Tuesday, January 14, 2014

UFO Spotting

So, it seems to be that time of year again when we make those New Year's resolutions that we oh-so-want to keep. I don't really make resolutions, per se. More like intentions or directions. Such as,
  • I would like to start living a healthier lifestyle by doing a better job watching my portion sizes, going to bed when I'm tired (rather than eating more in an effort to stay awake longer), and getting some form of exercise (be it from vacuuming, riding the exercise bike, or even just doing yoga stretches) on a most-days basis.
  • I would like to procrastinate less. This will involve spending less time on Facebook and other social media. (Great time to have started a blog, huh? Then again, if I spend less time online, I'll have more time to spend on my projects, and so more to blog about. Win!)
  • I want to start fewer new projects, and finish more old projects. 
That last one seems to be very popular with many crafters that I know. I do have a few friends who are very good about only having 2-3 projects going on at one time, and getting one of them done before starting something new. Frankly, I don't know how they do it! I'm like one of those dogs in the Disney/Pixar film 'Up!':

I found that being part of a group on Facebook really helped to keep me focused and working on Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt (no, I'm not done yet, but a little more on that later...), and now I've found something for UFOs ─ that's UnFinished Objects ─ too.

Quilter/author Pat Sloan has started her own UFO Busting Challenge on her blog. Her first challenge: find one project that will be an easy, quick finish, and get it done by the end of January. I've got two projects that I'm looking at:

1) My daughter's whole cloth, flannel lap quilt. It's already all layered, although I'll probably have to lay it out for a few days to try to get the wrinkles out. I just need to finalize my quilting pattern ─ nothing too complicated! ─ and then free motion quilt it and bind it. I have a variegated, Sulky 12-wt that I'll used on the solid-color back, and then I'll use either the purple or the black Sulky 12-wt on the heart side.

 With only two weeks left to the month though, this might still be a bit much to cram into my schedule, so I have my back-up...

2) These cute snowman doorknob hangers! This was a free pattern from allpeoplequilt.com. I actually started five of these two years ago, and I still have these last two to finish. There's so little to do, I'm pretty embarrassed that they've ended up sitting for so long. And, if I get them done by the end of January, then I can still give them away as winter gifts!

I know that Pat will have more challenges for us as the year goes on, so I thought this would be a good time to get all of my projects organized. I'm going to list them all here in the hopes that making the skeletons in my quilting closet public will help keep me on track. Ready? Here we go...

Susanna's Friend-Strips
Tops waiting to be quilted (a.k.a.: flimsies in Australia and the U.K.):
─ The Wisconsin Sampler Quilt (my own design. I hope to turn it into a book or at least a pattern for sale, but I need to get it quilted first!)
─ Susanna's Friend-Strips (a pattern I designed for a strip exchange)
The Sulky Sampler Quilt (a.k.a.: Grandma's Quilt)
─ Gizmo's lap quilt (It's his, he sewed it himself!)
─ PikaGirl's whole cloth, flannel lap quilt (mentioned above)

Piecing with Crazy Chicken Pincushion Power!
WIPs (Works In Progress):
─ Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt (360/533 units done so far!)
─ Maple Leaf (Fons & Porter's Meadow Brook pattern)
─ Little Birches (adapted from Edyta Sitar's Shimmering Birches pattern)
─ PikaGirl's crocheted afghan (the 48th square was finished this week. Now to whipstitch them together and start on the border!)
─ Crocheted spool pin doilies
─ The secret, grey knit (Shhh! It's a surprise!)

The 10-Minute Table Runner. Another quick to finish project.

─ Koi fish fabric One-Block Wonder
─ A Walk Through the Mystery Maze With Mom (Jan Powell's Amazing Mystery Quilt)
─ Wisconsin Turtle Pond (My own design; an ongoing art quilt)
─ The Crazy King (yes, it's a king-size crazy quilt!)
─ Quilt guild crazy quilt blocks for a charity project
─ Bahama Mama hand-pieced quilt (Fons & Porter Half-Yard Challenge)
─ Cross-stitch quilt
─ Strippy placemats
─ 10-Minute table runner/placemats (Watch the YouTube video demo)
─ Snowman door hangers (See the UFO Busting Challenge above)
─ Knit felting experiment

Test Pattern, a lopsided log cabin I designed in Electric Quilt 7
PIGS (Projects In Grocery Sacks - everything's there, ready to go... once I have time!):
─ Test Pattern log cabin quilt
─ Hand quilted pillows (2)
─ Bittersweet Briar from Kim Diehl's 'Simple Graces'
─ Sunflowers wall hanging
Flowers of the Sun lap quilt
─ Embroidered, Purple Sugarplums quilt
─ Love Is All We Need wall hanging
If the Hat Fits witchy Buggy Barn wall hanging
─ Tiger batiks, Fons & Porter Half-Yard Challenge
─ Big Trees quilt
─ Pony fabric One-Block Wonder quilt
─ Floral fabric One-Block Wonder Quilt
─ Wool appliqué wall hanging
─ 'In Bloom' knit, felted, floral tote bag (the from Debbie Stoller's 'Stitch 'n Bitch: Superstar Knitting')

Collecting fabrics for:
─ Me Tarzan, You Jane (Dear Jane quilt)
─ Blue Ridge Mountains lap quilt
─ Australian fabric, White Chocolate quilt (another Fons & Porter pattern)

Fabrics looking for a pattern:
─ Japanese prints (won in a fat quarter drawing ─ woo-hoo!!) (I found one good pattern, but now I can't remember what book it was in ─ waaaahhh!!)
─ Kona solid strips (remember that strip exchange for Susanna's Friend-Strips?) (Someone from the Celtice Solstice Facebook group just posted something that could work... hmmm... need to noodle this a bit more...)

Fabric and Pattern needed:
Quilts of Valor lap quilt

And, when I realize that I've only been quilting for 4-1/2 years, this list becomes rather scary... "Squirrel!!"

I think I'll be limiting myself to thread, backing, and batting at the quilt shops in 2014!

What's on your project list?

Happy sewing!

1 comment:

  1. I like your organized lists in different categories. Makes me think more of what I want to focus on this year. I spent a good chunk of 2013 doing upcycled projects and would like to continue on some of my ideas. But most importantly I would like to finish projects I have started before a new one.