I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trawling through my various sewing storage spots and hidey-holes looking for the unloved and the forgotten. I’ve uncovered projects that had gone awry, shelved in frustration; pieces I did to try out a new technique, then moved on from before they became a finished article; old friends who move at a glacial pace (I’m looking at you La Passacaglia…) and many other abandoned UFOs in varying degrees of completion.
All told, I’ve identified 20 separate contenders for inclusion in this years’ finish-a-long, both active WiPs and the UFOs. I’ve decided to list all 20 up front in Q1 and then I can hopefully whittle down the list by the time we get to Q4. I will try not to start new projects, although I make no promises. I consider myself a bit of a quilty magpie, often distracted by the shiny thing over there, forgetting the nearly finished thing right in front of me.
There is a (not quite so long) list of projects that I want to start or fabric pulls I want to match to the perfect pattern – but I’m donning my FAL blinkers and trying really hard not to look. Maybe I’ll make a post about that list in the future.
Quarter 1 Proposed Finishes List
1. Luminary Quilt (started August 2018)
Technically this could be considered finished as I completed the binding on January 6th. However, as it’s my first official finish of 2019 I want to include it and so it will only be ‘finished’ when it gets a label.
2 & 3 Summer Sampler – Amy Butler /Summer Palette (started May 2016)
These two versions of the Summer Sampler quilt-along are both missing the last 5 blocks. I’d like to finish the Amy Butler one in particular, hopefully both.
I still have all the fabric set aside and the block patterns are to hand, so really there’s no excuse.
4. Hot Mess (started Oct 2017)
I’m dying to see this quilt finished, even though its massive size means it dwarfs all the beds in my house and it doesn’t go with any of the decor. For it to progress I need to pull my finger out and get it to a long-armer. I’m torn between a couple of quilting ideas though… time to decide. I also need to piece the back together and make some binding.
5. Eat, Sleep, Quilt, Repeat (started July 2016)
Of all my quilt UFOs this is probably the furthest from being finished. Started at a Sarah Fielke workshop in Huddersfield, on one of the hottest days of 2016, I still love the idea of this quilt and would like to pick it up again. Maybe it will become a wall-hanging rather than a full quilt?
6. Pollinate (started June 2018)
My current evening EPP project, but like most hand sewing, it’s slow sewing. I’m confident this will be a finish in the first half of the year though as most of the pieces are already cut, basted and bagged so it really is just a case of finding the stitching time.
7. La Passacaglia (started January 2016)
Ah, old friend. My first foray into both EPP and fussy cutting, the catalyst for my love of Tula Pink fabric. This project means a lot to me but it has been relegated in favour of Pollinate and other projects. I probably won’t return to it in Q1 if I’m honest with myself, but it deserves to get some love later this year.
8. Mandolin (started January 2018)
Trying to have three large EPP projects on the go, two of which require extensive fussy cutting was a bit of a poor decision on my part. This one may well rollover to FAL 2020 but never say never, right?
9. Ombre Pineapple Block Mini (started June 2016)
This mini stalled when I couldn’t decide how to quilt it. I’m still not sure, but I have a bit more experience now so hopefully this should be a quick finish to baste, quilt and bind.
10. Jenny Haynes Footloose Mini (started September 2018)
Jenny Haynes, perhaps better known as Pappersaxsten, came to our Leeds Modern Quilt Guild to run a curves workshop. I started making her new Footloose pattern but have only completed 2/4 blocks. The picture below on the right is a mock-up of what it should look like when finished.
11. Up and Away Mini (started July 2016)
This was a pattern test that I did for Sheri at Whole Circle Studio. It just needs basting, quilting and binding to finish it off.
12. Hawaiian Applique Block (Started July 2016)
This was the product of another Sarah Fielke workshop (on another very hot day in Huddersfield). Originally I intended to make a set of four into a mini, but I think I’ve used the set aside fabrics in another project. I might border it and make a cushion or use it as a pouch front.
13. Wefty Panel (started June 2018)
I created this woven wefty panel at the Simply Solids Retreat last summer. It deserves to be a cushion or pouch panel.
14. Improv Cabbage Mini (started July 2017)
It doesn’t look all that much in this picture but I’ve high hopes for this cabbage! Started at a workshop with Nick Ball a.k.a Quilts from the Attic, the king of improv veg quilting, this needs finishing off with a background and then it can be basted, quilted and bound.
15. Tula Kalidescope Triptych (started June 2018)
Another workshop product from last years Simply Solids Retreat. This EPP Kalidescope pattern match was made using the pattern and instructions by Amy at Coffee Rings Studio. I want to make two more from other Tula prints and frame them as a triptych for my sewing room wall.
16. Brimfield Awakening Swap Project (Started January 2019)
I’ve signed up for this swap (I know…’don’t start anything new’) and it’s due to be finished and sent off between Q1 and Q2 so I thought I’d best include it in the list. Partner details are imminent and I have a few ideas in mind that can be adapted to meet their preferences for pattern and fabric.
17. Manchester Bee Block (started June 2017)
Another block which should transform into a nice little mini with minimal fuss. Just requires basting, quilting and binding.
18. Hidden Hearts EPP Block (Started January 2017)
This piece was the result of a pattern test for Reene at Nellies Niceties. I’m thinking of adding a border and making it up into a cushion. You can never have too many cushions…
19. HST Triptych (started March 2017)
I drafted this design for three panels made up of HSTs to hang in my newly decorated bedroom. Two years on and the wall is still blank, I do have a small pile of HSTs though and fabric set aside to make more.
20. Wagon Wheel EPP (started June 2018)
Last, but not least, my final UFO from the Simply Solids Retreat. The start of an EPP block designed by Jenny Jackson of Hashtagsew. The fabric is all still set aside for this and I plan to make up a four or six block mini.
So there it is, my list of proposed finishes all ready to go when the link opens up on January 10th. I’m feeling really positive, having laid everything out like this makes me see that there are quite a few ‘easy’ finishes and its also helped me prioritise amongst my larger projects. Let me know if you’re participating too, good luck with all your FAL plans!
EDIT 17th January: Slipping another quick project onto the list whilst the Link for Q1 is still open (hope that’s ok?).
21. Recover my pressing mat
You can make out my pressing mat in the back of this shot, very scorched and marked. It smells like burning whenever I use it to press something – time for a bit of DIY recovering!
It has a cutting mat on the reverse side which I’m hoping I can remove and then reattach after fixing the fabric side.