Friday, 29 June 2018

30 June check in

People often ask me how I get so much quilting done.  Well, my answer is, I make lists!

At the start of each year I make a list of the quilts I want to make or finish during the year.  My list for 2018 is here.  

Then at 30 June I like to check against progress.  I tick off the quilts that I've finished, and add any new quilts that I may have accidentally started during the previous six months. 

Here's what I had on my list at the start of this year:

1. Kaffe Fasset Tropical Hexagons

I started this quilt in the Kaffe Fassett class in Wellington in January 2016.  It's now finished, and you can read all about it here. I really wanted to show it to Kaffe and Brandon when they came back to New Zealand in January 2018, so I made sure it was finished by 20 January.

2.  Southern Stars Challenge for QuiltNSW

My Matariki +/- 1 was finished in time for the QuiltNSW show.  I was thrilled that it won a Judges' Commendation.  You can read more about it here

3.  Capital Quilters Exhibition

I can't show you this one yet, but it will be ready for our guild's exhibition on 11-12 August 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand.

4.  Sue Spargo Instastitch

There's been no progress on this one.  The top is finished, and I've done some machine quilting, but I need to do more yet.

5. Half Square Triangles / Picnic Quilt

I've finished this quilt too. I won these HSTs in our guild block of the month.You can read all about it here.  

6. Ballet with Kaffe

I've made some progress on my English Paper Pieced Ballet with Kaffe.  You can read more about this long term project here. 

7. Glitter

I'm still plugging away at my Glitter quilt.  My most recent blog post on it is here. I've got 33% of the blocks made.

8.  Cobwebs

I've foundation paper pieced all the blocks now, and I've started joining them up.  I hope to work on this at our retreat in July.  

Excuse the poor lighting - this was just to plan the layout

9.  School Prizegiving quilt

Back in December I was sitting through my son's school prizegiving and I had a good idea for a quilt.  I've made a small start on it, but it will be a long term project so it's tucked away now.

10 - 12.  Kaffe quilts x 3

Yes, there are three Kaffe quilts I'd like to make if I get time (ha ha!).  I started Green Diamonds at Kaffe's class on 28 January.  You can read about the class here.  

We cut lots of diamonds, but I haven't sewn any together yet. I need to make my quilt longer yet and balance out the colours.  Maybe I could sew that together at retreat too!

I've also been admiring another quilt from Quilts in Ireland, and one from Quilt Grandeur.  I have a huge Kaffe stash now after I bought a lot of pieces off my friend, Anne.  So I certainly have the supplies to make these quilts - I just need the time.

So that's everything that was on my to do list on 1 January 2018.  I've finished 3 quilts which is pretty good for me considering I hand quilted each of them. 

I've started one other quilt, so there's a net reduction of 2 in six months, and a possibility of finishing at least 2 more in the second half of the year. 

How are you getting on with your lists? Leave a comment or a link to a blog post if you like making lists like me.


cityquilter grace said...

i make lists helpful! drooling over your kaffe stash..i have some but not quite that much...i really want a yard of everything! love the glitter so far and the others are just, well, beeeeyooootifulll!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Your productivity is amazing to me. I always love your style. The Kaffe hexie quilt is beautiful. I started this year with what I though was a small list but it didn't take long for the list to get hi-jacked. I have some guild related obligations that seem to be monopolizing my time lately, although I'm trying to work from my original list when possible even with the guild stuff.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I usually have a list going in my head subject to change at a moment's notice. I finished to UFO quilts, two sew a longs, and a bunch of mini's for an art quilt group. But I have a kit that I need to tackle and I need to make 2 large quilts for family. Collecting supplies for those now. Oh, and I have a presentation to make in the spring to my guild on how to use those 2 1/2" strips so I'm making samples and smaller quilt tops for that...didn't want to wait until the last minute!!

Kay said...

You have been busy. I particularly like the Kaffe hexagon quilt, so vibrant and happy. x

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I absolutely adore how the cobwebs are turning out! That pattern has been on my to-do list for so long.
How could anyone get inspired by a school awards ceremony? They are so dull and soporific, I thought, or have things changed? Anyway, If anyone could find inspiration where little exists, it would be you!
I too write lists, then run out of time (chores first, sewing second) or get distracted by new things.

Charlotte Scott said...

Looking good Wendy! Love the effect of the ombre fabric in the background on the first quilt, very effective.

Florence (Flossie Teacakes) said...

I love your HSTs quilt - perfect colour value placement - the simplest patterns are still so effective, aren't they. I too am in awe of how many beautiful projects you're working your way through! I'm not sure even making a list could increase my productivity by that much.