Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Working Through the UFO's ~ Amour de Cerise and More

 Hi-diddly-O Quilting Friends!  Today I'm going to share with you a newly discovered thing about me.  It's kind of sad it took nearly 54 years for me to figure out how I roll.  Better late than never, right?  Well, it seems I like a bit of chaos.  By jumping from one thing to another I get more accomplished.  I'm not sure if I've always been this way or if it's a getting older thing.  Doing the same thing all day bores my quilty brain and is hard on the achy aging joints.   A body in motion stays in motion.  So this leads me to making a little shift in my self imposed 2023 UFO Challenge.  Instead of working on one at a time I'll be working on several in various stages of completion.  And to put a twist on things I'll also be adding in new smaller projects.  As one is finished a new one will be added into the rotation.

 Amour de Cerise(Cherry Love) is the newest addition to the mix.  She'll be loaded onto the frame sometime today  since I just pulled a quilt off the frame last night.   Amour de Cerise was started January 2015.   The applique is raw edge and I think it adds a nice little WOW factor to the plain ole nine patch quilt.  It gives it sorta chained look.

Last night I played around with some quilting ideas but they aren't set in stone.  To keep it quick and easy the quilt will be done with mostly free motion work.  Maybe something new will pop into my mind as I work on the other things planned for this week.

The first thing on the list today, 100% machine bind the latest quilt off the frame. Black is so hard for me to see, so hand stitching the binding is out of the question.  I know your gasping at the black.  Black isn't in my normal color pallet but I'll explain more about that on the final reveal.  The other side is packed full of color to make up for the black.  Y'all get it, black or white backgrounds make the bright colors go POW!  

Also in the rotation will be sewing up some cute projects for the little grandkids for Valentines day presents.  I'll be making Book Pillows with matching Bucket Hats.  Here's the patterns I'll be using.
Reading Pillows and Bucket Hats.  The cute fabrics are from Hobby Lobby.  Two different unicorn prints for the girls and I'll use the same gradient print on both pillows.

And then for our youngest, Mason, he needs Dinosaur fabric.  He's in a dinosaur phase right now. Everything, even his cars must be dinosaur themed.  As soon as these gifts are completed and shipped I'll be adding a small quick new quilt to the mix and then start adding UFO's quilt blocks needing to be stitched into quilt tops.  Of course ,starting with the easiest to finish first.

How could I resist throwing in a picture of the little cuties.  Yes, I'm a proud grandma.

The last project in the mix right now is my Bumpkins Pumpkins quilt.  Hand stitching the binding to the back in the evenings or when I need a little break.  Well that's it for now.  I think this should keep me busy.

But this is a distraction....I might be outside later for a little snowman time!

Until next time...

I hope you find time to stitch up something sweet!

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  1. My two little nieces have birthdays this month and next. Guess those little girls are going to get reading pillows! I'm going to run to Hobby Lobby at lunch and look for unicorn and rainbow fabric!

  2. Fabric at Hobby Lobby is 40% this week. Every other week they have 40% almost all fabrics. I just washed this fabric and it didn't bleed.

  3. Glad you are back to blogging. You are a sewing dynamo. Love the jazzed up 9 patch. Dorthac

  4. I've got to get to Hobby Lobby on 40% off week and ck out fabric. Haven't been in a long time. I'm so glad you are sharing yr UFO adventure. I really love yr quilts and colors. I like bright cheery too and red is my favorite!!!

  5. Love the first project. We don't have a Hobby Lobby close enough for a fabric run But love those unicorns

  6. I am loving seeing all of your quilting creations! The black backed quilt has me intrigued. You are such an inspiration.


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