May 2 - Well, I blew it in April. The blocks are still blocks. In my defense, I have lots of greenery started for the spring garden and Mom has her replacement pacemaker. No, silly, I didn't put it in myself. I did, however, take Mom for all her appointments and they were VERY time consuming. And the commission quilt I've been working on has 20 complete blocks. The May UFO is #9. I have cheated a wee bit (is it still cheating if you tell everyone?) and edited my list so that the pansies moved to the #9 spot. I have committed with a guild challenge to complete the pansies by our June meeting. My self esteem will not survive if I miss out on TWO challenges this year. Hence, the cheating.
April UFO is #4 - the black & cream blocks. Ah, hmm, I may have to do a quick-change on the numbers and switch this for a top that is already together. Mom has her pacemaker replacement booked for this month and she's now got 4 appointments scheduled at the hospital for that. Sooo, my free time? Gone. However, I am really pleased that I've kept on track with the first three, and I committed at a guild to complete #11 before our June meeting. So that could solve my dilemma, oui?
March UFO finished. It came on retreat with me two weekends ago so I could finish hand stitching the binding. Then it nicely kept me cozy and comfy for two nights.
March UFO - #1. This is the Mile-a-Minute top I completed back in October at the Tobermory retreat. I plan on Baptist Fan quilting using my Circle Lord boards, so it should go fairly quickly.
Feb. 26/11 COMPLETE.
Feb. 22/11 progress. I am using green thread in the green setting triangles and I cannot see anything. The thread is a perfect match. So... I am quilting in the dark. I leave the headlight off and leave my room lights off. This gives me a nice light from the side where the windows are. Shadows are a good thing.
Feb. 5, 2011 - Here is #10 - the February UFO. I found the missing UFOs in the cedar chest. I was cleaning up, just like I thought. That goes to show you, cleaning up is not always a good thing.
Feb. 1, 2011 - January's UFO is complete. Including the label. Good on me, eh? I was really getting down to the wire, though. I finished it at guild yesterday at approximately 7:15 p.m. February's number is 10. I'll post a photo later. For now, I'm just glad the new number is not 11, since I discovered yesterday that I have misplaced it. Damned January cleaning, no doubt, made me put is somewhere 'out of the way'.
Jan 15/11 - the top has been flattened. I removed the outer bears paw blocks, cut off the tiny folded border, inserted a narrow black border and resewed the outer border. Now I need a spare afternoon to quilt it.
Jan 2011 - the first UFO is number 6. I had to go searching for Bear in the Woods. If you look closely you will see the class date as Aug 11, 2001. Nine and a half years later... I need to remove the outer border and the black folded border, add a spacer strip and then put the border back on. We were using Elna sewing machines and the 1/4" foot was the kind with the little flange. I think that flange stretches bias edges, which made all my border blocks too large. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. It was a really fun class, though. Eleanor Burns is a really entertaining teacher. I have her autograph in my book, and a souvenir photo of her & I together.
1 Mile-A-Minute - top finished. FINISHED MARCH 11/11.
2 Bunny Hill Designs BOM won at guild. Really really cute blocks. NEEDS ONE MORE BORDER. SOON MAYBE? FINISHED JUNE 20, 2012. yes. 2012. Better late than never.
3 Shoe Quilt, unsolicited, from Anne. GIVEN AWAY IN JULY. SOMEWHERE IN NEW ZEALAND. :-)
4 Five black & cream block from the birthday club. Will likely turn into placemats. *Jan 11 update (already???) While I was searching for #6 I found 7 more black & cream blocks. Huh. Now I need to revise my game plan and turn these into a real quilt. Maybe for b.i.l. & s.i.l. who have a black & taupe bedroom? DARN. THIS WAS THE APRIL UFO AND IT IS, SADLY, STILL A UFO.
5 Paper pieced poppies, won as b.o.m. I have good intentions of making this into sewing machine covers. OCTOBER UFO, STILL IN PIECES. LIKELY TO STAY THAT WAY UNTIL 2012.
6 Bear's Paw, Eleanor Burns class. Hmm - must find this. FINISHED JAN. 31/11.
7 Convergence Wall Hanging. Needs borders I think. SEPT. 18 COMPLETE.
8 Lone Star Quilt, Shirley Stutz class. Really sick of this one - it's been hanging over my head for too long. STILL INCOMPLETE. MAYBE NEXT YEAR?
9 Pansy Quilt, top finished. FINISHED JUNE 1/11.
10 Dresden Plate Quilt, top finished. FINISHED FEB. 26/11.
11 Old Dresden Plate, top finished.
12 Bow Tie Quilt, top finished.