Blocks
Feb - blue stars from 50 states
Mar - QAYG FMQ blocks
Apr - Bard of Avon - scrappy
May - Scarlet Split Square (sew together)
Jun - Rainbow Neutrals
Jul - Kona: Around The World

So my goal for the next quarter is to finish two of these such that they're quilt tops. I thought about putting down just one as a goal, but if I do that, I'll probably finish three. That's the way my brain works...


Three: Mum's laptop sleeve

...This was supposed to be her Christmas present. And then I made it and got the dimensions wrong and, ugh, I just don't feel like redoing it.



Four: Soroptimist Raffle Quilt

In her retirement, my mother is involved with the Sydney branch of Soroptimists International (Facebook | website), and they run a raffle and a high tea every year. The last couple of years I've made a quilt for them to raffle off, and apparently it's a big selling point.

So I have to put together a raffle quilt. Something bright and simple and not too large, says my mother. I definitely have an idea, as usual, it's just a question ot getting it all together.


Five: Start the Kinship 100

Two of my Australian quilting friends - Gnomeangel and Skyberries - have put together a pattern of 100 blocks, called the Kinship Quilt. They're running it for the #100Days100Blocks2019 challenge which started two days ago.

I'm not registered for the challenge this year; I didn't prepare, didn't set up for it or anything, but I have the pattern and I'm going to do it! At the least, I'd like to start sometime in the next quarter. I'll probably do it in Kona and Tula fabrics again.


Six: Cousin P's quilt

Cousin P is getting married in October. She's the youngest of the 12 grandchilden on my mother's side of the family, and a good fourteen years my junior. We haven't been close for a number of years now, so we're not invited to the wedding (also, due to scheduling issues, many of the cousins couldn't make it to the engagement party and apparently P was rather disappointed that we weren't there so: no wedding invite).

Still, I'd like to make her and her husband a quilt. There's a slightly cynical side of me that says, "if only to use up my miles of fabric" - but...I'd like to make more quilts for giving away to family.

Anyway, P gets married in October, so we'll see if we can put something together before then...


I think that's the outside limit of what I could get done this quarter. It should be enough, don't you think? :)

Mid-Year Shutdown

I always struggle a little after the Quilt Show. It's like I'm all quilted out and now just want to take a break.

Plus, these days, I have the garden, I have writing, I have a job, I have a house... So many things to worry about and not half enough time to do anything about them.

But I have a room still full of fabric which isn't being used quite fast enough. So...it's a conundrum.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

FAL Q2 Finish: Send Jeremy's Quilt


Q2 Goals Post

Jeremy is the son of my oldest cousin, a teenager with a love for...a football team in the UK with blue and yellow as their colours? (Can you tell I don't follow the European football leagues?) Anyway, I gave his sister Stephanie the Walkabout quilt, and have been promising him one for two years...

I finally got it backed at the end of last year, and quilted by Jo at Thirroul Custom Quilting.

It came back, got bound, and got sent.

Jeremy's quilt

I got a nice card back, which was a bit amusing because I know his mum probably nudged him into getting him to write it. Hopefully he really does like the quilt...

I can't seem to find a full picture of it bound and completed anywhere, unfortunately. But it is! I promise!

FAL Q2 Finish: Bind and send Birthday Stars


Q2 Goals Post

binding
- Birthday Stars: it's sitting around taking up space!


Done and sent!

This one's been around since, oh, 2013-ish as well. I did a birthday block swap for a couple of years (2011-2012, I believe) and while this one went better than the first one (where the sizes were all over the place, and people used rather crappy fabrics), I still didn't feel like the blocks were me. I ended up making another five blocks to make it 4x4 blocks and a 'colourwash' (sort of).

It looks much better now!

Finish along 2019 Q2


On the back, I made another quilt top, experimenting with 'wonky' log cabins. (I know, they don't look wonky, but they are a little.)

Q2 FAL
I had to add a border to the Birthday Stars flimsy to make it large enough for the Wonky Cabins, but I like the result.

I didn't take a photo of it hanging, so I'll have to ask my friend to send me a proper photo when she receives it.

Three QAL finishes!

FAL Q2 Finish: Quilt Show Quilt 2


Q2 Goals Post

Diamonds Are A Quilter's Best Friend

Finish along 2019 Q2

This one has sat around for years - since 2013, in fact! The charm squares were part of a charm swap of Kona solids.

WIP Wednesday: the one where diamonds are a quilter's best friend

I always knew I wanted to quilt it myself, but I didn't do FMQ on my own domestic, and the longarm was no longer available to me...

Finish along 2019 Q2

It's done! I learned a few new things while quilting this, and I need a whole lot more practise with it, but...I'm happy with my work on it, even as I can see all the things I could have done better...

Ah well. Done is best!

FAL Q2 Finish: Quilt Show Quilt 1


Q2 Goals Post

Where The Forest Meets Suburbia

a.k.a. #100KonaTulaBlocks

Quilted, bound, submitted to the Sydney Quilt Show at the Craft Fair, and hanging:
Finish along 2019 Q2

You know how sometimes you make something and halfway through you just hate it? I had a lot of that with this. Put it away for a few months when I knew I had the quilt show coming up. Ended up quilting and binding in the last month. Whew!

But all done, generally well-liked but nothing standout, I think. I would have liked to quilt down the sashing a little but I think it's softer this way.

It goes to my mother, who seems to get first dibs on all the most complicated of my quilts!

Friday, April 5, 2019

2019 Finish Along: Q2 Goals

Right, so starting over again...



complete at least 2 UFO Challenges out of the 3 for this quarter
For the APQ UFO Challenge, there'll be three challenge months. I have to finish at least two. (Ideally, all three would get done, but I'm not particularly hopeful.)



Mum's laptop sleeve

For her birthday, I suppose...



binding - DONE
- Birthday Stars: it's sitting around taking up space!

Sending - DONE
- Jeremy's Quilt: it's been bound and sitting around for FOREVER

Quilt Show Quilts
Stuff February 2019
ETA: DONE


ETA: DONE

I won't get them all done, of course. I have a job again, and things are looking pretty hectic. But we'll see how many easy wins we can get this month...

FAL2019 - Q1 Finish: 100 Kona-Tula blocks



Link to First Quarter Goals

The only thing I actually got done in the sewing realm!

Stuff February 2019

Sadly, I was just too busy doing something else (writing) and just didn't get anything completed... *sigh*

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Sydney Quilt Show: trying to decide

So, hello to any Spoolettes who've decided to follow this blog - I'll try to post more often, and hunt back your own posts. Life's just so busy these days, isn't it?

One more item on my 'to do' list right now is working out the second quilt I'll be entering into the Sydney Quilt Show this year.

First quilt is a no-brainer:
Stuff February 2019

I'll quilt it over the next few months (I hope) on my domestic machine

Second quilt?

Well, that's more difficult. I have a number of quilt tops that need quilting, and at this point, I'm mostly debating if I can be bothered quilting them myself.

My options are:

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds: finished!

Finished several years ago, as yet unquilted. Might as well do this one myself.


3:10 to Mendocino
Me in @cottonandsteel frock with happy, purry furry (Smokey), and the #310tomendocino in my workroom on a warm spring Sunday afternoon. #mendocinofabric #mendocinomermaids #yumaquilt #cats #catsofinstagram #advenchuresofsmokeyandmal

A lot more movement, a lot more interest, but that fabric is incredibly precious - it's original Mendocino Mermaids by Heather Ross!


Break Free Or Build Upon

Break Free Or Build Upon

I've been trying to enter it into the quilt show for the last two years and each time I was stymied by life, the universe, and everything.

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I don't enter the quilt show to win prizes - my quilting's not that good. I enter to display new ideas, broaden minds, and/or make other people think, "Hey, I like that; maybe I could do that too?"

Thoughts?

If you want to go back through my posts and point out a quilt that you think I should enter, then be my guest! I don't promise to take your advice, but who knows? You might give me ideas I've never had before.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Finish Along: First Quarter


A couple of Easy Wins, I think. I have three months in which to get this done, and at least some of it needs to involve a quilt show quilt

complete at least 2 UFO Challenges out of the 3 for this quarter
For the APQ UFO Challenge, there'll be three challenge months. I have to finish at least two. (Ideally, all three would get done, but I'm not particularly hopeful.)

Finish along Q1 2019

Mum's laptop sleeve
I made her a laptop sleeve for Christmas.

Finish along Q1 2019

It turned out to be too small...

This actually needs to be done for Friday. So CHOPCHOP!

Finish along Q1 2019

100 Kona-Tula Blocks
This is the January UFO Challenge, so the goal is to finish the top - sash the blocks together. It doesn't take long, it's just fiddly and the weather is hot.

Finish along Q1 2019

flower shirt
Needs completing before the end of summer.

Finish along Q1 2019

halterneck dress
Wants completing before the end of summer.

DECIDE ON SYDNEY QUILT SHOW ENTRY
I have no idea what to do for this this year! I mean, our guild hasn't even worked something out yet...

2019 Finish-Along!


Overall, there are scads of things I want to get done this year. But there are scads of things I want to get done every year. This last year has been quiet on the quilting front, because I've been focused on getting a garden system working, and I think it's pretty much worked out now with some refining possibly necessary.

Finishing off


bindings
- Jeremy's Quilt
- Birthday Stars

backings
- friendship supernova
- 3:10 to Yuma

New quilts

cousin quilts
- 4 cousin quilts
- 3 cousin quilts
- 2 cousin quilts

Imp Quilts
- Dan and Cam quilts

Works In Progress

The list for the All People Quilt UFO Challenge (#apqresolution)

- Kona Scrappy Trip Around the World - 2 blocks finished, make another 14 blocks and join
- Build Me Up Buttercup - top centre finished, needs a border
- 100 Kona-Tula Blocks - blocks made, needs sashing
Finish Along 2018: Q4
- Scarlet Split Square - blocks made, needs joining
- Bard of Avon - scrappy - 1 block made, other blocks bagged and ready to go
- blue stars from 50 states - a couple made, have templates, make at least 3 more
- king of the nile - make backing, send to quilter
- QAYG FMQ blocks - 6 done badly, do another 6 and practice ("I Guess If I Practice Then Better I'll Be...Uh...")
- Dancing Stars/Fibonacci Never Did Quiltmath/Kona-Tula scraps - find these projects and get them done
- Rainbow Neutrals - rainbow colours, but pattern from book of Neutrals
- Break Free or Build Upon? - back and sandwiched, but split into two
- Rainbow Selvages - ~12 blocks done, need many more

clothing

Finish Along 2018: Q4
- flower shirt
- halterneck dress
- a comfy shift-dress
- a pretty going-out dress
- take the sleeves off 'Groove Is In The Heart'
- Harriet bra
- Sierra bralette

miscellaneous

- make mother a laptop case

Am I going to find the time to do all this? While doing up my garden, writing a couple of novels, keeping house, and working?

Probably not. That's okay. I tried.

I'm also going to majorly destash this year - I have too much fabric that I'm not going to use. Also, I'm kind of broke right now on account of not having a job, but the bills still need paying. So quite a bit of it will go, I think.