Thursday, August 01, 2013

HO HO HO BLOG HOP

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I love everything about Christmas, so when Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt and this bloghops cheerleader Carol of Just Let Me Quilt announced the HO HO HO blog hop I knew I had to join it. Christmas in July sounded perfect for me. And today it is my turn do do a HO HO HO blog hop post.

So what to make.  Of course I could start something new, because I have so many patterns and so many ideas of new Chrismas projects.  But then I thought, why not look in my boxes and drawers and see if there is some Christmas UFO’s that I could finish.

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At the same time I got a challenge from a facebookgroup I belong to.  Finish five UFO’s before starting a new project.  And as you see, after looking through my boxes and drawers, I have a lot of Christmas projects that need to be finished.

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The first UFO is a tablerunner which I stitched several years ago.  It was supposed to have stars and borders around, but I thought that was too much for this one.

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I decided to just sew a binding on it.  No backing, no batting and no quilting.  And I like the look of it now.  Reminds me of the old tablerunners and tablecloths my grandmother used to have on her table.

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Then I wanted to finish this Christmas pincushion I got from Stina some years ago as an adventcalendar from her to me. She now has this pincushion as a free pattern on her blog. The stitchery was done when I got it, so I guess Christmas came and the rest of the sewing was forgotten.  You know like I can do the rest of this pincushion to after Christmas, but then it was put deeper and deeper down in my drawer (read; many more UFO’s got on top of this UFO)

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It took me just two hours (with a coffee breake) to finish it.

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Next I found these two small stitcheries. This was probably one of the first stitcheries I made long time ago.  Before I learned to use the thin stitchery batting (stabilizer).  I have used a thick cotton batting, so I had to make something using the size of the batting.

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I decided to add log cabin stripes in different red fabrics.
I already had a lot of 1 1/2 inch stripes ready in a box.

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And in a couple of hours I had finished two small Christmas wallhangings.

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The fift UFO is a stitchery from Birdhouse. I love Natalie Bird patterns.  Stitchery finished a long time ago.  And I have plenty of red fabrics to go with this stitchery.

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Adding squares around the stitchery.

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And in a few hours this UFO was finished too.  It was actually sewing down the binding that took the longest time. And when Christmas comes I have the perfect place to hang it.

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Five finishes in five days.  And it feels so good. It was actually fun having Christmas in July.  My challenge to you all is to look through your boxes and drawers and see if you have some Christmas projects that needs to be finished. All of these projects just took me a few hours to finish, and I guess you too have some projects like this. I did not follow the patterns, just took what I had and added some stripes, some squares and finished them my way.

And the prize for having finished five UFO’s is to start a new project.  HAPPY DANCING!! To set goals like this makes it even more fun to work with UFO’s.

Thank you for reading my HO HO HO BLOG HOP post. 


Please visit the other todays bloggers HO HOHO BLOG HOP posts.

August 1

Vroomans Quilts

Abyquilt (THAT’S ME)

MacDonald’s Patch

Life and Everthing Around It

Hill Valley Quilter

Traveling Quilter

Quilting Lines

The Reluctant Quilter

Pig Tales and Quilts

Teatime Creations

Ravelly1

109 comments:

Leanne said...

How satisfying all those finishes. They are all very cute.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what pretty redwork!

Mistea said...

Love all your pretty stitched Christmas delights.
The simple finishing on the table runner is perfect.

Christine M said...

What wonderful Christmas projects! I bet you feel so good having finished all those UFO's!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh what wonderful finishes! I want them all!

Susan said...

It's funny how projects become ufo's......yet when we do finish them we love them again. Your projects are lovely, redwork is so Christmassy.

Frances said...

Such pretty Christmas embroideries. And how wonderful to stitch up the UFO's.

Baa. xxx said...

Love, love, love those stitcheries! So cool all the redwork - feels so Christmasy with the red fabrics too. Miss H, the Mother and Baa

Judy B said...

I love all of your redwork stitcheries! The variegated red thread is also my favorite to use. Thank you for sharing.

jan said...

I love your Redwork! You finished them all off great!
xo jan

Darlington Gal said...

Five finishes in five days....you have been VERY busy. Thanks for sharing all of these lovelies with us!

Kristy said...

Wow! Great job! I love the log cabin finished stitcheries as well as the one where you added the squares. So sweet! Glad you got those done and glad we got to see them. K-

debbie said...

Love the "Scandinavian" style Santa, (hope I have that right) and also the Natalie Bird stitchery, so very sweet. I am from America so I hope I have not said anything to offend but the Santa is so different to what I know and so super cute too. xx debbie

margaret said...

what a good girl you are, so good to finish these projects and all of them delightful..Love red work of all kinds so very envious of your pieces.

Britt-Inger said...

À good idea to finish Christmas Ufos. My favorite is the Christmas pincushion.
Thank you for sharing

Heleen Groot said...

Beautiful! You did loads of stitching. It looks stunning. Are your fingers sore yet? They must be. Amazing work!

Dollandesign said...

Jag tycker att det var vackra juldekorationer som Du "trollade" fram med hjälp av lite halvfärdiga broderier och delvis färdigskurna tygbitar.

Dollandesign

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love all your beautiful red work - I guess the Hop was just what you needed to get all those UFOs finished!

Lise said...

Som alltid har du tryllet fram nydelige arbeider Mai Britt! Nå klør det i fingrene etter å starte med juleprosjekter. Kanskje jeg skal på UFO-jakt i ettermiddag?

KaHolly said...

Just love all the stitcheries!! You are very inspirational!

charlotte said...

I really love ALL your redwork stitcheries. You finished them off so nicely. Makes me want to do some redwork.

Donna said...

Lovely redwork. Enjoy starting your new project ... you deserve it after all the wonderful finishes.

Suzan said...

Lovely hand work!

JoyceLM said...

Cute projects - thanks for sharing.

Jeanie said...

Love all of your stitchery finishes! You got lots of UFO's into the finished stack... great job! And thanks for the PC link! I'll add it to my list of UFO's!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh so very nice!! I lust love these little stitcheries

Carol said...

All your projects are very lovely. I'm impressed that you have all that hand stitching just stashed away, basically finished! Wonderful that you were able to truly finish so many!

suz said...

Those are all adorable - they will be wonderful additions to your Christmas decorations.

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

Så mycket fint du har fått färdigt! Och tänk att få starta något nytt!

Dee D said...

I love all the UFOs that you finished. I really like the squares border that you put on the last project.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love redwork so these are right up my alley! I have some small stitcheries that would be perfect to finish up like your log cabin ones - thanks for the idea! blessings, marlene

Joanna said...

Your stitcheries are too pretty to be hidden away in a box. You finished them all so perfectly.

Thearica said...

WOW! You win! So many pretties to share!

Madame Samm said...

Good Afternoon Aby...each piece is perfect...so glad you came along and showed us your beautiful stitching....YOU are indeed a delight this morning...you will know why soon ...

Mary said...

Your stitchery is beautiful. Congratulations for being in the top today.

Carol said...

You had some pretty amazing UFO's waiting to be finished (my UFO's don't look that good!) They turned out so beautiful...loved them all!

Cindy said...

Wow! Five finishes in five days! Congratulations your projects are beautiful. Love the redwork, thank you for sharing today.

Vera said...

Good job with all those UFOs. All of them are lovely! Thanks for sharing and inspiration!

Mimi said...

Congrats on your beautiful finishes!! Love them all!!!

Denise Russell said...

I love them all! That pincushion is sooooo cute! Now, how about I send you my Winter Wonderland stitchery so you can finish that, too! Oh, please... :-)

Sherry said...

Such cute projects. You have been busy.

Denise Russell said...

...and I am your newest follower!

Vickie said...

Don't you feel good when you complete something that has been sitting around looking at you....but 5 WOW! and they are super cute !

Rosa said...

Them all are just beautiful.Thanks for sharing!

krislovesfabric said...

Lovely red stitches, nice job...5 finishes...wow :)

Lori said...

your finished UFO's are adorable. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Great work! Congrats on placing!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Very nice UFO's. Thanks for sharing.

Gill said...

I love all your redwork - so satisfying to complete UFOs!!

Debby said...

Your embroideries are so beautiful!!! And I love how you finished them. Just lovely. I know you're happy to have gotten them done.

littlelixie said...

Love all your projects - well done!

Leah said...

Your hand stitching is lovely and paired with all those red fabric, just fabulous! I am inspired to dig through my UFO box! Thanks for sharing!!

wholesomemidwestern said...

OMG SO STINKIN CUTE! I WANT THEM ALL! I DON'T USUALLY CARE FOR RED BUT THESE ARE SO STRIKING! GREAT JOB :)

Linda said...

What beautiful projects! Wow! Aren't you happy they're finished and you can really enjoy them now!!

apple blossom said...

Wow you have been one busy sewing beaver...thanks for sharing your lovely delights nice work.

VickiT said...

Wow! You have been a busy girl. That pincushion is so pretty. How fun to have a new one for the holidays. And the log cabin blocks are awesome. Great idea.

JanesQuilting said...

Five days...WOW, that is great! And all your projects are gorgeous!

Robin said...

Wow, I am stunned! All your finishes look amazing. Oh, what a feeling of accomplishment to have finished so many UFOs!! Great job!

beaquilter said...

God Jul i Juli! sikker fine table runners :)

Jacque said...

Congratulations on your finishes! Love all of your projects. :)

MooseStash Quilting said...

Oh do I love your stitcheries, each and every one of them. Hummm looks like you have managed to get your "Pin It" pincushion project done for this hop too! LOL! I love it and have downloaded the pattern thanks for sharing!

patchouli moon studio said...

You made such darling embroidery projects. They are all just great.

Nellie Duclos said...

I love the idea of completing UFO-we should have an entire blog hop dedicated to it! You embroidery work is stunning. Thanks for sharing and for the motivation to get to some of my UFOs.

pinsandneedles said...

It is so great to have so many finishes of UFOs. Your redwork is so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Lou said...

Great job! I have a few projects to get finished too.... don't think I can get 5 done but at least one or two:)
Great stitching projects! I love RW!

CharlotteT said...

Aby, your projects are so cute and doable, I am doing one as we speak!

Sharon Dawn said...

That is a great idea...finishing up old projects! Your's turned out wonderfully and will look great this holiday season! I love your stitchings!! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Sewing!!
Sharon
forgetmenotstitches.blogspot.com

Janarama said...

Stunning stitchery projects. Love all of them.

Kristen King said...

What beautiful projects!!! You have some wonderful things finished for Christmas...and early! :)

BizyStitches said...

congrats on a job well done. I like them all. I never thought about just binding a fabric for a table runner. Good idea.

Joyce Carter said...

You did a wonderful job. I love the little wall hangings.So cute! I can remember making table runners like that with my mother. She never added backing--just binding around the edges or sometimes lace.

madebymeinred said...

Absolutely beautiful redwork!

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya!!! Such beautiful stitching!!! And the end results are stunning. You did a lot of work in five days, just finishing up these beauties. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas, blessed be, hugs!!! Pam

pamspretties57 at gmail dot com

Sharon said...

They are all wonderful...I love redwork. You must feel great getting 5 finished.....Yeah for you. Your pincushion is lovely.

maggie said...

Wow! You really have been stitching up a storm.! Love all of your projects, the angel tree is wonderful!
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

W Kruskie said...

Wow! Everything is so lovely. I like your redwork. 5 in 5 days is excellent.

Leslie said...

You had me at redwork. Love all the projects.

Linda J said...

May Britt, all your stitchery projects are lovely and what's best: finished up and usable for this season's decorating or gift giving. I love that pincushion too! Thanks for including the link for that.

You are right though---so many things we set aside and maybe they just need the binding done, or borders put on. Very near completed but just forgotten or passed over for the next thing that catches our eye.

Enjoy your featured day!

gpc said...

What great projects! Love them all. :)

lauraluvsloons said...

I love your embroidery!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wow! That is some wonderful stitching! Thanks for sharing your wonderful projects and congrats on being one of the chosen.

sue said...

Wow!
what a big accomplishment. I love all of them- especially the stitchery with the tomtens. Great job!

Patty D from NC said...

Wonderful job. Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda said...

I love your red work projects. What great finishes!!

sandra said...

Wonderful job and congratulations for finishing all of those lovely projects.

evelyn said...

Redwork and quilting go so well together. Great finishes!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Loved all your beautiful stitched creations!!

Margaret said...

Love what you did.

ShirleyC said...

I love the tablerunner!

Cecilia said...

Your projects are very cute. I love red work. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa said...

Lovely Christmas projects.

Connie said...

What sweet projects and my goodness, did you get a lot done! Thanks for sharing!

Annette Schultz said...

OH how I love red work...... Love it but I have never tried it. thanks for the inspiration ..... in stitches

Editha said...

I just love it. Thanks for sharing! :)

Emily C said...

Lovely redwork. Amazing how many UFO's you can finish if you sit down and play with them. They are all beautiful.

Cathy's Chatter said...

Ok. So now you have inspired me to do some red work of my own for Christmas! Thanks for inadvertently adding to MY UFO pile. Y
Thank you for sharing.

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LJ said...

Congratulations on all the finishes. What a splendid idea to 'do up' things already started. Your stitchin' is wonderful and my favorite was the singing angels.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

How nice to finish 5 projects so quickly and get to begin a new one. Very cute.

Suze said...

What beautiful Christmas red projects! You are certainly an inspiration to us to be finishers. I used to be a finisher and now I've become more of a starter than a finisher. I have a large box of almost finished UFO's. Each one has very little left to finish it. That doesn't count not started kits, of course. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite. I appreciate that you selected different methods for finishing your various projects. I have a 90-year old friend and she thinks every quilt has to have a border and every binding has to be on the bias - no exceptions. Thank you for participating and sharing your amazing Christmas projects and hopefully getting me off my rump and digging into my box(es) of UFO's and having some finishes very soon.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Love Redwork. Lovely work May Britt

Michele said...

Just wonderful, all of them and congrats to you for finally getting them off your UFO list.

the girlfriend gap said...

Amazing :) You get the prize today! Each one is perfect. Those naughty UFO's why do they linger so long unfinished???? I think I need a goal to get some of mine done. Thanks for sharing . Janita

Fiesta said...

Beautiful finishes

Pamela said...

Wow...you are impressive. All those finishes. Congratulations! And they are beautiful to boot. Thanks for sharing!

Kris said...

Oh, my gosh!! All your projects are just wonderful!! You certainly deserve to start a new project!! Ho! Ho! Ho!!!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

So beautiful christmas redworks, thanks for sharing and god jul *lol*
Bente

InGa said...

I love your redwork, it's so warm and cozy. Bet you are really happy with this projects. Congrat to your one of to days choices... :-)

regards from Sweden

Kathy H said...

Beautiful stitcheries. They are all so inspiring.

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