Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UFO Day at the Guild

All quilters have UFO's (unfinished objects) or WIP's (works in progress). I jokingly refer to my habit of working on multiple projects at a time as QADHD (Quilter's Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder). To my credit, I do eventually finish each project and I don't tire of a project easily since I jump from one to the other.

At today's UFO day I worked on laying down some beaded embroidery stitches on my red crazy circles.  I anticipated getting a lot more done, but there was lots of news to share today and I did at least as much talking as I did stitching. A wonderful reference for beading are Nancy Eha's books-- Bead Creative Like Crazy and Bead Creative Art Quilts. Click here for Nancy's site. I've taken several classes with Nancy and she is an excellent teacher

I thought I would sketch out a plan, but scratched that after a few minutes and decided to begin by beading the 5-sided patch in each circle first before deciding where to go from there. It's been a few months since I did this type of beading, so I had to get in the zone again. I began with a basic outline stitch, then moved on to some simple chain stitch, fly stitch, and ended with feather stitch.

I'm working on the 3 blocks simultaneously so that each has the same type/color of beads as I'll invariably run out and have to buy more and they may not match the ones that I've already used. I enjoy stitching at night, so this part of the project shouldn't take too long. There's also another UFO day next week. I think these circles will set off the black and white wall hanging I pieced. My next step is to find a backing fabric so I can quilt the piece before appliqueing on these circles. I'd like to find a black and white print with some red in it.


  1. Arlene, did you do the beading by hand or machine? This is a really lovely piece you are working on..

    1. Thank you, Martha. I do my beading by hand. It's so relaxing.