Saturday, July 08, 2023

Sewing and UFO progress for June

 Did June just fly past or what?  We had a busy month with lots of different things going on, but I did get some sewing done besides my June Ambassador project.  Oh yes, the buttons did finally arrive and I have sewn them on.  I even wore my jacket out to a dinner and movie date with my hubby!  It was nice and cozy to wear in the theater, like bringing a comfy blanket!  

spring quilt featuring steam locomotives

I finished this quilt as my UFO for the month.  I decided to discard the one that I was scheduled to work on as I did not have the right amounts of fabric and I was not in love with the project.  The strips went into my 2 1/2 inch strip bin and the backing fabric went into the stash closet!  So that means I got two off my list, right?  The railroad quilt is a beauty - it's available for sale in my second Etsy shop.  All I had to do was quilt and bind it, so a nice easy finish!

Pastel quilt with sunflower blocks

I made this pretty pastel quilt as a shop sample for the quilt shop.  I'm writing up the pattern, and am having it proofed right now, so it will be available soon!  Suflower Picnic is a quick and easy quilt in four sizes.  It showcases a pretty print very well.

This is a new sample for my Sweet and Simple Pattern.  It features Christmas Eve by Moda.  

I also quilted this panel as a custom order.  It came out really well!  I used Hobbs Polydown and a flatter poly batting and got some great texture!  Yes, I quilted this on my Juki, no longarm!  It was fun to play with some fancy free motion quilting for a change.  I think I have a different Christmas panel stashed somewhere, so I might get that out and see if it might be a candidate for some fun free motion quilting as well.  Or maybe I should just stay on task and do what I already have in front of me!  Haha!

And what was in front of me today?  Well, there are two large boxes from Island Batik waiting for me to open up and swoon over!  This month's Ambassador assignment is just to do an unboxing video, so it's a great opportunity to get my closet cleaned out and organized.  I'll tell you more about that later, but at the end I pulled out a small box of odds and ends.  Pieced bits leftover from previous projects, scraps, and strip sets.
I've been playing with the idea of making things with all of these leftovers, but every time I pull it out, I am just stuck.  I have no idea what to do with them all.

It's such beautiful fabric, and I can't just toss it in the waste bin, but at the same time I don't know what in the world to do with all of it!

So, do you have an idea for something you could make with all of these goodies? 

If you think you could use them, or would like to try, I would love to pass them along!  I have them all stuffed into a priority flat rate box, and would love to pass them along!  Leave me a comment here, and I will draw names for a winner when I do my unboxing video on Tuesday - I'm planning on doing a live video on facebook at 11:00 a.m. (pacific time), so mark your calendar!  Whether or not you want the scraps, feel free to join me and see what new fabrics I'll be creating with for the rest of the year.

See you on Tuesday!


Kathleen said...

You have a lot going on and lots of great projects. Your jacket keeps haunting me....but I did eye an old quilt that I have and may start with that one....not really my colors but a good place to start for a "muslin" of the jacket.

Kathy R. said...

Your quilting looks great. The Christmas panel done on the Juki makes the face & beard look real. I hope the person who receives it likes it as much as I do. A box of bits & pieces would be great to use in a scrap quilt.

Iris J. said...

I love the quilting on the panel - especially the beard! It blows my mind as to how much quiling you accomplish while keeping up other responsibilities. The home improvements look great!

For individual scrap pieces, which are not part of a block, have you tried to stitch them to register tape (2.5 inches wide) as you would a string quilt? Then trim and use as binding.

I would sort them by color and / or color combinations and see what works well together. You can then design a catch-all for threads; or a sewing machine mat; a baske; a mini quilt or rug mug, a scissor holder; needle case, etc. The possibilities are endless. Use EQ. ��

Deb B. said...

Your quilting on the panel quilt is amazing. It is great that you were able to get a couple of finishes. You must be really excited to open your next box of goodies to use as inspiration for new projects.

As for your scraps left over from previous projects: I can see mug rugs, placemats, tote bags, and many other goodies to be made for gifts. Or, perhaps a small quilt using a variety of blocks. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

TuNa Quilts said...

Hi, Home improvement projects have a way of gathering dust just like quilting UFOs! I was reading back posts when I came to this giveaway and am so sad that I missed the deadline. I love designing placemats using leftover quilt squares, orphan blocks, and bits and pieces. My quilting guild sews them for Meals on Wheels. BTW, I love the way you curtain off your storage area. I saw it on your unboxing video. The quilt serves double duty as a nice backdrop and a cover for that area. kthurn (at) bektel (dot) com