Tag Archives: UFO’s

‘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