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    The Next Project for 2015

    Hi, however you celebrate, I hope everyone has had a lovely time and found some of that precious time to get some quilting done.

    I honestly can't believe that during the last year, I've actually finished all my quilts and cushions and they've all gone to their loving new homes, the last one I finished binding about 12 o'clock Christmas Eve, to then wrap and take to my sisters house on Christmas morning. I didn't think I'd manage it.
    Just one last Help4Heroes Quilt raffle prize for a Military fundraising in July is all I have left to do.
    So what did I start a few weeks ago? Designing my own again from scratch! (rolls eyes) Something I said I wouldn't ever contemplate for a long time. But, it's gone from a cushion, to a small wall hanging, to end up as this monster of a wall hanging spread out on the dining room table with the actual picture at 28 x 60 inches long. It'll have to hang on the stairs wall when it's done.
    It's a Mermaid and Merman with a Celtic flavour in the style from "Elaine Hamer's Drawing and Painting Mermaids.". I love the design, but I'm now in a pickle as to how to make it... I was thinking of doing it as Redwork (in blue) but keep thinking of felt as i belive it needs colour, either on the marbled cotton i already have, or doing the whole in felt, which I have never used before.
    Would mix of felt for the skin etc blend well with 100%cotton appliqué? Also, I'm going to need a good pen/pencil etc to transfer the embroidery lines for the faces and Celtic knots and have heard of Websters Sulky transfer pen. Has anyone used this pen? Is the nib fine and does it do it's job?

    Anyone else have a new project in mind for the New Year?

    Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions.
    Joanne
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    I want to make a medallion style quilt for my grandson. The center will be a t-shirt with his name on the list of All Stars and the team emblem. The rest I will figure out as I go along. I too finished all my projects -- the last one was bound Christmas Eve. But I was able to help two granddaughter's with sewing projects so it was fine to put mine off til the last minute.

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    A couple craftsy quilts and my daughters quilt as well
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    I finished my gifts on Christmas day after they were opened, lol. I made pjs for all the guys, but didn't put the elastic in the waist until I had the guys in front of me to measure for it. While my girls were cooking dinner I was sewing elastic into waist bands. At least I didn't have to cook ROTFL.

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    Still working on UFO's if I get one a month finished I should be caught up by Sept. 2015, 3 finished tops ready to go on my LA, and 5 tops to finish. In the last week I got 3 tops on and off my LA, just an over all meander on all of them so did not take long, even got the binding on them all. I think that will only leave the UFO's that I am still collecting fabric for but haven't really started on. Are they even considered UFO's or are they still on my bucket list? I could a this point decide not to make them and return the fabric to my stash, nothing I cut.

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    Well I'm almost ready to start two separate challenge quilts One for our local quilt show in May and one for the CQA show in Lethbridge in June. Gotta get the nerve to cut the required fabric.
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    What a great idea. Measuring usually keeps me from making things like that. And abonus, you didn't have to cook. Win, win.!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
    I finished my gifts on Christmas day after they were opened, lol. I made pjs for all the guys, but didn't put the elastic in the waist until I had the guys in front of me to measure for it. While my girls were cooking dinner I was sewing elastic into waist bands. At least I didn't have to cook ROTFL.

    Cari

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    I have too many UFO's and have decided that I will be finishing some to donate to Project Linus. I have contacted the coordinator in my area and also the one for the Phila. area. I do believe that I can downsize my stack of tops and feel good about where they are going.

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    I have been saving Jelly Rolls for the past two years and also charm packs to make a strip quilt for the bedroom. A nice big one so it can be used as a quilt and bedspread. I have one quilt to finish, one quilt to make and then I am going to do the strip quilt. After that is done (probably two years - only kidding - I want to start on my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. The strip quilt will be done in shades of pink and teal with some brown (matches the furniture). I am really excited to start on it. Not sure on how I am going to get it matched, or maybe it is not supposed to be lined up in order. Haven't figured that out yet. But I know it is going to be a quick easy quilt and fun to watch get put together.

    Right now I think my most important project is to get all my fabric in order and I haven't figured out how I am going to do that yet. "Inch by inch, life's a cinch - Yard by yard, it is hard." So, I'll just take my time, get it right, get everything labeled on the outside of drawers, boxes, etc., so I know where everything is. That's the way I like to do my stuff - Label, label, label!!!!!

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    I use a Pigma .01 brown marker to transfer lines for embroidery. It isn't really dark, but visible and is easily covered with stitches. I have to order mine on line because no one on the back roads of Kentucky carries them. I frequently order more than one at a time -- just in case, you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damkina View Post
    Hi, however you celebrate, I hope everyone has had a lovely time and found some of that precious time to get some quilting done.

    I honestly can't believe that during the last year, I've actually finished all my quilts and cushions and they've all gone to their loving new homes, the last one I finished binding about 12 o'clock Christmas Eve, to then wrap and take to my sisters house on Christmas morning. I didn't think I'd manage it.
    Just one last Help4Heroes Quilt raffle prize for a Military fundraising in July is all I have left to do.
    So what did I start a few weeks ago? Designing my own again from scratch! (rolls eyes) Something I said I wouldn't ever contemplate for a long time. But, it's gone from a cushion, to a small wall hanging, to end up as this monster of a wall hanging spread out on the dining room table with the actual picture at 28 x 60 inches long. It'll have to hang on the stairs wall when it's done.
    It's a Mermaid and Merman with a Celtic flavour in the style from "Elaine Hamer's Drawing and Painting Mermaids.". I love the design, but I'm now in a pickle as to how to make it... I was thinking of doing it as Redwork (in blue) but keep thinking of felt as i belive it needs colour, either on the marbled cotton i already have, or doing the whole in felt, which I have never used before.
    Would mix of felt for the skin etc blend well with 100%cotton appliqué? Also, I'm going to need a good pen/pencil etc to transfer the embroidery lines for the faces and Celtic knots and have heard of Websters Sulky transfer pen. Has anyone used this pen? Is the nib fine and does it do it's job?

    Anyone else have a new project in mind for the New Year?

    Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions.
    Joanne
    I went and looked at the mermaids you spoke of, wow you are ambitious. I think I would skip felt in something you are going to put that much work into unless you can afford to use real wool felt. The less expensive varieties will not wash well, will be stiff, and I worry you won't be happy with it. After looking at several of her drawings, I think I would just make her body and background out of quilters cotton, then use bits of polyester from old 80's era dresses , from the second hand store. (that shiny brocade looking stuff could be fun, or various layers of sheers, I just know you will have fun making this happen. You have chosen a beautiful idea to put together.
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    I just finished my 12th quilt for this year. I have another started but won't finish it until the new year. I also made a pillow for a Granddog, a table runner, a table topper and two or three wheelchair covers.
    I hope to get more done in 2015. My aim is to use up as much fabric as possible. The reason I bought the fabric was to make quilts and not leave it to someone else.
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    I have been crafting mostly this year, so only finished 3 quilts -- one for the MS150, a JR race baby quilt and a Quilt of Valor for my daughter. I did manage to make 3 more UFOs to add to the dozen or so I already have. I am already preparing for two retreats. I purchased a John Flynn laser cut Storm at Sea kit which will be my primary February project. I'll take a couple UFOs, just in case I finish the SAS. And I have started collecting fabrics for the April retreat. Other than that, I need to make myself a wallet and a purse. I have purchased several kits and have put together the fabric and patterns for several more. My goal for 2015 is to finish at least 6 UFOs and to complete at least 3 of the kits I have assembled, , including a QOV for my husband.

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    I have fabric for a quilt for my DD a queen size cathedral window and bird fabric's to make one for myself to keep at long last.

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    My next major project is going to be a Bichon quilt. I am collecting pictures of Bichons that have a definite Bichon silhouette. I will use my overhead projector to enlarge them as patterns for applique. I collected the fabric quite a few years ago. This project has been percolating in my brain for a while but I am just now feeling that I have the skill to do it.

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    Counting Bonnies Mystery quilt to finish up ,I have 10 quilt tops to get sandwiched and quilted.
    Most were scrap quilts I did in between Bonnies clues. I,m Trying to use up my scraps, but seems like They multiply overnight.
    Think I will do some lap quilts for residents at our local nursing home.

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    I have 5 kids quilts to make (2 started for boys 5 and 6, just adopted by a family here. One for a dear friends, 8 month old grandson and 2 Charity quilts through a quilt shop. I alos have 4 memory quilts to make. and who knows what else will come along!! Will be busy for a while!!

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    I've got a new grandchild on the way so there will be a baby quilt and who knows what other accessories for him/her, and I need to make the quilt for my grandson's big boy bed. I'll probably have to make curtains etc for him too. My daughter is rather particular, but she does have lovely taste.

    I have one UFO, but otherwise I'm going to try not to obligate myself so I can quilt just for fun. I'd like to do a jelly roll quilt this year.

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    Wow! Aren't we all going to be busy bunnies during this coming year?
    Cari, great idea, I wish I had thought if that earlier this year, and a great way to get out of cooking dinner
    Aurora, thank you for the pen suggestion. I'm off into town during this next week, so hopefully I might find that one in either the craft or art shops. If not, it's online ordering for me too.
    madamekelly, isn't she a wonderful artist? As I have already mentioned, I already have some deep blue marble cotton that I could use if felt cannot be used for a background. Yes, I intended to buy good quality wool felt and have put my christmas and over-time money aside to cover the extra expense. Ive decided not to put a limit on my Merfolk... Sky's the limit, or it can be as deep as the ocean I dont mind. I thought of using wool felt as I would like to sew each of the scales on separately, embroider it to hold it down with blenders or metalic thread and sew a tiny pearl bead between each one. I couldn't think of a way to do this with cotton fabric although I will be looking out for brocades, sheers and metallics whilst I'm gathering the stash for this project.

    I love finishing a quilt or cushion and handing it over to its new home, but it's so exciting gathering the bits and pieces together for a new project too. I wish you all the best and lots of fun with your new and UFOs for 2015.
    Live Long And Prosper!

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    Damkina,

    I order my wool felt from Colonial Crafts they have bundles in color assortments available in different sizes. Their prices aren't budget breakers either.
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    Aurora, thank you for the shop name. I am in England, but I will be taking a look incase they have that little something I'd not thought of or not seen yet.

    Another question for anyone... Can wool felt be quilted if used as a background, or would I be better using 100% cotton and appliqué the felt?
    Live Long And Prosper!

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    I have 2 UFO's to finish and one baby quilt to make. Then I'm going to make a quilt for ME! I have yet to make my own TV throw, so that's in the works. Daughter and neighbor are planning on sewing for a craft fair and I may join them and do some hot pads and placemats. So far that's all I have planned, but have a monster stash and scraps that are crying for me to make something...so who knows?
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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