Sunday, February 1, 2015

My Quilting Plan For 2015........UFO (Unfinished Object) Busting.

I don't necessarily make New Years Resolutions, but I do make plans that I want to accomplish in the year.  I am a list maker and completer so resolutions is not really what I do.  I set a goal, make a plan, and then accomplish it.  That is they way I have always done and guess that I always will.

The first decision I made for this year is that I have plenty, plenty.....can I say plenty of fabric.  I do not plan on purchasing ANY fabric this year.  I want to use the fabric that I currently have in my stash and make projects with this current material.  Below is a picture of my current stash.  As you can see it is overflowing and needs to be used.

So with that being said, I have reviewed my pile of UFO's using the Pat Sloan system again.The original plan was posted on this link Finishing UFO's January 7, 2012.  From this original plan I have finished some of those quilts and of course I have added some more to this pile.  I am starting with that list, taking out those completed, and adding the new projects to this list. Pat Sloan suggests that you pick 3 to 10 projects from your sorted groups to finish this year.  She suggests that you
  1. Pick one that is Fast to finish-  My Christmas Braid
  2. Pick one that has a Current Deadline - A Quilt of Valor for Suzanne to award
  3. Pick one you So love working on- I have a Halloween Rag Quilt from scraps
  4. Pick one that is a Long Term project- My Cathedral Window travel quilt.
  5. Pick one or two that will be Gifts!-  I have two quilts for family that I am piecing.
  6. Pick one you Love and can finish easily- My 3-D quilt from Lanette Edens class
I pulled out all of my UFO's both those on the old list which still remain and any new UFO's which have been added since the original list was make and the projects are sorted into the following groups:
  • Group A:  Almost Done
  • Group B:  Almost Done....but I do I really want to finish it???
  • Group C:  Partially Done--I love and want to finish
Now I do have to add a disclaimer here.  This list does not include any of mom's projects that I will be quilting for her, so those must be intermixed with my projects as those are very important for me to quilt for her.

Happy Quilting,
More to come.....

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Walking in Legacy Park

Roger and I wanted to walk today even though it was 34 degrees out when we went to walk.  I wore my huge snow coat so I would be warm and my long johns underneath of the coat. The walk was great.  We did 3 miles around the Park and down Rocky Slope.

This is a picture of Roger with the lake in the background.  Beautiful scenery.

This is me in my big fluffy coat on the walk.  It may look like a pink "Michelin man" but it sure was warm.

 I plan to get a Quilt of Valor into the longarm today for quilting.  Hopefully I can get it done today and bind it tomorrow.  I would like to give it to Suzanne on Monday night at the quilt guild meeting.

Happy Quilting,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Quilt Bee Night

Tonight we met again for a wonderful evening of quilting.  Our bee is a productive group of ladies and each of us is always working on some project either for ourselves or usually for one of our philanthropy projects for Habitat for Humanity or Quilts of Valor.

Over the past week I have been going through all of my quilting books and magazine and sorting what I wanted to keep or donate to someone else.  I had a huge bag of quilting magazines that I had sorted and have to donate to the guild to sell at our next meeting.  Members bring in their old magazines and the guild sells them and donates the money to God's Pantry to provide food for the needy.  Each magazine can be purchased for 25 cents which is awesome for new quilters who can not afford to purchase quilting magazines for the hefty $6-7 prices in the stores.  It keeps the quilting inspiration flowing from one quilter to another.  I am glad to keep the inspiration going.  I also had a large box of books, most of them brand new which I had purchased from a quilting club over the years.  I had gone through the books and decided which ones I wanted to keep and those I wanted to donate to the guild or other groups.  Suzanne needed door prizes for the Gathering of Quilters sponsored by the Quilters of South Carolina coming up on February 7th.  She was able to take a lot of new books which she can use as door prizes at the meeting.  Another win-win situation for me:  I clean out my studio of books I don't want and she gains door prizes to inspire other quilters!

Mom was working on a quilt for her great grand-daughter Taylor.  Mom had pieced string blocks and wanted to use some of those in the quilt.  Below is a picture of the blocks on the design wall.
Mom used scraps of pinks, lights and purples to piece the scrap blocks from our bins of left over pieces under the cutting table. 
We then cut 8 1/2 inch squares from scraps of purples that we have for the alternating blocks.

Debbie was working on a commission crazy quilt for a client, and Sue was binding a Habitat for Humanity quilt which had been donated by a guild member.  We all had a great time passing the hours away.

Happy Quilting,

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Another Quilt of Valor Presentation

My Uncle James Adams was my most recent Quilt of Valor presentation.  He is my last surviving uncle on my dad's side of the family.  He is 82 years old so I wanted to get this done as quickly as possible for him.  

I started by sending signature blocks out to states with family members and having them sign and their friends and families sign the blocks for Uncle Jim.  Once I received all of the blocks back I put the quilt together and quilted it.  

Below is the quilt as I loaded it into my longarm.  I quilted the words honor, courage, valor, service, thank you for your service, as the quilting for the quilt.  It should also remind him that his service is appreciated.

 This is one of the borders where I also quilted words like courage, service etc.
 Below is the QOV label for his quilt.

 Now a close up of some of the signature blocks in the quilt.  The quilt was 80 x 80 and contained 256 signature blocks and every block was signed!!
 We presented the quilt to Jim at our family Christmas dinner on December 13, 2014 at my aunt Elane's house (his sister).  Everyone in the family was aware of the quilt as they had participated in making it by signing blocks......that is everyone but Uncle Jim.  He was totally surprised and moved.  He started getting teary eyed as soon as I started talking and we draped the quilt over his shoulders.  It was a very moving and difficult presentation to make, but reminds me of how special these quilts are to the recipients.  Below is a picture of Uncle Jim, my mom and myself presenting him with the quilt.
Uncle Francis was at the presentation and brought his Quilt of Valor that mom and I had presented to him.  After Uncle Jim's presentation, Uncle Francis showed his quilt to the family and they both commenced telling stories of their time in Korea.  Several hours later they were still reminiscing.  There was not a dry eye in the house as these two revealed so many stories of the events of their service.  Many family members have called and written me to say that this Christmas family dinner was one of the best that they can remember.  No one was in a hurry to leave.  So glad that everyone could be a part of this special presentation.

I am so blessed that quilting has given me the opportunity to make such a special gift for someone.  His service and the service of all of our veterans gives me this precious opportunity.

Happy quilting,

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Quilt of Valor Presentations

I have made several Quilt of Valor presentations recently. Two quilts were to two very special Uncles of mine.  The first one was to my Uncle Francis Thompson who served in the Korean War.  Mom pieced the quilt and I quilted and bound the quilt.  We presented it to him in August while his son David was here from Kansas City, KS.  He was surprised and honored to receive the quilt.  He was very moved as he feels that the Korean War Veterans are one of the 'forgotten' groups who so bravely served our country.

Mom used our scraps of 2 1/2 inch strips to make the red and white nine-patch blocks.  Then set them into the quilt with the beautiful blue fabric.

Aunt Nell, Uncle Francis, their son David and his wife Carol were all present for the presentation.
 This was me, Uncle Francis, and mom after the presentation.
Above is left to right, Mom Betty Adams, Carol Thompson, David Thompson, Francis Thompson, Nell Thompson, and myself Shelia Adams Chandler.

After the presentation Uncle Francis insisted that I go visit the Koren War Veterans Memorial that he had helped raise funds for.  
The stepping stones in from of and around the memorial had names of war veterans and other military personnel who had donated toward the memorial.  Proud to see many names from our family there.

I was very proud to be able to present this quilt to my Great Uncle Francis.  Thank you so much for your service to our country.  I'll post the 2nd presentation in the next post.

Happy Quilting,

Friday, January 2, 2015

Working On One Of Mom's Scrap Quilts......

My mother is the person who can make a quilt out of anything.  She is always cleaning out the scrap bins that runneth over from cutting out quilts.  She uses all those scraps to piece together tops for philanthropy for our guild.  I have lost count of the number of quilts she has made for Habitat for Humanity for our guild.

This below is one of the current quilts I am quilting for her.  This is a string pieced scrap quilt she pieced from all of those pieces that would have been thrown out in the trash.  At $10-12 per yard for fabric, this is an amazing saving for us.  This is the quilt in my long arm while I'm quilting it.

I LOVE looking at the fabrics and remembering where they were used in the original quilts we pieced.  Below is a picture of the free-hand quilting I'm doing on the quilt.  I love just quilting away with a design that pops into my head.
In the next picture you can see the scrappy string pieced border that she did.  I love how those little pieces make such a great border.

She pieced the pieces onto phone book pages, then we used the Accuquilt to cut them into 4-inch x 6-inch pieces.  She then just pieced the pieces end to end and pulled the paper off. 
Nice finish to a scrappy quilt.

Happy Quilting,