Friday, April 5, 2019

2019 Finish Along: Q2 Goals

Right, so starting over again...

complete at least 2 UFO Challenges out of the 3 for this quarter
For the APQ UFO Challenge, there'll be three challenge months. I have to finish at least two. (Ideally, all three would get done, but I'm not particularly hopeful.)

Mum's laptop sleeve

For her birthday, I suppose...

- Birthday Stars: it's sitting around taking up space!

- Jeremy's Quilt: it's been bound and sitting around for FOREVER

Quilt Show Quilts
Stuff February 2019

I won't get them all done, of course. I have a job again, and things are looking pretty hectic. But we'll see how many easy wins we can get this month...

FAL2019 - Q1 Finish: 100 Kona-Tula blocks

Link to First Quarter Goals

The only thing I actually got done in the sewing realm!

Stuff February 2019

Sadly, I was just too busy doing something else (writing) and just didn't get anything completed... *sigh*

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Sydney Quilt Show: trying to decide

So, hello to any Spoolettes who've decided to follow this blog - I'll try to post more often, and hunt back your own posts. Life's just so busy these days, isn't it?

One more item on my 'to do' list right now is working out the second quilt I'll be entering into the Sydney Quilt Show this year.

First quilt is a no-brainer:
Stuff February 2019

I'll quilt it over the next few months (I hope) on my domestic machine

Second quilt?

Well, that's more difficult. I have a number of quilt tops that need quilting, and at this point, I'm mostly debating if I can be bothered quilting them myself.

My options are:

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

Diamonds: finished!

Finished several years ago, as yet unquilted. Might as well do this one myself.

3:10 to Mendocino
Me in @cottonandsteel frock with happy, purry furry (Smokey), and the #310tomendocino in my workroom on a warm spring Sunday afternoon. #mendocinofabric #mendocinomermaids #yumaquilt #cats #catsofinstagram #advenchuresofsmokeyandmal

A lot more movement, a lot more interest, but that fabric is incredibly precious - it's original Mendocino Mermaids by Heather Ross!

Break Free Or Build Upon

Break Free Or Build Upon

I've been trying to enter it into the quilt show for the last two years and each time I was stymied by life, the universe, and everything.


I don't enter the quilt show to win prizes - my quilting's not that good. I enter to display new ideas, broaden minds, and/or make other people think, "Hey, I like that; maybe I could do that too?"


If you want to go back through my posts and point out a quilt that you think I should enter, then be my guest! I don't promise to take your advice, but who knows? You might give me ideas I've never had before.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Finish Along: First Quarter

A couple of Easy Wins, I think. I have three months in which to get this done, and at least some of it needs to involve a quilt show quilt

complete at least 2 UFO Challenges out of the 3 for this quarter
For the APQ UFO Challenge, there'll be three challenge months. I have to finish at least two. (Ideally, all three would get done, but I'm not particularly hopeful.)

Finish along Q1 2019

Mum's laptop sleeve
I made her a laptop sleeve for Christmas.

Finish along Q1 2019

It turned out to be too small...

This actually needs to be done for Friday. So CHOPCHOP!

Finish along Q1 2019

100 Kona-Tula Blocks
This is the January UFO Challenge, so the goal is to finish the top - sash the blocks together. It doesn't take long, it's just fiddly and the weather is hot.

Finish along Q1 2019

flower shirt
Needs completing before the end of summer.

Finish along Q1 2019

halterneck dress
Wants completing before the end of summer.

I have no idea what to do for this this year! I mean, our guild hasn't even worked something out yet...

2019 Finish-Along!

Overall, there are scads of things I want to get done this year. But there are scads of things I want to get done every year. This last year has been quiet on the quilting front, because I've been focused on getting a garden system working, and I think it's pretty much worked out now with some refining possibly necessary.

Finishing off

- Jeremy's Quilt
- Birthday Stars

- friendship supernova
- 3:10 to Yuma

New quilts

cousin quilts
- 4 cousin quilts
- 3 cousin quilts
- 2 cousin quilts

Imp Quilts
- Dan and Cam quilts

Works In Progress

The list for the All People Quilt UFO Challenge (#apqresolution)

- Kona Scrappy Trip Around the World - 2 blocks finished, make another 14 blocks and join
- Build Me Up Buttercup - top centre finished, needs a border
- 100 Kona-Tula Blocks - blocks made, needs sashing
Finish Along 2018: Q4
- Scarlet Split Square - blocks made, needs joining
- Bard of Avon - scrappy - 1 block made, other blocks bagged and ready to go
- blue stars from 50 states - a couple made, have templates, make at least 3 more
- king of the nile - make backing, send to quilter
- QAYG FMQ blocks - 6 done badly, do another 6 and practice ("I Guess If I Practice Then Better I'll Be...Uh...")
- Dancing Stars/Fibonacci Never Did Quiltmath/Kona-Tula scraps - find these projects and get them done
- Rainbow Neutrals - rainbow colours, but pattern from book of Neutrals
- Break Free or Build Upon? - back and sandwiched, but split into two
- Rainbow Selvages - ~12 blocks done, need many more


Finish Along 2018: Q4
- flower shirt
- halterneck dress
- a comfy shift-dress
- a pretty going-out dress
- take the sleeves off 'Groove Is In The Heart'
- Harriet bra
- Sierra bralette


- make mother a laptop case

Am I going to find the time to do all this? While doing up my garden, writing a couple of novels, keeping house, and working?

Probably not. That's okay. I tried.

I'm also going to majorly destash this year - I have too much fabric that I'm not going to use. Also, I'm kind of broke right now on account of not having a job, but the bills still need paying. So quite a bit of it will go, I think.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Q4 Finish: Croques and Frocks

My Q4 Finish-Along List

Two items of clothing

So I listed 'two items of clothing' and had pictures of a shirt all cut up, and the plans for a dress.

I've finished two items of clothing, just not necessarily the two I listed.

Firstly, the dress for the 'Frocks and Croques' day in early November: Croquet in fancy dress!

Pieces were all cut out in October, and the event was in November.

Finish Along 2018: Q4

But I decided to finish it a week early and wear it to a Halloween party.

Finish along Q4 2018

And after that to the Croques and Frocks day.

Finish along Q4 2018


The second dress I made was for a Christmas party and I pretty much had to get it done the day of the party because I hadn't done it beforehand.

Groove is in the heart!

It was a 70s retro party thrown by a couple at church who do this every year and have a "trash auction" to raise money for an overseas aid company.

I made it seriously short. Like SERIOUSLY short.

Groove is in the heart!

Not used to wearing dresses this short. But I think it went down okay.

Groove is in the heart!

I might still try to get done the shirt that I'd planned to do:

Something nice and light to wear. I guess we'll see!


So that's two items of clothing made!

Q4 Finish: Two Backings

My Q4 Finish-Along List

2. Two Quilt Backings

These two quilts have been finished for at least a year, but weren't sent off to the quilter until a few months ago. I'm hoping to get them back early in the new year, and then they can go off to their new homes.

2018 FAL: Q4 - two backings

The one on the left is a 'birthday block' quilt, where I joined a monthly block-along - you select a free-pattern block for your birthday month and everyone makes that block in your requested colours and posts it to you, and you make a block that they've requested in their colours for their birthday month.

WIP Wednesday

I did it for two years and didn't really enjoy either of them, and found I didn't much like the blocks I got. Also, I wanted the quilt to be bigger than 12x 12" blocks layout could make it, so I made four more to bring it to 16 and make it four by four.

The one of the right is a gift to my cousin's son. His sister got the Walkabout quilt, and I've been owing him a quilt for a couple of years now...

I was hoping to have it by Christmas but it's not yet back from the quilter's. *sigh*

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Q4 Finish: Two Sisters' quilts

My Q4 Finish-Along List

Two Bindings: Sisters Quilt 1, and Sisters Quilt 2

This has been in the work for what feels like decades. Probably only about 6 years though.

Finish along Q4 2018

It was intended as a way to use up some blocks I'd had lying around since 2012. One quilt turned into two matching quilts, and since I had refugees and asylum seekers on my mind at the time, I thought they might be good for gifting to a couple of sisters come to Australia for a new life.

Finally, having sent them to the quilter and gotten them back, I've bound them and they're ready to go to a refugee/asylum seekers centre in Newtown that should take them. Better find out about that before long.

Finish along Q4 2018

I've done several finishes this quarter, but this is the first one that got completed.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Q4 finishes!

And now the rubber hits the road!

1. Two Bindings - done!
- Sisters Quilt 1
- Sisters Quilt 2

Quilts April 2018
(Sisters Quilts)

2. Two Backings - done!
* Jeremy's Quilt
* birthday star

3. One flimsy
* 100 Days, 100 Blocks quilt - full post HERE. I need to sash and sew these together, and it's going to be a bit of a PITA.

Finish Along 2018: Q4
100 Kona Tula Blocks

4. Two wearable items - done!
A summer shirt that's actually much easier than it looks:
Finish Along 2018: Q4

A frock for the Sydney Spoolette's "croques and frocks" event at the start of November.
Finish Along 2018: Q4

5. One Star Trek pouch

I made a lovely handbag for a craft swap...and the Royal Mail ate it.

So I have to provide a replacement. Unfortunately, I have neither the time nor inclination to make it a second time, so they're getting a rather simpler pouch (or possibly a shoulderbag) with a pieced logo.

Finish Along 2018: Q4

Q3: One wearable item - the Eva Knit dress

The full post on the Eva Knit dress is here.

Eva Knit Dress

I was hoping to finish one other wearable item, but didn't quite manage it, even with the prompting of a dressmaking group monthly social. Ah well, next quarter!

My Q3 list of things to finish is HERE.

Q3 Finish: The Seaweed Is Always Greener quilt (mendocino mermaids)

Title: The Seaweed Is Always Greener

Another quilt that's taken entirely too long to finish.

Finish Along 2018: Q3

I got to Heather Ross' Mendocino Mermaids late - and only after I found a bolt each of the Gold Mermaids and Fuchsia Swimming Sisters at my LQS. From there, it became a madness: get all the collection. ALL THE COLLECTION.

Finish Along 2018: Q3

I don't want to think about how much I paid for some of these fabrics!

Finish Along 2018: Q3

But they are such lovely prints...

Finish Along 2018: Q3

In spite of the design (which I ended up rather disliking - too square, too boxy, not flow-y enough), I'm definitely keeping this one for myself!

Finish Along 2018: Q3

And, of course, it's inspectpurr approved!

Finish Along 2018: Q3

My Q3 list of things to finish is HERE.