Wednesday, August 18, 2010

UFO List Part 3 - Quilting

I'm afraid this list will be just as long as the other too. Sigh. Here goes.

1. Mystery Quilt: A mystery quilt my Texada Quilter's Guild did about, oh, 4 or 5 years ago. The top is actually pieced, but then I decided to add an applique border once it was all done. The stumbling block is, of course, that the whole quilt has to be manipulated under the sewing machine in order to stitch down the daisies. Hmm. Wish I had planned this out better. It is much easier to turn a block under the machine than the whole quilt. Love the border anyway, just don't want to deal with it. .

2. Lazy Crazy Quilt. A Thimbleberries Kit that I thoroughly enjoyed making. It is sandwiched, pinned and ready to quilt. What is the hold up you may ask? I have no idea.

3. Mama's Table Runner. Circa Spring 2010. I made 4 kits up for my friends and we all have a challenge to finish it. I pieced the top in one day, then stalled on the hand applique. It is really pretty. Don't mind the wrinkles. It has been rolled in a ball in my purse. Got to get back to it.


4. Grandmother's Garden Quilt. WIP for about 5 years now. Blocks have been completed for about 2 years. I decided to do this very elaborate Trapunto quilting. There are 18 hand appliqued Flower blocks and at least a dozen Trapunto blocks. Each one takes at least an hour to an hour and a half to quilt with trapunto and tiny stippling. I still have to piece the borders. This one was stalled for many reasons. First, I changed by mind about having a printed fabric sashing, and decided to put the setting blocks in, but had not bought enough material to do this. I had to look for at least 2 years to find something I liked. I bought fabric twice, in the end.  Goal: to finish it for the March 2011 Timberlane Quilt Show.

5.Snowman Quilt.. A Round Robin Block Exchange through the Timberlane Quilter's Guild. I put one block in a cookie tin and invited other guild members to add more snowmen. The tin made the rounds and now I have 12 blocks to put together. Just have to brainstorm how I want to set them.

6. Do You Hear What I Hear Wall Hanging. Based upon a panel I bought. I have to design the outer borders. A good idea that stalled once Christmas Passed.

7. Stained Glass Roses. Abandoned after I decided I did not like the green fabric I chose for the leaves and had to pick out all the tiny black zig zag stitches.

8. Santa's Midnight Runner. I made one of these for a gift, and a second one for myself. You can guess which one is not finished and why.

9. Rose of Sharon. Another hand appliqued masterpiece in progress. Only two blocks finished so far. Not finished because I have had no time for hand work lately.

10. Merry Christmas Quilt. A group project of the Texada Quilters. Who has finished theirs? Barb and Angel, I think. I'm not sure who else. Must get back to this one. It is too much fun.

11. Lorrie's 50th Birthday Quilt. He is now 53. I gave it to him for his birthday, with pins still in it, only partially quilted. It is mostly finished. I have always wanted to go back and do some heavier quilting in the large blocks. I hung it at the last Timberlane Quilt Show, and we used it over the July long weekend in our camper. But it is still not considered finished (by me).

12. Storm at Sea Quilt. A paper-pieced quilt from a class taken at least 4 years ago. Blocks for the original project are finished. I decided to make it bigger (of course) and stalled when I ran out of fabric. I just needed, like, 4 inches more. Some lovely person who sews at Rose Garden Quilts in Powell River came to my rescue and left a strip of gold fabric there for me. So nothing is preventing me from continuing now except my own self.

13. Rose Cottage Quilt. A block of the month I joined last year. I have cut out the first 4 blocks. I guess that makes it a started project. Or, maybe a project is only started once it hits the sewing machine...What do my readers think of this shameless attempt to remove a UFO from the list.

14. Placemats. Started a couple years ago at the Texada Retreat. We are all supposed to bring a quilted placemat for our meals. After attending for 2 years, I was shamed into making one. Except, of course, I started a set of four. I didn't finish it by the end of the retreat, so it went into a box. Goal: finish it by the Fall retreat this year.

15. Pumpkin Table Runner. My first hand-quilted project. No time for hand quilting. Will not revisit this unless future holds an abundance of leisure time, say when I win the Lottery. Which I never buy tickets for.

16. Neon Wall Hanging. Result of a class in free form curved piecing. I loved this technique, but, have never done it again since the class.

17. Curved Piecing project #2. Ditto.

18. Dogwood Purse. Wool hand applique. For myself, so languishing in a drawer. No photo yet.

19. Wool Applique Needlebook. Miniworkshop by Barb McC. Never looked at again after said workshop. No photo yet.

20. Spring Quilt. Group project for Cheri, Angel and I. Started when we used to get together on Thursday afternoons to stitch. Alas, we have not had regular Thursday stitch in's for several months. We pooled our fabric collection to make the quilt. Angel has stitched almost all her blocks, while on the past 2 years vacations. Apparently lots of time in airports, on buses etc is well spent. I have stitched 2 blocks. I don't think Cheri has started hers.

21. Japanese Tote Bag. Started strip-piecing the pockets one Thurday with Angel. We haven't got back to this one since.

22. Christmas Bell Pull. I have made this as a gift, and finished it. This one, you guessed it, is for me.

23. Hands Across The Water 2009. I won the block draw and now have some blocks to put together. 2 of them need to be replaced with new ones, as the makers used colors other than blue to create them and they just don't fit in.

24. Teapot Table Runner. Was to be donated for the Legion fundraiser but did not finish it in time. Maybe for this year's (or next year's, as the case may be.)

25. French Country Tea Cosy and Mat. Made 3 of these for gifts. This is the one I did not finish.

26. Mexican Star. Another class. I finished the quilt as per the class, but decided to make it bigger. Why do I do this. Need to decide how I want to accomplish this with a limited amount of the original material and no idea how I want to expand this quilt. Lightning will strike, I hope.

27. You guessed it, another class. This one in the reverse applique technique. I need to stop taking classes.

27. These pitiful scraps and templates are the result of reading a book by Jinny Beyer. She hand-pieces all her quilts. Somewhere in my dreams I decided this would be a good thing to try and started cutting out a wall hanging to hand piece. If I finish this one, I think I will revert to machine piecing. I don't have the time to do the handwork I want to do, let alone sewing straight lines in running stitch.

This is worse than I thought. I somehow thought the quilting list would be smaller than the embroidery list.

Friday, August 6, 2010

UFO List, Part 2, Embroidery

Embroidery UFO's

This will likely be my largest collection of ufo's. I used to stitch all the time during breaks and slow night shifts at my former job. My new job does not have any scheduled breaks or night shifts, so my stitching has slowed to a crawl. Plus my more recent hobbies of knitting, quilting and eyesight issues that prevent evening stitching are also a factor.

1. Stitching Chair Necessaire: Embroidery stitching finished, just needs assembling. This task is a summer 2010 challenge from my embroidery group. Stalled by need to go shopping for backing fabric to match.

2. Tape measure cover: a project from a mini workshop for our embroidery group. Never looked at again since that fateful Sunday meeting.

3. Cross Stitch Map: A present for Lorrie, my husband. Just a few stitches taken, then never looked at again.

4. Charity Sampler. My second oldest unfinished project. Circa 1986 or so. Don't know why I dumped this, it is beautiful and interesting to work on.

5. The English Cottage Sampler by Theresa Wentzler. She is a demon for multiple color changes, blended threads and partial stitches. Barely started the border. Circa mid eighties as well.

6. Lavender and Lace Angel. Circa 1994 or so. Another beauty.

7. Heirloom Christmas Sampler. I am so fickle. One row only completed. Started after I moved to Texada, and during my quilting period, where most embroidery was ignored in favor of my new hobby.
The stitching is pretty much invisible in this photo, and on the original piece.

8. Dreamcatcher by Lavender and Lace. Abandoned in favor of quilting as well. Plus once I stopped working a job that included night shifts and regular breaks with time to be filled, my embroidery stalled.

9. The Kiss, Miribilia Designs. My oldest UFO. Stalled due to excessive beige and peach boring tiles at the bottom of the piece.

10. N is for Nurse Sampler. Recent UFO, chance of completion high, as it is a gift for retiring colleague in the fall of 2010.

11. Fox by Tanja Berlin, course taken at my first EAC Seminar. Not touched since then. They ran a course last year at Olds, AB where you could bring her unfinished projects from past classes and work on them again. A brilliant idea.

12. Silk Ribbon Garden. Result of yet another class taken at EAC Seminar. Has been worked on a little. Should get back to it, I could likely finish it in 1 -2 afternoons.

13. Crazy Quilt Block, from Gibson's Fibre Arts Class of 2009. Just needs a leetle more embellishment, then it can join the quilting UFO's as I figure out what to make from it. ? a pillow. ?a tote bag. hmmm.

14. Strawberry Sampler. One of my lastest UFO's from a class taken this spring, hosted by the Victoria Needlework Guild. I need to stop taking classes.

15. Silk Sampler. A work in progress stitch along with my needlework guild. We hand dyed our threads and are stitching away on the project as a group.

15. The Love Sampler, with modifications. Emie Bishop design. Colors changed and hardanger designs mirrored. Made as a wedding present for now divorced couple.

16. Hardanger Table Mat. For myself, so not finished.

16. Hardanger piece, self-designed, and stitched for EAC Beginner Counted Thread Course, which I am woefully behind on, as I have done virtually no stitching since November.

16. Schwalm Etui. Course by Jose Hope. Another UFO. I need courses on finishing my courses. No photo at this time.

17. Beaded wreath ornament. TING miniproject. No Photo.
18. Beaded Snowflake ornament. TING miniproject. No Photo.
19. Christmas stocking. No Photo.
20. Violets Sampler, No Photo.
21. Wool Needlebook. Another miniclass. No Photo.
22. Hardanger card club. Started on Las Vegas Trip 2 weeks ago.

More to follow, I am sure.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The List, First Edition, Part One: Knitting

Knitting UFO'S

1. Burgundy Coat, not finished due to disliking sewing up seams. Left to do: Sewing up and button bands. Estimated time left to completion, 6 hours.

2. Socks: Milkmaid socks from Cat Bordhi, started in Mexico last year with my own handdyed sock yarn, renamed the Red Hot Chili Pepper Socks in honor of my vacation. Victim of the dreaded single sock syndrome. Recent attempt to finish on this year's vacation foiled by missing page of instructions. Result: every knitter's nightmare--hours in an airport with nothing to knit.

3. Bamboo tank top, started a couple months ago on a whim, after seeing the pattern on Knitty and loving it.  Not sure why, when I had another bamboo sweater on the go. Pattern location currently unknown.

4. Bamboo cardigan, of course I had to change the pattern to eliminate the side seams, who wants to sew up lace in pattern. Not me. Hopefully I can remember the design changes. Hopefully I wrote them down. Pattern location unknown, but likely in the dining room somewhere.

5. Swippers, courtesy of Pearl, of Birkeland Brothers Wool. Victim of second slipper syndrome, or in this case 4th slipper syndrome, as I had to make 2 pair. These must be felted yet, but waiting for the last slipper before commencing. You can knit one of these in an afternoon.

6. Blue Lace Mystery Shawl. A knit-along from at least 3 years ago. Must get back to this , I was having fun with it and love knitting lace. Pattern location likely in dining room. You may ask, why do you keep craft supplies in dining room? Small house, shelves under counter. Nuff said.

7. Dad's Sweater: started after purchasing and dying super bulky gauge yarn. Attempting to design coat based on Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern. Was to be a Christmas present, but deadline was too tight so discarded after barely starting the project. Pattern location: In my noggin.
8. Socks pattern by Cat Bordhi, another pattern, while delightful, that requires concentration. Stalled because a) they are for me
b) too much focusing required to work on in company.
9. Turquoise Shawl, based on Evelyn Clark's book Knitted Triangles. Started on a whim because my daughter in law wanted a knitted triangle scarf, and after setting her on the path for it, I started one for myself, having nothing else to knit on hand. Hehe.
10. Light green child's aran sweater, started at least 4 years ago, for a baby who is, oh, at least 4. No picture available at this time.

Child's Aran
11. Fair Isle sweater. This may end up in the frog pond. Trying to knit with both right and left hands and tension is dramatically different between both hands. Practise required. No photo at this time.
12. French Market Basket. Felted project from Knitty. No photo at this time.

13. Green Children's sock. Also victim of SSS. Cat Bordhi pattern with gusset increases in a spiral across the top of the foot.

Other UFO's will likely come to light, once I start thinking about them. This will do for a start.