Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Progress report...

 But it's always good to start with a commercial,right? Here's some of that early autumn morning mist that hangs in the hollows til the sun chases it away. It seems to take certain weather conditions to produce it, and I find it a treat for the senses. Another of those elusive things we humans chase. Like rainbows, you can experience it and capture a picture, but you can't take it with you. I spent several hours this morning working on the "organizing" that has been happening here. It's a slow process, but I'm happy with the result. Oh, don't kid yourself, there are NO less UFOs than before, but at least all the bits, pieces and parts are being put where they belong. If I grab "that" container, I've got what I need to finish up an Aunt Gracies Friendship Star top. Somehow it seems to be helping me keep the mojo going!
 This flimsy is one of my recent finishes. It's sat around and sat around because I've not been happy with it. Technically it's not big enough, and I don't like it well enough to keep making blocks...so? It's now together and it is what it is. It may get a border or it may not. The blocks are 10.5".
 This one is much the same thing, not happy with it. Don't like it well enough to make many more of these. I could add one more row, having 2.5 of the needed 4 blocks finished. Just have to find some decent muslin(fun how we've quit using muslin for setting blocks). It's a maybe,or, it may be done.
 
This one is definitely DONE...not pressed as yet, but big enough at 56" X 64". Another of the MAM tops. They are fun to make, and I do love to play. That's pretty much what the MAM blocks are...playtime. The scraps in this one come from far and near. I know I have some from a few of you gals in it, and some of Jean's and Betsy's as well. Betsy gave me a small bag of trimming from flannel quilt backs when we had birthday lunch last week. I decided NOT to stick the bag with the "other stuff". I pressed the scraps out, cut what was cut-able, and began sewing up the rest. It gave me enough to finish the last 8 blocks for this top. I've decided I should make some comments of a helpful nature about making MAM blocks, since I've been at this for more than a decade. I'm going to post those over at the Orphan Train blog. Not today, but hopefully tomorrow. And I'm thinking about the UFO New Years Countdown again. It's about that time of year. If I start yet this week, we'll have just over 9 weeks til New Years, I believe. Probably better look at a calendar...LOL
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10 comments:

Sara said...

Oh YES, let's do the UFO Countdown again.
I am working on two finishes a month this year, but new items get found in odd places, so I'm not sure I've cut down on the number I thought I had in January. I do need another push for November and December!

Dolores said...

They are pretty quilt tops. I suppose you could always put a couple of borders on them to make them bigger.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I love those three quilts...especially the bear paw. I hate to think of how many UFO's I've got lurking in the box!

Tamera said...

I really like both of your top quilts. I'm not sure how big they are, but they would make good donation toddler quilts, don't you think?

Julie in the Barn said...

I'm with Sara. I need a kick in the bum to get a few ancient UFOs done by year's end including a Christmas quilt started in 1990!! I love your newest MAM top. And the other two are nice, too. You may not love them anymore but I'm sure there are people out there that will be thrilled to receive them when you finish them.

Vivian said...

Those two tops are calling out (at least to me) for a simple border in an interesting coordinating fabric (and maybe a light border between the blocks and the final border) to "complete them".

I've already got an optimistic Year-End Challenge list so if you build it, I will come!!

Elaine Adair said...

By word - you are moving right along! Love the dark sky photo in addition to the quilts - especially the Bear's Paw ... well the wondky L.C. is cool also, and hafta LOVE he Grandmother's whatever or is it called something else. Glad to see the results ofyour work!

Magpie Sue said...

Jeepers! Throw some borders on those happy flimsies and call 'em done! Love the Grandmothers Favorite (in the bright colors). The Bear's Paw would be great for a little boy.

Sorry I missed your birthday this year. You know I wish you happy all year long!

Stephanie D. said...

Sometimes I put things away because I'm not happy with them, and when I pull them out, I find they aren't so bad after all; I was just tired of them.

Other times, I pull them out and think, "Nah, I still don't like it." Then I donate them to a thrift store so someone else can finish them they so desire.

Good for you for the progress!

bluebellquilter said...

Agree with some of the other girls - put some borders on them (even add extra at top and bottom to lengthen for twin bed)=,=. Then call them done, Some children somewhere would love them
Ane in Australia who has just discovered your blog and is inspired by your creativity.