Showing posts from January, 2018

Vintage Sparkle almost off the UFO list

June 2013. That's the first time I mentioned any part of Vintage Sparkle and it was just a single block then, with thoughts of maybe making more for a throw.

By February 2014 I had a queen size top and I was dithering about border options.  Borders didn't actually get sewn on until December 2014.  I made these too:

I forget how many prairie points there are in those rows, but I know they never made it onto the quilt. The quilt top and the prairie points have both been in a bin as a UFO for over three years.

This month I finally faced facts.  This quilt is not getting hand quilted anytime soon as I am much too slow and not even halfway through my current hand quilting project..  This quilt is too large for me to quilt on my home machine with the setup I have.  This quilt is making me feel bad every time I see it unfinished.  When I took it out of its bin to look at it again I didn't think I even liked it anymore.

My husband assured me it still deserved to be quilted so I sen…

Butterflies at a standstill

Borders are on the butterfly quilt!

I hadn't planned on that little skinny yellow border, but the two greens side by side were very bland, probably because though they are different greens they are the same print. Splitting them up with that little sliver seemed to do the trick.  The yellow also pulls out the yellow cornerstones from the center, so that's another win for the yellow.

Once this is quilted I plan to scallop the borders as you see in the EQ picture below.

It may be a while though.  I'm running up against my FMQ limitations.  I have an idea of what I want but I currently don't have the skill to execute it.  I want to do custom quilting on the butterflies and borders rather than quilt an all-over design.  I think I can manage that part.  Quilting the background is the sticky bit.  I think this quilt has a very traditional feel and I want to carry that to the quilting as well.  A lot of my "go to" walking foot designs seem better suited to more mode…

Thanks for sharing!

Every now and then I wonder why I keep writing patterns.  I'm sure my very supportive husband has also wondered when I treat him to rants about a design I really like not finding traction out in the wide world, or about being so tired of that pattern I've been working on forever (love the quilt, but the pattern isn't flowing as it should yet) or about that last magazine rejection.

Then, to balance things out, every now and then I also get lovely messages from quilters who have made quilts with my patterns and kindly share pictures of their creations.  They truly lift my spirits and encourage me to keep working.

Anita in Ottawa shared her beautiful version of my Spring Blooms quilt (I shared the block tutorial here).  I love seeing alternate versions of my designs.  Anita chose very different fabrics and chose a straight setting instead of an on-point setting. Same blocks, very different quilt! I'm very late sharing this picture.  Anita sent me this last spring and I sa…

Hand quiting progress

I'm doing well so far with my goal to make time for what I love this year.  I enjoy the quiet rhythm of hand quilting in the evenings, but in the last year I have let that pleasure slide to the bottom of my "to do" list.  Not anymore!  I am making a conscious effort to stop whatever I'm doing about an hour before bedtime and sit with my quilting.

This quilt top was finished last February. I finally decided how to quilt it in early spring, discovered my arms were not long enough to quilt with at the distance my eyes could focus,  finally gave in and got progressive lenses for my glasses and promptly decided it was too hot to sit with a quilt in my lap during the summer.  I don't know what my excuse was for neglecting this quilt in the fall, but I finally started working on it again and I can finally see the larger design starting to emerge.

I really am enjoying my evening quilting sessions.  It surprises me (though perhaps it shouldn't) how tuning out everythi…

Priorities in 2018

Here we are almost halfway through January already.  I have been seeing blogs and instagram posts filled with quilting goals and resolutions for the new year.  Lists and lists of wonderful quilty goals.  I have been struggling with my own plans.  I have lists.  Oh my!  Do I have lists!  I ended up feeling rather overwhelmed.

There's the problem.  Quilting was my sanity saver when the kids drove me nuts when they were younger.  It was my happy place where I wasn't overwhelmed, where I could recharge my batteries.  In my world, quilting is not supposed to be overwhelming!

I pulled out my winter quilts this week.  Look at Hoarfrost with the pretty snowflakes.  The pretty snowflakes reminded me of the movie Frozen, whose soundtrack played pretty much constantly in the background while I stitched this.  Thinking of that of course led to that ear worm replaying through my head.  That's it! My direction for 2018...

Let It Go!
I'm letting go of the stress.  I still have lists: …

2017 in my sewing room

It's that time again when I look back at the previous year's quilting to see what I finished and what I didn't, and decide where to focus my attention in the new year. This year I decided to do a review in pictures. 

There were assorted small projects too, most of which I didn't photograph: a Runaround Bag, a Zippy Strippy bag, two Christmas stockings, three Circle Zip earbud pouches, a knit scarf and a pair of knit socks (both about 2 years in the making - I'm a slow knitter with too much quilting to do!) and a few other little things.

I hope you enjoyed the review.  Now let's see if it helps me figure out what to work on next.

I wish all of you a peaceful, joyful 2018 with lots of quilty inspiration and no seam ripping!