Which is great - more time for sewing! It's the last day of the year and time to review that list of UFOs for 2017. I told you, I'm not throwing in the towel until midnight tonight!
I did NOT get any quilts quilted yesterday. I went to the gym for a class - I never go there on Saturday. Anyway, it was a good class and I came home all relaxed and fired up to sew!
I decided to start with Amish with a Twist II. This was a class that I taught in 2015 so not too old, but old enough! I cut most of the little squares for the second to last border the previous day. I randomly sewed the squares together and when I was pressing the last border, I had a good chuckle. What are the odds that I would end up with TWO squares in the exact order and the exact same position as two pieces in the quilt? That was weird!
|Two squares in the border in the same place as the fabrics in the quilt|
Hey - that wasn't so bad. Let's move onto the last border which was pretty easy. Big hunks of fabric that only needed one join and cornerstones.
I'm a pretty neat presser, but what the heck happened here? My mind must have wandered, to say the least.
|A badly pressed sam|
|Oops - let's try that pressing again!|
Squirrel! Oh - I needed an ender and leader project while I was working and I just happened to have two of these blocks cut out. This is the block (designed by me) that appeared in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 16. But now those two blocks are done!
|Two blocks - done!|
|Another way to position the blocks|
|Amish with a Twist II - top is done!|
Here's a bit better picture of the top - well a quarter of it. It's so big and it was dark by the time I got it finished, it was hard to get a decent picture with just the camera flash.
|A quarter of the top - Amish with a Twist II|
|Bag of squared up half square triangles|
After cutting the big outer border, I had this much fabric left over. I must have intended to use that for the binding! Sound goods to me. I needed 11 strips at 2 ½" wide.
|Enough fabric for the binding|
Cut, cut, cut and voila - 11 strips. It must have been meant to be because there was just a small scrap leftover.
|Eleven strips and a wee bit leftover|
|Binding and top - done!|
|Extra fusible appliques of Amish horse and buggy|
Now I have added my fusible applique of the horse and buggy to the mix.
|Are we done yet?|
Then it was time for me and The Task Master to have a little bit of review and to set the goals for this coming week. For those of you not in the know, The Task Master is simply a plain notebook where I dedicate one page per week to write down the things that I need to get done that week. I'll go into more detail in another post. My list of 12 UFOs for the current year are listed on their own page and the list for 2018 are also listed.
I like to post quotes in my book - something fun to do, but not necessary. I had an extra of this book of positive quotes so I keep it with my Task Master.
|The Task Master tools|
I need 11 - 1" strips. Good thing I didn't need more because I had 12" of fabric.
|Just enough to get the required amount to make the piping|
|New ender and leader project|
|Small bits - perfect for enders and leaders|
|Leftover strip from the piping fabric|
Then I had to join the strips together and press it in half. Yes - a horrid job since it was only 1" wide. But it got done. And guess what? YEP -- the binding, the piping, and the top are DONE!!!! The backing is coming later so I can't get that prepped at this time.
|Amish with a Twist II - DONE!|
I ran to The Task Master and with her permission, I happily crossed that project off - which was actually two projects because the item also included Amish with a Twist I. I did a count - there were 13 items on that list - one for each month of 2017 and one for December 2016. BUT in total, there were 20 quilts as some of the quilts had been grouped together. What the heck was I thinking?? Obviously, I was new to this goal setting thing and had no clue! Let's hang onto that thought!
When I went to Fabricland earlier this week, it was to buy 25 meters of cording. This is all that remains.
|Leftover piping cord|
That's what I like - buy something and use it up right away! I'm going to try and make that my new motto for this year. I'm not sure how successful I'll be, but I'm going to try. We need to have something in our wallets or our heads or attached to our VISA cards that will remind us that we don't need more stuff unless we have an immediate plan for it. I was at the mall the other day with M. We went into a tea place and I ALMOST bought a cute little teapot for using loose tea. I even took it to the cash and then thought that I didn't need it. I put it back on the shelf! We need a code word to make us think before we buy. Hmm - what kind of code word?
I have a small project in mind where I can use that leftover piping cord so I'm going to dig that out - well, it's already out. Something small that needs to have binding put on it.
I'm close, really close to completing the projects that I committed to in my blog yesterday. There are still TWO quilts that need to have the binding stitched to the front. Let's push and get this done! I got one done this morning.
|Binding on construction quilt #3|
Let's go back to that UFO list for 2017. While there were a total of 13 items on the list, in fact, there were 20 quilts on that list. TWENTY! And some of them had to be started almost from scratch. I obviously had dilusions of grandeur! While I completed 6 of the 13 items on the list, in fact, I finished 11 of 20 quilts. Including the one that I'm going to finsih today! I feel pretty good about that! No I feel FABULOUS and I wouldn't have done it without The Task Master to keep reminding me of what had to be done.
I forgot to post the link to the last QUILTsocial post that I did last Friday. In case you haven't seen it - check it out. There is some really good stuff in how to design a quilt.
I didn't post pictures of the quilting of my table topper, but here's a better look. I'm super happy with it! And if you want to learn machine quilting and free motion quilting, in particular, I'm teaching an awesome class. More details on that in the new year when I post my class listing.
|Quilting on the table topper|
|The back of the table topper|
And there you have it - a very successful year in the quilting world for me!
Tomorrow is Monday and I'll be back with more details about The Task Master as I believe there are new people who have joined the Facebook group! I've got some great plans on what to do with my time in 2018 and I can't wait to share them with you. We're all in this together!
Have a wonderful day!!!