“A Lovely Year of Finishes”

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I just saw this challenge posted and decided to join in.  First because having a deadline makes me more accountable.  I can get very distracted and end up with too many projects at one time.  And second, because it fits with the goals I have in mind anyway.

My plan this week is to catalog the projects I’ve completed in 2012, the works still in progress, and any new projects I plan (at this point) to start.  One major goal will be stash busting.  My fabric bins are overflowing.  And my wallet will thank me.  Now to see if I have the discipline….I can tell you that is pretty shaky.  Especially with the beautiful fabrics that continually come out.  Salt Water 😦 and Luxe in Bloom 😦 to name a couple.

So back to the Lovely Year of Finishes challenge.  The goal is to identify what you will finish that month, post the goal and then post progress and success throughout the month.  My January was easy to document.  The quilt below on the left is a baby quilt for a good friend’s new grand baby.  It’s a semi-modified Turning Twenty pattern and measures 50 x 50.  I’m trying to choose fabrics for the back now and want it quilted by the end of this coming weekend.

Next is my Tula Pink’s ‘Love‘ quilt.  It’s basted and ready to go.  I just need to get the nerve to get started on it.  Wish me luck that I don’t mess up all that beautiful negative space.  Notice the pinning??  Those are the new (for me) Pinmoors I’ve seen advertised by a few shops.  A darling friend, Melissa, gifted these to me at our recent guild meeting just because she new I wanted to try them!  Melissa and Marty were instrumental in helping me get our modern quilt guild (NELA MQG) started this past October.  We are still small, but I hope we can build some excitement this coming year.  We have had a lot of fun so far and are really excited about it.

50" x 50" Turning Twenty Baby Quilt, and Tula Pink's Love quilt
50″ x 50″ Turning Twenty Baby Quilt, and Tula Pink’s Love quilt

So that’s the goal for January….it’s really longer than that, but I do like keeping it manageable when possible.  What about you?  Do you need a deadline to keep you on track?  Check out the challenge above.  You can have (another) reason for finishing a project on time and have the chance at prizes as well.  Maybe I’ll get lucky enough to win a fabric certificate and add to those overflowing bins… Oh yeah!  DISCIPLINE.  (riiiiighhht)

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18 thoughts on ““A Lovely Year of Finishes”

  1. I recently purchased the “Love” pattern. It looks like the top goes together pretty quickly, and that the quilting will be the most time consuming piece of it. Good luck with your finish. Be brave!!

  2. I’m with you on Goals and Deadlines. They’re what keep me on track.

    I love the baby quilt you’re working on there are some adorable fabrics in there.

  3. Tula Pink is awesome fabric, isn’t it? 🙂 I’m giving Lovely Year a go, too – should help me tremendously in my quest to reduce the UFOs. The Pinmoors sure are handy. They get expensive when you have large quilts, though. Somebody showed me the trick of cutting them in half (across the barrel) and then pushing them onto the pin sideways so that you get twice as many out of one packet. Worked great!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy. I’m planning to quilt that one today and will try to remember to post whether the Pinmoors as easy to work with as I hope. Good luck with all your UFO’s!

  4. I am right there with you on the using what you have. However, I do feel like salt water needs to come home with me. Staying away from fabric you love is so hard.

    Good luck on your projects. They look fantastic and fun!

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