At the Guild: Until… when?

At the P’s & Q’s Guild, there were the beginnings of an underground movement, muttered words included ‘finish, UFO, never done Show & Tell before’, which became a common theme.

Here’s me thinking I had a corner of the ‘this year I’m going to …’, instead I’m becoming a groupie!

My ‘no matter how small or large, old or new’ improving my UFO finish rate and not starting anything new (unless something was already in my stash- that’s the quilter’s out clause!), was quickly old hat – at least until my resolve was challenged by a “I’ll give you until June!”

Yay! Another UFO done, but DH sprukes ‘When it’s finished, find somewhere else for it – not here.

'Checkerboard Blues' by RobynsPatch

‘Checkerboard Blues’ by RobynsPatch

This UFO was an ‘ugly’ piece of fabric where I experimented with fussy ‘kaleidoscope’ piecing, whilst at an early step along the patchwork path. The fabric background had a checkerboard pattern – that does not line up when rejoined, so a bit of appliqué helped cover some of it over. All that needed doing was the binding. So another ‘sunscreen’ quilt for the car!

Meanwhile amongst the PP’s

Pascoe Patchers

Yummy Banana and Blueberry cake Sue C brought to share with PP’s.

Sue L was knot happy!

Sue L was knot happy!

Pauline now has time to hand piece!

Pauline now has time to hand piece!

Carolyn's expertise with silk thread showed as she added to her cross stitch with subtlety shaded silk thread.

Carolyn’s expertise showed as she added to her cross stitch with subtlety shaded silk thread.

Sue C - our stitchery expert - shows how it's done with another completed block.

Sue C – our stitchery expert – shows how it’s done with another completed block.

And I’m still working on that UFO … ‘Affairs of the Heart’, adding the embroidery while at Guild meetings – and no, it will not get finished this year!

Another of the blocks of the 'Affairs of the Heart' quilt stitched by RobynsPatch

Another of the blocks of the ‘Affairs of the Heart’ quilt stitched by RobynsPatch

But that’s another story.

Happy stitching …

RobynsPatch

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…

RobynsPatch

‘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’?

RobynsPatch

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