Monday, January 20, 2014

Cross Stitch SAL Alert - Quilty Stitches Sampler Along

Corey at Little Miss Shabby is having a SAL!

Its a cross stitch SAL with a quilty blocks theme and looks cute and quick!

(Now when I can get blogger to cooperate, I'll post a pic)

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

UFOs- the good and the bad...

The good news is that my UFOs, WIPs and NESYs (Not Even Started Yet) only take up one shelf in my bookcase.

The bad news is that means I have 4 shelves of fabric that I bought for no specific reason. Other than I liked it and thought it would made a great quilt, so I guess that counts for something, right?

Here's my WIPs.

Started this on Dec 26th for this Valentine's Day. Used fabric in stash and bought the magazine a-la PDF style- how great are PDFs for instant gratification?

Just need to make this into a little 10x12 hanging thingie in time for V Day.

My hexies used to be my 'to go' project but my 15yo doesn't need me waiting around for him anymore.  So now that I have finished the hand quilting I was doing in front the TV, I'll start working on these. Got enough Lakehouse fabric to make a queen size quilt out of these.

Snowball quilt for my 15yo. Started collecting texty-style prints when Hometown was first released. Picked this up again after it was in exile for a while.
Not so many, right?

Now the UFOs of various ages-


Fat Quarter Stars QAL blocks. Finally decided on sashings and then put it away as some other project was calling me. Might need to buy some more fabric for the sashings, but then again, I could just choose a different print from my stash.
6,7 and 8 / Waiting to be quilted and bound.

A single bed sized Christmas quilt from the Layer Cake QAL.
Simple charm quilt made to practice my FMQ.
Another of Konda's QAL.

A freebie wall hanging, circa 2010, possibly earlier. 
Not too many again, hey?

And now, the biggest list.

My NESY projects, already kitted and ready to go, and then some other prospective project caught my attention.

Wall hanging for front foyer.  With a massive pile of Fig Tree fabric obsessively carefully purchased to choose from. Not shown here.  They're all variations of these colours. Really need to start this as I need to replace the Christmas wallhanging currently hanging in the foyer.



Missed finishing this in time for Christmas 2013.  2014 is looking good for its premiere.



Bed runner for the 15yo's bed. Purchased when he was 13.

Wall hanging for my bedroom.

Bought enough of this fabric to make this runner 10 or so times over.

Got lots of this fabric too! Well, we can always use matching cushion covers, can't we?


And matching pillow cases for my new bed quilt, too!
Non-quilty sewing

Can't make up my mind what to make first, but if I don't hurry up, summer will be over.

Another 'Classmate', this time for a friend.

 Just waiting for some different Nicey Jane to arrive for contrasting ruffle, sleeves and tie belt. Couldn't decide which one to chose, so bought 2 different prints so I can compare in the flesh. Plus Kay Whitt's new jacket pattern plus some heavier decorator fabric to make it in. Couldn't waste the extra space left in the envelope, could I?

So that's it. Apart from 4 shelves of fabric. And two baskets of patterns that just need to find their partners in the fabric pile. 

Guess I'd better go and look at everyone else's WIPs so that I can feel better about my lot!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Fabriholics Anonymous -here I come!

A few weeks ago I stumbled across The Elven Garden blog and it struck a cord about my obsessive need to collect quilt fabric.  Every time I am in my sewing  family room, I see this rather glaringly obvious stack of evidence that I buy too much.

So, here's my pledge-


- To use the Stash I already have!

- Finish UFOs without distraction by shifting to other new beautiful fabric.

- Stop the insanity of constantly buying the latest and greatest fabric.

- Save the $$ I spend on stashing. For me, this is going to mean I start saving for something. Maybe a holiday from all this guilt. That dream simply isn't going to happen while I spend every little extra bit of my husband's pay on fabric.

- Destash the fabrics that I realize I am never going to use.


1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014.   

2) At 6 months reevaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year.  Evaluation July 1, 2014.

3) Create a UFO list and complete them!

4) Exceptions

  • Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible.  However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.
  • Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric.  Notions acceptable too.
  • Swap Mama Fabric: if hosting a swap you are permitted to by fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!
  • Quilts for Publication: if you are making a quilt for a publication and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception - who can blame you?
I felt rather smug as I was reading this pledge - I didn't have any UFOs so it wasn't like I never finished anything, I just had rather ambitious ideas on how  many quilts I could actually make, right? Then I spied this little basket.

Three basted quilts ready to finish, as well as twelve blocks from Fat Quarter Stars QAL just doing nothing. Hmm, p'haps I do have a problem with finishing.    'course if I looked at my cross stitch UFOs, I'd  know  that I have a problem finishing things.
And maybe I have a problem with actually starting anything  cos I have at least 6 patterns already kitted up and ready to start. So maybe my un-started projects are really my UFOs...