Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2015 FAL - Q4 Goals

I did a LOT of sewing during Third Quarter, however only two finishes were checked off my Q3 goals list:
Directionally Challenged,
And, My Jaftex celebration quilt, Winter in Bloom,
Small, spontaneous finishes continue to sway me from my quilty intentions...
Still I am happy to have at least a couple finishes that were actually set as goals for this quarter!

I removed those two finishes from my Q3 list and added several others to complete my Q4 Goal list for the 2015 FAL hosted by Adrienne at On the Windy Side:
Listed as pictured: Left to right, from top to bottom:
1.  Donna's Stars! Status: In queue. Four or five more hours of quilting, plus the binding.
2.  Cozy Afternoon Free Quilt Along, by Jacquelynne Steves - flimsy complete.
3.  Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along by From my Carolina Home - flimsy complete
4.  Christmas Sampler from 1990 - flimsy complete
5.  Sew Sweet Simplicity. Status: Flimsy complete - on hanger, still needs a back pieced.
6.  Christmas Scrappy Geese - Flimsy is still on a hanger
7.  Summer Gathering. Status: Flimsy is finished, on a hanger, needs backing!
8.  Leaders and Enders. Status: I may have enough blocks to create a setting. I suppose this and my next project are possible finishes, but really not likely!
9.  Daisy Chain Status: This flimsy has been on my mind lately. It is baby-size, but I have an idea for expansion and you never know, I may just pull it out and go for it!
10. Primary Circles Baby Quilt: I think of this one each month when I need to select one goal. Status: Four blocks!
11. Dr. Suess Improv Baby. Status: One little pile of fabric & this photo. Taken to remind me of whatever it was that was in my mind that day, month's ago, when I thought I ought to 'whip' this cutie up for my Etsy shop. Perhaps next time I pull them out, I will just do it!

Additional Goals:
 12. Bear Paw Wedding Quilt for Rhonda and Ernie - I have a stack of Hearty Good Wishes just waiting for this project.
13. My selfish-sewing Churn Dash UFO - 12 Blocks complete, need setting blocks and sashing.
14. Sew Kitschy BOM from 2014 - only 7 blocks are completed:
15. Southwest Summer Block Tote Bag - Block complete, tutorial HERE, I need to design the bag!
16. Strip sets that were started for my mother, but have turned out too busy for her liking. I have a great idea for these, however this is how they looked last time I had them out:

17. Blue and yellow quilt for Mom, something less busy. Status: collecting blue batiks. Will go with large HSTs I think..
18. Twister Blocks UFO's, I have several small panels I need to figure out a new plan to finish. Or, maybe these will be for the next Orpan Adoption event:
19. Tea towel for mom with embroidery from Cozy Afternoon Pattern.
20. Tea towel redwork from Jenny of Elefantz pattern
21. Le Challenge October finish inspired by GOLD- have not started and no idea yet...
22. Aurifil BOM from 2014 - Blocks are various sizes and a setting needs to be designed.

This lengthy list is set to link up with all the cool folks sharing goals for Quarter Four!
 Visit Adrianne at On the Windy Side to join in the 2015 Finish Along GOAL Setting Party!
Thank you for inspiring us Adrianne!

Note to self: Each time I am tempted by a new Quilt Along or Block of the Month, I must return to this post and stay on track!

Monday, October 5, 2015

ALYoF October Goal - Scrap Dance!

The Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along, hosted at From My Carolina Home was yet another detour from my goals this year. I find a good Mystery Quilt irresistibly FUN, and great scrap busters...
A justified distraction!
Final directions were released in September. My trusty seam ripper helped me correct some of my strips(!), and then I was ready to piece and set the blocks for my wee quilt. Baby Scrap Dance is sandwiched and queued up for quilting and I hope to get to it in time to meet this month's A Lovely Year of Finishes Goal posted at Fiber of all Sorts!

BTY, this is a beautiful pattern that really shines when a bit more contrast is used - check out more versions posted on the Flickr Group!
Linking up with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Quilting is more fun than Housework

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fusion Illusion FQ Bundle Winner!

The Jaftex Anniversary Hop was pretty fun, right? Entries for the Grand Prizes surpassed 12K in number, so I am pretty excited to see who won all those prizes!

For my part, I was provided this large bundle of FQ's from Blank Quilting to offer here as a giveaway to one lucky reader.
Three weeks zipped by, and this morning we were finally able to draw the winner!
Drumroll, please...
Congratulations to entrant #25, randomly selected as the winner of the FQ bundle:

Having spent a lot of time in the desert (Indio, CA), I'd choose Alaska--and then be constantly worried about keeping everyone from freezing in the subzero temperatures. I mean, literally freezing. No exaggeration needed up there, right? Thanks for the giveaway. (Too right! School in Glennallen is not cancelled until temperatures reach -50F! Yikes!)
Beth, I will be emailing you shortly!
I truly enjoyed reading all the comments regarding the extreme weather differences I dealt with this fall! We have broken the heat record here in Nevada with the hottest-ever September average. Acclimating was actually hard when I returned from the 20degree mornings I left up North. I have always enjoyed warm weather (I'm a swimmer after all!), however there was a time when I would have thought I would prefer a cooler climate. I just don't think I could ever get used to those temps though, lol.
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