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Finish Along 2017 Q1

For a more complete list of my WiPs, look above my header image at the “Project List” link.  That list is a work in progress, too.

Before the end of March, I hope to finish (or work on or think about):

  1. The Star Wall Hanging on black, for my mother.  Two more years and it’s still not done yet.  Argh.
  2. Tiny Flower Garden for Prim.  It’s a lot more done now than it is in this picture, and I have more pictures of its assembly which I have yet to blog.  I think if I really push, I can get it quilted and bound and ready for hanging in under three months.  I’m dreading the applique to the borders, but I think I’ve done enough hand-sewing by now that it’ll be fine.  I have no idea how I’m going to quilt it beyond “simply”, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

3. Pumpkin Patch for Sec.  I’d decided that this would be a twin-sized quilt, but I’m going back to my toddler-bed-sized plan.  It’ll be a faster finish and he’s not super-into pumpkins anymore, so this can go into storage for someday when he moves out and takes it with him.  Or he can use it on the couch.  Or both.

4. Red and white twin-sized bed quilt for Sec.  Not blogged (or named) yet, I’ll add a link when I post about it.

5. Improv linen throw quilt.  Chunky rectangles of color, accented with black and white.  1/2″ seams, not blogged yet.

6. Toddler placements.  I promised these to the kids’ (old) school, and I’d like to get them finished up and mailed.  Not blogged yet.

7. 16″ square epp pillow cover.  It’s currently just paper shapes, not blogged yet.

8a-d. Four 7.5″ x 8″ drink/snack mats for the kids’ new drink station.  These are EPPed and I’ll have to redact the photos, since each features its owner’s first initial.  I have Prim’s ready, but I need to re-do the binding as I rushed it and it’s not great.  The paper for Sec’s is cut out and I’m in the basting stage.  These are four separate projects, since they’re time-consuming, but they’re part of a series so I’m listing them together.  Not blogged yet.

9.  Four 7.5″ x 8″ alternate drink/snack mats.  These will be machine-pieced and are much simpler, so they count as one project.  I have the top of Prim’s sewn together and Sec pulled fabrics for his, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten.  Not blogged yet.

And I’ll leave it here, since I don’t want to miss the link-up for the first quarter.  I’ll keep updating my “Project List” link, since I’d like a master list of my WiPs to work from.

Linking up to the Q1 2017 Finish-Along.

Plans for 2017

This is a picture-free post (and backdated from the 9th to the 1st), so buckle in.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what kind of person I want to be, what kind of parent, and I want to be someone who finishes things.  I love starting projects, but I often don’t see them through because I’m so wrapped up in them being “perfect”.  As we know, “perfect” is the enemy of “good”, and it murders “done”.  In the interest of pushing myself to rack up some finishes in 2017, my word of the year is:


Obviously, some of my handwork projects are long-term, and it’s fine for me to have long-term projects, but I need to get some done and quilted and finished.  I also want to blog more, so every post I do is something that I can call “done”, even if it’s not perfect, which it won’t be.

Now for more concrete goals:

WiP List.  I’ll have a separate blog post with finishes I’d like to make, in conjunction with at least one blog’s link party (see below).

Blogging more.  Will this be daily?  Doubtful.  Weekly?  At least.  Somewhere in between?  Likely.  I need to figure out a more efficient way of watermarking images (I think, like Bonnie of Quiltville fame), I’ll just put the info in the same place and size for every picture and make a macro.  I also want to take better pictures, since one of the pleasures of following a craft blog is seeing all of those amazing colors and fabrics.

Blogging more diversely.  This isn’t just a quilt blog, though it’ll be mainly a craft blog.  But I do have other crafty interests, and as I get to do them, they’ll likely be the subject of a post or two.  Expect, in the next year, posts about apparel sewing, cross stitch, knit, and crochet.  Also maybe doll repainting or rerooting.  Maybe doll clothes-making.  See below about Throwback Tuesdays.

Blogging community/Link Parties.  I’d like to use my blog to reach out to the quilting community.  I’ve followed some blogs for almost three years now, and I’d like to share in that.  To this end, I’ll link up to some parties, hopefully on a regular basis.  Right now I’m thinking:

  • The 2017 (Quarterly) Finish-Along (I refuse to spell it “Finish-A-Long”), probably through She Can Quilt, which I follow.
  • One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts, though I missed January’s intention post deadline.
  • The Rainbow Scrap Challenge (Saturdays) at So Scrappy, when my color aligns with the color of the month.  January is purple, so I won’t be linking up in January.
  • Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, since I plan to be doing a lot of handwork this year.
  • Others that I’ve forgotten–I’ll update this list once I see I’m doing them.

Unpacking.  We moved in the summer and my sewing/crafts area is nowhere near unpacked.  This is a priority, since I can’t find anything, and if I can’t find it, I can’t use it.

Giving up.  I have projects, mostly crochet projects, from DECADES ago.  I’ve kept them and moved them, over and over, thinking I’ll finish them or re-purpose them or save the yarn, but none of that has happened, and I know it’s never going to happen.  So, as I unpack, I’ll end up tossing a lot of acrylic yarn projects that aren’t in a state to proceed with and/or that I have no use for and/or aren’t my style anymore.

Throwback Tuesdays.  Or maybe Thursdays or Mondays or whatever.  As I go through my old projects, I intend to photograph them and blog about them, so I have a record of them.  These span the gamut from embroidery to knit and crochet.  A very few might get finished, but the rest are for the trash collector.

Stash Bee Blocks.  I don’t have time to do a bee, but I follow the Stash Bee blog, and I’ve decided to make a block of my favorites from each month, eventually to end up in two quilts, modern and traditional, where I can also mix in orphan blocks gifted from my sewing relative and one-off or tester blocks I make over the year.

Design.  I’d like to continue designing my EPP sea-life blocks, as well as trying my hand at some surface design.  I have some books I want to read about it, and I can give it a try on Spoonflower when I order labels.  These, especially the latter, are likely both multi-year projects, but I’d like to get started on them.

Kid Craft Involvement.  This is a multi-year project, but the best time to start is now.  Prim is working now on hand-piecing the exterior of a tote bag for himself, and he’s said he’d like to learn how to crochet, so as I go through my old projects and yarn, I’m sure I’ll be able to find some light acrylic yarn and a hook for him to work with.   He’s young, and I remember at that age it was hard to keep with it, but if we start with something smaller than a scarf (and I do the foundation chain and first row), I think it’ll go well.  I’m really excited about this one.

And, that’s a lot, but I’m interested to see how it plays out.

Year-End Wrap-Up 2016

Well, this year I moved to a new state (again) and had a(nother) baby, so not too much on the crafting front, but there were some things, and I’m feeling pretty good about 2017 on a crafting/blogging front:

  • I started sewing again with the Grackle Party project in the spring.
  • I moved and half-unpacked my sewing/craft room.
  • I then started the as-yet unblogged 1″ hexagon diamond rainbow bed quilt.
  • I started designing and testing EPP sea-related blocks.
  • I started blogging again in November.
  • I made and finished an as-yet unblogged EPP drink/snack mat for Prim, which he wants to use as a wall-hanging.
  • I re-started blogging again in December.
  • I got obsessed with teeny tiny minuscule hexagons.
  • I thought about how I want my crafty 2017 to look.
  • I wrote and scheduled this post.

The end.

It’s Been a While.

Title says it all.  Life got busy, as it does.

I was still working on things, though I rage-quit Midnight Garden for a while.  I have a backlog of half-finished posts, so I’ll get through those, then to the new stuff, of which there is…some.

Stay tuned.

Thoroughly Inspired

Well, the apron strap was too long and I’m working on fixing it (and the straps of the rest of the toddler aprons already in the classroom), but I don’t want to talk about that today.

I want to talk about inspiration.

I’ve been following a bunch of quilting blogs all summer (using NewBlur as my RSS aggregator because it’s awesome–I’m glad Google Reader closed down), adding new ones as I find them through links on those blogs or link parties or what-have-you.

I’m especially drawn to rainbow and scrap projects, especially scrappy rainbows, so I’ve thoroughly enjoyed So Scrappy’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge (which I plan to participate in next year).  But what stopped me in my tracks and made me seriously consider really learning how to quilt is Quilt Diva Julie’s “Happy Happy Joy Joy”.  [Note: I’ve since edited the link to a post of hers that shows a newer photo which makes her squares that much more breathtaking.]  It will be a scrappy quilt based on Fabric Therapy’s X-Marks-the-Block block which, as far as I can tell, is based on all manner of string block patterns with a defined or contrasting middle strip.

I looked all around Julie’s blog and she has an amazing eye for color and value and design.  I ALMOST have enough skills to make a candy-centered string block like hers (I have to work on a real, consistent 1/4″ seam), but she’s also making quilts that I can only dream about.  She’s amazing and seems to sew so fast!

Anyhow, I’ll stop gushing about her and just say that a project like that is now on my list, as are a bunch of other quilt projects (including a couple I started last year and put away), which I’ll need to do before I tackle that one.

I also need a lot more fabric scraps, since I have barely any.  Those are steps one and two.

I’m excited already.

Obligatory First Post

So, here I am, starting a blog.

I’m going to focus mostly on sewing, with some quilting.  (And maybe some other stuff because I also knit, crochet, embroider, and make jewelry–but not lately.)  I dunno.  Let’s see how it shakes out.

What?  You need more?  Okay.

I’ve been sewing way more than usual this summer, mostly practical things for kids.  For some reason, I want to share what I’ve been working on, but I don’t really have local people who care about such things.  I started following some awesome quilting and garment-sewing blogs and I got inspired.

I’m sure I’ll get to blogging about this summer’s finished projects eventually, but I’m going to start from my current project and go from there so I don’t get all bogged down in documenting what I’ve already done.

I’m a beginning sewer (and quilter), so this is a journey of discovery for me.

Come along!