2016 Finish-A-Long Q1

I don’t know why I’ve never linked up to the Finish-A-Long link up before. It’s probably because I was too busy trying to finish something to get my act together assembling a blog post of all the things I should finish. That’s irony, right? If not it should be! Speaking of all things ironic, the first thing on my list will definitely be my Jagged Little Pill Quilt. This just needs the binding attached and hand-sewn down which I am saving until I move out of our apartment when the hardwood floors are replaced later this month. As it stands this is the only hand-sewing project on the horizon. Lord Latifah give me Chicago-Jazz-Style strength! You’ll get a full reveal of this quilt once it is done, but there are so many new-to-me things about this quilt that I can’t wait to share!

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If I stay focused over the next couple of weeks, maybe I can get my Tidal Pools quilt quilted, and I can take it with me as well for some binding action! Tie me up, baby! Ow! But for now, check out my new favourite thing: Aurifl Brillo metallic thread. This is the gold one (sourced from Aurifil crack thread dealer, Ms. Midge) and it is as tough as 24 karat! Yeah, it’s hot! Some simple grid-work here is going to make this quilt glisten!

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The next absolute must-do item is the release of my Alphabet Divas Pattern. The Glitterati Army of pattern testers have done their thing, and now I’m cleaning up the pattern to deliver to you. This will be my first sellable pattern, so start digging the coins out from under your couch cushions because you’re going to want this badly. It’s like spelling anything you want with shiny disco balls. Have you ever!?

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The next three are all if you wannabe my lover hopefuls. This first one is a HST medallion centre I started using Art Gallery Oval Elements and V & Co.’s Simply Color ombre fabrics. The twist is that it’s actually two medallions, a colour and black and white version. I think you can imagine the possibilities here. Maybe some progress, but probably not likely for a finish.

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Now this guy of a quilt would love to be finished this quarter, but it is a helluva lot of work! I apologise now for giving you all a free pattern that seems to take forever to actually make anything of a decent size! This is my Twisted Butlers queen-sized quilt for Mr. Sparkles made from my Twisted Elegance paper-pieced pattern. I think I’ve got about a third of it done, which is a good start, but still a ways to go. Thankfully, I already know this is going to the long-armer, so much so that I’m already planning my drinks menu while I’m sitting back and laughing. I haven’t selected a long-armer yet, but I’m totally stalking a bunch of them on Instagram. (If you have suggestions feel free to put them in the comments!)

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I’m fully resigned to the fact that my Liberty Lanterns project is on the long-term project list, so I’m not anticipating a finish this quarter. But hey, maybe I’ll get a ray of light and want to finish it immediately. (Or get completely fed up and turn it into a baby quilt!) These lanterns are all living on my wall because I’m still contemplating a final design. Until then, I just keep making lanterns of all different sizes to give it perspective.

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Finally, this is that “Are you even being serious?” suggestion of a quilt that could be finished this quarter. I mean, it is only meant to be a mini quilt with nine of these blocks, but still. That being said, I really want to jump into this one as it is long over due, has sentimental meaning for a dear friend, and it might spice up my paper piecing life a bit. And whose life doesn’t need spiced up at any given time?!

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So there we go, seven projects that I should only be working on over the next quarter. I’m sure (like most of us) I’ll find a way to add in another seven unscheduled must do immediately style projects that will slow these down. That being said, since this is my first submission to the FAL link up I want to make sure I leave a good first impression! Wish me luck, and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store as well! Make sure you go to any of the blogs below to link up your own FAL lists!

2016 FAL

Debbie – A Quilter’s Table – USA

Jess – Elven Garden Quilts – Australia

Stacey – SLO Studio – Canada

Jennie – Clover & Violet – USA

Helen – Archie the Wonder Dog – UK

Nicky – Mrs. Sew and Sow -UK

Cindy – Fluffy Sheep Quilting – Ireland

Rhonda – Rhonda’s Ramblings – USA

Leanne – She Can Quilt – Canada

14 Responses

  1. Those HSTs! Girl, you got my heart x

  2. Hayley says:

    I’ll read any long armerbrecommendations with interest – I am looking for one myself but having never sent a quilt out have no idea where to look (apart from those I follow on Instagram)

  3. mary says:

    A stunning list, just one finish there I’m sure will be awesome. Maybe we should make a pact on the shirts one, I have a stack of them in my cupboard, they were on my FAL list all of last year and nothing changed – it’s a bit sad really.

  4. Hilary says:

    This is a great list of projects to get done!

  5. Debbie says:

    What a delightfully compelling list! Glad you are joining us. We all have high hopes!!

  6. Lisa says:

    I know you can get all these wonderful works of lovliness to completion.

  7. Nicolette says:

    Lovely projects on the go! Good luck with the FAL!

  8. Judy says:

    I am very interested in your letters pattern. I can learn to do names. It looks like you are very busy! I have 2 projects and and a QAL, and that is more than my limit! I admire your energy!!

  9. I can’t wait to see those two medallions! Good luck with your list and tthank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts!

  10. Karin says:

    Great projects…love the simple grid lines on the first project…very effective. Ambitious, but do-able ? Best of luck will watch with interest…

  11. Karin says:

    Sorry, forgot to mention…have you looked at long arm quilter, Kim Bradley? She hails from Sydney and I done a workshop with her some time ago…however, do not know what she is doing at the moment…her quilting is just stunning.

  12. Maureen says:

    I love the colors of the jagged little pill quilt! Can’t wait to see the full reveal.

  13. A fabulous seven projects!

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