Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter Stitching Goals: Mid-Way Update!

It is light later in the evenings. It is not raining nearly as much and it is nearly getting a little warmer!  What does that mean to you?  It is time for our Winter Stitching update, of course!  If you haven't heard the story of Winter Stitching, jump over to Fairy Face Designs for a bit of background.

Birdie Stitches
The goal was to finish off the top of Birdie Stitches this winter. I have finished all of the blocks and just need to add it the sashing.  I've been struggling with this project lately as I just can not envision it as a quilt to give away or to use in our house. Either way, it needs to be finished off.  This will be done by the end of Feb.  Absolutely.  

Brother’s Mixer
Done!  I love how this turned out.  More importantly, so did my brother.

Sister-In-Law’s Bag
Well, I made a bag.  Not THE bag.  Still, I love this bag.  This will have to do until I get paper piecing under control and can make THE bag.

Blankets of Love
Done!  And these are cuties if I do say so myself.  Now, I made the tops and backs and sent them to Kat.  She finished layering, quilting and binding them.  They're off with their new homes keeping someone nice and warm.  To learn more about Blankets of Love, hop over here.

Done, but continuing on.  The goal was to contribute to Bee Blessed and Sew Bee Blissful, offering my hive buddies their blocks on time each month.  Well, it's grown to include Do.Good Stitches and Sew & Bee Happy bees, which I love just as much.  I'm a crazy block making bee buddy right now and I love it!

One is done, one is just starting.

I finished off the Modern Christmas Table Runner Swap just before Christmas.  It was a bit of a struggle as we were moving at the time, but it went out and I was happy in the end. 

I also launched, with my friends Susan and Hadley, the Mouthy Stitches Swap which is in full swing right now.  I am hoping to make something as lovely as these pouches for my super top secret partner.  Fingers crossed! 

Done!  Whew, this was a beast to quilt, but it is finally finished and in full use on the couch.  We LOVE it!

The Community Quilt is layered and I've started quilting it, but have not finished it.  I am hoping to do so this week to show it off at my next guild meeting.  If it kills me, this will be finished before the winter is out.

Chaos is taking me FOREVER to piece. It's so scrappy, so SUPER scrappy, that it's still just a pile of scraps.  I'll keep plugging away and hope to have something to show you.  Still, I will not by any  means have a finished top any time soon.

Stargazing is coming along well. This will be my bee quilt for 2012, I think.  Right now I'm working on it with my hive in Sew & Bee Happy and they've been spectacular in contributing blocks.  I think I am going to keep contributing blocks myself, but then also ask my hive buddies for a little help too in March.  We'll see.  So far, it looks like this...

I love this quilt, so I'll keep plugging away at it.  Hope to have a top by the early spring to show off to you all!

International Quilt Festival of Ireland
This is a continuing project, but will be done before the winter is finished.  I have the top fused and am just doing a satin stitch around each individual piece.  I will have it stabilized and quilted by the end of Feb I hope!   

Guest Post
This is still ongoing....I am so happy to be invited to contribute a tutorial to a series this fall, so I will get my tutorial tested, written and photographed by mid February.  I’m a bit nervous, but this will be a great jump for me.  

Free Motion Friday
The goal was to continue FMF through to the end of December.  With an unexpected move in mid-December, I had to give up on this fun practice-a-long a bit early.  Still, I am so happy with the number of folks who jumped in and gained a little FMQ confidence along with me.  Thanks, girls!

That's it!  I guess I am all over the place.  A few projects are done, a few are on target to finish and a few have been left by the way side.  That's life, though, isn't it?  I am going to focus on quilts from here out as I can not wait to finish a few of these beauties off!  

Off to link up with Sarah's Winter Stitches party.  Have a peek at what the other ladies have accomplished.  There is amazing eye candy over there!


Dianne Neale said...

Well done, looks like you're making great progress. I love fabric you used for the bag for your sister in law.

pippablue said...

Wow! That is alot of sewing!!! Well done !

Lynne said...

You've got some lovely work on the go!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Well done and good luck with the rest of your list - can't wait to see what you're making for the Quilt Festival!

Nicky said...

These all look lovely Cindy! Love the mixer cover, the bag, the quilts and the blocks!

Tremendous effort!

Flying Blind... said...

You did good my friend, moving and all!

susan said...

I do not know how you managed all that, moved house and a full time job!! You amaze me.

Annabella said...

Gorgeous stuff Cindy - love your makes, and your mid term report gets an A.

Patchwork and Play said...

Gosh! You achieved SO much and moved house too! Definitely an A+ from Mrs S!

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, go you! But less rain and warmer?! It rained heavily here all day yesterday and today it's SNOWING!!!

Kathy said...

You have been WAY busy! Love the bright and cheery quilt and the mixer cover. Such fun:)

Sarah said...

Brilliant amount of stuff done, and the tops are coming along fabulously (really loving stargazing!). You're doin well :-)

Quilter in The Gap aka Rhonda said...

You have gotten quite a bit done. Good for you! I am impressed. I can't wait to see your guest post. Is it a secret where you will be posting?

The Sunflower Patch said...

Way to go! I love the mixer cover for your brother :)

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