24 February 2016

I shot down a UFO . . .

UFO #2
Jinny Beyer's FACETS Quilt

I pulled it out of the UFO drawer yesterday to see what needed to be done to this small quilt -

I have obviously made a start and have completed one set of diamonds.

Just need to start to cross-cut the next set and ...
Oh my!
A little moment of distraction and my strips were cut 2 1/4" instead of the required 2 1/2"

Just as well I had lots of fabric left over and I can cut some more.

Well - I would have cut some more...
It seems someone else had other ideas!

Once I was able to move 'His Lordship' off the cutting mat, the quilt went together very easily.

I started putting the blocks together this morning and was happily attaching the borders this afternoon!

Now all I need to do is QUILT IT!

12 February 2016

Oh Blah . . . . .

Southern Cross Quilters have been chatting about clearing out UFOs recently  - so I decided it was time I took a look at just how many I have.

I try and keep my projects moving along, and I don't THINK I have that many..... So let's have a look at them - in no particular order to see just WHY they are officially a UFO.

UFO #1

Yoshiko's Garden by Kona Bay
Sometime early last year, I thought I would run up a quick quilt.
Found some pretty fabric in my stash and downloaded a pattern from one of those companies that give out free patterns to showcase a range of fabric.

I worked on it for a bit, but something wasn't quite right with the design. I couldn't put my finger on the problem so it was neatly packed up and put on the shelf.

Almost a year later it comes out to be stared at intently once again -
I like the colours - I used Jinny Beyer's Colour Palette to choose them.  Not too thrilled about the quality of the Tone on Tone, it has a bit too much stretch for my liking.
But that wasn't enough to keep it in the UFO box.

Then I realised it was the pattern itself!
Beautiful big framed Snowball blocks to showcase a pretty large print fabric in the centre of the quilt that were chopped off at the edges!
The lattice that the Tone on Tone created had nowhere to go!!

I know what to do ..
I can fix it
I can finish this UFO
I   ... don't have enough (pink) fabric......

Back on the UFO shelf it goes!

4 February 2016

A Christmas Gift

One Christmas gift I received this year definitely came with 'Some assembly required'.
It was a batch of cookies - in a bottle!

It was so pretty I didn't want to open it - but that was not the point of the gift.

And I was determined not to let it go stale in the pantry.

All I had to do was toss it into a bowl, add some melted butter and an egg - stir and place 12 spoons-full onto a cookie tray then bake.

Very generous sized cookies if it only made 12!!

The first time I saw something like this was at the Yarra Valley Chocolate Factory when we visited in August - I thought they were awesome!
I have since discovered many recipes on line for this wonderful gift.
(Just search for "Cookies in a Jar").