Final Countdown: Task THREE

It is that most wonderful time of the year: The Final Countdown with Prairie Moon Quilts.

Shelley encourages readers to complete a task a day to get the old year finished right and give a good start to the new. Task three is: PERFORM A PROJECT ASSESSMENT.

This one makes me really happy!  For the last several years I have made a Ambitions and Dreams list for the year.  It is posted on my right sidebar and serves as a regular reminder of my goals.

So, here it is:  Ambitions and Dreams for 2019

  1. Irish Stars Quilt (243/361 done at end of 2018.  Will this be the year?)
  2. Charity Quilt #1
  3. Charity Quilt #2/3
  4. Max Quilt
  5. Rock Quilt
  6. House Quilt
  7. String Quilt of some kind
  8. Pendleton Quilt
  9. Threadology Quiltalong
  10. Vintage Squares
  11. And, because more tend to get added…

Quilts to quilt

  1. Three Wishes
  2. Roundabout Baby
  3. and…

RECAP: 2018 Ambitions And Dreams

More was accomplished during 2018 than I would have guessed given that a complete kitchen remodel and significant family crisis intervened.  As I look back I see a stream of blessings that carried me along through all of it, and there are a lot of finished quilts to boot.  How wonderful is that?!?

2018 Ambitions and Dreams List
1. Halfway HST Quilt (top finished 3/19/2018–COMPLETE)
2. Miss Marcel’s Quilt (quilt complete 4/8/2018)
3. Brown Scraps aka Friendship Quilt (complete 12/39/2018)
4. Vintage Squares
5. Heritage Stars for Husband (complete 7/18/2018–plus 2 pillows)
6. 2-1/2″ Mini Charms Quilt (complete 5/5/2018)
7. Seeing Stars Quilt-along (complete 12/31/0218))
8. Irish Stars…ending with 243/361 blocks
9. 5 NON-quilting sewing projects (a. fleece slippers 1/2018) (b. food scraps potholders 6/2018) (c. baby dress 7/20/2018) (d. pillowcase aprons 8/2018)(e. Halloween hat 10/2018)
continued…
10. Those orphan log cabins and strips (top finished 1/3/2018, complete 4/22/2018)
11. Quilty Name Tags with Tutorials (1/6/2018)
12. Small HST quilt (complete 6/2018)
13. Baby Quilts: Baby Mine (2/19/2018), Cross My Heart, Flight Path (6/21/2018), Small Someday #2 (7/2018), Happy Scraps (8/12/2018)
14. Dave’s Denim Quilt (finished 8/5/2018)
15. Festival Quilt (top complete 8/12/2018–quilted and donated 10/2018)
16. Orphan Blocks (SS #7)–complete 11/15/2018
and…
PROJECTS QUILTED:
Sampler Quilt (complete 4/1/2018)
2 for Sparkle Jane
Horse Panel (7/2018)
Christmas Quilt (12/28/2018)

Seeing Stars Finish: Three Of Three And Final Quilt For The Year

My binding fingers are a little sore, but the quilts are all done.  That is about 1066 inches of binding stitched down over four days.

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This is my version of the Seeing Stars Quiltalong hosted by Melissa.

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I love the colors and the happy nature of it.  The quilting turned out well.  And the binding makes it shine. I tried to make a nearly-reversible pieced back.  Not quite perfect, but I do like the idea.

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This fabric had waited WAY too long to be a quilt.  Maybe that is why it seems so happy;  it finally has a purpose.

Final Countdown: Task TWO

It is that most wonderful time of the year: The Final Countdown with Prairie Moon Quilts.

Shelley encourages readers to complete a task a day to get the old year finished right and give a good start to the new. Task two is DEAL WITH A PILE.

At first I felt quilt smug about this task.  After all, my workspace looks like this.

Ah, but UNDER the table lurks all kinds of things…See that elephant?

So, this basket is my task. How did ALL THAT fit in a laundry basket?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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Some of it was just fabric or other things to put away–easy.  Some was stuff to throw away–easy.  Why did I even put it in the basket?

In the end I came out with five immediate projects (mend elephant, reusable grocery bags, wool quilt, and two partially finished inherited quilts for charity–we’ll see).  Also, two potential future projects that I set aside for now and will look at again in a few months and see if I want to do them or not.

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I feel very successful!  Look for action on the “immediate projects” in the next month or so.

On to Task THREE!

 

Friendship Quilt Finished: Two Down. One To Go.

It helps when it is a small quilt.  At 49″ x 67″, it just isn’t too bad.

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I worked for a few weeks piecing the stars.  But, once I decided that I really wanted to finish it before January 1, it was time to pick up the pace!

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Finished piecing on Wednesday, assembled Thursday, quilted Friday, bound Saturday.  Whew!

Just 5″ friendship stars in a variety of reds alternating with 5″ brown squares.  Should match her living room as a couch quilt.

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And I like the back.

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Only one more to go.  It is quilted and I am stitching binding.

Final Countdown: Task ONE

It is that most wonderful time of the year:  The Final Countdown with Prairie Moon Quilts.  

Shelley encourages readers to complete a task a day to get the old year finished right and give a good start to the new.  Task one is CLEAN OFF YOUR MAIN WORK SURFACE.

This one is not too bad for me.  I like things tidy and generally keep them that way.  Plus, I did a major clean and makeover of my sewing space in March.

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Here is what it looked like to start.

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Not bad, but there were things to do.  I cleaned up scraps, finally let go of some fabric I kept telling myself I would use, and counted blocks on my Irish Stars quilt (243/361).
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Now it looks like this.

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Ready for Task TWO!