This month, I've been working on getting my sewing machine fixed and trying out a new-to-me machine. I had big plans to finish, like, 4 quilts this month, which was so unrealistic for me. Between working, and all the family birthday activity this month, I need to realize that my sewing hours are more limited! After I finish sewing on a machine binding tonight, my total for the month will be 2 finished quilts, so that is pretty good!
Finished Quilts of 2011
- Christmas Tree Mini Quilts done 1/11
- Baby quilt: spring strings (top done 3/10), basted 8/10, done 1/11
- Bloom Mini Quilt done 1/11
- 3 Quilted Book Covers started and done 1/11
- Girly I Spy Quilt done 2/11
- Baby Blocks: Blue #1 done 3/11
- Garden Path baby quilt done 3/11
This list is the same size as it was last month... it didn't shrink, but it didn't grow either. Nothing else is getting added until some items get taken off!
- Stars & Strings tabletopper (started 2009) top done 7/10, basted,hand-quilting in progress *
- Houses Donation quilt top done 8/10
- Bright Snowballs (started 2009, top done)
- Applique Flowers Wall Quilt top done 8/10
- Indian Summer top done 12/10
- Gypsy Madness Leaders & Enders top done 1/11
- Wedding Ring Table Runner top done, quilted 10/10
- Amish-ish Mini Quilt top done & basted 2/11
- Grey baby quilt top done 2/11
- Triumph Star top done 3/11*
- Stash Busting Bee International Log Cabin
- Say Cheese Self-Portrait
- Seasons Mat for R's preschool *
- Crumb Blocks-->stars
- Pinwheel Quilt
- Holy Night
- Soup Dragon
- Yellow & Orange Log Cabins*
- Rainbow String Quilt*
- Scrappy Sixteens*
On the design burner (fabric has been pulled or cut, but no sewing has been done):
- Bricks & stones baby quilt
- Girl blocks baby quilt
- 2233 Pineapple
- Bento Boxes for S
- Leopard Roses
- Christmas quilts
- Donation quilt for A's school auction
- Retro Rail Fence
It was a struggle to get my machine to cooperate, but we finally made peace and got some quilting done this month. My walking foot seems to be kaput, so I tried FMQ in the ditch to quilt the Garden Path. I don't know where I got his idea. I thought I read it on a blog, but it turns out not too be there, so it must have been a casualty of blog reading before coffee. Very dangerous! The technique was tricky, and imperfect, but it looks great as a Monet and gave me great practice.
Next month, I will be having a quilt-a-thon to turn my finished tops into bona fide quilts, and practicing my FMQ on my mini Triumph Star quilt.
I have a sad situation with my stash: it doesn't fit on my shelves. I've been working to whittle it down, but it is not going so well. I had an inkling to go into Goodwill one day this month, and they had 30% off linens (that includes fabric!) It was too good of a deal to pass up, but it put me over the capacity edge. I'm not going to worry about this until after my quilt-a-thon, since I should be able to piece a bunch of backs and open up some shelf space.
Here's to lots of finished quilts in April!