Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Quilters Accountability 12/15/10


It has taken far longer than I had expected but I finally got some finishes on the board!  When I pledged nine projects for Finn's Year-End Challenge in October, I did it thinking that the two doll quilts I have been struggling with for weeks -- no months -- would have been finished by the end of October at the latest.  Now that they are finished I am hoping that momentum will kick in for the rest of the projects I want to do.  Most of them just need quilting.  I may not complete nine but I am still hopeful (with sixteen more days left?!?!) that I can get pretty close.

Last Week's Goals:
  1. Finish the quilting on the Amish Doll Quilt.  Done!
  2. Make the blue and white doll quilt top. Done!
  3. Work steadily on the DWR top. O.k., did not get to this one.
  4. Layer #2, the Christmas Tree skirt, the Schnibble top and the Crumb top for quilting. The first two are DONE, the other two - nope.
I am glad to say the Amish Doll quilt (now called "Amish Furrows and Flowers") finally, finally, FIN-AL-LY got finished. It is a little more than 18 inches square. The applique is still rough but I am happy with it. 

Finished quilt before washing off the markings.
It took until almost near the end for me to get into “flow” on this one and have “momentum” finally kick in. What is flow and momentum you say? You can read about them here and here respectively but to put it simply, it’s the point in working on a project when the work just seems to happen and move smoothly and before you know it you’ve reached a milestone and STILL want to do more and keep working until you reach the end which you are now hungering for. I finished up the last of the stitching on Sunday night while watching “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” and then the season premiere of “Leverage”. On Monday, I decided that since this has been a mostly hand worked piece, I should finish it the same way. Usually I put my bindings on completely by machine but for this one I sewed it on with the machine (to help secure the hand quilted edges) and finished it by hand.  Today I put it in with the laundry to wash out the markings.

And here it is with its "mother", the Trip Around The World quilt I made in 2006 (and blogged about here).  It was the leftover pieced strips and fabrics from that project that provided the start for this little project.  I've always said that  I see my quilting as an "independent art study" and with this one done, I have finished the semester on "Hand Work" that started back in the summer with the Applique and Hand Quilting classes.

And here is the little blue & white quilt (now called "Gathering A Garden In a Twister" after the fabric line and block used).  I ended up "pillow turning" the backing and doing a piped edge.  I wanted to use the dark blue leafy fabric for binding but thought it would be a little strong as a regular binding on a square edge quilt. 

I used Susan Cleveland's "Piping Hot Binding" Kit (that included the cording for the piping and a tool to trim it). 
Edited To Add:
According to her instructions, in order to use the piping around the edge I had to have curved corners so I decided to create a wavy edge all around.  I like that it softened the look of the quilt even further.  It is a little more than 22 inches square and completes the two credit course in miniature quilts. :)

I am glad this one is also done but I think the fabrics blend too much to be really effective using this “Twister” block design. I think my original pattern choice, the blended nine-patch would have probably worked a little  better with these fabrics.  But I love, love, love how quickly and easily it went together and since I couldn’t get more of the fabric that I would have needed to complete the nine-patch design this will more than suffice.  I am also glad I finally got a chance to do one of these types of quilts and look forward to doing another one.  I still have to do some light quilting on this one to finish it up:  I'll just stitch in the ditch around the narrow green border and the outside outline of the Twister blocks and tack stitch the center of each pinwheel.  Once that is done, I can email Finn to post two finishes for my pledge tally.

And last but not least the Tree Skirt is layered.  I was lucky -- back in March Connecting Threads had a big batting sale and I had purchased a couple of Hobbs crib size fusible batts for use with wall quilt projects.  I was able to layer both the blue & white quilt and the tree skirt with one package.

This Week's Goals:
  1. Do the quilting on the blue & white quilt and mail off both doll quilts.
  2. Quilt the Tree Skirt (and decorate the tree purchased on Sunday!)
  3. Layer the Schnibble and Crumb quilts and quilt them.
  4. Start quilting the Brrr Park! quilt (already layered from last year).
As I said at the start, I don't know how many projects I will complete for the Year-End Challenge.  Last week I saw a post for Myra's PHD (Projects Half Done) Challenge for January - June of 2011 (and I see that Finn has signed up this week!).  I've already made a list because even if by some lucky chance I get my pledged projects done before year-end, I've still got another stack that needs to be worked on!  Myra has asked  that if you join the challenge, you start off with a post with pictures of your pledged projects so I am going to try and gather those up this week and then submit my name for inclusion.  I am also picking up on another goal that someone mentioned on their blog:  to try to finish next year with no PHD's/UFO's which at this moment is doable.  But to finish with no HSY's (pronounced "Hussies" and stands for Haven't Started Yet) is a whole 'nother story!

So keeping hope alive, head on over to Bari's to see what everyone else has in store for the remaining weeks of 2010.


Tamera said...

You got a lot accomplished this week! Good going.

I LOVE the little Amish quilt.

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

good job, feels great doesn't it!

Anonymous said...

You have been a house afire this week! I also love the little Amish quilt - adorable!

Your twister is pretty also, though I agree about the fabrics not contrasting quite enough. That is just my preference though!

I have been thinking about next year also, and what my goals are going to be. We will have to see!

Good luck on your projects for this week. The way you went last week though, I expect to see a lot done!


Scrappy quilter said...

Great job on getting so much accomplished this week. I really like the doll quilt.

Julianne said...

Wow...You got a lot accomplished.

Great job and good luck for next week. You are on a roll.

Finn said...

Your little quilts are sensational! My goodness girl, those have as much work in a very small space as some big quilts!! You really are a perfectionist and my hat is OFF to you! My scrappy gatherings seem so humble by comparison, but I don't compare and I know you don't either *VBS* I love what I make and I love what you make.
I was delighted to read you are going to stitch with Myra's gals!!! What fun to have a few more that I sort of know playing along. We can cheer each other onward.
Don't worry or agonize over your chosen pledge, what you've done has been very labor intense and I think you've done well! Keep stitching...but no worrying! Hugs, Finn

Lori said...

Woo-Hoo! Your Amish quilt is really awesome!! You are ending the year with a bang!

Angie in SoCal said...

What lovely finishes! Thanks for sharing.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

what a perfect post to rejuvenate. These little Amish quilts are a favorite for sure!!

Anonymous said...

I really like the Amish Doll Quilt and it's mum :)

LA Paylor said...

Hi, I'm here from Val's
nice work, I'm going to your home page to see what you are making now!
LeeAnna at not afraid of color