Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Welcome 2014

One of my goals at the start of 2013 was to blog on a more regular basis.  Well clearly I failed miserably.  I read dozens and dozens of blogs each week but never seem to make the time to sit and write on my own.

I think part of the problem is that the writers of the blogs I read are so witty and their blogs are full of wonderful stories and beautiful pictures.  After reading them I can't help but wonder why anyone would even bother to stop by my blog.  It is so ho hum compared to what is out there.

But then I have to remind myself that I started this blog for me not for the world at large.  I might not have anything particularly noteworthy or witty to say but the purpose of this blog is not to entertain the masses but to document my experiences and achievements on this quilting journey.

So onward and upwards I that a new year has begun I can reflect and feel proud of what I have achieved this past year.  I met some wonderful people, learned some new skills, gifted some quilts that were well received and had a blast making them.

I try not to make New Year's resolutions cause I am always disappointed when I don't keep them. Instead this year my promise to myself is to keep doing what I love and to enjoy the process, no matter where it leads and no matter how prolific or slowly I may go.  It's all about the journey.

With that in mind I plan to finish at least some of the UFO's I have laying around.  So to make myself accountable I am going to list them all.  So here goes (in no particular order).................

This is my oldest WIP.
I made these blocks in 1999 when I was first introduced to quilting whilst living in Tonga.  It's about time I finally made this into a quilt (maybe a wall hanging?).

I started this quilt top about 8 or 9 years ago.  It is evolving over time as I keep adding another border to it. The piecing is so bad in the first (pieced) border that I set it aside for a couple of years whilst I pondered whether or not to take it off and do it again.  I decided to leave it as is - mistakes and all, as a reminder of where I began.  I still have to applique some leaves on the vine and possibly put another border on it before I can call it complete.

I took a Paper Piecing Class in 2006 and this is the result.  All the piecing was done during the class but it took me another 3 years to put the quilt top together.  I initially added a border (as per the class sample) but I disliked it so much I took it off again.  Just a bit nervous to start the actual quilting on my domestic machine.

This is my Orca Bay quilt, Bonnie Hunter's 2011 mystery quilt.  I want to rename it but I haven't been inspired with a new name just yet.  The colours look a bit Christmassy so I think that once I finally get it quilted it will get a new name and come out each Christmas.

This is one of my ongoing hand piecing projects.  I am still messing around with the 'abstractness' of the layout.  Something is not sitting well with me so I will keep playing until I am happy with the final layout.

This is my Easy Street quilt, Bonnie Hunter's 2012 mystery quilt.  The colour combination was not as successful as I had hoped.  I love the pattern but cannot bond with the colours so when it is finally quilted I will donate this to charity.

Donation quilt using recycled shirts from thrift shops.  Border and quilting to be completed.  And if you noticed the 2 mistakes where the blocks were pieced in upside down, they have been fixed since taking this photo!

I made this star based on a picture I saw in a magazine.  I had a fat quarter bundle that I thought would suit and this is the result.  I have made the backing using left over fabric so it is just waiting for me to get myself organised to be finished.  This was my first attempt at a 'modern' quilt.

Low Volume is something that I never thought would be for me but I loved the pictures I saw and one weekend I had an incredible urge to make one.  No reason other than 'I had to have one'.  So I dug into my scraps and pulled everything I thought could pass as low volume.  I absolutely love the result so much so that this is my 'favouritist' quilt I have made to date.

On another whim I participated in Mollie Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt Along(MSBHQAL).  I wanted to challenge myself to make something new and exciting and this definitely fit the bill. I had a blast putting it together and learned a few new techniques in the process so I am happy with that. This one is actually sandwiched and ready to quilt so should be off the list very soon.

This was my Leader and Ender project last year (as set by Bonnie Hunter).  I am not sure what I want to do next so I am just sitting on it waiting for inspiration.

I am part of the online Facebook Group - Just Us Quilters.  This is a Block of the Month Project which is almost at it's completion.  One block, corner blocks and sashing to go.  Should be ready to put together mid February 2014.

Japanese x & + block is my new favourite block and these are my new favourite colours.  I have made 5 blocks and have another 10 cut and ready to put together.  This is my choice for a bee group I am in so I look forward to receiving another 10 from around Australia.

Strings, strings...oh how I love strings.  I received these blocks from swap partners all over the world.  I can't wait to put this together.  I just need to make some more blocks to make a decent size quilt to snuggle under.  Hope to get this done soon.

I really am a scrappy quilter at heart.  Strings and Crumbs just delight me and they are so liberating to make. I have 50 of these 4.5" bad boys so far and I want to make another 200 so I have a ways to go.

Phew, in all I count 15 projects here and that doesn't include my ongoing hand project and a couple of bee swaps that haven't commenced.  If I can finish one of these projects each month I will be happy.

I think I will always have WIP's because I am so easily distracted and inspired by all of the pretties out there in blogland.  I can't wait to start the next project and usually do start before I finish a current one.  I am OK with that though.  It's nice to have varied projects that you can go back to when the mood fits.

With that I sign off to make a start on WIP Busting 101.

Until next time.



  1. Hello Sue and Happy New Year! I really enjoyed reading your post opening. And I will let you in on a little secret..... We all feel that way! So do like you say and write what you learn and talk about your progress. Record your journey and we will follow along! Looking forward to seeing you finish your gorgeous array of quilt tops listed above. Here's to a Quilty 2014!

  2. It great seeing all your projects together and the changes in style over time. I like your black and white abstract work, so hope to see some progress on that one this year. Your strings and crumbs are great too - I find that the most relaxing sort of sewing to do.

  3. I have truly enjoyed reading your blog for the first time and love your quilts especially the one with the flying geese border. The colors are great in the center. I am a new follower and look forward to reading more from your blog. Happy New Year

  4. Woohoo, what a list! It looks to me like you have an exciting year ahead of you.

  5. I think this is a great way to start the year and I enjoyed looking at all of your quilts. Janis@pinklemonadequiltshop.

  6. Your Orca Bay quilt reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope - a Christmas kaleidoscope! Love your blue/green star : )

  7. Happy New Year! Its funny I am planning to post all my UFO's in my blog( this week as well, but they are far less than the amazing collection you have. I like your herring bone and the low volume is my favorite too. Have a separate page for your UFOs and check them off when done. Definitely will come back to cheer you on.

  8. Hi Sue! It's tough not to compare ourselves to other's, and a lot of the time we are our own worst critics! I think your pictures are beautiful and your quilts a gorgeous!!! I look forward to reading your blog this year! Keep up the good work! :) Visiting from Sew Fresh Quilts!

  9. I love your quilts-just beautiful
    I am visiting from Lets bee social and am a new follower
    Happy New Year Kathy

  10. Happy New Year! I just listed my WIP's and did not take photos. It seemed such a daunting project. You made it look easy. Can't wait to see the finishes.

  11. I was reading through your post and wanted to say i really liked your first WIP, then I saw your Christmas Orca Bay and went LOVE IT..kept on scrolling down and saw Easy Street--great colors! I am serioulsy Bonnie Hunter's number one I will be coming back to your humdrum for me! :)

  12. WOW, I'm really impressed. And you have so much inspiration to give us. So just keep up the work. I'm now your follower too. I love all your WIPs, and especially the scrappy ones. I decided last year to take some of my photoes for the blog outside, or in other surroundings, showing something more of what is me or my life, if you understand. I've not been very good at it, but at least some of my postes are better in that way. An idea for you?

  13. This is my first visit to your blog.Reading it sure made me feel better about my UFO's (5). I'm a realtively new quilter, 4 years. But I think you're right. The blog is a journal for you and you are much braver than me to do one. Yes, maybe some are more witty or clever, but if your blog is there as a record for yourself, you have to be honest. That's what it looks like to me. I'll be back, and thanks for sharing. Good luck with your goals.

  14. Oh wow, you have many very complicated quilt tops out there. Good luck with finishing them. My fav would be that abstract thing and the Japanese one.