Scrap Attack January Finish

Talk about a project that did not go as expected.
My January goal was to make a woven project using the technique in this book.
fabric leftoversThe first challenge was finding rug canvas as Joann’s no longer carries it. A friend brought me some scraps and saved the day.
Once I started the piece I realized it took a lot longer to weave the strips through the canvas than I thought. Once I finished that I did the first round of stitching. My sewing machine was none too happy.
I started the second round of stitching and my machine was even less happy. I found it flattened out the texture too much for my taste and I ripped out about half of what I’d done. Good thing I figured it out before I stitched the whole thing.
Then I decided to finish off the edges. The plan after that was to add paint. The author suggested four rounds of stitching to finish the edge. I made it through one.
wven scrapsThe second round was more than my machine could take. The needle was trashed, the thread was shredding and the machine was complaining loudly.
At that point I was done. I ripped out what little round two stitching survived, abandoned the idea of adding paint, and took the book back to the library. I’m glad I tried the technique but won’t do it again.
I used the random number generator to pick my February project, make a collage from scraps. That project should be a lot more fun.
Check out all the other goals at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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January OMG Finish

This month’s goal was to finish the applique on Bouquet Applique, start piecing the borders and attempt to get the stain out. I finished the applique and the borders and started quilting.
bouquet with quiltingThe stain was another matter. Everything I did to get the stain out made various fabrics in the applique bleed. So then I spent a lot of time trying to get the bleeding out, which only resulted in more fabrics bleeding. I hit the point where I decided to leave it as is because I just kept making it worse.
I consider the goal met in spite of the stain.
You can check out all the other links at Elm Street Quilts.

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Sunday Stash January 28, 2018

No fabric in or out this week. I’m determined to have some usage next report.
I started the scrap project so I could finish it by the end of the month. I got to the second round of stitching and decided it flattened the fabric out too much. Thank goodness I realized that before stitching the whole thing. I ended up removing some of the stitching to get the texture back.
woven scraps in processI understand that the pieces in the book were meant for decorative stitching, but I want to paint on mine and thought the texture added more interest. We’ll see how that works out for me. My goal is to finish it in the next few days.
Net fabric change 2018: 0
How did you do this week?

1. Kate
2. Melissa G.
3. Julie in GA
4. Chrisknits
5. maggie f
6. Meloney
7. Quilting Gail
8. Melanie
9. MartiDIY
10. Even less destashing
11. Patricia

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The Not UFOs

A couple weeks ago I went to a meeting of the Toledo Needle Arts Guild. That group is a keeper. The members are interesting and entertaining, and everyone has different skills. Because the group covers anything done with a needle and thread I believe I can learn a lot and be inspired by the different techniques.

For the program, members brought in a UFO they wanted to finish and told the story behind it. Members were photographed with their UFOs and the “after” pictures will be taken at the end of the year.

I don’t have needlework UFOs. I thought about it for a week and determined I had the last counted cross stitch project I started before I stopped doing counted cross stitch and one class sample. The class sample was not meant to be a project, just a small piece to practice the technique learned in class.

I have plenty of quilting UFOs. Why don’t I have needlework UFOs?

I learned to do needlework when I was a little girl. We didn’t have a shop in our small town that sold craft supplies. My sister hooked me up with a Leewards catalog somewhere along the way. I would look through the catalog and pick something I liked and my parents would order it for me. I finished those kits at a rather relaxed pace. Once it was done I could pick something else and they would order it for me.

It never occurred to me to ask for another kit before I finished the one I had.

Fast forward to my twenties. Once I was married I started picking up crafts again, but not often. It wasn’t until we moved to Toledo that I started doing counted cross stitch. Didn’t we all do that in the 1990s?

Even then I would start a project and finish it before I started another. I guess old habits die hard. To this day I still finish a project before I start another.

I wish I had done that with quilting. I learned the concepts of UFOs and stash as I learned to quilt. I’m sure the internet played a big part in that, along with guilds. Other quilters are expert enablers.

I don’t plan to join the challenge at the Needle Arts Guild because I’m not drawn to finish either project. I could pick one of my quilts, but I feel like I have enough goals and challenges going this year.

I’ll just enjoy watching everyone else chip away at their projects and be grateful I don’t have that second UFO list.

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Surface Design Round Robin #4

I had Art Quilt Group last night and we swapped out round robins. My project for the next month is this.
surface design round robin 4I know where I want to add on, but not what techniques I want to use. I like to look at the fabric a while and listen to what it has to say.
Fabric, like my cat, always has something to say.
There may be crayons involved in this round.

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Sunday Stash January 21, 2018

No fabric in or out this week. It feels like a long time since I finished anything. That time will come again, hopefully before I add anything.
I spent a lot of time sewing last week with not much to show for it. The Bouquet quilt is bordered and basted now.
leader and ender squaresI also finished cutting up all my old calico scraps for my leader and ender project.
bouquet bastedYesterday I had Guild and instead of shopping for things I didn’t need I sewed at the Safehouse event. Safehouse is the battered women’s shelter designated as the Guild’s charity. We provide bed quilts for every woman and child that stays at the shelter. I worked with another Guild member to finish a partial top. We considered it a save since the borders in the box with the top did nothing for it and we had to scour the available fabrics to find something that would work better.
safehouse event 01202018rThe Guild member that manages the Safehouse events and quilt storage is a saint. The amount of fabric and partial projects she stores at her house is overwhelming. I hadn’t realized how much time she commits to the project. It’s a selfless labor of love.
It has me rethinking things in my own life.
Net fabric change 2018: 0
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. Meloney
3. Kate
4. Julie in GA
5. Chrisknits
6. Mary-Kay
7. MartyDIY
8. Dar’s Patchwork Garden
9. Small bit of destashing
10. Quilting Gail
11. Susan T
12. Patricia Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer
13. michele

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Word Of The Year 2018

This year’s word rose out of things that happened last year.
My word in 2017 was open. The beginnings of change started in late 2016 and I thought that open meant I needed to keep an open mind. Life doesn’t always change in ways that we would choose for ourselves. Sometimes we just have to do the best we can.
Although the first major change was expected, late last year there was a major shift at work that I had not expected. My stress level went way down and the time I spent at work drastically decreased. Once the dust settled, I realized that open had more to do with my life as a whole and not just my attitude.
So that brings me to my word for 2018, discover. This year I will try new things and do things I have wanted to do for a long time. I have a chance to reinvent parts of my life and I’m going to take it.
I’m already sewing and cooking more. I’m also trying different social activities. It’s quite a novelty to have the time and energy to have a social life, and I feel like this is just the beginning.
I have no idea where discover will take me, but I plan to enjoy the journey.

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