A Lovely Year of Finishes – January Goal

6 01 2015

As part of my goal to hold myself accountable and actually finish out some of my WIPs, I’ll be participating in the 2015 Finish Along, and the 2015 Lovely Year of Finishes (see sidebar for links).

For January’s goal for the Lovely Year of Finishes:

3xS (Scraps, Stars & Squares) Full Top3xS

This top is already on my quilting frame – I pieced together backing a few days ago. Now I just need to figure out the last couple of issues with the sewing machine, and this can be quilted up. I still have to identify a binding fabric. I have a couple of stash fabrics that I think might work well – I just need to get the thing off the frame to decide.

I’m due to have surgery to remove a gallstone (scheduling this today with the surgeon), so I’m hoping I can stick with this goal. If surgery is to happen after this week, then I’ll plan on quilting this up this weekend. I’ll also get the binding ready. Then I’ll have the binding to attach, as well as some hand-quilting to work on while I’m recovering.

A Lovely Year of Finishes


2015 Finish Along – Q1 Goals

6 01 2015

As part of my goal to hold myself accountable and actually finish out some of my WIPs, I’ll be participating in the 2015 Finish Along, and the 2015 Lovely Year of Finishes (see sidebar for links).

For the first quarter of the 2015 Finish Along, I’ve identified the following five projects I’d like to take to have finished by the end of this quarter. Since I have 20 WIPs, per my list, if I can manage to take five WIPs to completed each quarter, I’ll have conquered my WIPs.

3xS (Scraps, Stars & Squares) Full Top

This top is actually on the quilting frame right now. I just need to figure a last couple of issues with the sewing machine, and I can have this quilted in short order.

Night Sky Quilt Top
Night Sky

Another completed quilt top that is small enough to fit on my frame. I have the batting. I just need to figure out a backing, and load it onto to the frame to quilt it up. Part of the challenge might be figuring out backing. I’m attempting to use as much of my stash as possible. I’d like to avoid purchasing backing. I also need to identify a binding fabric from stash.

Swoon Top

Yet another completed quilt top. Again, small enough to fit on my frame. This is another for which I have the batting for, but need to figure out backing. I have the binding fabric on hand already.

Sunsets and White Beaches
Sunsets and White Beaches

This is a hand-quilting project that is already in progress. I estimate that I’m about 30% through quilting this one. I just need to keep plugging away. I also need to identify a binding fabric from stash.

Completed Top - From an Unquiet Mind I
From an Unquiet Mind I: Semi-Phores

This actually is partially quilted, but quilting it resulted in some distortion. I need to rip all the stitches out, and start over. I’ll also have to decide on a binding fabric. I’d like to keep to solids for this project, so I will probably have to order that.

That’s my five for this quarter… I see a lot of stitching down binding in my future!

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New Year, New Lists

1 01 2015

With the New Year off to a reasonable start – I’ve finally kicked the series of diseases’ that have plagued me all through December – it was time to set myself up for a reasonably well planned year:

I’m not super fancy. Instead of using a moleskin, I’m just using a cheapie Composition notebook, with graph paper inside, instead of impossibly wide lines. Still, it’s a start, and a way to organize the jumble in my head.

Once I’d gotten January started in my Bullet Journal, I felt a little less heavy, and a lot more creative. I’m in the process of working out designs for some really large blocks, finally paying homage to my obsession with sugar skulls. I’m also acknowledging the geek in me – these are working out to be pixelated designs, just because.

Still, it’s time for me to be accountable and look at what I’ve got in the queue, which is quite a lot, at 20 WIPs. Mind you, I’m counting all completed tops in the list, because they’re not done until they’re actually quilts.

# Name Started Description Stage
1 3xS 17 November 2014 Scrap project using blocks seen around the internet. Quilt top completed.
2 Night Sky 01 November 2014 From the pattern by Camille Roskelley. Quilt top completed.
3 Technicolor Fields June 2011 Farmer’s Wife Sampler, by Laurie Aaron Hird Quilt top completed.
4 Garden Party’s Quadrille Mid-2012 Botanical BOM 2012 Quilt top completed.
5 High Tea 11 October 2014 Pattern testing for Adrianne. Pattern now available here. Quilt top completed.
6 Charmed, I’m Sure 30 July 2013 From Sarah Fielke’s Made in Cherry pattern. Quilt top completed.
7 Embers 08 August 2013 From the Swoon pattern by Camille Roskelley. Block resized to suit my intended finished quilt size. Quilt top completed.
8 Sunsets and White Beaches 20 July 2013 More Granny blocks. Top basted. About 30% hand-quilted.
9 Swirling Sea of Stars 13 March 2013 Scrappy string blocks. A riff on the Spiderweb block. Top half pieced. Need several more blocks.
10 Winged Square 11 June 2014 Winged Square blocks, done in rounds of yellow, aqua, pink and green. All subunits pieced. Top 25% completed.
11 Test Your Skills Sampler 11 Sept 2011 Project designed by Sandi of Piecemeal Quilts, to go with our Skill Builder Series. Instructions available here. Need to establish where I am, and pick up where I left off.
12 Double Wedding Ring Mid-2011 Double wedding ring quilt, done in orange and lime green for the arcs. Melons and centers in Kona Berry. Two rows done; all subunits pieced.
 13 From an Unquiet Mind I 08 July 2014 Piecing with scrap solids left over from Technicolor Fields. Attempted to machine quilt this. Need to rip all stitching out.
14 From an Unquiet Mind II 08 July 2014 Piecing with scrap solids left over from Technicolor Fields. Several subunits pieced. Need to determine setting.
15 Windblown Feathers N/A  From Anna Maria Horner’s pattern. Fabrics purchased. Waiting for templates to arrive.
16 Swap Granny Blocks 17 November 2014 Blocks sent to me from participation in a swap. My month was December 2013. Blocks trimmed. Need to sew them into setting triangles.
17 Sugar Skulls N/A Pixelated sugar skulls. Design in progress.
18 Ode to Taupe 16 August 2012 Modern, zen garden inspired. Blocks in progress.
19 Scrappy Placemats 06 April 2014  Placemats made from incy wincy scraps.  4 of 6 placemats pieced
20 Scrappy Project II  N/A  Scrap project born out of scrap management. Fabrics will be pulled from scraps.  Design completed.

Yup, that’s right. I’ve got SEVEN tops waiting to be quilted. I’ve been fighting the thread on the Janome set up with my frame. I think I might have just figured out why the top thread keeps breaking, but my god, I hate this machine so very, very much. Why its designers felt the need to have the thread pass through half a dozen points, I just don’t know. As soon as I can, I’ll be trading the Janome in toward something else.

Even with those seven, that’s thirteen projects in need of attention. Knowing me, I’ll be tempted into several more projects before long.

I need to practice some project monogamy, establish ‘due dates’ for myself, and hold myself to a schedule. Thankfully, sign-ups for the 2015 Finish-Along will be starting soon. In the meantime… I’ve got some hand-quilting to do.