Sunday, January 24, 2021

4th finish for 2021, 2nd UFO done out of 15

It took me all day to finish this UFO. I'm tired! I didn't not think it would have taken me all day. I'm glad it is finally done. It measures 75" x 85". It was already bound. The black and yellow fabric is commercial, but I hand dyed the greens and blues and the backing. I don't know exactly when I started this quilt, but my best guess is sometime in 2013 or 2014.  My top thread was Sulky Rayon and the bottom thread was various cotton threads.
It looks good on the bed either way on the bed. It won't stay on the bed; in fact, I don't know what I will do with it. It will probably go on the pile of quilts I have until a need arises.
Here is a look at the backing.  You can see I did a facing binding.
I had made a piece in 2015 out of the scraps left from this quilt which ended up in Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Improv Quilts..

Saturday, January 23, 2021

All pin basted and another UFO

I got the Harley t-shirt quilt pin basted today. That is a big job done! The quilt top went together so easy. The design again was simple, but the two colored columns of shirts represents the number 11.
I decided I wanted to get another UFO done since I was setting up the sewing machine for free motion quilting for the Harley quilt. I need to quilt the yellow accent pieces and the black stripes in all the rows except at the edges. This is not going to take long. Why I haven't finished this, I don't know.  The yellow accent areas are now done and you can see on the back the areas that need quilted.
As soon as I get this UFO done I will start quilting the Harley quilt.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Ready to pin baste

I got the top all sewn together and it is now ready for me to pin baste. Right now it measures 85 1/2" x 95 1/2". The backing is just wide enough; not much to spare at all in the width. I will make it work!
I ended up using the gray and gold fabric with the skulls. It was a bit tricky to match the design. I had to sew it twice, but I think it came out pretty good. I didn't take a picture, but I will show the back once I get this quilted.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Three-fifths sewn together

I am happy with the progress I have made on the Harley t-shirt quilt. Three-fifths sewn together! If I can find the time tomorrow, I would like to get the rest sewn together so I could be quilting this by the weekend!
I have these two lengths of fabric I am considering for the back. I am leaning toward the gray and gold piece.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Busy day

First, thank you all for your kind comments on my GB piece. This next quilt is not any dramatic design, but it has significance. I have made a Harley quilt every year for the past 5 years to donate to a poker run that is run by a lovely lady. The money raised is donated to charity in remembrance of her daughter who was killed in a car accident. This year is the 11th year since she passed, thus the two columns with colored t-shirts will be the number 11. Last year I made an X with the colored t-shirts for 10 years and a hug. I got the center column sewn together.
I also have been working on the 2010 quilt. I have tried to spend a few minutes every day quilting  on it this week. It is not a big quilt so if I keep at it I might have this done in a few weeks.
I decided to treat myself to some chocolate. I haven't had any Malley's chocolate for a long time. My SIL always buys me a rabbit for Easter, but we didn't have an Easter get together last year because of the pandemic and this year looks to be the same. I had no intention of buying two bags, but if you bought the first bag at full price the second bag was only five bucks. I couldn't walk away from that deal! LOL!!!
Add computer work for my job and a doctor's appointment - it was a busy day.

We don't care where you go

but you can't stay here
Don't go away mad; just go away
I can breath again.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

3rd finish for 2021; 1st UFO done

The Gee's Bend quilt is done! I got to put a big black X thru the picture that I have hanging on my door of all my UFO projects. One done; 14 to go!
I mended the sleeves of three shirts finally. I always seem to wear my polo shirts out in this area.
The deer gathered in the back yard today. I threw them a few apples that were going bad; they ate them. The adult doe looked like she was pregnant and she ate two of them. I know I shouldn't feed them, but I did.
When I got back home after a long walk, I made a pot of chicken soup with broth and chicken that was leftover from cooking two chickens a few days ago. I was in a hurry and hungry, so I microwaved the celery to get it soft quickly. I like these Sobo noodles, but I only put in the serving I plan on eating. They only take one minute in simmering broth to cook. The noodles are delicate and I don't think they would stand up to being reheated.
I also got started on this year's Harley quilt. This will be the 11th anniversary of the death of Andrea Torres so I am leaning to arranging the t-shirts into columns which end up with an 11.