I don't know if she found me or I found her but either way we've had some fun e-mail conversations. I've watched Deb work her way through quite a few UFOs with lots of dedication. Actually, I've been in awe. Rather than try to tell you about Deb, I asked Deb to answer a few questions. If you have a few minutes please visit Deb - you'll be in awe, as well.
I tried to add a picture from Deb's blog but sadly I failed.
You'll find lots of wonderful pictures when you visit her blog. :-)
1. How long have you been quilting?
I took a beginning class in 2002 - so taking out my 3 year hiatus it's
been 8 years.
2. How long ago did you stop quilting and when did you come back to it?
I fell off a step ladder while stripping wallpaper in September 2009 (4
years ago tomorrow actually!) and badly broke my right leg. Ironically that was
going to be my 1st quilting room. I had surgery and spent 6 days in the
hospital followed by 12 weeks of no weight bearing, a blood clot and months of
physical therapy. All of my crafty mo-jo vanished and I didn't sew one stitch
until I started quilting again in late September 2012.
3. How many UFO's did you discover when you returned to quilting?
My 1st count last October was 88... but I found 13 more later for a
total of 101.
4. Have you worked only on UFO's or have you thrown in a new project or two?
I've finished 65 projects since 10/1/2012 and 56 have been UFOs - so yes
I have thrown in a few new projects but they have been mostly table topper size
or smaller! My UFO Reward System gives me a new large project after I finish 10
UFOs and I give myself some leeway on small projects as long as I finish them!
I know it sounds strict but it seems silly to work so hard at finishing while
creating more at the same time. At the the start of 2013 I decided to take this
year and really focus on UFOs. My word for the year is FINISH. I've struggled
with procrastination and finishing things my whole life so this has really been
life changing for me.
5. What have you discovered you missed about quilting?
This is a great question Darlene! I've done many different crafts over
the years because I grew up in a creative family. My Mom sewed most of our
clothes and taught me to sew in my early teens. I went to college to be an
architect and ended up being a CPA - it seems like I try to shut down my
creative side at times and no good comes from that! I love to play with colors,
patterns and have always loved fabric so quilting really hits home for me. I
think it is wonderful therapy too. Simply said - doing something creative just
makes me a happier person.
6. What do you do with all your completed UFO's.
Here comes the accountant side of me (lol!). 33 of my 56 finished UFOs
have been donated to Project Linus or other charity groups. I love making
bright quilts with fun novelty fabrics for kids. I get to try new color
combinations, new patterns and new techniques so it's a total win win situation.
I've given 8 away as gifts and the remaining 15 are here with me. It makes me
so happy to finally see quilts being used in my home.
Forgot to add - my Dad's craft was woodworking. I have beautiful
pieces of furniture and other items he has made throughout my home. He has kind
of given it up as he's gotten older and that is sad. I really should do a blog
post about it!
Please visit the creative spot in her home where all the magic happens.
I'm Shaye, Darlene's granddaughter, I hope you remember me. :-)
My momma, Kristie and nana, Darlene need your help, please. My little sister will be here soon and they need help with a couple of things
They need to get busy on her nursery but my mom can't decide on fabric.
They've looked at Moda & Riley Blake collections.
The one Moda collection she is crazy about won't be available in yardage until the end of October. That's really cutting close to my sister's anticipated arrival cuz my mom never carries full term.
Do you have suggestions - help us please! :-)
Bear in mind that my mom doesn't always use typical nursery prints.
For instance, she did my room in Bliss by Bonnie & Camille.
And, my sister doesn't have a name yet because my mom and dad can't seem to agree.
I've suggested Elmo and Mickey but they don't like either one.
After I laid it on our bed I decided it had to be bigger.
I managed to put a huge dent in the container filled with 2" print squares.
I used all of the 2" white squares, as well.
Every line of fabric Bonnie & Camille have designed for Moda is represented in this quilt:
Cotton Blossoms, Simple Abundance, Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern, Marmalade, Happy Go Lucky and Scrumptious.
Here it is in all it's glory; big enough for our king size bed.
The stats in case you want to make one, too.
84" x 90" finished
1680 - 2" print squares
1680 - 2" white squares
Total - 3360 - 2" squares
When I decided in May that I wanted to make this quilt I was chatting with
Carol (Brown Quilts 4 Me).
We decided it would be more efficient for me to make 16 patches.
It was much easier to keep my 2" squares straight (we feared individual rows might bow)
14 - 16 patches per row
This quilt was so much fun to make.
I hope you'll make one, too.
Start cutting your 2" squares.
Thank you for stopping by to visit with me.
I've had a couple of very pieceful days - I hope you have, as well.