Finish-Along Q1 2019

So it’s me again… after a long break. Something about the new year makes me want to try blogging again, even though I often find it inexplicably too hard. (It takes toooooooooo long etc.) And then simultaneously I find myself annoyed that I can’t put more information into my Instagram posts without overloading the format. (I mean, IG is NOT built for blog length posts.)

Anyway, another thing about the new year is how it makes you want to get on top of things, makes you want to tackle problems head on. So naturally I’m doing a few finish-my-projects type challenges. One of them is All People Quilt‘s APQ Resolutions challenge, in which you make a numbered list of 12 projects you want to make headway on and then each month they give you a number, which is the project you then try to tackle. The other is the Finish-A-Long, which is hosted by a number of bloggers. I have intermittently participated in both in the past, but nearly always forget to actually link up with my finishes (when I have them…), but hey! No harm in trying again!

Because I only know which APQResolutions projects I’ll be working on in the month I will be working on it, it’s not very practical to combine those projects into the Finish-a-long projects…. unless I just load all 12 projects in each quarter and tackle them as they come up. So that’s what I’m going to do! These are mostly dreadful photos, but here are… well, 13 projects I hope to tackle in the next quarter (and the rest of the year).

1. Blue Nine Patch Quilt — Need to baste, quilt, and bind.
2. Blue Orange Big Block Quilt – Need to make the backing larger, then to baste, quilt and bind.
3. Carolyn Friedlander Patchwork Quilt – Need to quilt and bind.
4. Cat Baby Quilt – Need to baste, quilt, and bind.

5. Christmas Figs Starfish Quilt – Need to add borders and then baste, quilt, and bind.
6. Mermaid Baby Quilt – Need to baste, quilt, and bind.
7. Midnight Mystery – Need to baste, quilt, and bind.. (I might add borders to this one, haven’t decided.)
8. Moda Love Baby Quilt – Need to add borders and then baste, quilt, and bind.

9. Modern Block of the Month Baby Quilt – Need to baste, quilt, and bind.
10. Pink/Black Bear Claw Quilt – Need to make 3 more blocks, then baste, quilt, and bind.
11. Quarter Section Quilt – Need to finish piecing the top, then baste, quilt, and bind. 
12. St Louis Sixteen Patch Quilt – Need to baste, quilt, and bind.

Finally, 13. South East West Quilt – This is a pattern I’m testing for Schneider House Quilt Studio. I need to finish piecing the blocks, then to baste, quilt, and bind. 

My real goal this year is just to finish more and a lot of that is just tackling the quilting. I actually enjoy quilting, but it is time consuming and doesn’t leave me a lot of time for piecing (I need a second machine! and a second table! and space to put it in!), which I also enjoy. I also really despise basting, so I tend to put it off. But an unfinished quilt is not a quilt and if I want to call myself a quilter,… I should probably make some quilts. 

So to that end: my January project for APQResolutions is #3, the Carolyn Friedlander Random Patchwork. 

I pieced this top in 2016 and then never did anything with it, but it’s basted now and ready to be quilted. I just need to decide how exactly I’m going to quilt it. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing sort of… orange peel quilting in the white squares and then doing something more complex in the coloured squares. Or the opposite maybe. But I don’t know… I’m paralysed by indecision, sometimes. 

My other current project is #13 South East West. I am pattern testing for the designer and won’t be showing too many pictures of it while it’s in progress, but at the moment I’m getting my last few HSTs completed so that I can start piecing the blocks. I’m hoping to have the top done by Monday, but we will see how it goes! 

Linking up with Finish-A-Long Quarter 1 at Sarah Goer Quilts.


6 thoughts on “Finish-Along Q1 2019”

  1. That’s a good list of projects! I looked at the APQ challenge, but I wasn’t keen on being told what to work on each month, so decided against it. I hope that it works for you though –I look forward to seeing your finishes.

    1. It’s always hit and miss with me.. especially since I want to quilt things and I tend not to go in my sewing room when it’s hot haha. The first year I tried it, I finished 1 of 12 and last year I finished 4 of 12 (but only 1 in the ‘right’ month). I’m hoping for 6 this year but I will be happy even if it’s only 1 again. Any forward motion on some of these is a victory 😁

      On Thu, Jan 10, 2019, 7:15 PM Work-in-Progress Girl

  2. What a great list and most so close to being finished. I’m with you on despising basting but after that it’s all downhill! I’m looking forward to seeing some of these beauties finished.

    1. Thanks! This year I tried to make a point of putting things on the list that were nearest to done because I need to clear away some of that backlog of unquilted tops! (And there are still more…..) I always try not to get too excited about goals at the beginning of the year because I know myself and I’m really not that great at finishing (I’m definitely attracted to bright shiny new!), but if I can knock even a few off the list that will be a great thing.

      I do think sometimes about getting someone to long-arm baste my quilts for me, but haven’t been able to talk myself into paying someone to do for me what I could do for “free” (time and frustration not withstanding). And last year I’d intended to go take a class on long-arming at one of the places in town that do it, but it was always the expense that held me back. I can do a decent job on my own machine, why go rent someone else’s? (Of course, the answer there is that maybe I could finish quilting something in a day instead of over a few weeks. But thrift on this front means more available for fabric if I want it… basically you just can’t win!)

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