Category Archives: Finished 2017

Did you do it too?

Like many patchworkers, I like to have a go at the newest craze that comes along. Sometimes I will go with it, sometimes I will abandon it.

Did you try out the ‘woven quilt blocks’ years ago? It was around the same time as the Simplicity bias machine was launched – yes had to have that latest gadget too! Remember the pattern books – they were all written in … not English, never the less, still had a go.

DH obligingly made up a large padded board so I could make a big woven block – and that’s where it stopped.

Why did I abandon that craze? Very time consuming to make the bias – even with the machine and fiddly weaving – until the routine and pattern emerged.

Yes it makes for a lovely intricate 16″ block – but not for a whole quilt! So that craze became an abandoned project. Until now.

This year’s ‘Finish UFO’s and I don’t start anything new unless something for it is in the stash’ sent me hunting first for whatever UFO was small and quick to finish. Buried in the pile is this one, it just needed some binding – yay!

DH’s comment “Pity you didn’t make it into a cushion to sit on in the Golf’ was received with a silent smile. Oh dear – I suppose I could have done that. Hang on a minute – it’s my patchwork, and I just wanted to finish it!

'Hidden Creatures' by RobynsPatch

‘Hidden Creatures’ by RobynsPatch

The luminescent tiny insects pop out from behind a woven strip – hence the name. 
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Shift the Schedule and Do the Deadline!

Just when I thought I had the schedule for 2017 UFO’s mapped out, along came a Deadline.

Family handsome lad had his First Birthday coming up! So, dig through the stash – ’cause I’m not supposed to be starting anything new! – and found a hidden gem of fabrics and pattern tucked away in one of those tubs in DH’s shed.

Piecing the top went fairly quickly, next the quilting and ‘How to Quilt It?’

Ditch stitching each block to anchor the quilt is a first must. Then stepping back to let the quilt suggest it’s own pattern – it’s a one block quilt that uses light and dark value of bright colours to show depth. After that out came the Westalee Rulers, and on with the Westalee Ruler Foot.

Using two rulers from the Sampler Set, and alternating them between the two blocks, gave the quilt the interest of close up detail.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

Matching thread colour to light value fabric and using the ‘Spinifex’ ruler.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

Matching thread colour to darker value fabric and using the ”Circle” ruler.

I missed the Deadline by a few days, but met the Schedule by improving my finishing rate! Phew – that’s another one done! But there’s still left over fabric in the tub, perhaps enough for …think about that later.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

‘Lachlan’s Quilt’ by RobynsPatch

On the back, animals to delight any little boy.

'Lachlan's Quilt' by RobynsPatch

Backing fabric has jungle animals.

Time to work on another UFO…

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‘Here I am!’ says the car.

What can you do when your car looks like everyone else’s in the supermarket car-park?

Have you ever been in a very big shopping car-park, multiple rows, momentarily distracted, and the car is the same colour as a squillion others?

So far, there’s no app that gets the car to jump up and down to say ‘Here I am, here I am – over here!’

Solution, put a quilt in the back window. Wait, there’s more – it also stops the upholstery from fading (which greatly pleases DH) – well at least for those older cars without modern block-out windows!

So tried that – hand pieced some blocks from 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ blocks using an idea from ‘Successful Scrap Quilts’ by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe. Put it on the back window ledge, and hey presto! The car is spotted in the car park, but oh dear the fabric fades after a couple of years in the sun.

Car quilt - old blue one.

Car quilt – old blue one.

Now it’s time to replace it. Found some hand pieced ‘orphan blocks’ from years ago, buried deep in the pile of UFO’s, so along with this year’s goal of ‘improving my finish rate’, here’s the first finished for 2017.

'Orphan Sunscreen' by RobynsPatch

‘Orphan Sunscreen’ by RobynsPatch

To me the colours are now ‘yucky’ and dated, but DH likes it. Being brighter colours, it is easier to see in the supermarket car-park, but I don’t think these fabrics will stand up to long term use before they fade.

What do you do with your ‘orphan blocks’?

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PatchProjects: 10 Ways to get them done!

When it came time for New Year’s resolutions, Dear friend  and Pascoe Patcher – KB -said

“Don’t do the New Year resolutions thing BUT I say that THIS year I will clean up the sewing room! If I don’t there will be no sewing!”

Well that made me wonder about my own pile of patchwork projects and how to tackle them for 2017.

Dr Seuss

With so many UFO’s lurking in plastic tubs on shelves in the house and in his shed, it’s where to start that’s got me thinking.

How to tackle the pile of patchwork projects? Which direction to choose?

1. Deadline: If there is a family event or a Guild Exhibition coming up?

2. Mood: What do you feel like doing right now?

3. Time: How much discretionary time is available right now?

4. Technique: Are the speciality rulers, tools, or threads close at hand?

5. Machines: Is the sewing machine set up for piecing or quilting?

6. Space: Is the dining room table free at the moment?

7. Schedule: Have you set up self-disciplined plans or goals?

8. Classes: Is it for a class or a friendship group?

9. Supplies: Is there enough fabric to finish it?

10. Procrastinate: Too many choices, just give up and go and clean the bathroom instead?

Well for 2017, I’ve chosen Schedule. My plan is to not start anything new  – that I don’t already have planned or a bit of in the stash – and a goal is to improve my UFO finish rate, no matter how big or small the projects are. DH added, “… and then find a home for them – somewhere else!” Oh dear, methinks that’s a reflection on the tubs of UFO’s on the shelves in his shed.

How do you decide to tackle your pile of patchwork projects?

RobynsPatch