Friday, 8 July 2016

It's time to check progress

Do you write to do lists? I do - frequently.  I even wrote one this morning for everything I have to do today - work, supermarket, packing for retreat, etc. Every six months I set goals for my quilting and embroidery.  I find this helps me to keep on task, and get things finished.

30 June has been and gone, so it's time to check how I went against my quilting priorities set at the start of the year.  The original list is here, but I promise to work through it without omitting anything.

1. Mediterranean Hexagons.  This is a quilt I started at the workshop with Kaffe and Brandon at the end of January. It's progressing well and the top should definitely be finished before the end of 2016.  I just purchased the backing for it the other day.  I was tempting to use Kaffe on the back too, but decided to use black instead, and let the front do all the talking.

2. la passacaglia. I'm on the home straight.  The hand quilting is almost finished, and I have the fabric for the binding.  I really need to get it finished it within the next 4 weeks, because Quiltmania magazine are holding a la passacaglia exhibition at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.  They will be showing 20 la passacaglia quilts and I hope mine might be one of them.  I've already entered, but if it is accepted, I need to send it to USA about 18 August.  So I'll be doing lots of hand quilting at our retreat this weekend.

3. My Small World.  I finished it! I dedicated a couple of weeks in January to making this quilt, and it was finished in February.  It's now hanging in the hall and I love it.

4. Possum Magic quilt.  I've started the hand quilting with Aurifil 12wt, and it's looking lovely, but I put it aside to hand quilt la passacaglia first.

5. Women of the Bible quilt.  No action - it's still sitting on the spare bed, probably because I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. (whoever it was that wanted the pattern - please email directly, or include your email address in a comment.)

6. Spinning Stripes v2.  I finished this one too.  It now sits nicely with my first one.  I'm not sure where I'll display them yet.

7. Oh! Christmas Tree.  I've finished the top, and have the backing. I want to hand quilt this one too, but will finish la passacaglia first.

8. Smitten.  I still haven't started this.  I'm tempted to make it with Tula Pink Elizabeth fabrics, but i don't want to be the same as everyone else.

9. Trip around the World.  I'm sort of going off this idea.  I still like the photo in the book, but I have other things I want to make first.

10. Glitter.  I'm still just admiring other people's version of this quilt.

11. Ballet avec Kaffe Fassett.  This one may well be jumping up the list.  A few members of the Millefiori / la passacaglia facebook group are making this quilt and I love how it looks.  I bought a bag with this quilt on it.  That counts as a small start.

12.  Stack of Colour.  I finished this one too!

13.  Felt quilt.  I haven't started this yet, but I do still think about it a lot.

So, that's all 13 items that were on my list on 1 January. I've finished 3 of them, but also made some other things along the way.  Here they are:

14.  Honeycomb Spin.  Finished. This was a class in April 2016 with Anna Hicks, and uses the Modern Hexies technique of gluing the hexagons onto the background.

15. Table mat.  And a small table mat made with the left over hexagons.

16. Happy Villages. I made a small start on testing out this pattern.  I haven't quilted it yet, but I do want to finish this piece before I try again.

17. I've also made a yellow mini quilt for the Aotearoa Quilters challenge.  After seeing the green quilts in Auckland last year (click here to see them), I vowed to enter a quilt next time, whatever colour was chosen.  My yellow mini isn't stunning, but it's a small start. I might even make another one yet before the challenge closes on 1 September.  I'll post a photo after that date.

a late addition
18. How could I forget my Sue Spargo blocks from #instastitchwithSue on Instagram.  I'm enjoying making these free patterns each month and embellishing them with hand embroidery.

How are you going against your quilting goals for 2016?


Julie said...

So much colour in this post. I keep admiring all the Glitter Quilts i am seeing at present. Hope you get your hand quilting finished this weekend. Scary thought posting the quilt to the other side of the world though.

Enjoy your retreat, lots of photos on IG or FB please.

Susan Snooks said...

That's some list Wendy! I love your Honeycomb Spin quilt and the effective use of colour! Looks like you'll be busy with all the hand quilting required to get some across the finish line! Good luck!

margaret said...

I am amazed at all you have done and are doing what a wonderful eye for colour you have every one of these projects looks amazing, fingers crossed your quilt gets chosen for Houston as it certainly needs to be seen my the masses

Béa said...

All is absolutely wonderful !

Curly said...

I am in awe of all you can get done. I love the Pass quilt. I have been wanting to start one but want to finish a few projects first.

Schulz Family said...

I love your yellow mini quilt.

Jenny said...

My goodness - haven't you been busy, whether the projects are finished or not. Looking through all your lovely photos, you definately seem to have colour preference there. Lots of gorgeous glowing saturated colours - must be our clear blue New Zealand skies which influence you, perhaps?

Sophie Zaugg said...

Such colourful projects ! Hope your la Passacaglia quilt will be accepted for the exhibition. It deserves it anyway.

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for sharing those green quilts. They were fantastic. A person could have spent hours looking at them.

Sandi said...

I'm glad you are focusing on your La Passaglia quilt I really hope you get to send it to Houston! It deserves to be shared in person by a lot of people. Best of luck.

I love your honeycomb hexagons I may have to try a small version of if my to do list isn't long enough.

Keep whittling away at your!

Robby said...

Lots of beauty here. I'm especially intrigued by your 'village' and hope I'll see it when it's finished.

Shasta Matova said...

You have such an incredible array of beautiful quilts. Thank you so much for sharing them, and so incredible that you made them all.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I am a list writer too. Your number 13 rings true for me for lots of things at the moment: 'I haven't started this yet, but I do still think about it a lot'. :)
Best of luck getting your quilt to Houston. That would be exciting!

Rosemarie said...

I love all the bright colors in all your quilts, my style also. Your quilts are so detailed, I'm more of a 2 1/2" square block maker but I enjoy looking at yours. There is room for all styles in the quilting world.