Monthly Archives: November 2021

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Last month, Chris gave us the open-ended invitation to play with line in our improv blocks for her. Straight lines and how they intersect, or how they don't. She asked for black background (I used Kona Black) and as many colors as we like (at least two) for our lines, preferably brights.

My lines all vary between 1/8" and 1/2" in width. I really enjoy the look and process of piecing a skinny 1/8" strip. So I started with that.

This first one is about 12" x 12" with 1/8" strips in three colors. Technically the lines intersect somewhere to the lower left outside of the block. This block accidentally has 90's neon laser photo backdrop vibes for me.

My second block is 8" x 8" and more precise with two 1/2" strips intersecting in the center of the block.

My last block is about 7" x 6" and I thought of the branches on a plant or the veins on a leaf.

Thanks for visiting!

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Welcome to my stop on Bobbie's UFOvember Blog Hop. I shared an intro post with the list of everyone participating in UFOvember at the beginning of the month and a few days ago I shared a list (with photos) of all my WIPs. (I realized today I missed one, so it's been aded to the list.) I find that knowing what all the projects are helps me make decisions about prioritizing what to work on. This week folks were resuming a UFO. "Pick up a UFO right where you left off, get it done, happy ending!"

With a newly updated list "in hand" for the first time in over two years, I began working my way through the quilts that just need binding, focusing on the little ones first this month. So I'm happy to share eleven finished quilts with you for my stop on the hop. These mini quilts were all quilted and trimmed, so I spent time this week making and attaching the binding on each of them.

Typically, I bind my quilts with double fold bias binding by machine. But the bulk of double fold is a little much for a tiny little quilt, so I followed Quilting Jetgirl's lead to use single fold binding for my mini mini quilts. I used her Binding Mini Mini Quilts Tutorial as a jumping off point and adjusted as I needed. Most notably, I decided on 1 1/4" wide strips for my binding, because my batting is very low loft.

So now, a little quilt parade. Nine of them are artist trading card sized, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

And these two are the big ones, 5 1/4” x 2 3/4” and 4 1/2” x 4”.

These were such a fun way to play with my tiniest scraps of solids using my Scrappy Slab technique. I teach my Creating a Scrappy Slab workshop for guilds, offer it as a lecture/demo presentation on Zoom for guilds, and have an on-demand Creating a Scrappy Slab class available for individuals.

In all of my planned improv work I set parameters for myself. This series started out as monochromatic and built only from my little scraps of fabric. I'd initially been thinking to make them business card sized, but settled on the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" artist trading card size, which made them roughly playing card sized.

Here's a peak at the backs.

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to check out the full list of UFOvember blog hop participants. So far folks have shared their UFO inventories, including tips for keeping track of yours, and their plans and finishes resuming some of those projects. In the last two weeks of the month we'll hear from people who are reworking and rehoming their UFOs. Lots of good stuff!

Have you resumed work on a UFO lately? Tell me about it in the comments!

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It's UFOvember so I'm updating my dormant list of projects. I lovingly refer to them all as WIPs. They aren't forgotten, unfinished projects that will never see the light of day. They are works in progress, albeit some in a state of hiatus.

Friends, this list is LONG. If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I always tend to have a lot of projects in progress. An "eyes bigger than my stomach" kind of problem. But this is a lot, even for me. And since a lot of them are little, the number feels even more daunting. An upshot is that 12 of those projects have been completed from the last iteration of my list back in October 2019. But, you'll see many of those older projects appear again here. (Though most have updated photos and I've made significant progress on ten of them!) And there's a whole lot of new stuff, due in part to classes I've taken in the last couple years and in part to excitement over trying something new in style or color.

I struggle a little with how to organize a list of this magnitude. I've tried to add the year the project was started if I know, if the year includes a question mark, I've made an educated guess.  I've also decided to take the numbering off the list. This is really more about me tracking the state of each project and less about how many projects there are. (I'll save you the counting and put the total number at the bottom of the post.) I've also decided to only include quilting projects here. At the moment, I don't think I have anything in progress in the way of bags, garments, or yarn. Some intentions, but nothing started.

So I hope you have a comfy seat and a cozy drink... scroll on, my friends.

Just Need Binding

  • 11 Mini Mini Monochromatic Scrappy Slab Quilts (2020)
  • Mini quilt inspired by Ellyn's photo (2021) - Ellyn's photo, used with permission:
  • Waterfall Quilt (2018)
  • Scattered Squares (2018)
  • Variation of Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, Wall Hanging (2017) 

Quilting In Progress

  • 6 Personal Symbols Mini Quilts (2021)

Finished Quilt Tops

  • Hanukkah Morewood Mystery Quilt (2020)
  • Quilt Connection Lap Quilt (2021)
  • Round Robin Medallion (2019)
  • Island Batik Bear's Paw (2019)
  • Laura Wasilowski Workshop Project (2021)
  • Burger (2020)
  • Watermelon (2020)
  • Tic Tac Toe (2020)
  • Beads On a String (2019)
  • 5 Green Improv Mini Quilts (2021)
  • Mini Mini Star from Sewcialite Sew Along (2020)
  • 9-Patches (2020)
  • Crosses and Strips (2020)
  • Rainbow Skinny + (2020)
  • Rainbow Curves (2020)
  • Blue & Green Curves (2020)
  • Tiny Green Triangles (2020)

All Blocks Complete

  • Quartered Log Cabin (2016)
  • Rainbow Remix (2016)
  • Monochromatic Improv Maximalism (2020)
  • Tula Pink City Sampler (2017)
  • Turquoise/Yellow/Orange Improv (2021)
  • Patchwork City (2015)
  • Fantastic Fusion (2021)
  • Ocean quilt for my daughter (2012?)

Piecing in Progress

  • Swoon (2016)
  • Rainbow Chain (2016)
  • Improv Log Cabins (2021)
  • Floating Squares (2016)
  • Mosaic Mystery (2019)
  • All About Angles in Cherrywood Blue Lagoon (2017)
  • All About Angles in Cherrywood Meadow + Indigo (2019)
  • All About Angles in Alison Glass Kaleidoscope (2021)
  • Trinket (2019)
  • Purple Royalty quilt (2015?)
  • La Passacaglia 
  • Playing with solids project from Tara Faughnan class (2017)
  • Green Stripes (2021)
  • Pink Curves (2019)
  • Fabric Challenge (2018)
  • Improv Triangles in Blue (2021)
  • Improv Slab (2020)
  • Geese & Polygons (2020)
  • Purple Prism Play

Cut, Not Pieced

  • Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, large scale
  • Katie P-M class (2021)

Fabric Pulled

  • Macaron Mystery (2021)

 

There they all are! There are 72(!) projects in this list. Two projects from my 2019 list are MIA, but I think I may have passed those projects on to the philanthropy/charity group in one of my guilds. If they turn up, I'll add them back into this list. Some of these may be rehomed. And Saturday I'll be back to share as many small finishes as I can muster this week.

My goal is to repost this list regularly, though I'm not sure if I'll do that quarterly or just twice a year. I've missed having the updated blog post of projects the last two years.

It's currently UFOvember! Hop over to my post from the beginning of the month to see links of the daily posts. The first week is all folks talking about their UFO inventory. Many have shared tips or tricks for keeping track. I'd love to hear what you do to keep track of your projects in the comments.

Thanks for visiting!