I am making progress. Going on Retreat helped, but it’s still frustratingly slow. I have to appreciate that I am still able to make some kind of progress. I also have to think about what speed would NOT be frustratingly slow. DH reminded me that life is not all about sewing. What does he know? 😉
Finished 2018 Quilt Projects
After lamenting last month that I hadn’t finished any quilts, I was able to add two finished quilts to my list this month.
Finished 2018 Quilt Projects
9 quilts finished (well, 8 quilts and a quilt-let).
- BAM Color Round Robin – finished 10/3/2018
- En Provence Quilt – finished 3/22/2018
- Fabric of the Year 2016 – finished 5/11/2018
- Mostly Manor Lozenge Quilt -finished 1/1/2018
- Octagon 9 Patch – finished 9/25/2018
- Planned Improv – finished 3/2018
- Sealife Quilt-let – finished 10/2018
- Ta Dots & Stripes – finished 3/2018
- Triple Star – finished 4/2018
Finished 2018 Non-Quilt Projects
- BAM Exchange Pillow Cover – finished and exchanged.
- BAM Boxy Bag – finished 9/1/2018
- Christmas mat – finished 10/29/2018
- YM’s hat – finished and sent
- Cowl – finished and presented
- EPP Travel pouch gift
- Flapper Apron – finished
- Green Scarf – finished
- Hansel and Gretel dolls and accessories for my little niece.
- Merit Hexie pillow cover – finished 4/4/2018
- Roadtrip Bag – finished 3/2018
- My new Sew Together Bag – finished 3/18/2018
- SIL #2’s Sew Together Bag – finished 3/20/2018
- SIL #4’s Sew Together Bag – finished 3/25/2018
- Sewing Machine Mat – finished 5/25/2018
- Superhero(ine) Apron – finished 3/23/2018
- Thanksgiving tablemat – finished 10/4/2018
- Tool Tote – finished
- Walking Foot WOW pillow cover – finished 3/24/2018
- Zip Away Organizer – finished 3/31/2018
- 16 blocks: January Donation blocks
- 24 blocks: February Donation blocks
- 5 blocks: 2018 Donation blocks
- 5 blocks: New Year Donation blocks
- 4 blocks: March pre-meeting donation blocks
- June Blocks
- August Donation Blocks
- Column Donation top
- Dots Donation Top
- Ends Donation quilt n.3
- Ends Donation quilt n.4
- Ends Donation quilt n.5
- Ends Donation top n.6
- HRT Donation top and back
- Michael Miller donation blocks pt.1
- Michael Miller donation blocks pt.2
- Terrain quilt – SIL and I made the top and back and Tim quilted it. He put the binding on at March’s Sew Day
- Retreat blocks and charity top
- September blocks
The ‘In Process’ is used to denote projects on which I am actively working or are on the design wall waiting for me to stitch. I try not to put away projects, because that will ensure I never work on them
- MetroScape is a new project, as you have read. I needed something new to give me a little bit of a new perspective. I have 11 blocks finished and am working on the last one. The pattern calls for 12 blocks. I might make more, but we will see since the blocks are 19 inches. 12 blocks might be enough. It is fun, I love the fabric and I am getting great feedback on the project in general.
- English Paper Piecing Project– half hexies – I work on this generally at night in front of the TV, so I made slow but steady progress. My friend Faye says that I have to think of this as my slow project.
I still have WIPs. Who doesn’t, after all? A project in the ‘UFO’ category means I am stalled. A nicer way of saying UFO is a WIP. The list is a lot shorter and the projects are newer, for the most part.
- City Sampler – blocks all made. The long term goal is to sash the blocks and put the top together. In the meantime, due to some seam allowance issues, some of the blocks are smaller than others, so I will have to adjust them in some way – either ripping and resewing, adding a piece or two to the block, or with sashing. I am just waiting until the mood strikes. Julie and I talked about working on this project (she has her blocks done as well) and I feel more of an urge, knowing she is in the same position. My continuing sticking point is that I just need to deal with the problems. I could put the blocks up on the design wall and deal with the problems as they come up in the piecing process.
- FOTY 2017 – pieces cut. Need to layout and start piecing. No new progress.
- Handbag Sampler – this is the forgotten project. The blocks were teaching samples when I taught a sampler class the time before I started writing the quilt class sampler tutorials. I found one block recently, but otherwise I actually don’t know exactly where the blocks are hiding. I have an idea and still have to crawl up in the far reaches of my fabric closet soon and see if I can find them. I haven’t even found a picture of all the blocks. Sad.
- Lobster – I still have more stitching to do and then I need to quilt it.
- Pies and Points from 2016 Victoria Findlay Wolfe class. Julie and I had a playdate towards the beginning of April. I brought this piece with me so I could cut more elements (Julie has a Sizzix). I lost my excitement about this piece and will have to get it back. I had to move this to the WIPs area.
- Pointillist Palette #4: Fourth is a series of 6 quilts; needs tiny square patches sewn together. No progress.
- Self Portrait: started in 2006 at a class at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, Virginia. I am still stalled on this again. As my oldest (I am pretty sure) UFO, I put it on my blog and out into the Twitterverse and Diane suggested that I not consider this as a self portrait. I think that strategy is a great idea. I am now trying to think of a new persona for her.
- Serendipity Lady Quilt: no new progress.
- Under the Sea: class project; The stitching has made the design much more appealing. I am also happier with the colors. I have worked on it regularly during Craft Night and am nearing the end of the embellishment. I keep saying that and, then, just add a bit more.
- Black and Red quilt – This came about because of two other projects. I made a whole bunch of bias tape as part of my failed attempt at doing the Mighty Lucky Club a few years ago. Another part of the inspiration came from my class with Tina of Little Blue Cottage fame. This was going to be for a nephew, but I think it will be for one of my SILs and BILs. I have rectangles cut and some bias tape ready. My next step is to sew the bias tape to the rectangles like pickup sticks. I don’t have any photos of this, so you’ll have to use your imagination.
- Who Am I? – This piece is up on my design and I keep meaning to work on it, but I haven’t. I am not sure why, but I don’t want it to end up like the Self-Portrait.
Small Projects in Process
Most of my progress involves thinking or just cutting.
- All Rolled Up Tote – part of Crafty Gemini Organizer Club. I started cutting out the pieces yesterday at Sew Day and finished at home. It is ready to sew.
- White on black dots cell phone wallet – I have the fabric and now need to cut out the pieces
- Solid black cell phone wallet – I have the fabric and now need to cut out the pieces
- Chubby Charmer with Good Fortune charm pack – gift; not started.
- 4-Zip Organizer – part of Crafty Gemini Organizer Club. It is on my list, but I haven’t actually started
- Retreat Organizer – another project from the Crafty Gemini Organizer Club, also on my list, but not yet started
- Ultimate Project Organizer – another project from the Crafty Gemini Organizer Club, also on my list, but not yet started
Ready for Quilting
- Aqua-Red Sampler –This is ready for quilting, but I haven’t had the time to take it to Colleen yet. I’d like to get at least one more top finished before I head over there.
In Quilting Process
- Stepping Stones #2 – I took this to Colleen on my way to Sisters in July.
- BAMaQG IRR –The sandwich has been basted. I bring this project to Craft Night, so it is progressing. It has to compete with some other hand projects. I really need to finish one of these hand projects so I can make faster progress on the others.
- Theoretically, the Tarts Come to Tea is in the quilting process, though I haven’t worked on it in a while.
- nothing at this time
Hunting and Gathering
- 30 Something: I continue to cut 1.5 inch squares. I am pretty sure I have the 800 I need, but I am not ready to sew them together yet, so whenever I have a chance to cut more I cut more. It will give me choice when the time comes. I looked at whether I could start piecing this, but I found I need to cut some other sizes. I got those sizes on the cutting sheet and have a cut a few. I need over 600 of a size something like 1.75×3.75. I need some more accessories boxes to organize these new pieces. I’ll have to think up a new name for this quilt, too, since I am not using 1930s fabrics.
- Blue Gradation Quilt: cutting 2.5 inch x 4.5 inch blue rectangles. It has to end sometime. I wasn’t sure I was ready to put this together, but I think I might be. I might do a couple of gradation quilts in a row just to get the practice.
- Blue Lemonade: cutting blue, green, purple 2 inch squares. I used a lot of these squares for En Provence. I need more and have made some progress at Craft Night using the Accuquilt.
- FOTY 2018: I have started cutting 2.5 inch squares for the 2018 version.
- Pink Gradation Quilt: cutting 2.5 inch x 4.5 inch pink rectangles
- Spin Wheel: really not started, but supplies gathered. I might have to cut some more background fabrics. I probably have enough fabrics and just need to decide to start.
- Windmill quilt: Still hunting and gathering. I am supposed to be cutting a variety of greys for the background, which required the purchase of a new template. Cutting is very therapeutic, so I should try and do it when I have a few minutes.
- Stepping Stones #3 using the Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. I have all the fabric in pre-cuts and am just waiting for space (and desire) in my schedule.
Gross usage is just over 162 yards. My net is at about 57 yards. I would still be ecstatic if I could make it to 100 yards NET used by the end of the year. I didn’t think such a feat would be possible, but I might be wrong. I do have a quilt ready to be quilted, so there is hope.
What’s on your list?