Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 Challenge recap

Actually, recap sounds like it's over, doesn't it. And it's not. Psych! Well, to me anyway. I truly thought I would get this done this year, but I'm a little crazy.

So, I was supposed to do three versions of the nine quilts in the book. So that's 27 quilts total. And how'd I do?



Quilts completed: 8
Tops completed: 25
Tops to finish: 2

The big thing I learned this year is that I tend to work in fits and starts. I get really obsessive for a while, then don't do any sewing for a month. You have to be steady all year to get a project of this size done by deadline. So not my style, apparently.

The whole thing has been fun and I'm looking forward to finishing everything up. But I'm also looking forward to going back to a more random way of working. The hope is I can keep the discipline of finishing the project while I do random quilts. It's easy to get caught up in the next one when you don't have a deadline to work against, leaving tons of UFOs sitting in bins around the room.

My plan for this year is to finish the quilts from this book, then focus on the UFOs (not necessarily quilts) sitting in shoeboxes. And to do a quilt to enter at the state fair - my first competition attempt.

How'd you do on your 2011 goals and what's in the plans for 2012?


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Challenge: A Star is Born - Neutral


I can't believe I did this. Well, OK, I can. As I was updating my challenge list with the latest finish, I realized I hadn't done a post on this quilt. Which then led to realizing I never took pictures of it. Argh!!

I had decided to give this one to my chorus for an auction in a basket with several baby toys I made to coordinate. And in the rush to get it done, apparently forgot to take any pictures other than the in-progress one above. Sigh. I am so annoyed because it was one of my best finishes to date, the quilting actually being quite well executed. And it was adorable overall. The red and white fabrics were ones I found in my mom's "stash" after she died last year. They aren't cottons, but were just too cute to pass up using. Until I started cursing them in triangle form. Didn't handle bias well, shall we say. And triangles are already curse-worthy in my book so it got doubly bad at times.


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2011 Challenge: Baby Squares Jamboree - Boy


Yeah! One more down. You'll notice I didn't do the scalloped border this time. All those curves just didn't seem right for a boy quilt. (And yes, I wanted to get it done and a curvy border takes a lot of time.)

This one started with some bird fabric I found and was easily paired with the various colors of the bird. Looking at it now, I think it would have been better with the darker green as the inner border than the lighter, but oh well. I quilted it with a large version of the same pattern I used on the girl version, working with the nine-patches rather than doing it within each square.

The back fabric was something out of my stash I had bought with the purpose of using it for a back someday. Loved how the colors just worked so well with this one.




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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Challenge progress

Less than a month to go and it's my busiest month for work. Which means I'm going to have to admit I'm not going to make my challenge goal. Sigh. At least not to have completed quilts.

I've kind of revamped my goal to just be to finish the quilt tops at this point. Almost. I think I can get that done with the exception of two of the hand applique ones. And I have all the batting I need to finish everything off as soon as I find some time to get them basted. I'm sitting here with 10 or so completed tops, three more almost done and three others to be sewn. So it's entirely possible to make it at least this far to the goal by the end of the year.

A stack of completed quilt tops and shots of them in progress. My design wall has been getting quite crowded of late with at least three quilts going at any one time.






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