Saturday, 6 July 2019

30 June 2019 check in

(If you're looking for the Peacock Party it's here.)

Well, the first half of the year has been and gone, and it's time to check progress against the priorities I set at the start of the year.

I've decided to mix it up this time and first talk about the four new quilts that weren't even on my list at the start of this year.  Then I'll whip through the 10 quilts I said I would work on this year, and perhaps offer some excuses as to why many of them haven't seen any action to date.

Here's what I've been working on in 2019:

1.  Shuttles by Kaffe Fassett
I dived right into my Kaffe box and made this pattern from Quilts in Morocco.  I love it so much that I'm hand quilting it already.

2.  Marshal by Jen Kingwell
This is the mystery quilt being run through QuiltMania.  I always buy QuiltMania magazines because they really are the best quilting magazines available, so it was easy to join the trend and start the Marshal quilt with fabrics from my stash.

3. Dear Jen by Jen Kingwell
This is another mystery quilt being run through Amitie Textiles - Jen Kingwell's shop.  I signed up to receive 6 block patterns per month by pdf.  They are all hand pieced which I enjoy.  I've made the first month's blocks, but need to catch up on month 2 and now month 3 has just been released.

They are all the same size - I just played with a photo editor

4.  Portraits Quilt by Anna Maria Horner
Well, how could I say no to this opportunity.  Completely out of the blue Anna Maria Horner asked if I'd like to make her Portraits Quilt to help promote her tour to New Zealand.  I'm not finished it yet, but I intend to do more on it in July and August.

What I'm aiming for

So, now for the more mundane stuff - the things I said I would work on in 2019 when I wrote down my good intentions on 1 January 2019.

 1.  Chic Country by Sew Kind of Wonderful
Not even started yet, but I do know what fabrics I want to use for this.
photo from Sew Kind of Wonderful

2.  Stars Upon Stars by Laundry Basket Quilts
Again, not even started, but I do have a fabric bundle set aside - and it's not these colours that I used for a trial.  I've got the fabric stamps now and I'm going to hand piece this.

3.  Good Fortune by Bonnie Hunter
This is the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt that I started in November 2018. It's basted and ready for hand quilting now.

4. Cartwheels by Kaffe Fassett
Again, it's basted and ready for hand quilting.

5. Glitter
A Jen Kingwell pattern.  I've joined about half of the 152 blocks.  I want to hand quilt this one too.

6. Cobwebs by Chris Kenna
Finished!!! And now called Carnival. The weeks spent hand quilting this justify slow progress on everything else.

7. Ballet with Kaffe by Willyne Hammerstein
I've made progress, but it's still not finished.

8. Green Diamonds by Kaffe Fasset
I got brave with this one and totally changed my plan.  It's no longer Green Diamonds - it's something totally different that I'll share at a later date, but here's a progress shot.

9. School Prize Giving Quilt
I thinking about abandoning this.  I'm not happy with my hand piecing, and I'm not sure where it's going.  It seemed a good idea at the time, but it's gone nowhere in 2 years.  Time to drop it.

10.  Wendy Williams Tea Party BOM
Still no action on this one. But I still love it.

So that's it.  Ten quilts that I wanted to work on in 2019.  I've finished one and got two others to the hand quilting stage.  But I've started four new quilts, so I'm not going to beat myself up over this.  I'm still having fun and that's what counts. 

What about everyone else? Do you write lists like this?  How are you getting on with your goals? Feel free to leave a comment below, or even link up to the Peacock Party - the one that's open now, or next week's.

Thanks for reading.


Susan said...

I think I wrote a list at the start of the year and have completely changed my mind! I should go back and check too! I love all your quilts, especially the Portraits Quilt, Wendy! Although all that hand quilting seems overwhelming! Winter is the perfect time for it!

Elaine said...

Wow! you have made great progress on some fantastic projects. I am intrigued by your stars upon stars plan, I have had this pattern for ages but haven't worked up the courage to start it, where do you find the stamp? I didn't make a list this year but I have consciously limited the number of Wips I have and find choosing a focus project each month has really helped me make progress. I need to go through my boxes and review what I have :)

O'Quilts said...

wonderful...just a beautiful post....I had better look back and see what I said I would do...and just did not...You are a better example

Shasta Matova said...

Quiltmania is one of my favorite quilt magazines too, but unfortunately it is quite pricey to get here in the States and the library doesn't carry it. All of your quilts are so gorgeous! I tend to keep coming up with new ideas and new quilts I want to make, so lists are pretty much useless, but I do have a list of my quilts and do want to move more of them along to completion.

KerryW said...

Great progress Wendy. Well done!

audrey said...

What a great post Wendy! You have some fantastic projects going on. It looks like it would be hard to settle on any one project to work on!

cityquilter grace said...

all such beautiful projects! yes i make lists, i make unplanned little projects inbetween, find more i want to make...LOL...such fun tho eh?

Mystic Quilter said...

You definitely have a lot going on at your place! Love all the colour Wendy!!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Every one of your quilts is intense! Just beautiful. I love your Shuttles quilt, with that bold yellow border. And I like how you set together your BH quilt. I'm going to keep that in mind for mine. I'd say you're coming along fantastically!

Julie said...

Lots of lovely projects and colour to play with. They'll certainly keep you busy for a while.