Completo Finito!!

My February OMG, that is: ¬†completed and finished in time! ūüôā

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Almost had a major hissy fit¬†when I discovered I had slightly miscut the backing fabric and it was a smidgen or two short on one corner, but after several deep breaths and a little bit of manipulation pushing shoving¬†pulling¬†gentle¬†guidance I managed to make it fit ūüôā ¬†In the end I went for some very simple diagonal quilting which was easy to do and doesn’t detract from the fabrics (I’m a firm believer in the¬†less is more approach, you know what I mean?). ¬†One of these days I will try to be more adventurous, I promise – but not before I get in a lot more practice at learning how to control my FMQ! ¬†The finished quilt measures¬†roughly 64″ square, so more of a lap quilt than a bed quilt – I can quite see myself sitting in a chair in a retirement home some years hence with this over¬†my lap, proudly telling everyone that I made it myself! ūüôā

Haven’t yet sorted out what the next project will be – maybe something small for a change – I did come across a UFO the other day while I was looking for something else which could be a good candidate – or I could start something new …

OMG buttonI’ll be linking up with the February OMG: ¬†It’s Finished Party!, courtesy of Red Letter Quilts – thanks, Heidi!

Quilty 365: Week 6 (and other things)

Quilty 365I’ve had a bit of fun with some of this week’s circles ūüôā

I love laying out all the blocks I’ve made so far – difficult to¬†imagine what it’ll look like once I get all 366 done! ¬†And as for trying to figure out how I’m¬†going to sew them together – will it be three 4-month quilts, four 3-month quilts, two 6-month quilts, or one whole year’s quilt?? ¬†Yikes!¬† That would¬†be one humongous quilt – and how the heck would I quilt it on my domestic machine??! ¬†Think I’ll put those concerns away for now and just enjoy the process of the day-by-day creations ūüôā

Having decided on my OMG goal for the month (see here), I haven’t done a single thing with it since getting the quilting sandwich pinned together last weekend ūüė¶ ¬†It’s been sitting glaring at me all week, while I:

  1. Played with my circles;
  2. Worked some more on my half-square triangle project, sewing together all the half-square triangles into rows and then the rows together into a flimsy;
  3. Pretended to look for suitable binding fabric for the OMG quilt but ended up sorting out and gathering together possible fabrics for another yet-to-be-decided project (they all just went together so beautifully, I couldn’t put them away again …);
  4. Worked on a wonky block quilt (this sneaky project inveigled its way onto my sewing table a couple of weekends ago, and keeps waving at me!).

In other words, The Procrastination Bug bit me Big Time. ¬†I think it’s deciding on how I’m going to quilt the OMG that’s holding me back: ¬†I’d like to try something a little bit different, but I’m scared that it won’t go well and then I’ll have to spend hours unpicking it … ¬†Maybe I should just go for something simple and get it done! ūüôā

Lovely three-day working week last week, with Monday being a holiday (Waitangi Day observance – 6 February is the actual date of Waitangi Day, but they Mondayised it last year, so if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, we get the Monday to observe the¬†holiday), and then my usual Friday off. ¬†The first cricket test between Australia and our Black Caps started in Wellington on Friday, and I regret to say that the Aussies are on top at the moment ūüė¶ ¬†However, there are another three days to go yet, and cricket can be a funny game sometimes! Last night I watched the NZ Breakers (basketball team) thrash Melbourne United in Auckland, with a rematch in Melbourne to come on Sunday. ¬†After that we head¬†into the semi-finals round, with one 3-game series between Melbourne United and the Breakers (finishing 1st and 4th in the preliminary round respectively); and a second¬†3-game series between the Perth Wildcats and the Illawarra Hawks (finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively). ¬†The Breakers have won 4 of the last 5 Australian NBL championships, although¬†they looked down and out until a couple of weeks ago, when they came off a 6-match losing streak and (finally!) started to play some great basketball. ¬†Hopefully they can continue and pull it off for Win No. 6.

Anyway, time for me to bite the bullet and get to work on February’s OMG: ¬†Procrastination, Get Thee Gone!






Quilty 365: Week 5 (sort of)

Quilty 365When I say ‘sort of’, it’s actually Days 32 – 38, ie¬†part-way through Week 5 and part-way into Week 6; but then, who cares? ūüôā

I kept the circles a little more ‘traditional’ this week, but sorted out some different¬†scraps to use, and also used some charm squares that have been sitting around for a year or three at least – the fact that they’ve previously been¬†passed over many times in the past when I’ve been choosing fabric for quilts means this is a good way to put them to use! ¬†One of these days I will start to tackle¬†some of the stitching to hold the circles, etc to finish them off – I’ve done very few so far.

(You’ll notice that I didn’t forget to include a cat one this week ūüôā ¬†Don’t worry, with all the different sorts of cat fabric I have in my stash, there’ll probably be a different cat block¬†each week for the rest of the project!)

Just finished watching a very exciting cricket game, the third ODI (one-day international) between NZ and our cuzzies from across the ditch, Australia. ¬†It was a 3-game series, and it was 1-1 going into today’s game, so the series was on the line, not to mention it being the last ODI for our inspirational captain, Brendon McCullum, who will be retiring from the NZ cricket team after the two test matches which will follow the ODI series. ¬†Anyway, I’m delighted to report that NZ won!! ¬†I think it would be fair to say it was probably against expectations – and there was also a little bit of controversy during the game with¬†regard to one of the Australian wickets – but it was a really¬†exciting game, and a¬†very fitting farewell for a great captain.

I¬†managed to make reasonable¬†progress on my OMG project yesterday and today (today was actually a public holiday, so no work) – got the borders sewn on yesterday and the backing sorted and cut, and then today I cut the batting and pinned the three layers together. ¬†I think I’ll baste them together as well before I tackle the quilting. ¬†Haven’t quite settled on what sort of quilting (ie, big stitch or machine) or pattern – since the majority of the fabrics in the quilt are florals of one sort or another, it might be nice to have¬†a simple orange peel or flower design, but I need to put some more thought into that and decide if I have the time to do it all before the end of the month deadline. ¬†(Although it won’t be the end of the world if I don’t get it done in time – but it would be nice, all the same! ūüôā )

How sad that work has to¬†interfere with all this creativity tomorrow … *sigh* ūüė¶




OMG: One Monthly Goal for February

I have decided to be resolute and select a UFO (Unfinished Object) to finish off for this month’s goal, rather than choosing to make progress on one of the new projects I have on the go at present.

(I like to think of myself as a sort of production line, where sometimes I’m at the beginning of the line (ie, starting a new project); sometimes in the middle of the line (ie, picking up a WIP – work in progress); and sometimes at the very end (ie, finishing off a UFO). ¬†And due to the number of projects I have on hand, I can be at any one or all of those stages on any one day! ¬†I¬†call it¬†being versatile … ūüôā )

So, this month my challenge is to finish off this Disappearing Nine Patch throw-size quilt which I got to the flimsy stage some time around the middle of last year:


I haven’t decided on either the backing or binding as yet, but might use the backing¬†which I had originally selected for last month’s project before I¬†changed my mind¬†– it’s a nice gentle, soothing sort of blue and white chevron pattern – all I have to do is remember where I put the fabric when I rejected it last month … *sigh* ¬†Senior Moment strikes again …

Linking up with the OMG February Goal Setting party – lots of great projects there already, you should take a look! ūüôā

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Quilty 365: February linkup

I decided to hold off posting photos of Week 4’s circles, and just wait until the end of the month and then post for the¬†the monthly linkup party. ¬†It’s been so much fun looking at everyone else’s circles for the month, and wonderful to see how others have interpreted the challenge – there are some beautiful creations there!

Here’s my offering for the month, with a few additional comments¬†on some of them (they’re arranged in a week-by-week pattern, left to right, starting with Week 1 at the top):

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A deeper rummage in the scraps supply turned up a few new fabrics to use both for backgrounds as well as circles, although I have also delved into the stash for a few¬†of the later blocks ūüôā

Week 4 ¬†didn’t actually feature a lot of creativity, now that I look back on it (I blame the Australian Tennis Open and some exciting cricket matches for the Black Caps for distracting me …) – although my stash raid did uncover the rather cute birdhouse fabric used mid-week on Day 25 ūüôā ¬†Day 29 (bottom left) is in honour of my third brother, Nigel, who sadly passed away nearly nine years ago, but would have celebrated his 70th birthday that day. ¬†And I realised when I got to Day 31 that – despite being a cat lover from way back – I didn’t have a single circle (or background) that was cat-related: ¬†so I had to fix¬†that in a hurry! ūüôā

Linking up to the February Quilty 365 Linkup Рyou should check it out!

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