UFOs… That’s UnFinished Objects, we all have them don’t we? Well 2014 is going to be the year I’m going to be Miss Complete And Finish Off, as well as Miss Start A-New… Yes sirree! (well that’s the plan.) It was in this post I talked about Best Effort Resolutions so here we are on task one of that and I’ve just spent a good few hours scouring my sewing space trying to collate all of my UFOs for a good sort through and here they are….
We’ll start with one of the high priority finishes I really need to get done before the intended recipient is a teenager. I started this quilted playmat for a very good friend of mine about 2 weeks before the arrival of her baby. Why on earth I thought I’d get a whole quilt made in a fortnight is another thing entirely but I did, and of course I failed miserably only having completed 4 blocks of this quilt with the theme “You Are My Sunshine”. She had the baby, I ended up buying her a baby gift and this has sat unfinished since then and she’s since moved to France and the baby is 8 months old. Oops. I really want to get a wriggle on with this one.
Next in the UFO pile is a top I started for myself in the summer. I love this fabric, it’s an Alexander Henry cotton lawn and it’s so beautiful. It’s almost like silk (well as silk like as a cotton can be) and I have a real “thing” for peacock feathers, well feathers in general, but the pattern called for me to put a light weight interfacing on it which just made my skin crawl. The thought of ironing on some polyester to my beautiful cotton lawn made me shudder, but of course I got the fear that the top would fail some how if I didn’t so I cut it out and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I reckon this will be fine without the interfacing, what do you think? But why would they tell you to interface if it didn’t need it? (Oh no, the internal debate in my head still rages.)
I decided to include kits that I have in my stash as they are essentially part the way there. So this is a tree decoration kit from Lisa over at The Fernery. I bought this kit to make for Christmas 2012 and didn’t ever get round to it but I’m quietly pleased that when I complete this I’ll be knocking off one of my UFOs AND doing some Christmas sewing – whoop!
Continuing on with the owl theme, this was supposed to be a Plush comfort blanket for Baby Plush, alas when I did the embroidery the edge of the fabric got caught underneath and it stitched the fabric to itself *sigh*. You can see where I have set the edge free and left a big hack in the process… I was a tad vexed at the time, maybe I’ll refashion this as a scarf or a cushion? I’ll have a wee think.
This is a Riley Blake Super Hero Cape in pink. I know Baby Plush will love this so it’s bound to be high up on the finishing list!
This was destined to become a tea cosy for my friend as a house warming present. I have a good excuse for not finishing this one as I had a baby shortly after starting it but my friend has since moved from the house that this was warming so I am a little delayed. It was pre Plush Addict days and up cycled from a table cloth and off cuts from the blind I made for our bathroom. It was one of the first embroideries I did on the first embroidery machine I had, my trusty Brother SE400 which has a lot to answer for on the Plush Addict journey. The 4×4 hoop design looks so teeny!
I wasn’t even sure what on earth this was when I pulled it out of the bag and it took a good ten minutes to work out what it was supposed to be. It was from a time where I used to be quite the handbag gal and this was supposed to be a handbag organiser that could hang off the back of my bedroom door. It only needs the fasteners sewing on and a coat hanger inserting (oh and maybe a good press!) from what I can make out. I don’t really remember how I envisaged this one turning out to be honest and I’m not sure I’d even use it now I don’t have a “proper” job, maybe I can repurpose it. I do love this green fabric, it’s got quite the sheen on it in real life, the photo doesn’t do it justice. Also from a time before KAM snaps! Gawd these hammer applied poppers are a PITA, so happy to have discovered the wonderful world of KAM snaps since then.
I’m a tad gutted about this one as the main bit of the project seems to be missing. It’s a recent make and I showed my friend progress only a few weeks ago so it must be around somewhere, I just have to wait for it to turn up. I’ve been wanting to use this chambray in a project for a while and decided to make this top and made my own pattern for it following this tutorial from Schwin & Shwin I do hope it surfaces soon.
This one was another attempt at pattern making and using Adobe Illustrator and I was hoping to turn this in to a downloadable pattern at some point. These are super cute slipper boots for Baby Plush made from this Indigo denim and were to be lined with this cutie oxford cloth from Kokka. I sewed them up wrong and haven’t gone back to correct it yet.
So there we have it, my UFOs all laid out loud and proud, which one is on the sewing table first I wonder?
So I’ve shown you mine, why don’t you show me yours? Do you fancy joining me in the UFO challenge? Perhaps we can encourage each other along the way, share the pain and spread some joy!