A new year means new projects to tackle and the chance to
clear the decks of some stragglers that have been kicking around for…well,
let’s not dwell on that 😉
gotten distracted by new ideas and new patterns that you just HAD to make. I’m
guilty of starting projects and then a new deadline comes up and I need to
clear my sewing table.
So, I pack up all my assembled quilt blocks, the fabric for the project and store is safely in my cabinet until I have time to get back to her. The only thing is, I often move on to new quilts and the older projects end up sitting there patiently waiting for my attention to revert back to them.
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While I’m jotting down everything I currently have in the
works, I don’t have any expectation that I’ll get through them all in the first
quarter. But that’s the beauty of participating in the Finish-a-Long – it gives
you a chance to get it all out of your head and down on paper (or, in my case,
on the blog for all of you to see!) so you have a place to really SEE what you
have on the go. While there are prizes to be won for linking up, for me that’s
not my motivation. I just want to join a community who is there to encourage us
along in our goals of getting our quilts done. Plus, there’s no penalty if you
don’t get it done, so it’s totally a win-win in my books.
I’m mulling the idea of donating any projects that don’t get
done by the end of 2020. My rationale is that if I still haven’t tackled them
after 12 months, it might be time to face the music that maybe I’m just not
that into them. They might be better off in a new home where they will be
lovingly completed and would free me up to focus on projects that are bringing
me joy. Something I’m keeping in mind as I work on my lists this year.
Q4 2019 FINISHES
I normally go, but these softer shades were super calming to work with. I found
myself really enjoying stitching with this combo of peachy tones paired with
the light turquoise and deeper teal. It also happened to be one of your
favourite combos too! You can see more of this modern crib quilt here. Or
make your own by grabbing the Modern Aztec pattern.
I knew instantly my mum would love this line. Since she loves to entertain, I
thought this quilted table runner would make the perfect birthday gift for her. I
had so much fun seeing the mix of the florals and more traditional prints
paired with the modern design of the Modern Aztec table runner. I’m happy to report, she loved it and featured it on
her table for her annual New Years Eve party 😊
and pulling the fabric scraps into this modern improv quilt. When it came time
to quilting, I ended up switching directions more than halfway through! This
was a first for me. Click here to read more about how I dealt with that quilty
but I loved having this Double Windmill mini hanging up during Christmas. It
totally got me into the holiday spirit! And I’m already looking forward to
busting her out next November (yup, we decorate early in this household!)!
Plus, I’m seriously impressed with my quilting on this one. More pics here. Grab the pattern here to make your very own.
Quiltmas Spectacular! It not only led to the creation of the Guiding Lights quilt block, but it also meant I developed some great bonds with fellow
quilters. I’ve always said we have the best community and this experience took
that next level. Plus, I revamped my original FPP tutorial to create the
Ultimate Foundation Paper Piecing tutorial. I’ll also be sharing how I finished this little block off to give you more quilty ideas!
FANTASY DOUBLE CHEVRON QUILTED LUMBAR PILLOW
say my mum was thrilled when I gifted this to her for Christmas. She has a real
love for pillows (some might say an obsession – ha!). I shared a sneak peek of
the fabrics while I was piecing her up and my mum totally commented on how much
she loved the blue paisley print. Little did she know it was heading her way.
You can imagine her surprise when she opened her up! A reminder of just how
much joy handmade gifts bring to those we love. The Double Chevron pillow pattern is available here.
REFLECTIONS QUILTED WALL HANGING
over the holidays. I just need to get her up on the blog and then she’ll
officially be off the list. More to come soon! In the meantime, you can find
the Reflections wall hanging pattern by Suzy Quilts here.
CURVY ABSTRACT – AKA CLOUD SURFING WALL HANGING
the works since the summer. The full reveal is finally happening next week!
Wahoo! Keep your eyes peeled for this curvalicious beauty!
UPDATE: The Cloud Surfing quilt is now live here and pattern available here.
That rounds up the projects I was able to complete in Q4.
Not too shabby after all! I felt busy, but for some reason thought I didn’t
make great progress. Looking over this list, I see I was mistaken!
QUILTS IN PROGRESS
featured on the list:
These brought me lots of joy over the holiday break and it’s been a great
reminder just how much improv soothes my creative soul. I still have quite the
stack of these to hand quilt, so expect more to pop up on Instagram.
the back of my sofa for…gah…far too long! I just have the sleeve to attach and
then she’s D-O-N-E.
SWEET CHRISTMAS QUILT
Christmas gift for the hubz, but other priorities got in the way. I’ve already
drafted a few different design ideas to feature this charm pack, so I should be
in good order to get her done for Christmas 2020 – ha!
BASKET OF QUILTY PLAY
I did in 2019, but such is life. I’m keeping this on the list to remind myself
to play. Another 2020 goal of mine!
MODERN SEWCIALITES SAL
or rethinking the layout to just get ‘er done. I love the blocks and the prints
I’ve featured, so it would be nice to see her completed. We’ll see what
That’s what’s keeping me from finishing her up. Any suggestions?
from my Hexed Table Runner, needle turn appliqué just isn’t my jam. I’m determined to get her done
though, as I know I’m going to love her. This one is all about perseverance for
me. You totally don’t have to do needle turn appliqué to tackle this pattern by
Suzy Quilts. See more here.
SEWCIAL BEE SAMPLER
for her, so naturally she must get done! Only one more row to go, surely, I can
get that done at some point in 2020 😉 In case you missed them, here’s a peek at my
completed Row 1, Row 2, Row 3 and Row 4.
MEDALLION SQUARED BABY QUILT
after making the Guiding Lights block, I’m reminded of just how much fun FPP
can be! See the FPP tutorial here and find the free pattern here.
IMPROV DRUNKARD’S PATH QUILT
think it’s high time I get back to my true love of improv curves. Plus, the
colours in these are just so inspiring.
finishing these up to gift as holiday presents – oops! Making a mental note for
Christmas 2020 (at this rate I’ll be well on my way of having my holiday
presents done welllll in advance!).
some progress and then promptly put them back. Not sure why, but I need to be
in the EPP mood. It will come, I know it will!
SEW MOJO MINIS
to get them framed and up on the blog. Easy peasy, right? Patterns for the Sew Mojo series available here.
IMPROV FLIGHT PLAN
need to work through some deadlines and then I’m tackling this pretty improv
(all scraps and leftover blocks from testing out my Flight Plan quilt pattern)!
MAUVE ECLIPTIC QUILT
to be basted. I’ve got the quilt pattern in the works and can’t wait to see
this one complete. All should be done and released sometime in March 2020 (fingers
DESERT WILDERNESS ECLIPTIC QUILT
requirements for the Ecliptic quilt. These earthy tones are not my usual go-to,
but I’m super curious to see how it will all come together. Stay tuned!
fabric pull. Not sure whether it’s in the cards for me this year, but she’s on
the list for now. You can find the pattern by Suzy Quilts here.
JOHNNY APPLESEED QUILT
though we live on opposite ends of the world. It’s our own little virtual sew-a-long
to keep us connected. Once we finish the Won’t You Be My Neighbor quilt
(pattern available here), we plan on tackling this one. You can find the pattern in the Rainy Day Sewing book.
SECRET SEWING #1
fruition because she’s been on my mind for a long time. More details to
couldn’t resist adding these new ones:
RETRO CLOUD SURFING
and I can’t wait to share this retro beauty with you. It takes my original
Cloud Surfing design idea and I’ve expanded on it to give you more size options.
This ones coming at you on January 30!
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
who has to point out all the beautiful trees I see during road trips (thankfully,
my hubz is super patient with me on this one!)! So, when I caught sight of Pen
+ Papers Won’t You Be My Neighbor quilt pattern I knew instantly I’d
be making it. I’m sneaking these blocks in whenever I can. Plus, I’m totally
onboard with the motto behind the #slowyourrollsewalong 😉
DENIM & CANVAS
this fun stack of denim + canvas! More to come next month!
PIN CUSHION WITH SLEEVE
and it just so happens to be one of the first things I ever made when I started
sewing. The fact that I get to combine it with using up my itty-bitty scraps
makes it even sweeter! More to come this month!
MINI ABSTRACT ART WALL HANGINGS
share them with you here. Keep an eye out for the blog featuring these mini
designing some ideas. I’m hoping to dive into this pretty soon!
occasional insomnia ☹) thinking about my WIP and one project that kept
coming back to me was the trimmings I’ve been saving from my Hexie Stripes quilt. I made this one
back in 2017 and it’s one of my faves. But the trimmings have been beckoning
me. I remember having to store them while working on some other projects and I
was sad to see them packaged up. I’ve thought about this project from time to
time, just itching to get back to it, but since I don’t have a set deadline for
it, she keeps getting put on the back burner. I’m adding her to list so that
she’s front of mind.
BLUE DRESDEN PLATE QUILT
works since 2015. I’ve made amazing progress (I hand appliquéd allll those Dresden
flowers to each square), but it’s all the hand quilting that is taking me
forever to finish up. And for good reason as this is a king size quilt that I’m
entirely hand quilting. It’s a labour of love and not one I’m looking to rush
similar quilty boat? Let’s encourage one another to make 2020 the year we
whittle down our WIP list!!
little different. If I’m following along correctly, all you need to do is share
a post on Instagram with #2020FALQ1List by January 19, 2020 to have your list qualify. Then, any time
you finish a project from your list, share it on Instagram and tag it #2020FALQ1Finish – easy, right?
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