Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 New Years Goals - Final Review

Another year is coming to an end. So it's time to take a look at what I had set out as my goals for this year, what was I able to accomplish, what didn't happen and what else came along. First is a list of my original goals and what happened with each one.

Jan: Baby quilt – animal party – completed
Feb: Art & Cold Cash collaborate quilt project – finish quilting on the black red and turquoise version so it can then be given to Bernice for beading – completed
Mar: Finish my Cats & Dogs quilt for our small quilt group – completed
Early Spring: Learn how to create paper piecing patterns from Hetty of Crafts and Stuff – completed
Spring: Finish Falling Splendor quilt – moved to 2011
Spring: Spend some time exploring some of the techniques from my thread painting workshop – moved to 2011
Christmas present: Flower garden lap quilt in purples – cancelled this project
Christmas present: Flower garden lap quilt in blues – cancelled this project
Christmas present: stack coin quilt in stone fabrics – cancelled this project
Christmas presents: Origami Stars and quilted birds (assorted) – cancelled this project
Christmas charity quilt: using blocks from the Friday Block Party 2009 – moved to 2011
Any time: Bird of Paradise Harmonic Convergence wall hanging (for me to hang in my office) – completed
Any time: One block wonder quilt ( I already have the fabric and am curious as to how this will turn out) – never started
BOM: Drunkard’s Path Variations – only 4 months completed

UFOs that are outstanding – all are still outstanding
Hawaiian orchid pillow – hand quilting
2 wall hangings from Gloria Loughman’s workshop – colour is magic and layer by layer
Kaffe Fassett – colour in design diamond quilt

So from this list I completed 5 projects, 1 is partially finished, 4 I decided not to go forward with, 3 I have moved to next year to be done and 1 just never got off the ground, but hopefully sometime in the future may get done.
In addition the following new projects happened in 2010:

May: second Bird of Paradise Harmonic Convergence wall hanging for our friends Joe & Kent in Kauai Hawaii to give to then as a thank you when we went to visit them on vacation last spring – completed
Jun: Hawaiian Sunshine - 9 patch lap quilt using Hawaiian fabrics done while on vacation in Hawaii – completed
Jun: Tranquil Moments - quilt top and back done while on vacation in Hawaii, quilting left to do
Sep: Batik Gems quilt for Jean's 75th birthday – completed
Sep: Attended Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Cape Cod MA
Dec: Cherish Nature quilt for Lyn's 75th birthday – completed

So in addition to the 5 completed projects from the original list I did another 4 projects in 2010. So over I have to say another successful year. So next I'm going to review what my goals are going to be for 2011 and then will post them hopefully on New Year's Day.
I wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year,

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cherish Nature - Part 8

It's finially finished and it's a good thing since I meet up with Lyn for coffee tomorrow afternoon and I really wanted to get her this quilt to her in 2010 the year of her 75th birthday.  I'm only a few months off from the actual date (back in September) but life has a funny way about it and I'm just happy to get it done in the same year :-).  I know that Lyn will be thrilled to get it and will cherish it.

So this completes my quilting for 2010.  Tomorrow I will post a review of what I actually did in 2010, comparing it to my original goals that I set out at the beginning of the year. Then on New Years day it's time to post a new set of goals and the adventure begins again.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas & Cherish Nature - Part 7

Merry Christmas Everyone.  I hope everyone had enough time to get ready for the holidays and now there will be time to enjoy it with friends and family. 

Yes its been awhile since I have posted but in part that has been because the quilting on the Cherish Nature quilt has gone slowly.  It is mostly finished as of today, but I may have to do a little bit more around the inner border of the panel and I still have the binding to sew on.  A few weekends were taken up getting shopping and baking done for the holidays and then this past weekend I came down with the flu bug.  Thankfully I did take a couple of days off of work, rested, have recovered and all is good.

So here are some pictures of the quilting that has been done on the Cherish Nature quilt.  I'm not sure how well this shows here, but I quilted all around the eggs and in the pieced border there is a stylized symmetrical feather like pattern.  I have another shot from the back that will show the detail a bit better.

Then this picture is part of the Cherish Nature panel and I quilted around the lettering and the eggs.  Below that where you see the small green squares is the inner border of the panel and that is where I'm going to need to do a bit more quilting.  I think though I will first go and get the binding attached and then come back and see if I have any ideas of what to do in that inner border area.

So for those who celebrate Christmas I wish you a very merry and safe Christmas.  Happy holidays to all and please drive safely and keep well.