Monday, January 4, 2016

Running start

See these?

These rolls of binding were my New Year's Eve day sewing, products of my determination to move a few projects closer to finished state before the calendar rolled over to 2016.  After Christmas I looked back at my 2015 sewing and realized I had only two "large" quilt finished for the year.  By large I mean at least a throw size.

I know I used the sewing machine regularly most of the year, I used plenty of fabric, I created scraps and I emptied thread spools, yet I had only two finished quilts to show. There were a few smaller projects, most of which I made in December:

So what did I have to show for the rest of my efforts?  There are four runners that took up most of my May and June sewing time but that I can't share yet (though hopefully soon?).  The rest are partially pieced projects, flimsies and partially quilted pieces that I couldn't decide how to finish.

These three are still in the unquilted pile.

The first two measure about 30" x 40" and will get done at some point but I'm not feeling any urgency about them.  The third was basted on New Year's Day and will get quilted up in the next two or three weeks.  The purple binding is waiting for that one.  And by the way, I think I'm done with Sparkling Trail for a while!

Between Christmas and this morning I quilted and quilted and quilted and moved 4 more projects to the "just need the binding" stage, and may I refer to the picture at the top of this post for a peek at the bindings waiting for them?  I'll share full pictures when they have their bindings attached.

So what's left?

The fall quilt still needs upper and lower black borders, then quilting, of course.  It's a twin size and I know more or less how I want to quilt it, but I'm not sure I want to tackle it at home with the setup I have.  Still thinking on that.  Then I have plans for a variation in a totally different colorway.  The fabric is waiting in a labelled bin...

This queen size one has been coming along in fits and starts since last February, and I think I'm almost ready to pull the top together.  This one is definitely being sent out for quilting!

Last but not least, my son's quilt is in the last stages of hand quilting.  I'm down to the outer border, and I'm making fairly rapid progress.  Of course the progress would be faster if was upstairs quilting right now...

So for the next month or so, I am going to concentrate on these three quilts, and possibly that variation.  I also need to finish writing patterns for the snowflake quilt, the treeskirts, the fall quilt... Let's just say that Canuck Quiter Designs is off to a running start in 2016!

Happy New Year!  Enjoy your quilting journey in 2016!

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  1. For someone who only finished two quilts there are a stack of terrific projects there. Where did you find time for sleeping, eating, shopping and laundry? *chuckle*

  2. You have some gorgeous quilts here! Great idea to make binding all at one time. You will have some finishes soon. :)

  3. Not to mention all the time you spent on designing patterns! That must have taken a huge chunk of time, so I think you are off the hook on "only" finishing 2 large quilts. It can be frustrating (I know) to have more UFOs than you want. I need to take an inventory on what I did during 2015. I know I finished my log cabin quilt (queen size), which was a major job. When I finish one UFO, another one takes it's place! But, I'm enjoying it for the most part and I'm sure you are too.

  4. I love those December mitts.

    So many projects. I may have to go through my photos and see what I accomplished last year. :-)

    I can't wait to see your son's quilt all done.

  5. I try to do the binding ahead of time so I do not use that fabric in another projecs and then I'm stuck with not enough fabric to bind the entire quilt. Good luck with your goals. Awesome quilts!! ;^)

  6. I love your quilts! Your projects are all moving towards the finish line so I'd say you are in great shape! But I do know that feeling when enough haven't crossed the finish line. I do believe we'll start seeing finishes on a regular basis. Good Luck! ~Jeanne

  7. I, too, feel like I did a lot of sewing, but I will have to go back and see what I actually accomplished. You were very busy and your quilts are all beautiful. You seem to have a good plan in place for the start of 2016, we will be watching to see your progress!

  8. I can't wait to see those snowflake projects! I see a tree skirt....the colors are lovely- I did a blue and white single flake but the emerald and ruby look wonderful. Good for you- working on finishing those projects. I think about finishing some but I seem to keep starting more. So funny, I love quilts but not the quilting, just the piecing.LOL

  9. As long as your happy and enjoying what your doing the quantity doesn't matter.

  10. Good luck with all your projects. The look beautiful and like lots of fun.


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