Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Early morning serenity, a "To Do List", and 52 Finishes

All is calm and quiet this morning. A quart of blueberries picked,

 a batch of laundry finished.  I love these cooler temperatures which energize me and make me want to sew and sew.

I am progressing on my 52 finishes.  Two more rows for the blooming 9 patch.  

Two more borders for the "Lazy Sunday", a Bonnie Hunter scrap pattern found in her book, and in Quiltmaker magazine last year.  

All of the blocks completed for the "Bricks and Stepping Stones" top, another Bonnie Hunter pattern found on her blog and website under the free patterns tab.  

Two rows were completed as "leaders and enders" between piecing the last rows of "Lazy Sunday". 

Oh, did I mention that I enlarged "Lazy Sunday"?  Those who know me are saying, of course she did.  The math challenge called to me when I was cutting the pieces last summer in the hotel room in Martinsville, Virginia.  I think I told you THAT story, didn't I?

Well on to other matters of the day.  Block of the Month patterns for NBQA to finish.  Invites to the January Quilters Retreat to send out ( did you see the tab for the retreat at the top of the page?).  And more blueberries to pick at mom's house.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

52 Finishes

While researching a pattern on the internet, I happened on the newsletter for Glad Creations Quilt Shop  in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It it was an article whose title I quickly read.  The article was called "Ready for a New Challenge? How about challenging yourself to " 52 Finishes" ?"  Hmmmm.... It struck a chord.

The article goes on to detail the possibilities for what constitutes a "finished" project.  But as the author points out you can, and are encouraged to, make your own rules as to what is going to be called "finished".  Hmmmm... Another chord struck.

If I counted cutting the fabrics for a specific quilt top as a finish, as well as counting a completed top as a finish or even (a really finished project!) a quilted and bound (with binding counting as a separate finish, of course) quilt, I could have fun with myself and my UFO stash.   Hmmmm.... The final chord has been struck!

I decided to just do it!

52 Finishes will appear as a separate tab on the blog.  Check back next week to see my progress.  My plan is to post weekly but since I am making the rules for my personal 52 Finishes challenge you may find more than one finish in a week.  Multiple finishes in a particular week will allow me to get ahead on my finishes for those weeks we all have where nothing gets done.

Remember my 52 Finishes Challenge, my rules.

I already have enough projects to take me through several years of a 52 Finishes challenge.  

 Like this pile of stuff

 And this pile. 

So I am not fretting that I am starting this in mid July.  I was never any good with New Year's resolutions anyway.

Will you join me in your own 52 Finishes challenge?

You can challenge yourself to include anything in your own challenge.  It does not have to be quilt related. I plan to include some of those knitting and sewing repair projects that have been languishing.

Remember, my 52 Finishes Challenge, my rules.

Check the tab on Friday and see what I accomplish this week!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Binding on the Deck

Working on a binding while sitting on the deck.  A very comfortable night.