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I am way overdue for updating this list. It was November 2021 the last time I posted it. There were 72 items on the list then. There are only a few new WIPs from 2022, bee blocks, a project that I didn't finish in time for the SAQA Benefit Auction, and a set of 4 mini compositions from a class last October that just need to be finished up. The good news is that the projects I've started in 2023 so far have both been finished.

The Numbers

  • 19 quilts from the list were finished in 2022.
  • 13 were purged from my WIP list, passed along to other people, back into stash/scrap bins, or moved into workshop supplies as class samples.
  • 47 quilts currently on the list:
    • 12 are finished quilt tops
    • 12 projects are quilting in progress or just need binding/finishing

I've rearranged my list to be in order of oldest to newest. I'm currently working on two of these projects, so I hope they will be quilt tops soon. Some quilt tops are being held on to specifically so that I can quilt them when I get my new longarm machine in the latter half of 2023. I think in the case of some of these older projects at the top of the list... I need to fish or cut bait. (Pun intended.)

After you scroll through the list, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments... how do you feel about WIPs/UFOs? How many do you have? What is your oldest one? What catches your eye in my list?

The List

  • Ocean quilt for my daughter (2012?) - fish need fusing.
  • La Passacaglia (2014?) - not much progress
  • Patchwork City (2015) - blocks complete.
  • Purple Royalty quilt (2015?)
  • Quartered Log Cabin (2016) - piecing in progress.
  • Rainbow Remix (2016) - piecing in progress, recent progress has been made.
  • Swoon (2016) - all but one block finished.
  • Rainbow Chain (2016) - blocks finished.
  • Floating Squares (2016) - piecing in progress.
  • Tula Pink City Sampler (2017) - blocks complete.
  • Variation of Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares, Wall Hanging (2017) - just needs binding/facing.
  • Playing with solids project from Tara Faughnan class (2017) - piecing in progress.
  • All About Angles in Cherrywood Blue Lagoon (2017) - nearly a finished quilt top
  • Second All About Angles in Cherrywood Blue Lagoon (2017) - blocks/units complete, leftover from above.
  • All About Angles in Cherrywood Meadow + Indigo (2019) - piecing in progress.
  • Round Robin Medallion (2019) - finished quilt top.
  • Pink Curves (2019) - no real plans for these two blocks... maybe a two-sided pillow.
  • Mosaic Mystery (2019) - piecing in progress.
  • Trinket (2019) - 9 of 40 blocks complete.
  • Beads On a String (2019) - finished quilt top.
  • Mini Mini Star from Sewcialite Sew Along (2020) - finished quilt top
  • 9-Patches (2020) - finished quilt top?
  • Monochromatic Improv Maximalism (2020) - blocks/slabs made by Solid Seven bee members.
  • Tic Tac Toe (2020) - finished quilt top.
  • 6 Personal Symbols Mini Quilts (2021) - quilting in progress.
  • Quilt Connection Lap Quilt (2021) - finished quilt top.
  • 5 Green Improv Mini Quilts (2021) - finished quilt tops?
  • Turquoise/Yellow/Orange Improv (2021) - blocks complete.
  • Fantastic Fusion (2021) - blocks complete.
  • All About Angles in Alison Glass Kaleidoscope (2021) - piecing in progress.
  • Green Stripes bee blocks (2021) - blocks complete by bee members.
  • Improv Triangles in Blue (2021) - piecing in progress.
  • 12" x 12" mini quilt (2022) - quilting in progress
  • Improv Sawtooth Stars (2022) - blocks completed by Quilts Unscripted bee members
  • 4 Mini Mid-Mod quilts (2022) - just need finishing

Thanks for looking! How do you feel about WIPs/UFOs? How many do you have? What is your oldest one? What catches your eye in my list? Drop your thoughts in the comments and sign up for my newsletter so you can follow along with what I finish next!

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The first Project QUILTING challenge of season 14 is Pink Tint. Pros and cons to a color challenge. It can be anything. And it can be anything. Well this week folks have been talking about making their donation pieces for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Spotlight Auction which runs in conjunction with the upcoming conference (which I'm unfortunately not attending). One of the things on my idea list that I created before the current Project QUILTING season started was to make pieces that were the correct size for the Spotlight Auction as well as the SAQA Benefit Auction that happens later in the year.

So then I had a size (6" x 8", of which 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" will show in the window of the mat) and a color: pink. I pulled some fabrics to consider, from my larger pile, these scraps and colors/textures caught my eye. I narrowed down even more from there as I worked.

I still didn't have much of a plan of what I was going to create, but 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" is not a lot of real estate to work with. I love a skinny strip, an 1/8" wide pieced strip of fabric, so I decided to start with one of those using slice and insert. Then another. Then another. I cut my starting piece of fabric oversize since I didn't have a plan, so I kept checking what 6" x 8" and, more importantly, 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" looked like and decided to stop there with the piecing. Then I shopped my thread to pick greys and pinks in a variety of weights. Then I shopped my thread to pick greys and pinks in a variety of weights.

I used Aurifil 50wt Baby Pink (#2423) and Fuchsia (#4020); 40wt Light Peony (#2437), Antique Rose (#2430), Light Blue Grey (#2610), and Dark Pewter (#2630); and 28wt Grey (#2605) for some walking foot quilting, adding to the woven feel of the piecing.

I call it Pink Tartan as the piecing and quilting emulate a woven design. It is 6" x 8" finished with a feature area 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". I love the back view on the medium grey solid. Perhaps this is really two sided. :-)

 

I am donating this piece to the SAQA Spotlight Auction 2023. The fundraiser auction coincides with the 2023 SAQA Conference, but you do not to be attending the SAQA conference or a member of SAQA. Bidding will be open to everyone via the Handbid platform in April. SAQA members have until February 20 to complete the online submission form for donating artwork to the auction.

 

As a longtime participant of Project QUILTING, I'm excited to be a sponsor this year. Each week as a Weekly Sponsor I have contributed a PDF pattern to one winner. Week 3, I am the Ultimate Weekly Sponsor. The prize is a spot in one of my self-hosted open enrollment live virtual workshops. I'm also a Grand Prize Sponsor. Again, the prize is a spot in one of my self-hosted open enrollment live virtual workshops.

I'm linking up on Kim's blog for the Project QUILTING Pink Tint challenge.

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The first Project QUILTING challenge of season 14 is The First One.

I am a habitual overthinker. I have a list of things I'd like to work into my PQ challenges this season and none of them were the "perfect" fit for this challenge. So the options to meet The First One theme seemed infinite. I brainstormed some ideas and considerations with my daughter:

  • my first quilt
  • my first blog post
  • my first IG post
  • red, the first color in a rainbow
  • the letter A
  • the number 1
  • the first PQ challenge I participated in, PQ 8.1
  • fabrics from my first PQ project
  • the very first PQ challenge
  • my favorite fabric designer, Alison Glass
  • my first Alison Glass Sun Prints (as seen in this 2015 mini I made)
  • my favorite print from Alison Glass Sunprints 2015, Grove

Taking all these things into consideration, I chose the purple Grove Sun Print as the first fabric for this project... my Sun Prints are precious, rarely used fabrics in my stash. And this print was used in my first Project QUILTING project way back in 2017. I decided I would improv piece some simple 1s, using each of the Grove prints... which happens to be in 8 color ways, a nod to my participation in PQ since season 8. I looked back at what the very first Project QUILTING challenge was, way before I had heard of the challenges... rectangles! Ya know what really simple 1s look like? Rectangles!

I started by cutting my rectangular number ones from my scraps. The size of my fabric scraps dictated the size of my rectangles. From here, I oversized each section of my quilt when I pieced the background to surround each rectangle and trimmed down when I puzzled them together.

I paired my prints with Alison Glass Kaleidoscope solids. These are the colors I landed on: Blue Jay, Poppy, Carrot, Peacock, Cosmos, Dahlia, Grass, and Sunflower. Tip: Use a sharpie to label the color name on the selvage edge of your solids. I used "AG" here to indicate they are Alison Glass.

I made a little thumbnail sketch of free motion quilting motifs, choosing four angular and four curvy motifs.

I matched my thread colors to the solid fabrics. I used Aurifil 50wt for the quilting in Light Delft Blue (#2720), Red (#2250), Green (#2870), Yellow (#2135), Fuchsia (#4020), Magenta (#2535), Bright Orange (#1133) and Dark Turquoise (#4182). (Colors listed left to right, top to bottom in their placement in the finished quilt -- see photos below.)

I enjoy using a medley of free motion motifs on a project. My Sunset All About Angles quilt comes to mind as another one that features a wide variety of free motion motifs.

My binding is Alison Glass Kaleidoscope in Charcoal. I attached my bias binding with Aurifil 50wt in Black (#2692) using my machine binding technique.

My quilt is trimmed to 14" x 18.5", making it placemat sized. It is my first finish of the new year.

I love the different appearance of the quilting in overhead and side lighting. The shadowy side lighting really shows off the texture.

 

As a longtime participant of Project QUILTING, I'm excited to be a sponsor this year. Each week as a Weekly Sponsor I have contributed a PDF pattern to one winner. Week 3, I am the Ultimate Weekly Sponsor. The prize is a spot in one of my self-hosted open enrollment live virtual workshops. I'm also a Grand Prize Sponsor. Again, the prize is a spot in one of my self-hosted open enrollment live virtual workshops.

I'm linking up on Kim's blog for the Project QUILTING The First One challenge.

P.S. This blog post is my *first one* of the year. :-)