Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finish Along 2014 - Quarter 2

Ok I missed the sign up for the quarter one finish along, but have found making lists really do help me get things done.  So for the second quarter, which is April - June I need to get several things done.

First I want to quilt one quilt per week, which would be 13 quilts. The problem with that number is that I don't have 13 tops done...well I do but some are still packed away.  Plus I don't want to be so rigid that if something happens I feel like I failed.  So I'm going to say that I need to quilt 10 quilts in the second quarter. If I get more done, great. Below are eight that are done and laying on my Handiquilter frame.  I hope to get all of these done.

Second I have to finish the third test quilt. It is due May 1st, and all the HST are done, so it shouldn't be a problem.  I'm just hoping it turns out as cut as I am picturing it in my mind. I started assembling it, but when I sewed things together wrong I stopped again.  But it will be finished!!

Third, this is the hardest one for me.  I have to cut shirts for four memory quilts.  I have had the shirts for months, but haven't been able to cut into them.  I think it is just  being terrified I will mess them up and my friend will hate me. I know that she will love me no matter what, so I just have to force myself to do it.  The second part of this goal is to have at least one if not more of the tops completed by the end of the quarter. There it is writing, so now I really have to do it!!!!

And my last goal for the quarter is to get with piece at least one top from my stash of projects. Right now I am thinking it will be the PB&J fabric I bought at the Dallas Quilt Show this year. But I have several projects waiting that I want to do.  If I get more than one done, great, but I want to add at least one to the complete tops pile.

So that is my list.  I know it is a lot to do, but I have lots I need to accomplish.  If somewhere along the way, other projects jump ahead so be it.  But for now if I can get these things accomplished I will be a very happy camper.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Finish: Cheaper by the Dozen Done!!!

I know it is rare for me to show the same quilt two weeks in a row, but last week the flimsy was done and Sharla really wanted it quilted so this week I quilted and bound it.  I will say it is a very pretty quilt.  It just screams spring time to me.

I used Signatures Iced Blue cotton thread for the quilting and it really looks good.  It blends with the back wonderfully and it does stand out on some of the dark blue blocks, but blends with the rest quite well.

I just quilted in an all over meander, and I don't believe I crossed over any lines this time....YEAH!!!  So I am making progress.  I did get very very close a couple of times, but that is all.  I struggled a little with the tension, but finally got that all fixed.  I do think I need to type up notes on what to do with each tension issue so I don't have to go back to the computer.  Maybe I can make it pretty and frame it for the sewing room. And lastly I want to point out that Sharla is getting better with her piecing....look at those matching seams.