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Q3 Goals + July ALYoF

This month/quarter I am definitely concentrating on my WiP pile, which gets larger every month somehow??.

My number one goal for this quarter and July is to finish my “Phased Circles” Quilt. I already know how I am quilting the top but I do not know what I am doing for the back…except it will be using black and white prints of Carolyn Friedlander’s lines. I was thinking that will add a nice balance to the colors on the front.
Phased Circles Outside

Linking this one up with ALYoF (see button on the right).

Other finishes, I want to aim for this quarter are:

  • Wonky Herringbone Place mats + Tutorial inclusive of block designPlacemats _basted

That’s it I think, might as well aim high 😉

Linking up with Katy @ The Little Thistle for Finish Along 2014.

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Project of the Month??

I know this sounds terrible but I am struggling this month on what I should choose as my “A lovely year of finishes”.

This is what should have happened in April, which is not too bad:

April Where is it at?
Attend Nashville Sew Down DONE
Blocks and Patterns complete for
Sample Block Mini Quilt
 3/9 COMPLETE
Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks  ALMOST COMPLETE (1 complete,
2 cut and ready for piecing + 1 cut)
Stash Bee Blocks  DONE
Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)  LOW PRIORITY – NO PROGRESS
Border & Lines Project Check-in  NO PROGRESS

I did add additional projects too, unfortunately that has meant more UFO’s. You can see my original goals for May here. This month, my projects are varied and I would like to make progress on all of it.

  • Sample Quilt (finish off all 9 blocks)
    Spoonflower_Class1_Blocks
  • Tapa Star Pillows (Finish completely)
    IMG_1562
  • DS Chicopee pillow
    IMG_1564
  • Stitch and Flip Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind) – Practice FMQ
    Stitch_and_FlipQuilt
  • Lotta Aerial Quilt (Baste, Quilt and Bind)
    LottaAerialQuilt
  • Bee Blocks (Scrap-bee-licious and Stash bee blocks)

However, the one project I select for this month, is a project that is brand new and not a any list previously. It is a baby quilt made with Juliet @ Tartankiwi’s butterfly paper piecing block. I have a color scheme in mind and a design, so stay tuned.!! This is what I a linking up.

Linking up with “A lovely year of finishes” (see button on the right).

Big News!!

First off, I have moved Book Review Tuesday for this week to tomorrow, as I have an announcement today that I am so excited about!!

I managed to get my deadline in this month for ALYoF. This is important, as I finished my first blocks for my first Spoonflower class, I am teaching.

Today, the class “Modern Quilt Blocks with Michelle Wilkie” was announced.  Can you believe it, the class is free for those that register!! Here are the first 3 blocks for class 1 of the Sampler Quilt.

Spoonflower_Class1_Blocks

So, if you are in North Carolina and can come to Spoonflower, May 18th, you can register for the class here or from Spoonflower’s Greenhouse Facebook page. For those that are not close by a tutorial for these blocks will follow.

There will be 4 classes in total, each class covers the blocks in my sampler quilt design:
SqueekCrafts_Sampler_Quilt

Linking up for “A Lovely Year of Finishes” (see button on right), as this was my goal for April.

 

Spring into April!!

We got Spring for a few days this week – it was delightful. The blossoms are so pretty this time of year and I managed to plant my tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers this weekend…just in time for the rain.

I have been thinking long and hard about the ALYOF (A lovely year of finishes) goal for this month. Last month was a bit of a bust, as life got in the way….how dare it :-). This month is a very practical goal….I am teaching a Sampler Quilt classes at Spoonflower soon. So, I really need to get at least the first 6 blocks made and the lessons written, if possible the whole 9 blocks.

Sample_Quilt

This is also the project I am taking for Sew Down Nashville’s Open Sew sessions. I am linking up for A Lovely year of Finishes for this goal (see button on the right)

On the goal setting note, I am still trying to decide what my quarterly goals will be for Finish Along Quarter 2….need to do some planning 🙂

February finishes – March madness

I accomplished my main goal for February which was the Riley Blake Challenge quilt, so that is the first time (maybe the second) I actually made my “A lovely year of finishes” goal. Now, that is a big deal for me.

Here are how my other month goals feared. I think I had a really great month.

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  • Finish Riley Blake Challenge Quilt!!
    COMPLETE
  • Gypsy Wife QAL blocks
    UNDERWAY (THIS WEEK FINISH)
    GypsyWife_Feb_PinWheels
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    NO BLOCKS FOR THIS MONTH, the request was just to make something you enjoy…UNDERWAY
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    COMPLETE (THIS WEEK FINISH)
  • Book Review Tuesday Project
    COMPLETE (THIS WEEK FINISH)
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
    PATTERN NEEDS MORE WORK, my initial testing will be completed this weekend.
  • X & + Quilt (at least 20 blocks)
    No progress
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    Did not do this month

For my March goals, my focus will be on the X & + Quilt top. The great news if I complete the majority of my list I will have clean design boards….I can start new projects!!
X+Blocks

OLD PLAN NEW PLAN
  • Four Seasons in One Day
    Baby Quilt (one without buttons)
    (Fabric TBD)
  • SECRET PROJECT 1
    (Fabric Purchased – Grey Kona Solids)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Tutorial
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • X & + Quilt (complete top)
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)
  • Finish Pantone Challenge Quilt
    (Project needs quilting + Binding)
  • Gypsy Wife QAL blocks
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Post Tutorial for this months blocks)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Book Review Tuesday Projects
    (Use Stash)
  • Finish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern testing
    (Use Stash)

Linking up with “A Lovely Year of Finishes” (see button on right) and Amanda Jean’s Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

I am also joining in the 30/30 Challenge, and hope I can make X & + block per day to meet my March goal. This way I might be able to cut some of the TV, I have been watching and stop “laying like broccoli” (vegg’ing).

Berry Barn Designs

How are my goals tracking???

First month of 2014 is over, and to be honest it was a little difficult to keep up with my goals, mostly due to the flu and bronchitis I had over the first two weeks of the month. Now that all is better, I am happy with what I accomplished in the shortened month.

This was the goals/plan for January:

RileyBlakeChallenge_SunriseMidday

  • [UNDERWAY – 2 of 4 blocks complete] Riley Blake Challenge Quilt (Fabric Purchased, Kona White needed) GOAL for A LOVELY YEAR OF FINISHES FOR FEBRUARY

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  • [COMPLETE] Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks (Use Stash)
  • [COMPLETE] Stash Bee Blocks (Use Stash)
  • [COMPLETE] Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias) (Use Stash)
  • [COMPLETE] Projects for Book Review Tuesday (Use Stash)

For February, I need to revise my goals slightly. I think I can finish two lap –> full size quits per quarter….I think one per month may have been slightly optimistic. So here is the revised plan:

Old Plan New Plan
  •  X & + Quilt
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
  • Border & Lines Project Check-in
  • Finish Riley Blake Challenge Quilt!!
    (carry over from last month)
  • Gypsy Wife QAL blocks
    (Fabric Purchased)
  • Scrap-bee-licious Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Stash Bee Blocks
    (Use Stash)
  • Pillow Pop QAL (threadbias)
    (Use Stash)
  • Book Review Tuesday Project
    (Use Stash)
  • Publish Tapa Cloth Stars Paper Piecing Pattern
    (Use Stash)
  • X & + Quilt (at least 20 blocks)
    (Fabric Purchased,
    including backing)

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see button on right menu); and for my February goal – “A Lovely Year of Finishes” (button on right menu).

January, the month ahead

Based on my 2014 plan, my goal for January is to complete my Riley Blake challenge quilt design. Good news, I have made a start on my first improvisational piecing block – “Sunrise”. RileyBlakeChallenge_SunriseBlock_InProgress

This particular block colors were inspired by the Hipster Pop Orange which was provided as one of the MQG challenge fabrics.

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Linking up for my January goals to “A Lovely year of finishes 2014” (See link-up on the side menu).

One more thing…so I have also started cutting for my February goal the X & + Quilt. See these 90 blocks, I cut these in a matter of 15-20 mins. Want to know how?Accuquilt_Blocks

If you read my blog recently, you would know,  cutting is my least favorite thing….well no longer….this was my Christmas present, MY NEW ACCUQUILT!!!
accuquilt

I have already used it to make my HST for the Christmas tree block. I love it!