Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Q1 Finish Along

Finish Along 2014

      I am in need of finishing projects and seem to find so many, many reasons why I should do something else, start something else, think about starting something else, buy more fabric...well, I think you get the idea.
     So, I said to myself - join the 2014 Q1 Finish Along and get a few long standing unfinished projects completed.  My list is rather modest, but I think do-able as I'll be out of the country for 2 weeks in February and I do so like to meet my goals!
     Let me introduce you to my hit list:
1.  Quilt and bind my Improvisation quilt top that has been waiting way too long for some attention.  You may be able to see that I've started some straight line quilting:  
2.  This little wall hanging is the second variation of this theme.  I need to quilt it and bind it: 


Here is the completed original wall hanging in this series:

 3.  My string quilt top needs a back, quilting and a binding.  This puppy has been hanging around my sewing room for a really long time!

4.  Last but not least is my Gee's Bend quilt (saw this in the most wonderful book:  Gee's Bend The Architecture of a Quilt)  I started this quilt top last year and I came to a screeching halt for some reason I don't recall right now:

     That's my hit list for the first quarter of 2014 Finish Along.  I'm going to link to Katy's blog here The Littlest Thistle and join the fun and games for this quarter.  Why don't you sign up also?  Great motivator for finishing a reasonable number of projects.
     Aaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year and a Brief Reflection on 2013 Completions

First, let me wish you all a Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday, took some time off from work and recharged your batteries.

I don't know if you typically make New Year's resolutions - I typically don't.  This year I spent a little time thinking about what and who was important to me and vowed to spend more time appreciating (and spending time with) my family and friends.  Less work and more play is on my 2014 agenda.

I have also implemented a plan to finish UFOs and not start new projects until I have completed or discarded existing projects.  It's so hard not to buy new fabric, jump into new swaps or see a quilt that someone has posted on their blog that I just HAVE to make

2013 was not a particularly productive year for me in the sense of finishing quilts.  I looked back on my post at the beginning of 2013 and I see that I have only finished 2 of the listed incomplete projects, made some pillows, aprons for the little boys, a table runner for a swap, a wall hanging for my studio and finished one quilt that I started in 2013.  Not sure why I was less productive in 2013 as compared to 2012, but it is what it is I suppose.

So here is what I managed to complete in 2013:

 1.  Mod Mosaic Quilt  2. Pillow Swap 10 pillow  3.  ABC Challenge Quilt (it took 2nd place in the Group Challenge 
  category at the San Mateo County Fair quilt show)  4. Version 2 pillow for me  5.  Stash pillow  6.  Wonky Log Cabin 
  quilt  7.  Mid-Century Modern table runner for guild swap  8.  Wall Hanging for my studio.

I also made these aprons for my grandsons:

They were simple to make.  The boys seem to like wearing them and they should hold up to washing frequently.  

I'm working on one of my unfinished projects from 2012 today.  I am quilting it, which is something that I don't usually do.  I also quilted the Mod Mosaic quilt that is shown in the mosaic above.  Maybe that's why I'm making less progress - I'm actually doing the quilting rather than sending it out to my favorite long arm quilter?  Hmmmmm...

I have to head back to work on Monday, so I need to make the most of the remaining time here in Reno and sew, sew, sew!

This is the beginning of my 3rd year of blogging.  I hope that I will have more to report to you in 2014 than in 2013!

Aaaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.