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QA Wednesday

Last week’s goals

  • 30 minutes a day on the DWR — It didn’t happen Monday or Tuesday, but I’m still pleased with my progress.
  • Keep up with the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler BOW – this past Sunday’s block was already done.
  • Finish Step 4 of Carolina Christmas — Done.
  • 15 minutes of pressing from the scrap basket then cut it up. — Done.

This week it will be more of the same:

  • 30 minutes a day on the DWR
  • 15 minutes pressing from the scrap basket — takes longer than 15 minutes to cut what I can get pressed 🙂
  • do this week’s SBS block by Sunday
  • Get the birthday quilt ready for borders.  Half the blocks are made, the other half have 1 of the snowball corners sewn, so I think I should be able to do this — unless I end up working longer than I think this weekend.

Thanks again to Bari for hosting the Quilting Accountability Challenge.

QA Wednesday

Quilting Accountability.

Last week the goals were:

  • Finish the Music Quilt – Done.
  • Keep up with the weekly Sylvia’sBridal Sampler Blocks – Done.
  • Spend 3 1/2 hours of quilting on the Double Wedding Ring – 30 minutes a day. I’ve done that. However, I haven’t gotten as much done as I’d like. I really want to finish a about 1 1/4 ring each week and my speed simply isn’t there yet.

For the next 7 days:

  • I will continue hand quilting the DWR 30 minutes a day – this is a long term project 🙂
  • Keep up with the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler BOW – another long term project
  • Work on Carolina Christmas.  I want to finish Step 4 by the end of the month
  • Working on my scrap basket.  My goal is to have it empty by the July quilt guild meeting.  So I’m going to press for 15 minutes and then cut up the scraps Bonnie style.

Wasn’t this basket half empty back in July?

Thanks Bari for starting the Accountability Challenge.

QA Wednesday

Quilting Accountability.

Last week the goals were get the borders on Ladder to the Stars – http://knitnoid.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/stash-report-4/.

Piece the weekly Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Blocks – Done.

Start machine quilting the Music Quilt – 1/4 of the way through.

Start hand quilting the Double Wedding Ring, 30 minutes – 1 hour in so far this week.

In the next 7 days, I want to finish the Music Quilt, and get in 3 1/2 hours of quilting on the DWR.  This week’s SBS BOW is already finished, but there will be a new one next week.  After the music quilt is done, I’ll finish up Step 4 of Carolina Christmas.

Thanks Bari for starting the Accountability Challenge.QA

QA Wednesday

Quilting Accountability.

Over the weekend I worked on Carolina Christmas and got through the first part of step 4.  At that point I needed to cut more fabric, and if I did, I would continue to work on it when I really needed to finish the DWR so I can start the hand quilting.  So, I temporarily set aside Carolina Christmas, and finished up my DWR piecing last night.

I’m participating the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler BOW, so I will finish piecing this week’s block and a couple of swap blocks before tackling the borders on Ladder to the Stars.  I continue to work on Oklahoma Backroads as my leader/ender.

It is my intention to sandwich both the DWR and the Music Quilt this weekend so I can start quilting them next week.  As long as my wrists holds out I’ll spend 30 minutes each day on the DWR.  I expect the music quilt will take me several evenings to machine quilt.

Thanks Bari for starting the Accountability Challenge.

Three Days into the New Year and Procrastination Has Started

It’s only January 3rd, and I’ve already started procrastinating — and I’m not talking about the laundry or other housework — that’s ongoing. I’m referring to getting those last few seams done on the Double Wedding Ring or putting borders on Ladder to the Stars.

I’ve finished the HSTs for Carolina Christmas Part 4. I don’t have the 2 1/2″ squares cut that are needed to finish this part. To help combat the procrastination, I’m not going to cut them until I finish the DWR top. There’s only 9 4-patches, 23 3-patches and 2 2-patches to finish seaming (see, anything to avoid working on it).  I think I’ve narrowed it down to 3 things.

  1. I’ve worked on this quilt on and off (mostly off) for 20 years and it will be sad in some ways to see the top finished — never mind that I’ll finally get to start quilting on it.
  2. I made the mistake of putting it on the bed before I finished those 4-patches to see if I need to make it bigger. As a result I’ve “seen” the finished top and I’m ready to move on.
  3. I’m not able to simply use a 1/4″ seam.  Each seam has to be measured to see what is going to best work for the particular patch I’m working on.

Truth be told, it’s # 3 which is really holding me back.

As for why Ladder to the Stars is not getting done it’s because if I work on that, I’m not working on the DWR.  Anyone see a theme here other than me?

Well, I said the DWR is # 1 on my Accountability Challenge so I that will be what I work on next.  Right after I get something to drink, read a chapter or two in my current book and perhaps shoveling some snow off the driveway.

Oh , I’ve got a problem.

2010 Quilting Goals

Happy New Year!

So here we are at the start of a new year with a fresh slate to work on our goals. Of course if I write them down and more importantly put them out in public, then maybe I might succeed in accomplishing them.  The list is lengthy, but if I don’t list it, it sure won’t get accomplished.  If I do, it might. So here it is:

Ongoing Tasks:

  • Keep up with the Sylvia Bridal Sampler BOW
  • Keep Scraps Cut Up and Make Progress on the Scrap Basket
  • Finish Any New Starts

Complete these Tops:

  • Carolina Christmas
  • Stripy 4-Patch
  • Ladder to the Stars

Quilt and Bind:

  • Double Wedding Ring
  • Music Quilt
  • Stripy 4-Patch
  • Green & Cream Block Swap
  • A Baby Quilt from my Top Stash
  • One of my Bonnie Hunter Designs

Reflections on 2009 Quilting Goals

My quilting goals for this past year were simple enough.

At the beginning of 2009 I have way to many projects in the works. So I’m going to work on getting them done this year, along with not buying speculation fabric – or even fabric that I’m not ready to use immediately. That doesn’t mean I won’t buy fabric, just that I’ll pay better attention to what and when I buy it.

So what happened? Before January was up I had bought a few FQs and fabric for a quilt, which I still haven’t made. There were two more purchases over the year of fabrics for quilts which now sit as PIGS (Projects I Grocery Sacks), but I’d like to think the rest of my purchases were either immediately made up or to fill holes in my stash.

On the other hand, I finished 7 UFOs and 6 new projects. They are recapped on the 2009 Finishes page.

I also moved 11 quilts from the “working on” stage to the “completed top” stage. Only 4 of those were new starts in 2009. There are another 4 quilts which were started last year which haven’t made it to the “complete top” stage.

Overall, I accomplished plenty in the quilting realm of 2009. But I really need to work on FINISHING things instead of starting new.