UFO Parade: Small Dresden Plates

I had another sewless week here. We had multiple vehicle breakdowns that took up a good four days. I also learned Monday that mom would have to stay in the nursing home and I had to clean out her other room. That turned into another four-day adventure. Now all that is behind us and we can get on with the rest of life.

Aside from quilt group meetings, I can’t remember the last time I was in a quilt shop. November?

Not to worry, I still have lots of UFOs I’ve never shown here.

I bought these Dresden plate blocks close to ten years ago at a museum gift shop. Someone basted the outside edges, but the blocks don’t lay flat. I need to take a spoke out of each of them to fix them.

small-dresden-plate-blocks 

Most of the unfinished vintage Dresden Plate blocks I see have the same problem.  There are 15 blocks.  I will end up with 16 using the extra spokes to create another block.

It’s one of my favorite blocks, and I have more than a few of these.

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Fabric in: 3 yards

Fabric out: 11 yards

Net Used: 8 yards

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Back To Squares #2

I finally made it into the sewing room, but not long enough to finish anything. I’m just grateful I got in there at all.

We had a school function last night that ate up hours of time. They are few and far between, but always too long. I’ll take the high school events over the grade school events any day though. The little ones are cute, but some of the performances were painful to watch.

The next time you see this quilt, it will be quilted.

 quilt-from-squares-2-top

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Fabric in: 3 yards

Fabric out: 11 yards

Net Used: 8 yards

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UFO Parade: Bouquet Applique

I still haven’t sewed anything. That’s fine because I have plenty more UFOs to show.

I call this quilt Bouquet Applique. The pattern name is Feedsack Fantasy by Kathy Munkelwitz from the October 2001 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine.

 bouquet-applique

I made the mistake of not lining the flower petals and the stems show through in a couple places. I put it away once I realized I needed to fix that. There will be a ribbon in the middle tying the flowers together.

This is the center panel of a pattern finishing at 90 x 110, although I never planned on making it that big. My sketches show a pieced border and nothing beyond that. It would take my whole life to hand appliqué a queen-size quilt.

I still love this quilt and will finish it….someday. Just not today.

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UFO Parade: Color Wheel Blocks

I’m still working way too much and not sewing. Anything. Ever. I have interviewed some candidates and have more resumes to choose from. If I look real hard, I may see my life way out on the horizon. Maybe.

Since I don’t have anything new to show I’m showing the old stuff. I plan to get back in the sewing room before I run out of UFOs. If I’ve shown a quilt recently I won’t bore you with it again.

I call these my Color Wheel blocks. I have no idea if that’s the name of the pattern or not. They’re old, they’re stained and I bought them on e-Bay. They’ve grown on me over the years.

color-wheel-blocks 

I bought these about 10 years ago during my fascinated with antique quilts phase. There are 30 blocks, all equally ugly, all with the same horrible muslin background. I mean that in the kindest way possible. The muslin may be feedsack as the weave is loose and the texture rough.

They look better when you lay them out as a quilt top. In this case it’s better to look at the forest than the trees.

I have no idea what I’ll ever do with them, if anything. I was proud of myself for finding them right away. I don’t always get that lucky.

These days I stay away from e-Bay. The last thing I need is more stuff.

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Progress, But No Finishes

No change in the stash numbers this week. I worked on a lot of different things though. I sketched out the quilting design for the squares quilt. I did a paper mock-up of how I want to finish Confetti Breeze. I altered the shirt I bought at the thrift shop.

thrift-store-shirt

I even went to the library and checked out a book on CD to encourage me to get in the sewing room. I listened to the first disc last night while I finished the shirt.
It’s all movement in the right direction.
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Fabric in: 3 yards
Fabric out: 11 yards
Net Used: 8 yards

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April A Lovely Year Of Finishes & Short List

This has been the toughest year in a long time. I fell off the sew every day wagon and really miss it. I’m working 11-hour days, plus the commute. Not much else fits in around that.

But I still press on with ALYOF and the Short List.

The April ALYOF project is Confetti Breeze. I entered it in a quilt show at the end of the month and I still haven’t embellished it.

 confetti-breeze-quilted

The rest of the Short List is:

  1. The squares quilt made in fall colors. It needs bound and quilted.

   quilt-from-squares-2-top                                                                                                       

 2.  Frosty #2. I haven’t touched that one in months.

frosty2-base

I finished last month’s project and the January project. It definitely helps to focus on one project each month.

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Sewing Room Clean Up and Stash Report

I cleaned up the debris from finding mold in my UFO bins. I lost the better part of one small quilt. I could only save her face. You can see the mildew spots and rust marks from straight pins.

 mildewed-quilt

 

I also have an antique quilt that will need TLC to get the mildew off it.   I’m worried that one will run since it has red, green and white fabric. I doubt anyone ever washed it.

I threw away a lot of scraps, paper and miscellaneous in the bins. I washed the bins out with bleach and repacked them with UFOs, but this time I left the lids off and put them on the bed instead of under it.

I feel crowded in there now. We looked at shelving at Home Depot yesterday, but didn’t buy anything. I’m not sure what I want to do in there. Sometimes I think the better solution is to have less stuff.

No fabric bought this week. I’m clearing off the two inch nonsense with this week’s fabric out. Now I have nice even numbers.

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Fabric in: 3 yards

Fabric out: 11 yards

Net Used: 8 yards

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