Friday, March 25, 2016

Q1 Summary

Here is my summary for the Q1 of the year.  Boy did I get a lot of UFO’s completed, and as a result I need to figure out what I am going to work on in Q2.

#1 Leaf quilt – This quilt is complete and is one of my favorite quilts.  I have a one person close to me that keeps saying this quilt is going to disappear from my house and end up at his.  I know he would never take it, so this is a great complement and makes me smile.

#2 Metallic quilt – Last quilt retreat (October) I debated and debated about buying this fabric, and on the 3rd day of “visiting it” at the local quilt shop, I finally bit the bullet and bought it.  Overall I like how it turned out.  The last border isn’t perfect, but I finished the quilt top on the day I ran over my finger with my sewing machine.  I was really wanting to finish the quilt in one day, so I rushed the last border a bit, and as a result there is a little bit of extra fabric.

#4 Dr. Who – This art quilt was started back in 2013 as part of a Paper Piecing Quilt-a-long.  Until I started this quilt I had only done a minimal amount of Paper Piecing.  It was a new technique for me that I wanted to master, so I started with some of the simpler blocks and then jumped feet first into the harder blocks.  This quilt took many hours to finish, approximately 800.  The Angel block alone took 17 hours to make!  Each block is stitched with a Gallifreyan description of the block.

I have a confession to make.  I have never watched Dr. Who, so this quilt I have decided to sell.  I think it should live at a home that can appreciate the meanings of each block.  The quilt can be found for sale on my Ebay.

#5 Mini Splash - After completing my full sized Splash quilt I was inspired to make the mini quilt, out of the scraps  The pattern is by Jaybird Quilts .  This quilt is only be 12.5 x 15.5 inches.  This quilt was a challenge, because the pieces are so small.  It didn’t help that I was working on by new back-up machine, as my main machine was back in the shop due to a piece breaking for the second time.  I am happy to say that my main machine is back, and that made quilting this quilt a breeze.

#7 Northern Lights - Over the past few years I have made quilts for a great friend of mine, and her daughter.  I figure it's about time I make her son a new quilt.  I say new quilt because he received one of the first two baby quilts I made...but that was over 10 year ago.

AJ (the recipient) has three main favorite colors, blue, green and grey.  I decided to use another Jaybird Quilts pattern Northern Lights.  The quilt is complete and just needs to be mailed off to AJ.  I hope he likes it!

#8 Mini Northern Lights 
With the leftovers from the Northern Lights twin size quilt I made, I have made a mini version.  The pattern is Mini Northern Lights by Jaybird quilts.  I love having a mini version of this quilt to add to my collection of miniature quilts!

This quarter I was hoping to finish goal #1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8.  I was able to get #2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 complete.  I can’t believe I finished 6 of my 10 (11th project can’t be completed till the end of the year) projects this quarter!  I was shooting for completing as many as possible of them, got quite a few done!  Now I need to figure out what projects to complete next quarter!

The goals I didn’t complete are, the following:

#3 Winter Quilt - Just needs binding and a label.

#6 Stain Glass Block of the month - This quilt will not be complete in Q1, but I want to make sure to keep it on the radar.  A group of friends all decided to do a paper pieced block of the month quilt.  The design is by Ula Lenz and the pattern can be found here.  I was able to finish the blocks for January, February and March.

#9 Wall Hanging: Totem Poles – This one I am not sure where the project is currently even at!  Probably should find it and finish it.

#10 Grandmother's flower garden – This one is on the back burner, I think I need more flowers.

 #11 Gravity. I began working on this quilt at the last quilt retreat, but ran out of the correct colors.  I can't wait to put this one on my bed.  It's ready to be quilted and is already on the schedule to be quilted in April.

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