A Lovely Year of Finishes – January 2015

This year, I’m joining Melissa at Sew Bittersweet Designs and Shanna at Fiber of All Sorts in A Lovely Year of Finishes.

I’m declaring 2015 the Year of the UFO.

I have so many quilts in varying stages of the process, waiting to be finished.  It makes me sad.

I think what it comes down to is that there are so many quilts that I want to make and I don’t have enough time.  In 2014, I made a total of two quilts, but dozens were added to my “To Make” list.  This makes it so easy to get sidetracked without really finishing anything.  I want to find more time for sewing in my schedule.

It’s my hope that by pulling some of these unfinished beauties out of my closet and finishing them, I’ll be inspired to work more sewing into my daily life.

Pinwheel Quilt

My January goal is to finish my Pinwheel Sampler quilt, from the quilt along hosted by Rachel at P.S. I Quilt.  I started this quilt in January of 2010, and I think five years later is high time to finish it.

Cheers to 2015!

Pinwheel Sampler Top is Finally Finished!

I can’t believe the top is finally finished!

I spent my whole weekend doing nothing but sewing and going to the dog park. I got several bee blocks finished (more on those later) and I *finally* got my Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along top finished!

Hopefully next weekend I’ll get this lovely basted and start the quilting. But now, if you don’t mind, I’m just going to stare at it for a while.

Linked up at:
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story
WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

The Last Of The Pinwheels

Are you breathing a sigh of relief?  I know I am.

The block above is my substitute for Block #7.  I wasn’t feeling the framed pinwheel Rachel called for, I guess.  The block is a scaled-up version of the pinwheel from the State Fair Schnibbles pattern from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.   I’m having second thoughts about it now, but we’ll see how it turns out in the finished quilt.  These blocks used far too much of my precious Hope Valley fabric to replace them now.

By the way, I apologize for the awful photos. I haven’t seen the sun, literally, in a week.

Next up is Block #8.  For this block, Rachel directed us to choose a pinwheel block of our own, to make our quilt uniquely ours.  I chose this double pinwheel block, and I have to admit I am a little tiny bit in love with it.

So that’s it.  I promise, no more pinwheels until this baby is put together and ready to quilt.

What have you been working on?

Note:  This project may be linked up at some or all of the following parties, depending on my caffeine intake.  Either way, you should definitely stop by!

Monday: <a href=”http://www.canoeridgecreations.com”>Sew Modern Monday @ Canoe Ridge Creations</a>

Tuesday: <a href=”http://quiltstory.blogspot.com”>Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story</>

Wednesday:  <a href=”http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com”>WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced</a>


Are You Sick of Pinwheels Yet?

Blocks #6 complete – I’m almost there!

More Pinwheels

I got a little bit of time over the weekend to work on my pinwheel sampler.  Block #5 is now complete:

I also whipped up another selvage block:

It feels so good to be playing with fabric again!

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

I’m linking up at:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

This Used to be a Quilt Blog

Oh my gosh, ya’ll.

I’m kind of embarassed to even go here, but it’s all I’ve got to write about, so here you go.

Block 4 of Rachel’s Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along. Yes, the one from January.  Of 2010.

I really, really meant to keep up with this one.  But life got in the way, it got set aside, I lost my sewing machine under a massive heap of crap fabric, and I’ve not done a ton of sewing since.  Believe me, I’m not proud of that.

I think the reason I haven’t been sewing much lately is because I feel like I need to finish this quilt before I start another one.  It’s been sitting around so long.  Plus, the fabrics (Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt, of course) were from the FQ bundle my Mom got me for Christmas.  Of 2009.

There’s been a tiny bit of quilt guilt that’s kept me from starting anything new.

The sad thing is, I’m still in love with the pattern and the fabrics.  And this will be the first quilt I’ve made just for me (for some reason the ones made as gifts actually get done in a timely manner).

So, I’m back to work on my sampler.  My friend Ansje (who has long since given up nagging me about getting this finished) will be thrilled – or disgusted.  She cranks out like a quilt a week.  She’s amazing!

Anyway, here’s my block(s) 4.  I used a couple of my favorite fabrics for these since they stand out so much.  I must say, I love them!

What have you been working on?

I’m linking up at:

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

New Giveaway – Finish It Friday

Not long ago, we had a discussion about unfinished projects on the Plum Patchwork Facebook page.
Now I have a confession to make:

I told you all that I was still working on my pinwheel sampler quilt from last year. What I didn’t mention (I forgot, really) is that I never finished my very first quilt, which I started in 2001.
I don’t even have pictures to share, because it was before I owned a digital camera. I believe it is a queen size quilt, in a maple leaf pattern that is so not my style. At that time, I didn’t even know what my style was yet.
I pieced the whole darn thing in a weeklong break from college. I had it quilted, and then never got around to the binding. The truth is, I was terrified of the binding.
So for the past 10 years that unfinished quilt has been sitting in my linen closet wrapped in a plastic bag. It has moved with me exactly 5 times.
As I said, the quilt isn’t really my style, but it’s still a lovely quilt. And it was my first.
In order to keep myself motivated to finish my quilt (and a number of other projects), I’m hosting a little Finish It Friday event!

So, here’s the deal:
1. Tell us about your unfinished project that has been gathering dust. Post it to your blog, Flickr, Tumblr, whatever.
2. Link to your project here.
3. On Fridays, come back and show us your progress!
4. At the end I’ll hold a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Plum Patchwork shop (plus lots of other fun prizes as well)!
I’m going to give y’all the WHOLE SUMMER to finish your projects. We’ll wrap this up on Friday, September 2nd and the drawing will be held on the 3rd.

Now, for the details:
You’ll get one drawing entry for every neglected project you finish.
You don’t have to post every week, but it’ll be more fun for everyone if you check in regularly.
Spread the word! The more people who enter, the more we can all encourage each other!

Mirror Image

Here it is – my first completed quilt of 2010.  I actually finished it back in January, but you know how it is.  Besides, it’s been too cold to be outside taking photos.  Wednesday was the perfect cloudy, dry picture-taking day so I headed to a local park and grabbed some photos.

This is a crib-size quilt, featuring lots of favorite designers.  I bleach discharged the fabric to create the two-tone look of the blocks.  I’m getting the hang of free-motion quilting, even on my wimpy little machine.

Sadly, I don’t know any baby girls on the way, so this quilt is in the shop.

I Made Something!

It has been quite a couple of weeks for me.  Midterms, finals (at the same time – I have some full-semester classes and some half-semester classes).  Other busy stuff.  I have been in a destructive, rather than constructive mood.  For me, that means lots of cleaning, organizing, and decluttering and not much making.

I finally got around to making my first two blocks for the Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along.  I’m so behind!  These are from the Sandy Gervais Merry and Bright colorway.  I’m making a second quilt in Hope Valley.  Hope to have those soon!


Christmas 2009 004Well, I finished the quilt.  It took me just over two weeks and was delivered just in time for my friend to give at Christmas time.  I haven’t yet heard if the recipient liked it.  I hope so. I used the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along pattern for the top.  It went together quickly, especially because I used two Jelly rolls which saved some cutting.  The fabric is Crazy 8 by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

Christmas 2009 008I pieced the back because the quilt shop did not have enough yardage to do all one fabric.  I always prefer a pieced back anyway, but I was trying to make this quick.  I really, really love how it came out.  One of these days, I need to make a quilt for me!

Christmas 2009 013Here it is, all washed folded and ready to give away.  I’m so glad I got it done in time.

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