Fabric Fast Projects – and Q1 2014 Finish-along

Well, my plan for tackling my mountain of projects is coming along nicely. Stage 1 is well underway – I’ve been sorting out my sewing room over the past week, and will finish up just as soon as RR builds the Ikea bookshelves we bought to house my overflow projects, which are currently sitting in piles all over the place. Then I’ll be able to see everything at a glance, and stop having to hide stuff away in drawers and cupboards. Result!

Phase II was to create a list of all my projects, and decide what to work on first. Well, that’s actually done. And it’s makes for scary reading.

…Takes deep, steadying breath…

As of yesterday, the situation was as follows:

  • Current projects in progress – 22
  • Projects all ready to go, but sadly not yet started – 46
  • Quilt tops waiting to be quilted -10

Oh my!!!! I never realised it was that bad. And that’s only quilting-related projects, not dressmaking ones, or bags, or knitting. I haven’t dared to add those in…

It’s all a bit daunting, really. I’d better started, then, hadn’t I?!

And so, without further ado, here are the projects I plan to be working on during my 6 month Fabric Fast, and also (because I can always roll them forward to future quarters) my goals for the Q1 2014 Finish-Along, hosted by the lovely Katy at The Littlest Thistle.

Projects I Started Ages Ago And Never Quite Got Round To Finishing

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Red, Black and White Friendship Quilt

When we left the US in 2010, a load of quilting friends made 12 1/2″ blocks for me in a red, black and white colour way. I finally got round to getting border and backing fabric, and I’d love to get this put together and quilted.

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Stitcher’s Garden Quilt

Started in 2009, it’s an appliqué quilt of different flowers, I’m so nearly there but then we moved to Switzerland, I put it in a box and promptly forgot about it…

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Bunny Hill Stripes Quilt

In baby pink and soft grey. So beautiful. Such an easy pattern. Don’t know why I’ve not finished it yet!

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Double Hourglass Quilt II

At the second Patchwork in the Peaks Quilt Retreat, we made double hourglass quilts using jelly rolls. This is my second version. It was going to be a birthday present, but I can’t remember who for.  All the blocks are sewn, it just needs putting together and finishing up

Projects that are ready to go

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Quilt for Baby Daniel

I bought the kit in the US in December, and just need to get cracking on making the quilt itself. I’m back in the UK in February, and would like to deliver or post it then, so I’d better get cracking 🙂

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Kitty Camouflage Leftovers Quilt

After making the Kitty Camouflage Quilt, I was left with a load of 9″ HSTs, plus 2 1/2″ strips of various lengths and some yardage. I want to make something useful with it – probably lap-sized, probably for Mum.

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Sundress for our holiday

We’re off on a Caribbean cruise in March, and I want to make another sundress to take along, like the one I made last summer.

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Outfit for Ms S and Mr E’s wedding in May

I bought some glorious fabric in New York back in December, and have a great looking pattern, I just need to lose those extra few pounds and get cracking!

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Whole Lotta Bag – QAL with Katy @ The Littlest Thistle

Love the look of this bag pattern, and doing it as a sew along will motivate me to get it all finished rather than putting it down when I get to the difficult bits and forget about it…

Quilts tops to quilt

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Kaleidoscope Quilt 

I made the top at a class I took with Marti Michell back in September, and have started quilting it, I just ran out of inspiration and motivation a few months ago.

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Kitty Camouflage Quilt

I finished the top last year, can’t decide how to quilt it, need to drag it out of the cupboard and take another look.

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Amy Butler Jacob’s Ladder Quilt

Made using Soul Blossoms charm squares and 2 1/2″ strips, with a bright orange background, I finished it a year or so ago. I love this quilt, it’s so bright and cheerful that I really want to get it all done and put to good use!

And, because I’m an ADD quilter, I need to have some projects I can pick at when I need something different – I doubt any of these will get finished this year, but, hey, you never know!

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Grandmother’s Flower Garden Hexies

I’ll be doing a fair bit of travelling this year and this is my ultimate take-along project. This one’s been going on for about 3 1/2 years now…

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Blue Squares quilt

I started this back in October, at a class given by my friend Judy, and I like to pick it up every few weeks and make another block or two. It’s going to be one of those long-term kind of projects. I’m hoping it will make a lap-sized quilt.

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Scrappy Strips Blocks

I don’t even remember how I got started on this one, it’s been around for 4 years or so and I’m still working on it on and off. It’s basically made up of 6 1/2 ” squares formed of scrap strips of varying width. I know it will be beautiful, and full of so many memories, and I’m on no hurry to finish it. It’ll eventually be king sized, to put on our bed.

Oh, and I’m also planning on getting and then staying up-to-date with my Blocks of the Month – from the Fat Quarter Shop and the Sugar Block Club over at Stitchery Dickory Dock.

So there you have it. Seems quite optimistic, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say.

I’ll be keeping you all up to date with my progress, so come back again soon and see how I’m getting on 🙂

Linking up with Fabriholics Anonymous Fabric Fast and the Q1 2014 Finish-Along – why not pop over and see what other quilters have planned this year?

10 responses

  1. I’m glad to know someone has as many irons in the fire as me! Let’s hope 2014 is a year of great progress.

  2. Go Lynne, go!

    PS, any chance you could smuggle me to the Caribbean too?

  3. Good luck on all your projects. I did not realize how many partially done and ready to do projects I had until I started getting my list together.

  4. Lynne, I could help you with long arming those finished tops.

  5. Oh, such beautiful projects, each & every one! I’m so looking forward to seeing them all come together. And I so want to be on that cruise too. 😉

  6. Ooh! Lots of great projects. I love the pink and grey, sweet hexagons, and the kaleidoscope! Best wishes for your finishes.

  7. […] After the Quilt from Hell debacle (of which more will be revealed once said quilt has reached its intended recipient…), I had no real desire to start a new project (even though I have several I need to get to grips with), or even to work on something I already had in progress. What I really wanted  was to play with some fabric – and my new sewing machine, too, of course – and what better to play with than my strippy-scrappy quilt in progress? […]

  8. […] also been working my way through my project list, and already have a couple of finishes to my name this year- like Mum’s lap quilt and my […]

  9. […] last week that the Q1 Finish-Along is about to, well, finish, reminded me that this had been on my To Do list. So I whipped out the camera, hopped onto the balcony, and got to […]

  10. […] ha ha!!! Yes! This was on my list for Q1, and I never got round to it. But I still want to make a pretty sundress. I have the pattern, […]

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