Thursday, 11 October 2012

Fourth quarter plans

Well, it's time to link up for the fourth quarter of Rhonda's finish along.  So far, my track record hasn't been great.  No finishes the first quarter, only one in the second, and two in the third.  But maybe, if the trend continues, I'll be able to finish three this quarter.  But which three?

I'm still working on the dresden quilt I started back in the 80's.  It's a fairly large quilt and all the hand quilting is taking a fair bit of time.  I'm about half done.

Then there's Sheila's Mystery Quilt along that I'm completing after the fact.  It's taken a couple of sideways turns and I'm not sure that Sheila would recognize it any more.  But I'm making slow progress. This is where I was in July ...

and I've since added the ET Phone home block created by Lynne.  There are 84 pieces in this block!  84!  If I'd stopped to count first, I might have selected something a bit less challenging, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

I also have two little girls who would like quilts for their beds.  I've started on eye spy type quilts. Each square is duplicated so they can also play matching games with them.  I've cut out most of the charm squares and this is the last of the lot.  Then I'll sash them with pastel strips from a couple of jelly rolls that have been sitting here long enough. I'd really like to get these done before Christmas. 

And, speaking of Christmas, a while ago I won some very pretty Christmas fabric from  Gail, who blogs at Hand Quilter, and I've started to make it into a lap quilt.  Nothing fancy--just something to add to the seasonal decor.  So it would be nice to have it done before the season passes.

So, all in all, I'd say this is pretty well impossible, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

2012 Finish-A-Long

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Third quarter finishes!

Yes, that's a plural.  As in, I managed to finish more than one project from my quarter three list for Rhonda's finish along. Naturally, they're not the two that have been in the queue the longest--those would be the Mystery quilt (although I've nearly finished another block) and the Dresden quilt that I included in my to do list for the first, second and third quarters of   No, these project were new ones that I added for quarter three. 

My first finish, early in the quarter, was sundresses for the girls.  I blogged about it here.

The second was much more recent.  I blogged the entire saga (loved it, didn't love it, loved it, didn't love it, et cetera, ad nausem) here.

So, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with myself.  It's the most I've managed to accomplish yet.