Q3 Finish Along Goals

I finished 5 projects off my Q2 goal list. And one of them was a whopping 36" x 48". That said, I look at this list and I have made significant progress on at least six of my larger sized projects. It was a productive quarter, even if the finishes don't exactly represent all I've accomplished. I'm adding six new projects to the list. A couple small quilts to be given as gifts, helping my daughter finish her first quilt, two new quilt alongs and my bee quilt.

My six new projects are added at the top of this list. It's so hard for me to prioritize (so the list isn't otherwise in any particular order), but I have three that are gifts I'd like to give in the next month, plus helping my kids to finish their quilts while they are on summer break. I guess those are the short term priorities. :-)

Quilts

  1. Baby quilt. I've drafted the pattern and picked out the fabrics, but no pics to show yet.
  2. Race Car quilt. Again, I've drafted the pattern and chosen some fabric, namely the race cars and related blenders.
  3. In the Middle quilt. 12 bee blocks so far from The Bee Hive #beehiveswarmtisha.
  4. Star Light Star Dark. With Quilty Habit. Join us!
  5. Meadow Mystery. With Meadow Mist Designs. Join us!
  6. Help my 4-year-old daughter finish Rainbow Swift 2 (named after Rainbow Swift that her brother made for her), her first quilt. She's started quilting it.
  7. Help my nearly 6-year-old son finish his latest quilt, a twin sized bed quilt for his sister. He's still piecing it, and I think we've decided to send it out for quilting.
  8. Ocean quilt for my daughter. Need to make a second attempt attaching fish and hope my fabric doesn't bleed again.
  9. Midnight Mystery Quilt. Finished Quilt top. 
  10. 2004 Baseball Quilt. Quilt top is done and I've had my brother "try it on" (he's 6'5"). Now to finish it.
  11. Color Strata Quilt. My stratas are made. New up I need to  figure out how I'll set it. 
  12. Cotton & Steel (and low volume) HST Quilt.
  13. Patchwork City Metro Area Quilt. 
  14. Little Letters in Blues/Greens Quilt. I might need to change gears on these two to make them faster finishes.
  15. Little Letters in Brights Quilt.
  16. Very Hungry Caterpillar baby quilt. Quilt top finished.
  17. Very Hungry Caterpillar small lap quilt. Quilt top finished.
  18. Very Hungry Caterpillar twin quilt. Quilt top is complete, backing fabric is washed. I need to piece the backing. Somehow I don't have a picture of this one. Just look at #14 and think "twin sized."
  19. Batik SCVQA philanthropy quilt. I just need to quilt it.
  20. Roman Stripez with butterfly backing. Some blocks done. (see #21)
  21. 2nd Roman Stripez.
  22. Memory House Vol. 1 Quilt (2 houses complete
  23. Swoon Quilt. 
  24. Primary mini quilt. Same pattern as my Cotton & Steel mini swap. Hoping to get better at adding those bias edge triangles to finish it. 
  25. Rainbow Chain. The pattern is Autumn Chain from The Bee Hive quilts. 
  26. My Floating Squares improv project. (from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood.)
  27. Creative HST project from Jeni Baker's class at QuiltCon. I'm close to 144 units. Here's my latest photo of the group of them.
  28. Rainbow Remix from Rebecca Bryan's class at Quiltcon. Blocks are all done. Next up, the big job of piecing together irregular blocks.
  29. Wonky Cross quilt from Rossie Hutchinson's class at QuiltCon. I added a second palette of fabric that I thought worked with the first. Here are the blocks I've completed so far.
  30. Quartered Log Cabin quilt from Rossie Hutchinson's class at QuiltCon
  31. Purple Royalty quilt. 

Other Sewing

  1. Zippered Pouch with my EPP hexies from Johanna Masko's EPP class at QuiltCon.
  2. Frog shirt for my son. Bowling Shirt (pattern by Scientific Seamstress). 
  3. Winnie the Pooh Skirt/Shorts for my daughter.

 

Stats: I love data. I think I'll try to start showing the following graphically, buy I think it's a great metric for seeing my progress and not feeling like my lengthy WIP list is solely a bunch of languishing, forgotten projects. Those 20 that are in progress... many are much farther along. I promise.

  • Planning Stages (pre-fabric pull): 4 (Q1), 0 (Q2), 2 (Q3)
  • Fabric Pulled: 1 (Q1), 1 (Q2), 2 (Q3)
  • Fabric Cut: 1 (Q1), 0 (Q2), 0 (Q3)
  • Piecing in Progress: 15 (Q1), 20 (Q2), 20 (Q3)
  • Quilt Top Completed: 7 (Q1), 9 (Q2), 7 (Q3)
  • Quilted: 0 (Q1), 0 (Q2), 0 (Q3)

Bucket List: Because I need more projects, right?

  1. Triangle Squared quilt.
  2. Equilateral triangle quilt, perhaps Chopsticks pattern.
  3. Raspberry Kiss lap quilt.
  4. Technicolor Galaxy.
  5. Polaroid quilt.
  6. Chopsticks quilt.
  7. Pirate Quilt. (I have fabric, but no firm plan on design yet.)
  8. Leah Day's Dancing Butterflies to develop my free motion quilting. (I joined, but never... um... started.)
  9. More Mini Mini Quilt Swaps on IG.

I'm linking up to the Q3 Finish-A-Long. Thank you to all the co-hosts for this year! I'm very thankful for Finish-A-Long helping me stay organized and motivated.

Thank you for visiting!

2016 Finish-A-Long

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21 thoughts on “Q3 Finish Along Goals

  1. LOVE that pic of you with your Rainbow Remix blocks! I can wait to see the ABC quilts and how you quilt them. Also, yay Star Light Star Dark QAL! I'm super jealous of your awesome light purples. I need to look into finding some of those.

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    1. sarah

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      The picture is from our May modern guild retreat. I was just thinking about how I'd quilt the ABC quilts. I saw an ABC pantograph but decided that might be madness... letters on top of letters. I need lights in general... wonder if any of the fabrics I bought today are light. Probably not. Maybe that needs to be my focus for the rest of my fabric shopping this week. ;-)

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  2. Patti A.

    Wow what a list! Makes me think that I might be able to finish my 16 WIP. I love seeing what others are working on. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. sarah

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      I know, it's out of control. ;-) I'm doing my part to help people feel better about their own WIP lists. ;-) Thanks for visiting. Have you shared your WIPs online anywhere? I'd love to check them out.

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  3. Elana D

    OMG that's a lot of projects. I'm too afraid to photograph all of mine. The other problem is that I keep adding new projects without completing the old ones. ALthough I did complete a quilt for PULSE, Orlando Florida this week. I haven't mailed it yet but it feels so good to have made a donation quilt after such a horrific tragedy. On to happier things and baby quilts, quilts for my boys for college in the Fall and so on. You inspired me and wow...to even be quilting with your kids at the same time!! Kudos to you!!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you for making a quilt for Pulse. Our guild is making a few. As for my projects, starting new ones without finishing old ones is how I got in the "mess." I'm really trying not to start new projects... failing that, I'm trying not to start more projects than I finish. ;-) Thanks for visiting, and the kind comments. :-)

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  4. You really do have a lot on the go! Such a great variety of styles and fabrics too. Hope you have a lot of fun helping your children see their quilts through to a finish 😀

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Allison. It's great fun to help them finish a project. They are so proud when they are working and when a project gets completed. It's slow going on my own stuff while I'm helping them, but that's okay.

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    2. sarah

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      I should add that my daughter decided to take inspiration from your quilting on your 30's repro quilt. Can't wait to show it to you... she's done the first 4-5 curves, but as they get bigger they take longer. ;-)

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  5. I like to see a long list of projects like this - it means you'll be at the machine doing something :) Do you think you'll finish the individual quilts you started from QuiltCon, or make a sampler style quilt from them as a symbol of your trip?

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    1. sarah

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      When I'm home, I try to sew something daily. I have plans to finish 4 quilts (lap sized) from Quilt Con classes. There's one block that will go into my orphan block bin, or might be pieced into a backing for one of the four that uses the same fabrics. I took a curves class, that I love, but the finished product for that class is intended to be a sampler wall hanging. Since I don't generally love the aesthetic of a sampler I won't be finishing that project as designed (it's not her, it's me), but I'll use the blocks in some way. Short term, they might land in the orphan block bin, too. I may use one of the blocks to be a mini wall hanging on its own, now that I'm sewing in a room with more available wall space. Thanks for visiting, Denise.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you. They'll be happy to bring in their latest projects for show and tell once school starts! :-)

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  6. Bo Brackmann

    Phew!! Don't see where you get the time with 2 kids and a husband...You must be very organized!! I really like the rainbow remix quilt...Very colorful!!

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    1. sarah

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      I am pretty organized. I also make very small intervals of progress, but it all adds up. ;-) I'm excited to finish up Rainbow Remix. I think it'll end up being my new go to couch quilt. :-)

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    1. sarah

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      Thanks, Helen. My husband points out that he's the only non-quilter in the house. I think the kids may try to convert him. :-)

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you. Me too! I need to work on gathering and cutting fabrics for additional blocks so I can make progress on this one. I'm limited on lights in my stash, so it might require a little shopping. :-)

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