Saturday, January 01, 2011

The end is a new beginning

As I was at the sewing machine yesterday, I realized 2010 was a year of paper piecing for me!  I started with "Sparkling Jewels" a queen size quilt that I made as a wedding gift.  Completely pieced and quilted by me.  It took about six months.

 On New Year's Eve, I whipped up a little 6-inch-square sunflower from a kit I purchased at least a year ago.  It will make a nice gift for a friend at work since I wasn't organized with my Christmas cards before we left on vacation.

UFO Challenge Final Report

I officially finished 2 of my 5 projects for the Ravelry Quilters Fall Challenge...placemats and the bargello top.  Status of the others:  AZ Centennial is about a third done.  Top priority in 2011 since I want to enter it in a traveling show in June!
 Quilted, needs binding, label and presentation pillow case.  I did finish the binding on a different QOV, so if I put the two together, I could mentally give myself a third "finish," but they aren't really done until they're in the mail, so QOV carries over to the new year.

Block of the month - the center is done!

I have the fabric cut and ready for the borders, so this will be a quick finish to flimsy stage.  I am envisioning feathered wreaths in the green squares, and lots of stitch-in-the-ditch in the star blocks.  Sashing, probably a simple meander variation.

There are many different groups focused on UFOs, and I did make a list of about 15 projects that are in various stages of completion.  Ultimately, I decided not to join any of the "completion contests."  As I said earlier, the AZ Centennial quilt needs to be my focus, and I promised a friend a quilt in January.  Then there are the knitting projects I want to work on...plenty of fodder for future posts!