Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1 UFO Parade

How was your summer? I enjoyed the "time off!" Now it's time to get back to work and catch up on those UFOs.

First, though, the UFO number for September is:


Mary J has FOUR finishes to share this month! This is productivity!

You can check out the story behind the quilts on her blog, Zippy Quilts, here:https://zippyquilts.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/6-august-projects/

Her #7 (August) finish is a donation quilt. I love the super-sized leaf!

Since #7 was finished early, Mary spent August working on her "Swim" quilt. I love the wavy piecing, it looks as though the fish are swimming through seaweed.

Mary has set herself a goal of one donation quilt per month, and she made three tops in August. 

Good on you, Mary! I think it's wonderful that you are sharing your quilts with others.

Sandi is ahead of the game this month -- not only does she have only three more UFOs to finish, she has her Christmas wall hanging all ready to go!

Love those colors, Sandi! This will be so cute for your holiday decorating.

Gill had a wonderful summer holiday, and is ready to get back into the sewing mode.  
My summer sewing has involved my boys - they wanted to make wall hangings of the favorite characters from Studio Ghibli (a Japanese Anime maker). Jacob's (9 years) favourite character is "No Face" from Spirited Away - surrounded by "Soot Sprites". He chose the colours and the design concept and drew the templates and did some of the cutting and piecing.

So fun that your boys are getting involved with sewing! Both my boys made quilts for 4-H projects, and that skill has served them well.

Sue is also getting back "into the swing of things." She enjoyed a weekend sewing retreat and look what she finished!
I managed to get a UFO done finally!  We're all moved in and mostly sorted out now. I also had a sewing weekend away last week and got my UFO No. 7 done.  It was to make a donation quilt for a hospice and I've finished one and have quite a few blocks put together for a couple more so I'm calling that a finish!

Here are Sue's other UFOs, first a thread catcher:

And a cushion cover made from leftovers from her Rainbow Lattice quilt:

Nancy has several finishes to add. First, this gorgeous embroidered quilt:

Then, her actual August UFO:

She also got addicted to the "Snapshot" blocks. I love this one!

More details on Nancy's blog, http://fabric-addiction.blogspot.com/

Oops, almost missed Donna's finish! She hand quilted around the propellers on the airplanes of this darling baby quilt! Click on the photo to see the details:

Mary J of Zippy Quilts is our UFO Parade winner this month. MJ, send me your postal address and I'll seen you some goodies!

Just a note, it's OK to send the photos of your #6 finishes for September as soon as you have them. I'm writing the blog on a new computer and it takes me a long time to figure out how to add photos, so the more time I have to work on them, the better!

It's been a busy summer. I'll be back to my normal blog publishing schedule this week -- I hope you all enjoy starting (and finishing!) your UFOs for September!

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

August UFO Parade

What, August already?

 My summer has been dedicated to preparing for my "deployment" to Texas. I'm serving as "Deployment Mom" to my niece while her mother is on a long deployment with the USAF. So quilting (and blogging!) have taken a back seat.

But not for our intrepid UFO Finishers!

First, the number for August is:

My favorite number!

I did manage to piece one quilt this summer. Elder Son is moving to Tacoma to complete his business degree at Pacific Lutheran University, my own alma mater. He hasn't lived in a dorm before, so he needed an extra-long twin quilt for his bunk.

Of course, I decided he should have a new quilt three days before I left for Texas! Bonnie Hunter, and Sticks & Stones to the rescue!

It's almost too big for the design wall, so one corner is folded back in the photo. Cornelia is going to quilt it for me using rainbow variegated thread and a block meandering pattern. She'll mail it to me to bind, and I'll send it on to Tacoma before it gets cold there!

The first finish to come in this month is by Gloriajean. Isn't the quilting amazing? This block would make a terrific "A Quilt  Block a Day," don't you think?

Irene really has been productive this summer. Three finishes! First, This adorable placemat (I want the pattern!). 

Then a lovely watercolor study:

Irene writes:
I had the placemats on my to do list for years and managed to get two cardinals done this month.  The watercolors quilt was something I practiced on about ten years ago. In order to get it done I practiced my machine quilting - not so good. However, this is one for me to keep, and I know if I had hand quilted, it would be in my stack for 2016!
Details on Irene's blog, A Serendipitous Retirement.  

At the last minute, Irene also sent this finish:

This would make a great baby or Quilts of Valor quilt, Irene!

Sandi named her two July finishes for US Navy ships homeported near her home in San Diego.

The main project was Koronado, but Kidd was the bonus project that my interests were fixed on when I saw this QOV Kit.  You recognize the two names being US Naval Ships home port San Diego?  Of course I did take some liberty with Coronado :)! 
Here is the link to my blog where I tell all...
Coronado is dear to my heart, because:
On 28 February 1994, the USS Coronado became the first combatant ship in the history of the United States Navy to embark women as part of its regular, full-time crew.[1]
Kerry is another three-finisher this month. First, cute Valentine squares:

Next, two more months of calendar quilts, May:

And June:

Kerry writes:
The first one is called Valentine Squares. This was super easy and went together quickly. The second two are from Karen Schaefer’s Calendar Quilts. They are May and June. I am slowly  working on all of them and have 4 completed.
 I am with you on the Calendar Quilts, Kerry! I keep buying the kits, but never seem to get beyond February in completing them!

Donna made this clever satchel for her grandson, and agreed I could share the photo of the model.

Her second finish this month looks so real, I thought it was a photograph! Donna explains:
 ... the small wall hanging was a class I took at the Vermont Quilt Festival. Completed during the 6 hour class. Yay! But will need to be quilted and probably a little embellishment as well. But I like it!

I like it, too, Donna!

Heather G. finished this gorgeous Bonnie Hunter/Mickey Dupre quilt, "Ring Around the Hexies." 

I love the colors you chose, Heather! Read more about Heather's Hexies at PeachyPages.

Mary finished a sample quilt for a future tutorial, using shirts and pants. Look closely at the photo and you can see the sleeve plackets on some of the blocks!

Mary promises a tutorial on her blog soon! Follow Zippy Quilts to get the instructions.

Wow, thirteen finishes! And in the middle of Summer! The UFO Parade prize for this month goes to Gloriajean. I'll shop for a prize in Texas, Gloriajean, so send me your postal address and I'll mail you something fun.

In the meanwhile, keep on quilting!

From the desk of your auntmartisignature

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July UFO Parade

What, July already? 2015 is half over?

Are you ready to "start" the next "finish?" It's:

I've been busily sewing summer tops to wear during the hot Texas summer, so no quilt finishes for me this month. But some of you sent some great finish photos in!

The first finish is actually two finishes from Debra.

Aren't these colors pretty? Here's what Debra says about this quilt:

Missouri Quilt Co. offers "Daily Deals" of fabrics they are showcasing and with that they offer tutorials of quilts to make with the deals. I saw this quilt and just had to make one. It is called Phoebe's Flower Box Quilt on Youtube, but mine is called My Mosaic Quilt. The colors are so similar I needed to have something that would highlight each block via a sashing. To obtain the pattern for this quilt go yo Youtube.com and query Phoebe's Flower Box Quilt.  If you keep searching you will find a lot of different quilts offered by Missouri Quilt Co.
You're right, Deb -- I love the Daily Deals from Missouri Star Quilt Co. And if you ever get a chance to visit their shop(s) in Hamilton, MO, jump at it! They are so nice and ooooh! the fabric!

Debra's second finish is called "Fourth of July," a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. Click on the "Free Patterns" tab and you'll find lots of great, free patterns!

I always get a kick out of Sandi's "Kwilts."

Here is the story behind "Krossways"
Krossways (thanks to Janet O. for the name) was finished this past Saturday.  I knew when I pulled fabrics from my stash that my Pinwheel Pizzazz project would not be as large.  This was okay with me...nice to try a new design.  I have quite a few large quilts so Krossways finishing smaller was great.  What I hadn't planned on was the light purple fabric running out before the cream.  My project finished 36" x 48".  I really like how the medium purple and dark blue appear to "squiggle".  Very clever square on a rectangle process that Lenna Spanner designed.  

Here is a link to my blog to learn more kwiltnkats: Sunday Stash Report, June 28, 2015
It's gorgeous, Sandi -- I'll have to try this clever technique!

Nancy had quite the "sewing adventure" this month. Here is a mini she finished for her granddaughter:

And she comments:
It is called Cat Weave and it was from The Sewing Chick website.
I had bought a fat quarter bundle off Massdrop of the cat fabric and it was perfect for this project.
Nancy's story of her #10 finish made me laugh:
After we got the UFO number for the month I went looking for the project, which I finally found then I looked for the instructions which I did find a week later.   That project did not get finished this month.  I got so close.  I will get it finished, just not this month.
When I was not searching for items I did work on my flannel quilt and did get it sewn together.
So I did get something done.  Just not what I had planned on doing.

That's one of my favorite fabric collections, Nancy. And thanks for the giggle!

Mary J also has two finishes this month:
Here is my June donation quilt, which should have been an easy finish but was totally redesigned.  I'll publish about the re-design on Sunday (July 5), but for now here's the finished top.
Second, the UFO with the actual number for this month is an improvised fish quilt I started 2 years ago.  The goal for the month was just to do SOMETHING about it.  I blogged about that here:
Luckily I got several good suggestions from readers of my blog, so I'll be finishing it completely soon. (Maybe in time to send next month?) Meanwhile, I HAVE done something to get going on it, so that is my "finish"!  Sometimes you've just got to celebrate the small gains 

You're so right, Mary! And these are both worth celebrating!

Gill has also had a busy summer, remodeling and adding on to their home. Can you believe she found time to finish this bed-sized quilt?

It's 2.6 meters square -- that's 102" to Americans! King size! Lovely, Gill, and congrats on the new space!

Last Minute Additions

I am so sorry, I missed these two last-minute adds to the parade! They are worth waiting for, I promise you!

First, Martha made this memory quilt of kimonos made as a memory quilt for a friend. The kimonos were purchased at the Freer Museum in Washington, DC by the friend's husband.

Here is a closeup of the fabrics, isn't it lovely?

What a kind gesture, Martha! I'm sure your friend will treasure this quilt.

And Glorijean is getting ready for Christmas with this cutie:

Eight -- no, ten! finishes is pretty good for the first month of summer! Mr. Random Number Generator chose Debra as the winner of this month's parade -- so, Debra, send me your mailing address, I have some goodies for you!

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian followers, and Happy Independence Day to my American followers. Blog posts may be thin on the ground this month, but I'll be looking forward to seeing what you all finish during July!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Get Ready for July

Looks like I'm not the only quilter who is busy doing other things this summer -- not many UFO finishes have come in for the July 1 UFO Parade.

But just in case you have some free time indoors on this gorgeous Sunday, here is the number for next month's UFO:

Enjoy your summer (or autumn!) and come back on Wednesday to see the June finishes!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursdays (and Summers) Are For Knitting

A month or so ago, I cast on a pile of Hats for Sailors to knit during summer travels. They're not all finished, but a few are!

Here are some photos of the finished hats. You can read the details on my Ravelry project page, username AuntMarti. And if you're a knitter or crocheter, we'd love to have you join us to knit a hat for a sailor!

First is "Barley," knit with Ewe Ewe worsted. This yarn just did NOT want to be knitted -- I unsuccessfully started three projects before finally finishing a hat!

This yummy orange marmalade colored yarn is from Inskein Yarn in San Antonio, hand dyed by Jennifer Caswell (the Discriminatin Knittah). I hope Jennifer dyes some more superwash merino, because I loved knitting "Willow Hat" with this yarn.

My best field trip while in Texas was to Comfort, and The Tinsmith's Wife. The June Hats for Sailors KAL is "Rib-a-Roni," and I used Black Trillium Fibres Pebble Worsted. Even the DH commented how pretty is this yarn!

Ten or so years ago, the boys and I took a "college visit" trip to the Pacific Northwest. One of the best places we visited was the Hudson's Bay Co. store in Victoria. I made up this pattern to celebrate the colors of the iconic HBC blanket.

Holiday Yarns is one of those yarns I couldn't find anywhere in Colorado. So I ordered this Wooly Ewe Worsted to knit "Rhubarb Helix" from Wisconsin -- then I found the yarn nearby at Colorful Yarns!

Thus far, I've knit 30 of 52 Hats for Sailors that is my goal for this year. As much as I love making quilts, knitting hats is a lot more portable for travel!

Not much quilting going on this summer -- I'm mostly sewing sleeveless tops to wear when I return to Texas next month. 

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