Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I really did'nt relize what an air-head I really was until I started going deeper in the old stash.I have got boxes of basted applique peices that I don't even know what quilt they go to. LOL Time to make new with something that was meant for something else, whats a gal to do
THANK YOU!! just re-read thread,,,feel better and am trying adjust my attitude~back to kindof my ole self. I let my hubby's opinion of having too many ongoing projects influence me a bit too much maybe. I too, while emptying some cabinets, found items long ago forgotten...haven't touched a one yet, but they are piled on table top for attention. I'm going to start something new tonight and not worry so much. It is what it is.
I was attempting to finish some ufo's, but then purchased some wonderful wool yarn last month and crotcheting started calling me, I also want to learn how to knit, hubby says I have to do more projects to use up all the fleece he's brought home over passed couple of years.
Q: would like input from those w/some experience w/Fleece, IDEA #1-utilize for applique pcs onto cotton. IDEA#2-make mini quilts 1 side fleece w/cotton applique, fleece sewn right side to cotton, turn right side out, & then join these mini "potholder quilts" into larger unit? Would not go larger than 50x50- for sake of washing. thoughts? do's & don't suggestions/ideas? Note, usage is limited as it's a companies "scraps" from making jackets, etc. so very odd shapes & colors. I have made a few jackets with larger pieces. Also I have a few leftover rolls that I thought of using a backing for couple of simple quilt tops of my & my daughters clothing/items, then simple ties? HELP!
Danielle, fleece makes a great fill/backing for scrap quilts, they are warm and soft, perfect for snuggling under on the couch while watching movies or even to slip inside someone's sleeping bag if you have hunters/campers at your place. Piece your fleece, use all your leftovers from your quilts and make a scrappy top, tie em together, flip the edge for binding and call it good. I do the same thing with flannel (I do use a batting with flannel but fleece is much thicker so not always necessary) and my family loves getting them, they don't feel the need to be so 'careful' with them, lol. They can wash them a hundred times and not worry they are messing up an heirloom or something. Just remember, there is an exception to every rule and you can do whatever you darn well want to with your fabric.
lol... I'll try and get a note out so you can at least get on the road
lol.. sounds like a plan then
BIG SMILE on my face, thank you all !! I'm going to review my would love to make list, pull some fabric & crank my music-dh will be in woods trying to find deer~ I LOVE hunting seasons, just my dogs underfoot and no hubby,,,although must admit, he does tend to stay out of my zone:-) and I do feel a bit better as that fall outdoor to-do's were done yesterday.
@ Viki, I love your method to organize those UFO's... I have to put more effort & time into doing that, then I too won't feel terrible when the grim reaper comes a knocking on my door & someone else has to clear out my belongings,,,
Amazing how much one can accumulate over the years, and I am one who tends to refuse to part. However, am working on that, as we are planning on downsizing in 2-3 yrs...which won't be terrible as the "plan" currently is that I will have my very own building for sewing/crafting w/wood stove, etc....My hubby doesn't want to have to plan the new house around my quilt frame-which I have yet to actually use w/machine, but it does make a great place to drape stuff & move on to others. Which was another reason I felt pressure to finish up as many wips/ufos as possible, but in reality, either finished or not, they would have to be packed up, so doesn't really matter now does it?! heehee, thank you all and hope each have a wonderful evening :-)
Last year, I put all my UFOs and sample patches in a stack. I went through them and and made gift bags out of all the ones that I didn't really want to finish. I had a lot of Christmas left over patches and so made many gift totes of all random sizes and used instead of wrapping paper. Instead of quilting, I ironed on fusible interfacing and sewed as totes with drawstrings. (Quilting/batting makes them too stiff, the fusible interfacing keeps all the seams flat and prevents unraveling.) Everyone loves getting their presents in gift bags and think I made a special effort to do them, not realizing I was just clearing the piles of unfinished quilt tops, left over patches, sample patches, and patches with mistakes. If you have an unfinished quilt top that you do not want to quilt, you can always cut it into smaller pieces and make several totes out of it. I don't think that I will ever need to buy wrapping paper again!!
Hi Cindy, I have so many UFOs, WIFs, GBQPs, that I can't count. My main problem is that I have quilt tops finished waiting to be quilted. A friend in NC has taken on a few of them to quilt for me. I usually finish the tops but have the problem of geting them quilted. My health is a big reason - Am hoping that I will get some relief there soon - there is talk of a neuro transmitter - I had to see the shrink to find out if I was a good candidate and I'll find out the results of that visit MOnday...
But this talk is about UFOs... I counted last year and had 20+ quilt tops finished - about 20+ quilt tops in some sort of shape needing finishing - and about 50+ ideas that need to be made into quilts - and 20+ kits all cut out waiting for the day that they get their turn to be sewn into quilts.
Asking for small prayers that I am able to finish most of these before my grave finds me and someone else has the opportunity to finish them up for me...
Being a quilt teacher, I've made a lot of tops over the years for class samples. Needless to say my own projects were pushed to one side so I could focus on getting my class samples done by the store's deadline date. I had them all folded and stacked on what I call my "chair of shame". It go so bad I decided to come up with a spreadsheet listing every quilt I could remember and list what stage they were in: Top, Borders, Layered, Quilted, Binding.
I have to say I think it helped me keep everything in perspective and gave me the inspiration to get them finished. Every "X" in a column was an achievement. It was tough because for every quilt I finished I was adding at least two more. Now that my local quilt shop is in the process of closing I'm finally seeing the list start to come down. I rent longarm space in a local studio and the quilts are finally getting quilted and will eventually be finished completed. The list is now down under 60 that need to be completed. Unfortunately, I'm still finding UFO's that I forgot I started!
Hmmm, not sure where to start 'cuz I don't want to TELL others what to do. But here goes, jumping in with both feet: I was buried in UFO's 3 years ago and starting every new project in site, even some that were such vague ideas I was just sorting and making fabric piles for that future quilt. I stopped doing that, kind of cold turkey. I could open my own fabric store and while I have cut down on acquisitions, I have limited them to: a really really good buy (minimum 40% off); something I absolutely need to finish a project; or, something so gorgeous that after I walk out of the store, I have to go back and get it anyway. And yes, silly me, I actually walk out of the store and get in the car to think about it.
Next thing I did was a really hard "sort" through my entire quilt/sewing room. I only had one room devoted to quilting at the time. I packaged up each project individually. If it was started, the pattern, the cut pieces, blocks, and uncut fabric all went into the bag. I listed the project and rated how far along I was - fabric/pattern, all cut out, blocks made, borders needed, ready to quilt, etc. A lot of projects were 86'd/scrapped. The fabric went back in the stash, the patterns either went back in the drawer or were put in the donate stack. Some cut items that weren't cut so well went into the scrap bucket or were made into dog beds for the local shelter. I got myself down to about 40 UFO's in all stages doing this. I can't remember (self-denial) how many UFO's I had, but it was well over 100.
The big category split was finished tops and quilt tops that needed to be finished. Many tops changed categories. This is OK. There were things that I needed to finish because I didn't want to quit on a challenging project. They just may not have stayed in the same type/size range as originally planned. That was OK too. I had one very very boring strip sewing project that went from being a planned queen size quilt top to a single bed quilt top and two youth bed quilt tops. Borders are fantastic for this kind of thing. So two different charities got finished quilts on that one. The first year, I completed 18 of my planned 20 UFO's. And I added 3 new UFO's to the future completion pile.
The next two years I planned on completing 10 UFO projects each year. Never quite reached that momentum, again, but I'm also not adding more than 2-3 projects a year and those are usually in the "ready to be quilted" stage/category. I have my own long arm with more and more quilts working their way to that stage each year. So far this year, I have completed three to be quilted UFO projects, moved 2 projects into the "to be quilted" category and have my 4th to be quilted UFO pulled for quilting. Last year I added 1 to be quilted to the group and have one on the wall where I am working on pieced borders while I take part in the Splendid Sampler and do a couple of other small things start to finish.
It is getting better. The organization seems to help. And for some silly reason, I'm working out of my scrap barrel rather than pulling so much yardage. Lets hope I can quilt until well after I'm 100 years old. It will take that long to use up most of the fabric.
The other thing that helps is having a block box. I think many of us have accumulated blocks. We start a project, make a sample block, have extra blocks that don't quite fit, whatever. But we end up with extra blocks. I set these aside and have a huge bin that sometimes gets full. My bin contains blocks as small as 1.5" square to as large as 15" square. The most common sizes are 6" (usually flannel or cotton 9 patches at this time), 9" miscellaneous blocks and 12" miscellaneous blocks. When there is a general call for charity quilts in a hurry, the block box comes to the rescue. The last time was about 5 years ago when it was almost emptied. Our small group (I think about 8 quilters) needed to make 35 finished quilts in less than 3 months. Most of our group works full time and only a couple of us don't have family to care for. I was tied up with my business going full tilt and couldn't promise much more than quilting 5 tops for that project. But I called a couple of ladies to come over to my house and go through the block box with me. 6 single bed quilt tops were made from the contents of the box after we sorted it out. Those blocks were put together and presented as ready to be quilted within a week... Teamwork!