Monday, May 26, 2014

Barn Raising

Completing an unfinished object (UFO) is one of my themes this year. When I started making monthly goals to finish UFOs 18 months ago, I had no idea just how many UFOs I actually had stashed away. It might be a black hole in my sewing loft. Picture an eternal vacuum pulling my partially finished projects into hiding, and my efforts to retrieve them prompt a Star Trek quote, "I..just...can' it, captain....I don't...have..the ...strength..."  HOWEVER, I did manage to pull a project out of the depths, a charming set of blocks including 3 barns. I started the block of the month project in 2010 at Cindys Quilt Shop. After scoffing at Eleanor Burns' techniques, I decided to quit the contempt prior to investigation, and make one of her quilts. Cindy's Shop led the month by month techniques, with fabric incentives for finishing each block in a timely manner. I made 8 of the blocks. Two have been rejected for not playing well with their friends. After pulling out the blocks and putting them up on the design wall, I added a new barn block, two embroidered panels from old dishtowels, and a dresden plate. The lattices will be brown chicken tracks.

Needs more brown lattices.

My mom got a set of 7 dish towels as a wedding gift in 1955, with these busy farm girls. 

Each towel had different colored gingham dresses and different chores for the 3 girls. Above them, chickens perch on a windmill.

The cow on the roof  is from 'O Brother Where Art Thou.'
As for my list from earlier this month, I did finish the OKC quilts. One was pictured in the last blog, here is the other:
A darling little girl and her daddy.
I completed 6 of the list items, and definitely met my goal for ALYOF.

CARS quilt for 4 yr old John Wayne
Oh! One more story. I purchased a yard of Disney CARS fabric two months ago to make this commissioned quilt. I bought orange flannel for the back and went to town to pre shrink it in the dryer at the laundromat (since we don't have an electric dryer.) After procrastinating for nearly two months, I searched for the CARS fabric last week, and literally turned my sewing loft inside out. It was no where to be found. Fortunately, I had been given a small piece of CARS fabric at the last quilt retreat I attended. It was less than ¼ yard. I was able to make it work in this scrappy trip around the world, with corner stones in the upper corners. There is lots of nice quilting on it, and even little pickup trucks with tiny black labs in the bed of the trucks. End result of my misadventure? I made a great quilt with scraps! Now, back to barn raising.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May is bursting out all over

When I got home from the Quilt Retreat Ultra Marathon of April, my garden was singing its siren song of spring. Time to pick weeds, till the soil, and plant seeds. My favorite and truest act of faith. The garden is 2500 sq ft, and deer fenced. Happiest news was greeting Mr. Toad, who is residing for his third year in the raspberry patch. This time of year, worms are on his menu.

I like to spend a few hours tending the garden each day, and then escape to my sewing loft to write, play, and create epic stuff. I have a big list of projects, and many more that are still twinkles in my eye.

  1. Caroline's red, white and gold quilt.
  2. Amish trip around the world wall hanging.
  3. Horny toad pickle dish quilt. 
  4. Two Operation Kid Comfort quilts.
  5. American girl doll dress, either for Addy or to sell on etsy.
  6. Kimono silk lining, mordanted and ready to dye.
  7. Silk log cabin quilt top to border and hand quilt.
  8. Anita's batik quilt to amend for the quilt group.
  9. Mother's day gifts.
  10. Thank you gifts for officers of the quilt group. 
  11. CARS quilt for John Wayne, a commission.
  12. Tincture bags to sell at the Trading Post.
  13. Aprons to sell at TP. 

Kitty treasure case with 3"zipper mouth, and tiny friend. Made from a panel for Addy at retreat.

Amish Trip Around the World, shot cottons. 36" x 36".

Caroline's skirt, Vogue pattern and Martha Negley fabric.

OKC quilt for a little dude.  38" x 40".
So, despite some obvious priorities hollering at me, I am going to make my first May goal to quilt and bind the OKC quilt. Then to finish Caroline's skirt and send off a care package to her. I love making lists and then, in my usual fashion, ignoring the rules and juggling all of the items. Happy May and happy sewing.