I feel a bit embarrassed, trying to revitalize this blog. I’ve attempted resuscitation previously and failed. But one last attempt, then I will hang the DNR tag on its dead toe.
What inspired me to try again was coming across my New Years Eve entry from two years ago, in which I said I was going to try and finish off the UFOs (UnFinished Objects) hanging around in my sewing room. A lot has changed in my sewing room since that entry. For one thing, it entirely changed locations, migrating from the unfinished (and frankly depressing, no matter how hard I tried to spruce it up) laundry room to the downstairs family room, a much brighter and more pleasant–and larger, since I get three walls–space.
I am much more inspired to work in this space than I was in the other.
The second big change is my lovely new sewing machine, which is like working on a dream.
This lovely creature makes everything about my life easier. Seriously. I sometimes just go downstairs and pet it.
Anyway, New Years Eve of 2015, I made a resolution to finish off my UFOs. In 2015, I only managed to finish one: this quilt that went to my dear friends Kat and Eric.
It was one of four Lone Star samples that I’d made back when I was teaching a class on it in Fairbanks. In fact, all of my UFOs were the result of samples for classes. I have been known to toss out unsuccessful projects in the past, but these weren’t unsuccessful; just orphaned after I stopped teaching. Like this one, the four Lone Star were nothing but the pieced center, needing a lot of borders to make them work.
The second one just went to my mother-in-law for Christmas.
It’s not in the color palette I usually use, so it was especially challenging. I am really happy with the way it came out.
Number 3, I am finishing as a wall piece, partly because it’s got so much white that I can’t imagine anyone I know every wanting it for their bed, partly because I am now learning to do real surface quilting and want to use it for practice. And I have a perfect wall waiting for it when I finish.
The final one is still just a partial top. It, like the others above, was made with fabric that is LONG out of print, and a color scheme that’s going to be a bit of a challenge. I will have to take it to the quilt shop and work with the lovely ladies there to choose colors and figure out a way to deal with it.
I’m hoping that this year will see it, the last of my very old UFOs finished.
The other UFO was a compilation of the many steps it took to make another kind of block–strips, then squares, then triangles, then actual blocks–for a quick piecing class. These were a scrambled mess and could easily have been tossed, but I decided to lay them out and see if they could become a top. They could. Then it sat around, unfinished, for the better part of a decade. Now, it’s done.
It’s the purple quilt on the left. The one on the right consists of blocks for an idea that I decided was far too white and abandoned. But I’d made this many blocks, and we really needed another quilt. So rather than letting it languish as a UFO, I whipped it together and made a quilt that Amy and Ferrett both LOVE. It only has the barest minimum of in-the-seam stitching to hold it together right now; it’s going to be another practice project before I get to the real project for this year.
I also dyed a lot of fabric and experimented with some of my results. This wall piece went together over a weekend, the first quilt to be completed pieced and quilted on my new machine. It now lives with our friends Laura and Jeremiah.
And I’m practicing making free-motion feathers on a very old and decrepit quilt. After I finish with it, I will move through all the quilts in the house, adding interest and beauty on them while I practice in anticipation of undertaking Erin’s wedding quilt. This is the first picture of the blocks, laid out but not sewn together yet.
It’s called “Let it Snow,” because the swirling reminds me of snow, and snowboarding is deepest passion that Erin and Matty share.
So, this coming year I will concentrate on improving my free motion quilting skills and on paper piecing. And most evenings you will find me at my lovely machine, stitching together tiny pieces of fabric that I made from large pieces of fabric, so that they can be large pieces of fabric once again.