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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1164616 views.

I did the above the day before I left Colorado. My plans for the applique tree of life quilt I worked on during lockdown. 

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

12/24/21

I decided last night to pull out some UFOs.  I had made these little houses from a MSQC video a few months ago but never put them together.  I like them better now than originally but think I want to make the quilt big enough for a throw.  Maybe some rounds of 9 patches and another of HST.  Hmm, I might even add a round of applique leaves, I'm needing a new applique project....

Mishii

From: Mishii

12/24/21

He only does certain things but he is starting to venture out. He will now load and will baste the sides because he doesn’t like to wait for me to get home. We are working on ditching - he is not a fan. Dee, he will not touch the sewing machine. Not even a little. He mainly likes drawing the patterns in quilt CAD. I’m trying to get him to see the joy in binding, but no luck so far.  Ah well. He is a master ripper so I’ll deal with binding. I’ll take that trade any day. 
 

I have yet to finish a quilt since he started. Obviously I have less time. I will free motion some stuff and then leave for work. He then goes in and traces my work, draws it in quiltcad and then Finishes the quilt. I’m not sure how I feel about this lol

Mishii

From: Mishii

12/24/21

I like this pattern a lot. Consider it stolen!

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

12/24/21

this LA'er has a lot of edge to edge patterns I really enjoy doing.  I took her class but she also has many "live" youtube videos where you can get ideas.  Stitched By Susan.

You could add some trees and stuff around the background to make it bigger. If they are not already put together you could also put some tree blocks between them to look like empty lots.

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

12/28/21

Somewhat recovered from Christmas and the heart stuff so it's back to the sewing machine.

This is my version of "Indiana Puzzle" (not exactly as found in Quilter's Cache but close enough) and the colors are not true in this photo. The colors should be more beige-y to reflect the creamy crochet thread that my DM used to create a bedspread she worked on during the years my DF served in the US Navy during World War II.

My uncles (Dick, Verle and Harry) were all in the US Army and my DF opted to enlist in the Navy because he figured he would have a clean place to sleep at night. (No one warned him about supply ships being sunk and food shortages on the ship.) 

Anyhow, while he was cruising the coast of Japan in the 1940s my DM and I went to live with her parents in Bluffton Indiana for two years and that's where she worked in a Magnavox factory making radios for bombers and I was underfoot with my grandma all day long while my grandpa was at work. DM would come back to her parents' house exhausted and not really in the mood to fuss over me; she crocheted with a vengeance as everyone sat around the radio listening to news broadcasts and music. I was not allowed to touch her crocheting bag.

By the time DF got home from the war DM had made enough hexagons to make a king-size bedspread but in 1946 there were no king-size beds. She put the bedspread (which looked kind of like this one on eBay) away until sometime in the 1980s or 1990s when they finally bought a large enough bed for it.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/234192618499?hash=item3686f7c403:g:DYoAAOSw34RhQlAH

(By the way, if you go browsing for vintage crocheted bedspreads on eBay there are a jillion of them! Must have been a lot of nervous women during the years of World War II whiling away the hours waiting for their soldiers and sailors to come home.)

Another great story behind the block. 

I got the binding finished on Denise's quilt for her granddaughter. There was not much left to do but I wanted it finished and decided not to make it a project for the car ride back, rather just have it packed and do something else.

Early January I am planning on pulling out every single quilt project I can and taking a photo and then making  a list and continuing to work on my UFO pile. I did really well last year and finished 10 of my quilting projects.........not too bad. Two of them were not UFO's but started last year as well so 8 UFO's completed and only 3 generated. One of my real focuses will be on the bin of parts and bits and trying to get more of these things to the flimsey stage rather than just parts or blocks. I think it is also time to move along things I will never finish and maybe give them to someone that makes charity projects to put together and donate somewhere.........at least that is a plan. 

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

12/28/21

Ami_Quilts (sewingupasto) said:

I did really well last year and finished 10 of my quilting projects.........not too bad. Two of them were not UFO's but started last year as well ......

Wow, Ami, that's really terrific!!  Not too bad, indeed!  That's almost one a month, a heroic accomplishment when you sit there and think about it.

Also, your idea of "moving along things" that you know you have totally lost interest in is excellent.

I call it "having an honest conversation" with yourself where you say "Self, why are you keeping this large bag of blue and green HSTs that you've had since 2003?" and Self answers back "Because I worked so hard to make them" and you answer back "Shut up, Self" and put that batch of blocks in the donation bag.

IMHO these are times when it is perfectly OK to talk to yourself.

Holding myself up as a shining example of organization stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes, I have taken the pages I've printed out from Marcia's Quilter's Cache and slipped them into page organizers and those organizers are on a long clipboard on my sewing table.  Don't want to have them get lost on the sewing table so they stay clipped on that clipboard until I'm ready for the next one. 

I'm not working on these blocks in any particular order ... just as the fancy strikes me. The whole idea behind this weird quilt is that it is a fun project, not drudgery.

I have a special fabric on the way from Etsy. Not sure how I am going to use it but it represents a part time job I had for many years while I was a stay-at-home-mom, a job that helped me keep my sanity.

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