2017 Finish-A-Long : Q2

Sooooo.... last quarter?! Not so successful. Two out of eight. While I didn't expect to finish all eight, I was kind of hoping for four. But, that clearly wasn't the case. However—I did create a couple of minis, kept up with monthly challenges and groups, ad ... of course... started several new projects. Not too shabby! I also managed to work on several items not on the list this quarter. Now, while that is what I *wanted* to do... it made me feel guilty because "they weren't on the list." How silly! That means this list will be a partial carryover from last quarter, as well as the inclusion of several more projects that are hanging around that are calling to me more than some of the others. This could be a scary long list...

Last quarter, I also made the decision to not bring a few projects to completion. At least not "completion" as it was originally intended. They just aren't "me" ... or where I want to go right now with my quilting. They are all from when I first started and are in such a different vein and style from where I am now. Two of the projects will be finished as much smaller projects, and two will be passed on. One will be packed away since I'm not sure about it quite yet. It felt very, very freeing to make those decisions. 

Anyway. New quarter, not so new list...  

Let's start with the items I am carrying over: 

1. The "Hannah" Halloween Quilt
I have not one, but two, Halloween quilts in progress right now (one for each boy, natch). While I made a halfhearted attempt in September to finish this before Halloween, I didn't. And then I didn't touch it at all since. So I'm thinking it will be first or second up this quarter.

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 Last quarter, I got all the blocks together and sewn into rows. Now I need to get the rows pieced together. And maybe add some borders? Hoping to take this to flimsy stage this quarter so it can be shipped off to be quilted and bound.

2. Perfect Ten Halloween
Staying in the Halloween vein, I'm also adding in the other WIP Halloween quilt to the list. This one is a lot farther behind than the other one, but it would be nice to ship them off together to be quilted similarly. Last quarter, all I had was the stack of fabric and the pattern, "Perfect Ten"...

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 Last quarter, I got almost all the fabric cut out:

Now to arrange, piece, and sew the top together. Again, just hoping to get it to "flimsy" stage this quarter. (To get it off and quilted...) 

3. Zen Chic "Drunkard's Path"
Oh friends, this one has been hanging around way too long in it's sad, unfinished state! I started this just over a year ago and have been making baby steps... slowly. Very, very slowly. Here's where I was last year:

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 And here's where I was last quarter:

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 And here's where it is today:

Sigh. It's a solid start, but I think I've still got quite some way to go. [So much for the whole "you can do this in a day" claim so many made.] I would ideally like to get this to lap size or larger... but it's tedious to sew the circles onto the squares with the "X" stitch. And while I LOVE it... I'm feeling a bit defeated on this one right now. Hoping to get a flimsy, but don't be surprised if this is on next quarter's list too.

4. Creeper Quilt
Last quarter, I wrote: Yet another stagnant project. Oy. The oldest has been asking for a Minecraft quilt for quite some time now. He was envisioning creating himself a quilt with all the different characters on it. But, I'm not really sure that he or I had the patience for it. So instead, we are focused on the creeper, which is his favorite character, and making a pixel-y quilt. This was a project we were working on together... I was helping and he was kind of driving it all. We got the blocks cut and two rows sewed together. And then... he lost interest completely. Of course! So now I have a bunch of green pixels to sew together, quilt and bind. Part of me wants to abandon this, but I already have everything except for binding invested already. So I most likely won't abandon it... but it's not high on my list either. So we shall see. Right?!

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Well, guess what?! While I didn't finish this one... I made a TON of progress. The top is done, and it just needs to be basted and quilted and bound. While that's still a lot to do... it feels so much more approachable than some of the items on my list. 

5. Tricky Triangles
Another carry-over from the last list. The short story is that I found this pattern in a magazine quite some time ago. The top was finished OVER a year ago, but then it sat while I figured out what I wanted to do for the backing. (I also really and truly struggled to sew all those triangles together and needed a break.) The answer came in the form of an incredible find. See those three solids below? They are actually tiny cords... that I found. on. CLEARANCE. $2.99 a yard. SCORE! Clearly, it was meant to be because the colors match perfectly! I have a design plan in mind... but it needs to be pieced, and basted, and quilted. Hoping to complete this one here since I have very specific quilting ideas. (This is my oldest WIP, but still has such a long way to go it feels like...)

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6. Christmas In July
I've been wanting to do a simple patchwork Christmas quilt for... oh, four years now. Has it happened? No. Have I made sure to buy christmas fabric at every opportunity? Yes. Do I need yet another Christmas quilt? NO. Do I want one? YES. The insanity needs to stop. I have enough fabric to make a quilt large enough to cover this house. Last quarter, I took the time to trim out 375 squares from 100 different fabrics. All I need to do is tumble them to mix them, and then I will start piecing them. I figure if I use them as leaders and enders, I can get a solid start this quarter. Now, that's what I said last quarter... and it didn't happen. I didn't touch this one at all! My reach goal is to get this to flimsy stage along with the Halloween quilts, so I can ship them all at once. (It's probably NOT going to happen.)

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 Note: My inspiration is from Crazy Mom Quilts, but as my photo illustrates, it's going to be a tad bit brighter ... and crazy... than hers. :)

NOW. Moving on to the "new" items. You know, the other ones lingering way too long, waiting for their day to be finished:

7. The Twins Presents
My nephews turned ONE *cough* two months ago *cough* and their gifts are still sitting on my work table. Oy. Now... that's kind of how I roll so no one who knows me should be shocked. But, in my defense, I actually started these gifts, HATED how they were coming out, trashed them, and started over. Which required some more fabric acquisitions. (Ordering fabric is never a tragedy, but the lateness is.) So, it's here. And I'm ready to rock and roll with a new plan. Their mommy (my sister) reads the blog so no specifics... just a sneak peek of fabric and a hint that it's NOT a quilt. ;-) 

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8. Teacher Gifts
Another set of gifts... but at least these aren't late yet! For Christmas, I made all the teachers at the boys' school individualized pencil pouches to hold the gifts from the boys. All of them use them every day in their bags. My boys adore this fact. I adore this fact. And the teachers appreciate the fact that time and effort went into making something unique for each of them. This means I want to sew them something for the last day of school too. (And every holiday for the next 7 years.) I have two ideas. One is a case for their essential oils (we all oil) for their roller blends. The other is sturdy tote bags/market bags since they are always transferring papers between home and school. (I actually know which way I am going but can't say because they teachers occasionally read the blog.... ) So a sneak peek of a few of the fabrics...

9. Patchwork City Quilt
Otherwise known as the quilt-a-long that I fell way, way behind in. As in, everyone else is done I think. I started this when I didn't have a part-time, out of home job. Then the job started and something had to get put aside. Ironically though, I feel the biggest sense of accomplishment when I finish one of these blocks! In part because it's a technique that I need to work on to improve and in part because it's just FUN. I've been sent all the fabrics for the series, so they hard part is done... it's all the fun stuff left. I find it very relaxing. I'm really only including this to feel less guilty when I pull that box out... but my ultimate goal is to get this to flimsy stage... some day... 

10. Ugly Sweater Mini
And another quilt-a-long that I didn't keep up with. But this one, I'm just not feeling anymore. Not even a little bit. So... the blocks I've done (four in total) will get sashing and a border and ta-da, a baby sized quilt will be at flimsy stage. I actually hope to get this to flimsy-basted-quilted-bound stage. So in other words, we will be seeing this one next quarter too... 

11. Hillside Houses Quilt
Soooo close on this one! A quilt-a-long that I actually kept up with and completed!!! And got quilted by a professional!!! So why-oh-why can I not just make a binding and get this done!? Oh yeah, because I only just found the perfect binding fabric. But now, no excuses. Right!? I NEED to get the binding made, attached, and finished. (I think this one will be hand bound because I really do love it... but man, that's going to take a long, long time.) 

12. Holiday Tree Runner
Another one that is so.very.close to finished! Just need to find a backing, baste, quilt and bind. This has been lingering for two years now... and I would really, really like to be able to mark a second gift off my list!  

13. World Market Quilt
So, kinda feeling my way along on this one. I knew I wanted to make a simple half-square triangle quilt with bigger-than-normal-for-me blocks with fabrics that felt like you'd see them on a gypsy caravan, or a flea market table. I have a loose color palette in mind and have been trimming blocks for it here and there as I come across fabrics that might work. I love where it's going so far and I have a pretty good idea of how I want to round out the palette... but I'm not going to rush this one. That being said... I have some Denyse Schmidt fabrics that would look awesome mixed in... 

14. Rebel Quilt
And... a new addition to my WIP! Like, haven't even made the first cut yet... but I'm ready! This quilt has been at the top of my Want-To-Make list for a year now. I recently bought the pattern and started playing around with some color ideas. I'm down to two options ... 

I'm sure I won't be marking this as a finish until next quarter, but man... I LOVE THIS QUILT. The design is pure perfection and challenging enough to keep me engaged. (And hopefully not too frustrated.)  

15. X-Plus Quilt
This is actually the quilt that got me interested in piecing quilts. There's something so timeless, yet so fresh about it. I've been hoarding/acquiring/stashing fabrics for this one for a while. I think it's time to start assembling blocks. Mostly because I really, really hope to clear a box that is currently storing one of the above items and I need something to fill it with. Also, I want to use the fabrics I've been hoarding for other scrappy projects ... so ... I need to use them in my priority project first, right!? 

And there you go. Pretty much everything I have in process right now. Let's see how this goes...