Monday, February 28, 2011

Where did February go????

My goodness where did this month go. I have achieved a bit, but not nearly as much as I hoped. I've got to get going...I've a new grandson coming in the first part of May and I haven't made a single baby quilt for them yet! I have, however, decided what quilts I'm going to make. So at least I know what I'm doing. 
I finished the ancient UFO that I showed last post. I finally got it hung today and I'm really happy with the results.
It's hanging in my sewing room and I love finally having something on the wall. I have a few more wall hangings in the works and hope to finish them in the next six months.
I've also made progress on my PhD. The applique is finished and last post I thought I had figured out how I was going to put it together, but I was wrong. After much thought and indecision, I finally decided not to make a single large quilt instead I'm making 3 smaller quilts. Although I have the room to hang the large quilt at this time, that may not always be the case. I, also, felt it would be a total pain to quilt a quilt that size and I really want to quilt it myself. So I have divided it into three long wall hangings.
 As you can see the days run vertically now instead of horizontal. They are all layered and ready to quilt The first four blocks are started and trimmed which makes it much easier to work with. Hopefully I will soon be announcing a finish.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More PhD progress and another ancient UFO

I know it's been awhile since I last blogged. Let me just say I haven't just been wasting time. Although truthfully I do do a bit of that! I've helped my younger son tile a bathroom floor. It was hard work but it turned out beautiful, so the work was worth it. No pictures, sorry.
I've also made some progress on my little grandson's Christmas stocking. I had hoped to finish it for last Christmas but that didn't happen. I've really got to get going because we are expecting another grandson in May! No more vegging in front of the TV.
Here's the stocking as far as I have finished.
Next is one of the Phd's that I have been working on as part of Myra's challenge. This is a quilt that I think I started in the late 90's. The pattern is from Brandywine Designs. It's full of tiny pieces and when I first started it, a lady told me I was a fool to think I could machine applique it. Well of course I had to prove her wrong, plus I really love this pattern. Here are the last five blocks appliqued. 
My next step is to put all the blocks together. I don't think I will follow their instructions(really do I ever follow all the instructions). I want to hang it in my entry next Christmas and their quilt is just too large. I think I know what I'm going to do, but that could change. Stay tuned!
While I was appliqueing the Christmas blocks, I pulled out another old(really old) project that I started when my daughter was in her early teens. She is now 28 so it has been an UFO for a long time! When I started it she had a really lovely pink room, but shortly after I started it she redecorated her room so it wouldn't be so "little girl". This project has languished mainly because I didn't have any place to use it, but now I think it will be lovely in my sewing room. Here is a picture with the applique finished.
I hope to layer and quilt it today. This is one of the first things I ever designed and I still love the design. I think, however, it may be time to update it a little. What do you think?