Because of the One Project a Month challenge [OPAM], that was to FINISH at least one project each month, I set up a sidebar recording system at the beginning of this year. Now I can easily see that I finished 25 quilts of various sizes [12 definitely UFOs and some not], 17 doll quilts, and two grocery bags.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Carefully keeping my back straight, I mixed up a new batch of dough and then baked two loaves of the "Master Recipe", so we have our carb for a festive dinner. The chicken thighs are defrosting. One of the guests just called with regrets because she has a sore throat and doesn't want to share. So we'll be just five friends of similar age. [Let's just say 65 and up.]
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I got it done even tho' I seems to be having muscle spasms in my back. I tied the heating pad around me and sat very erect at the sewing machine. But twisting is not in my program!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The whole thing, 66" X 96", hanging on the kitchen wall before I took a walk through the meadow. The SUNSHINE outdoors was its own thrill, but it was also fun to see this through the kitchen window as I returned to the house.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I made it a little longer by adding top and bottom borders, which were made from leftovers of the FQs. In the end it was 48" x 78", really a good length for adult napping.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Our daughter Martha enjoying the "TV watching" quilt, which the family received.
Samantha wearing her "New Moon" fingerless mittens, which I made in St. Louis. Then I made a pair for Aunt Bebe, who "always" has cold hands. [Thanks to Melody Johnson for pointing out the pattern!]
And this is how much of a sock I was able to knit during the drive to and from St. Louis. I had to take my turns driving, and then darkness fell, both cutting down on the available time!
Monday, December 21, 2009
We are packing the car for a morning departure. After [about] eight hours on the road we hope to arrive at the hotel near our daughter's family. We will be there through Dec 26, our son-in-law's birthday. Back home next Monday.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The Christmas goodies . . . . Mint Melts from Crate & Barrel and I made my second batch of Russian Tea Cakes. The first batch were left too long in the oven, not really burnt but some scraping needed on their bottoms, and then the taste was a little too "brown" for my memories.
Around the baking procedures I finished off this Bargello baby quilt.
For the borders I tried a freehand stem and pointed, drooping leaves. Now it looks to me like Corn Everlasting. But it fills the space adequately and makes me feel more competent on machine quilting.
And here is the flannel back. I caught a few small tucks, but overall it looks really fine-- rather like a whole cloth quilt.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Last night our quilting bee had good food, and a fun pin cushion exchange. After they were unwrapped, we put them all on this table so we could do more oooing and aahhing. Since I don't use a pin cushion, I did play along, but was really impressed with the creativity shown. All very different and hand made.
Back home I have been machine quilting this baby UFO that was also bordered at the September retreat. Now to figure out how to quilt that outer green section.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Finally with the binding finished, I wrote the date and my town, name and recipient on the backing between the two lines of quilting.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Yesterday and today I did the machine quilting and binding. It has finished to 38.5" square. How's that for an ODD size? Oh, well, that's just the way I work. If it's not big enough to be a bed sized quilt, I just stop when it seems to be done. This could be a neonatal quilt for the Guild collection next March--or I could give it to my Secret Sister.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Not so good! How can this happen when I only have to do the SAME thing over and over for 48 times? Oh, well, I have ripped it open and resewn it. Now I DO really have 48 blocks that look the same. [Yes, Bonita, it does get a little tedious at times, so it is good to do them in sets of 10 and then take a break!]
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here's a look at what the two blocks look like mixed together, as if they are going to be placed alternately.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday after church I rested from the concert on Saturday night -- it was GREAT, but tiring -- and I finished up the CUTTING for Step 4 of Bonnie's mystery. You see the stacks of pieces which will each make ten HSTs.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Last night I finished the 48 sets of 4 slanting matching-red-fabric patches. And below them you can see some of the waste or bonus Half-square triangles that were cut off during the making, I think the total is 384 of those. [There may be a feathered star pattern in my future which would use a number of those.]