Sunday, December 1, 2013

Steady as she goes

My directing word this year has been "finish".  It seemed like an overwhelming task, but I must say I can see lots of progress has been made.  I'll continue this word thru 2014 (already made that decision) because I'd like to find myself at a point of having (almost) no unfinished projects. 

Some projects reach their "finished" status by being tossed in the trash, or put in the sale bin. This counts!!! They are off my UFO list. I've not done such a hot job of posting all the pics, but that wasn't the goal, anyway, was it?

So with all that said, here are things I've accomplished over the last few days.

I'm working on a project for a class I'll teach next year using these diamonds. They are quite tedious to make (but so worth it for the result!), so I have myself on a one-a-day schedule until they're all made. I'll probably put the quilt together while I'm on the road (Great Road Trip 2014 starts in mid-January. Stay tuned!) then ship it home so the quilters can work their magic.

I started this log cabin quilt umpteen jillion years ago. I call it the manly-man log cabin. I have such a hard time working in man colors! Again, I'm working on one block a day. I'm down to just two more blocks, then assembly begins. I have this idea for a brick-type border that I hope looks as good in fabric as it does in my head. :) The block is 14" so not many will be needed. I've cut enough sets of strips to make about 50 blocks I think....what in the world was I planning????? It's all those leftover strip sets that I'll use for the border.

Lastly, my half-square triangle (HST) units.  The guild is doing a swap each month for 6 months.  I'll be on the road for 4 of those months, so I'm getting ahead before I leave. I made 336 to turn in this month - 112 of each fabric group (batik, 30s repro, and brights). Why that odd number? We are all using the same papers for the piecing; there are 28 on a page. I made 2 pages of each. Simply answers to a funny number. Once they're sewn and cut apart, there's still the trimming off of the sticky-outie corners and removing the papers. Sewing them was the easy part!

So that's what I've been up to these last few days. I hope your Thanksgiving was all you hoped it would be, and thanks for stopping by.