2015 quarter 1 link up party

These Finish Alongs are such great motivation to get all these half finished projects done. I’ve been feeling really creative lately and have drawn out patterns for several different quilt ideas, but I don’t want to start more projects without getting the ones in limbo all over my house completed. The further away I get from them, the less likely I am to actually finish them, and the thought of an unfinished, no longer loved, quilt project makes me sad.

My list of UFO’s

1. The wedding quilt. It’s so close to being done, and it needs to be finished by Jan 31
2. The Danica quilt. The anniversary of the death of the little girl that inspired this quilt is in just a few days, so it seems fitting I should complete it near that time. If I can, I will write about that precious little girl. I can’t promise though, because it is something I still get very emotional about, and I’m not quite sure if I want to share on this blog.
3. Bargello: Apocalypse. It needs borders and quilting.
4. Mini for schnitzel and boom mini swap. This one is a sure-fire finish, as I need to ship it in just a few weeks.
5. The blue and gold quilt kit from years ago. Yeah, I still haven’t finished piecing it. I won’t get it done this quarter, but I’ll sure as hell make some progress, dagnab it.
6. Christmas tree skirt. Yeah, I said I was going to make a table runner, but then I realized I didn’t have a tree skirt!
7. My arizona fabrics quilt. Not even cut, but lately I’ve had dreams about a lovely pattern I’ve started to doodle out.
8. practice quilted placemats from ages ago
9. Spring Fling Mini quilt swap using April Showers fabric

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2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Texas Tech Quilt: A Reprise

I could be wrong, but I think the Texas Tech Pinwheel quilt was a hit. Our son’s godfather immediately snuggled his quilt after we gave it to him. You can also see the obnoxious backing fabric I used.

Since I’ve finished that quilt, I’ve had a harder time focusing on other projects I have in motion, and so my progress is slow. For whatever reason, I’m just not able to move quickly from one to another. I did get a good portion of a flannel quilt pieced, and I’ll photograph that once it’s done.

I pieced block four of the blues and gold botm in some spare time. It’s not a ton of progress, I know, but it’s something while I try to organize my thoughts and work up the energy to begin a whole new quilt (I have the fabric, but it’s for a queen sized and I’m a little intimidated by the amount I have to cut).

On a whim a few weeks ago, I signed up for a quilting class at a local fabric store. The type of quilt we did was a bargello, and we used this program to help us (it’s free, and after a few minutes of trying to figure it out, it’s really quite helpful for visualizing your bargello quilt). I’ll go into more detail once I actually get my quilt top completed, because I’m a slowpoke in class and wander off to look at fabrics too often to sit and work for hours and hours.

It may take me several more days to complete the top,  because my sister in law just brought this home and blew it up, so my son and his aunties and grandfather are out in the garage playing… at 10:30 at night. 😀

another project to introduce (sorry!)

I apologize for the lack of updating. I’m still not sure how much I want to update here. I like this blog so much already, and so I want to do more than my original one-post-a-week thing. That, and I have about a million different craft projects going on over here.

With all these different projects, things are getting chaotic, so I’d like to try to organize it a bit. What I’m going to do is tag the heck out of each of my entries, and that way it might make it a bit easier to follow the progress of one particular project. I’ve never been the type to just work on one at a time, and I prefer to keep a record of what I’m working on as I work on it and not all at the end. I’m going to go back to my previous entries and re-tag as necessary, and give a name to each project. I hope that helps me and anyone reading this keep better track of progress. 😀

Now on to what I did in the past few days!

1. Finished the first border on the Texas Tech pinwheel quilt. It’s just a little bit of progress, and I’ve got two more borders to sew on, so I didn’t bother photographing that.

2. Got block 3 finished of a botm package my SIL bought from Joann’s ages ago. I started it about 7 months ago, but I only work on it here and there.

Here are my first three blocks –

I’m really excited about these. I’ve discovered I really enjoy doing these block of the month quilts because I get to do little “snack sized” portions of the quilt in a sitting, and I am introduced to new blocks that I might not have otherwise tried. After showing these to my husband, he decided we were going to keep this quilt, and not give it away.

3. I signed up for another botm club, this time through livejournal. Each month a member chooses a block, and we all dig through our stash and make it. Perhaps if anyone is interested, I can also post each block’s instructions on here, so you can follow along as well! I’ve chosen my colors for this one (but I’m not teeeeelllling!) but haven’t made my final fabric choices. As I make each one I will most definitely post pictures!

That’s all I’ve got for now, friends. I’ have an unwell toddler and he’s gong crazy!

Bria