Friday, April 27, 2012

Winter Stitching Wrap Up

I missed you guys!  I fell of the face of the planet for a week there, but I am hoping life gets back to normal this week.  How better to re-join blogging than by checking projects off the ever growing to-do list?  As you know, I was yet another list maker joining in with FairyFace Design’s Winter Stitching Goals List.  I find things like this to be completely helpful in giving me direction when I am overwhelmed.  To keep the list moving along, I also just joining in with Rhonda's Finish Along....and so far it's working!

Birdie Stitches: Finish the Quilt Top
Done!  I finished my Birdie Stitches top and sent it over to Elisa so she can layer, quilt and bind it for use in her house.  You can hear the whole story here, but in the end I'm super happy to have expanded my embroidery skills and thrilled that Elisa has a quilt she likes.  Win-win.

Brother’s Mixer Cover: Finish it as a Christmas Gift
Done!  I was lucky enough to visit this little mixer cover in my brother's pantry this past march and it's lookin' pretty cute there next to the ice cream maker!  

Sister-In-Law’s Bag: Finish it as a Christmas Gift
Well, I finished a bag, not THE bag.  This 241 Tote was her Christmas gift that was delayed until 2012 as the fabric took nearly 8 weeks to arrive from the states!  Eek!  So, I had to giver her an IOU under the tree.  Anyway, we're both thrilled with this finish.  My mom has already asked for one for herself!  

Blankets of Love: Finish Two Tops, Two Backs, Two Bindings
Done. I really like what Kat is doing with her local organization, so I tried to chip in.  I wanted to make two quilts for her, but the shipping would be nuts given the weight of the batting.  So, I made two tops, two backs and two bindings and Kat assembled and quilted our quilts.  It was my first time doing a DP, which then included a huge learning curve, but I got there eventually!

There was even a third quilt top made as part of our Do. Good Stitches CARE circle!

Bees: Contribute On Time
Done.  I'm in four bees now, a list that is quickly growing to six. I am still completely in love with them.  Let's be honest, though.  I think I've hit the maximum number of bees I can contribute to in any given month.  I won't bore you with all of the photos, of the blocks made, but if you hop over to my flickr page you can see them all!

Swaps: Finish Two Swaps
Done.  I finished my Modern Christmas Table Runner swap with Susan of Canadian Abroad.  Doing just this one project has kicked me off on the table runner path and there have been several more since: one for my Mom, one as a PIF, and one for my SIL!  Oh, Susan, the slippery slope you've put me on!

I also co-organized the Mouthy Stitches swap with Susan and Hadley, which was great fun.  It was my first pouch, first zip, first time organizing a HUGE number of lovely ladies.  We had a great time!  I made this pouch for my partner...and again several more since! 

Quilts: Finish Mod Logs, the Community Quilt and Start Chaos and Scrappy Stars
I fell down a bit in this category.  Mod logs is finished and used every day in our house.

The Community Quilt and Chaos are going no where fast.  They're now officially UFOs...I have to do something about that ASAP.

Scrappy Stars has morphed into Stargazing.  The top and back are finished and off with the lovely Trudi to get quilted.  I can't wait to see what she creates!

International Quilt Festival of Ireland: Finish Cúchulainn 
Done! I am quite happy to have Cúchulainn  finished it and handed it to the festival organizers.

Guest Post: Write One
Done!  I was super excited to contribute to Sarah's tutorial series by submitting a notebook tutorial.  It was my first tutorial...and it took WAY longer than I thought it would.  Still, I love these little cuties!

Off to link up with Sarah.  Hop on over and see what everyone else created this past winter!


Patchwork and Play said...

Great finishes!! I think my favourite (after my Christmas Table Runner, of course!) is the 241 Tote! You placed the birds perfectly!

Sarah said...

Yay you're back! I was starting to think that Cuchulainn had eaten you... Great catch up, so many lovely makes to be pleased with :-)

Collette said...

oh wow lovely to see all your finishes like that and love those notebook covers so over to look at your tutorial now! x

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, well done you on that list! Love that 2-4-1 tote in the Aviary, is there any fabric it doesn't look good with I wonder?!

Toni said...

You've been busy this winter, Cindy! All of your projects look fabulous. I really love the Stargazing quilt! And I think I just decided on a gift for my son's preschool teacher...your notebook cover! Thanks!

Pat said...

Everything looks wonderful! Looks like you had some fun stitching this past winter!

susan said...

Are you sure there aren't two of you to get all this done plus doing all the other things like full time job, etc?!?!?! Great makes listed and I think you should be over the moon with what you have created.

randi--i have to say said...

Oh my goodness! There is so much goodness here today. I love the 241 bag and your stars for the table runner. so cute!

Isisjem said...

Oh wow you made so many lovelies. Favourites are the star quilt and the 241 tote. I've got some aviary that has just been begging to be made into a 241 tote (in ahem more than one colourway) I've resisted so far because I could well end up with only 241 totes ;-)

Jennifer said...

wow, you did GREAT on your list! congrats! welcome back too! you were missed :)

Flying Blind... said...

Hi there stranger!
Loving the list ticking xxx

diane said...

everything is beautiful, but I love that stargazing quilt top

Kelsey said...

You had so many great finishes!! I love that stargazing top!

Di said...

That is quite a number of ticks there and some lovely makes! You have done well. Di xo

Heidi Staples said...

Such beautiful finishes, but I have to say that I'm absolutely crazy about your Stargazing quilt...stunning!!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Hello!!! it's so lovely to see you back! Well done on all the ticks!

Cherie said...

Welcome back! Wow that's an awful lot of projects there! So glad to see all the progress you've made with each thing =D

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That is a fab amount of projects, you worked hard this winter :) Glad you're back!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Yay, such lovely projects, you played a blinder! Thanks for taking part hon!

Nicky said...

Fabulous - excited too about stargarzer and your celtic beast!

Thanks for the tute - hope to make some of those!

Lynne said...

Such lovely goodies. Seems like it was a productive winter; here's hoping summer's just as good!

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