Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Years Eve 2015... A Stitching Post :)

Ya'll.. I am so excited that after the Christmas celebrating was over I got a UFO out of the needs to be a flimsy pile!
I now have it layered up, pin basted, and am quilting it!! Yippee :)  THAT is how I plan Celebrate the New Year coming in... by hand quilting LOL!

Here this flimsy (finished quilt top) is as I envisioned it and ready to quilt...
The pinwheel blocks and the pumpkin embroidered block were made by a girl on facebook and sold as a set... I snapped them up as I immediately envisioned them set like I have set them... with a fun outer border of fall leaves all around... you see here in Florida where we live there is very little seasonal change... things go dormant in the winter and liven and bloom in the spring ... but I am used to Tennessee where I was born and raised... each season has a different feel... so I wanted to create something to represent the season I miss the most and will enjoy every year in my foyer hanging on the wall from September through November !!

The alternate blocks above are shot cotton by Kaffe Fasset called Pumpkin... it have a weft of medium grey threads and a wane of orange threads... making this lovely color :)

You can see it a bit better as I start the quilting on the 29th...
 Here is a picture I took on the 30th...
 And a nice close up too!
The pinwheel blocks are getting stitched in the ditch and all around the outer edges... while the alternate blocks are getting different designs ... but mainly this cool celtic like swirl design I found at Stencils International website!  I marked each alternate block after layering and pin basting with pencil/graphite.  I am currently using YLI black 40/3 thread for all the center quilting.  I am using a Hobbs batting that is 80% cotton and 20% wool and I am loving the poofiness I can see in the pinwheels once quilted.. should wash up fab too! :)

Linking this project up to NTT (Needle & Thread Thursday with Kelly HERE!

But this project isn't really NEEDED until September to hang... so I may take a break after the first of the year once my daughter and I get her quilt top she received for Christmas, marked for hand quilting ...
This Carpenters Wheel variation quilt top is a flimsy with all seams intact I found on eBay and my dd immediately fell in love with it... the seller makes quilt tops to sell on eBay as a business... and she did a fine job of constructing it... it is always a gamble to quilt what someone else pieced... but I think this will work!  the seams are even already ironed right :)  Yippee!

I hope my daughter is able to come up with a fun name for this quilt as we mark it together... she wanted to wait until her friend Tanisha went back home so we could enjoy our time marking and I could get the stencils necessary for some of the marking she desires to be quilted here... but basically I will quilt white in the black and grey wheels.. blood red Valdani big stitching around all the stars both big and small... and black in the white areas with stars and moons in a random pattern... it will be heavily hand quilted and full of love... this is her high school graduation quilt... I just hope to give it to her at the beginning of her Senior year of high school instead of the end! :)

So you see the Fall Wall Hanging is now kind of like my wholecloth quilt... a continued work in progress with no defined finish time... but I am sure enjoying it!!!!

I have 2 unfinished quilt tops that I hope to finish in 2016... I rarely keep a UFO hanging out... I started piecing a large living room quilt with a fun pattern... it remains in our spare bedroom partially pieced and partially cut out... I prefer to cut as I go on that project ... Also I have the Spools and Tools wallhanging that STiLL needs to be finished!  Oh my!!!

I do also have a vintage quilt top that needs repair (have vintage fabric for repairs needed)... so maybe I can pull that out too... so I guess 3 UFO's is what I enter 2016 with!  Wowee!!!! Am I a quilter now?? lol... I have heard other quilters say you aren't a quilter til you have a few UFO's ... well I don't like to have unfinished business of any sort ... so hopefully I will get that taken care of before the end of 2016!

But before I jump into 2016 .. 2015 has been such a miraculous year overall in my quilty life... I won't do a round up of all my projects because I would rather spend that time quilting! ha :)  But I will tell you it has been a very productive year ... you need only to scroll through my previous posts to see all I have accomplished!

I have great friends in life and online that I quilt along with so being home a lot hasn't bothered me... culture is rich in our home and I plan to continue along that line... meeting new people and learning new things!!!

All 4 of my children are settled and happy... and I have 2 beautiful grandchildren to be grateful for also this year!
Jesus and my honey Rick are my rock and foundation.. that is a solidified glorious thing too!  Although my honey's health remains unsteady our love is never wavering and for that I am grateful!!!

As for me???  I have all I could want in life!  How about you??
I wish we did have world peace as well.. sounds like a Miss America thing.. but it is true... we need more peace in this world and I hope 2016 brings us a little rest from distress around the world.

As for my new motto???  My son made me this cool canvas art...

And the center is what my inspiration was to him.. simply...
So look forward to lots of quilty and family posts... and an occasional vintage machine post in the coming year... I will also be playing along on a Block of the Month (BOM) with my friend Wendy.... check out the fabrics she plans to use right HERE!  

Also my friend Kathy M. and I are starting piecing a Friendship Journey quilt... very interesting project that I am MEGA excited about.  Meanwhile I will stitch the Fall Wall Hanging and my daughters cool Carpenter's Wheel quilt (it is 90" x 90" so will take some time!!)... 

Signing out from Florida's east coast for now!  And for the last time I ask you to take time to...
Cheers to having a .... today and every day!

I have sure enjoyed and NEEDED this years motto... do you set a goal or a motto for each year???  Would love to hear about it!!!!

3 comments:

  1. I cannot think of a better way to spend New Year's Eve!! I am so missing my sewing these days. I hope to pull out a project this weekend and get started again!

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  2. Your hand stitching projects are gorgeous. The graduation quilt is really going to be beautiful. Enjoy your stitching. Have a very happy New Year.

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  3. I have never agreed with the "you aren't a quilter unless you have UFO's" because I think the whole point of making a quilt is to finish it and cuddle with it! There are several I know that make one top after another and never get them quilted and some never get the tops finished either and put it aside and start another one.
    I have too many going but do plan to finish them and try to work on all of them.
    Love the Carpenter's Wheel - I had a pattern for that one, might still - but where ? Happy New Year

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