Good bye 2017, welcome 2018!

I don't do New Years resolutions anymore, I dont allocate a word for the year coming and I don't pick a colour.  But I do make lists.  
Lists of quilts I would love to make and lists of what I have completed.  Then more lists, of projects half done and what I have to do to finish them.  I love lists so much, a friend gifted me a beautiful weekly organiser and to do list in matching stationary!

So here we go, the wish list for 2018; 
  • A Plus quilt - I took a photo of at our quilt show last May.  As much as I would like to make it in scrappy backgrounds, I am lacking modern neutrals so I was going to make it in three colours, using the flannel I have in my stash. BUT I am hoping to get a roadtrip in to some patchwork shops soon, so I might come home with some modern prints that would suit this pattern.  We will see what takes my fancy!
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  • I have oodles of novelty fabric which I would like to use up.  I would like to buy a gender neutral bright print to use as the corners, like this photo I pinched off the web.
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  • I recently downloaded this pattern Moda Love LayerCake quilt.  A friend gave me a layer cake (partially used) which would make a nice bright quilt for a child/teenager and I like this easy but interesting pattern. 
  • Tic Tac Toe quilt was on the list to make for 2017 and never got a look in.  Be nice to start it this year...finishing is another thing! 

  • Sew Kind of Wonderful's pattern Urban Abacus was also on last years list to make, because I want to use my curved ruler again.  But again I would like to make this in modern prints, not my beloved reproductions.  So that shopping trip list is getting longer and longer!  

  • Simply Friendships quilt book by Jo Morton and Kim Diehl was one of my birthday gifts and I have already started this quilt!  So it needs to go on the wish list - because I wanted to make it as soon as I saw it....and the starting happened before this post, so it still deserves to be on the list!
So that is plenty of dreaming about NEW projects I would like to start making, if I get just one started in 2018 I will be really happy! I know that I am setting the bar very low, but I do have two exciting holidays coming up this year, and it will impact my time for sewing.  So going to keep the list long, to give myself interesting options to choose from, but being realistic at the same time!
Happy quilting Sue. 

UFO list

I have Un Finshed Objects that were only started last year and others that are more than ten years old!
1. Jungle quilt top (9 patch) made in 2017 -  needs a backing, pinning and quilting.
2. Churn Dash novelty quilt made in 2017- needs a backing, pinning and quilting.
3. Cot quilt panel - also made in 2017, think this has a back but needs pinning and quilting!
4. Jo Morton Beths baskets (mini) - needs a final border, cannot make up my mind!
5. Autumn log cabin blocks started 2017.  Not in a hurry, just using up scraps as I go. 
6. Rainbow Scrap challenge 9 patch quilt - pinned, ready for quilting.
7. String pieced Lone star - waiting on a border.
8. Churn dash and flying geese - stuck, not sure if to finish it as is, or attempt another border?  It is an odd size currently (big wall hanging/too small to be a lap quilt), but I love this top, so would like to  finish it this year.
9. Temecula Circa 2016 - really need to work on this, as it is close to being a finished flimsy, but I cannot get it to sit flat and have unpicked several times.  Staying in the naughty corner for now!
10. Seven Sisters.  All the sisters are made in their colour ways, but I need to make an executive decision about how to join them together in the final layout.  The sad reality is that this is a very small quilt, but my enthusiasm for EPP is lacking, so could stay unfinished for another year.
11. Eastwood challenge.  This is my oldest UFO.  I think I started this the year we got married, so 12 years old?  I don't do quilt math, which is the stumbling block for this quilt.  However it would be nice to finish it, we will see.
12. Sugar Bag Blocks.  I dug these Sugar Bag blocks out last year (all different) and from memory I think I only need to make one more block.  The fabrics are lovely and would be nice to get it to flimsy stage.  There is sufficient interest for me to tackle this project!
So there we go.  I am tempted to follow along with the once a month UFO tackle idea, based on a allocated number, but in reality I know that I only work on things that I can find inspiration for.  And with several new quilts already planned for this year, my spare time will be limited.  I have a quilt camp coming up in March and that is my best bet for progressing along one of the projects I am stuck on, fingers crossed!
Happy quilting Sue.

Round up of my finishes for 2017

Finishes for 2017 = 10 quilts, 1 wall hanging, 9 mini quilts, 2 table runners and 2 bags!
 Red and white pieced Dresden (double bed)
Midwinter churn dash (double bed)
 Meet me in Barcelona (single bed)
 Scrappy red/green Log Cabin (single bed)
  Vivid Grid (single bed)
Snowball quilt
Photo quilt (commission)
I Spy kids quilt
 Cot quilt
Log cabin neonatal quilt

Wool wall hanging (Linen Closet design)
Star mini quilt (x 3)
Mini churn dash by Red Button Quilt Co.
Jo Morton mini (nine patch)
Jo Morton mini (framed toile)
Jo Morton mini (cabin corners)
Spools mini (Thimble Blossom pattern)
Mini rainbow repro Dresden
Spring table runner (Jacquelynne Steves pattern)
Applique table runner (Norma Whaley pattern)

Green sheep cot quilt

Makers tote bag
Sew Together bag

What a lovely Christmas...opps I started a new project...again!

I have a birthday close to Christmas, so most of these pressies are birthday, but a few Christmas ones from my quilty friends, when we had dinner together before Christmas.
Vicki made me this lovely table runner using the modern curved ruler.  Lisa gave me this cute seam roller for those pesky seams that don't want to sit flat!
Hubby brought me a book full of fun projects and Lisa brought me one by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton - Simple Friendships, which prompted us to make a quilt out of it, and we choose Warm Regards, a mix of piecing and applique.  Well the way the book works is that Jo and Kim both make a version of the same quilt.  Warm Regards is Kim's version, which I am making.  
We had a sewing day together to get things started.  I continued to work on it the next day, prepping applique pieces and couldn't resist making a few of the pieced blocks.
 I have decided to not make the berries as yo yo's mainly because I don't have the Clover yo yo maker in the small size, but I do have Perfect Circles.  Lisa is making the Jo Morton version of this quilt (all pieced) but in the Kim layout, so she can include yo yo's...they are her favorite quilty thing!
Vicki's day job is long arm quilting and she brought me back my second Vivid Grid quilt, after working her magic on it.  I love this quilting panto!  I machine stitched the binding yesterday.
But alas I haven't hand stitched any down yet.  It would be nice to squeeze in one last finish for 2017, so I will see if I can wrangle some today.   I love this pattern and there are lots more 2.5" strips in my cupboard, so I think 2018 might find me making a third version of Vivid Grid!
Hubby and the kids had an extended break with his family (I came home early for work) and got home last night. So today is full of fun things, like washing and cooking food to take for a NYE party tonight.  Still some hand stitching with a cuppa is a possibility. 
Happy quilting, hope you have a safe and fun New Years Eve, Sue.

Christmas finishes

The joys of the Christmas season have been keeping me from sewing, it started with card writing, end of year celebrations to attend and gift shopping, but luckily the baking was the last distraction.
There was about 20 minutes of help from the kids to cut out the gingerbread men, but after that I was back to baking solo!  The icing looks like the kids did it!
Spotlight had Decor containers on sale, so I brought some to hold this years teachers gifts.  Other years they have had lovely bright coloured containers for sale, which were much more festive.
 With the baking done, I figured I had a bit of time to play.  My friend Lisa recently won some Go Cutter dies. She very kindly choose dies that I did not own, but we both liked, so she could use them on my machine and I could keep them!  When we were looking at my collection, it became apparently that I have predominately used the strip cutters and the 2.5 " half square triangle the most.
For the life of me I could not think why I brought this shape.  So I grabbed some fabric, did some cutting and slowly it all came back to me - this shape, makes wonderful stars!

And I had the right sized square and triangle to cut out the background fabric, yipee!
This was my first attempt, because I forgot to cut some of the diamonds upside down! I deemed it the prototype and it is staying at my place.  My insert piecing wasn't so good on this one, but I quickly mastered it.  Mainly thanks to the accurate cutting of the Go dies.  
End result, two star mini quilts and some lovely wire hangers I brought earlier, which were the intended present, for two special quilty friends.  Now they have something to hang in them ;)
Happy quilting, 

Good bye 2017, welcome 2018!

I don't do New Years resolutions anymore, I dont allocate a word for the year coming and I don't pick a colour.  But I do make lis...