Just a quick post to let you know that I’m retiring this little corner of the web. You can now find me over at kathrynjonesquilts.com and on IG, of course. Thank you! 🙂
So I missed the deadline for my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes but managed to get this finished yesterday. I quietly took the quilt with me to finish the binding when I saw my friend and she liked it. Hooray. So it’s definitely hers. She’s over the moon. 🙂
I really enjoyed making this quilt, which you can probably tell by my oversharing on IG https://instagram.com/kathrynjonesquilts/. It’s a free pattern by Gotham Quilts. The hardest part for me (despite the bias edges!) was fabric placement. This quilt had a life of its own! My initial fabric placement looked great in my head but didn’t click when I laid it out and this was the only way it wanted to be. Every quilt teaches me something. 🙂
So, the thing that has been dropped this quarter is le blog… Which is a shame as I had signed up to this great new quilt bloggers group and had plans for making this place more than just a diary… Time to get sorted, I think! I’ve linked up my Flickr and Instagram photos of my Q2 finishes, but basically of the 5, 3 down, 2 started. Haha. Loved making the mini and finally finished my tardy Aurora and Urban Churn Dash quilts once the uni semester had finished. Of course, I’ve started way more than I finished, as usual!
So my project-based goals for Q3 are:
True North: only managed two blocks this quarter but keen to get this finished. Loving it so far. Great pattern from my friend Peta at Shequiltsalot.
Yuma: this QAL from Gotham Quilts came along at just the right moment as I was looking for a fairly quick quilt for a friend. I’m making it with Terra Australis fabric. I’ve got the rows together but would like to finish and gift it to my friend this month.
Sarah Jane Kids Quilts: I’d like to get two done this quarter so I will have 4-5 kid quilts ready for Christmas-time.
Delight: it would be great to get this quilt done this quarter 2. Just fabrics sitting in a box with the pattern at the moment.
Cotton + Steel Advent Calendar: I managed to pick up a F8 bundle of Tinsel from my LQS. It just has to be an advent calendar… I’ll be adapting a pattern also picked up at my LQS.
I will also keep working on:
* my small world project
* my weekender bag
* my two EPP projects (this goes with that and Tula’s Marquise)
…and a few other things I have on the back burner. Same old problem: need more hours in the day! But most importantly, I’m aiming to have a good plan for next year by the end of this quarter. Been drifting too long…
I have a feeling (hope) that lots is going to be happening this quarter. The house is going to sell (PMA right there) and I am continuing with my art study, at least until the end of semester. So I’m trying to set realistic goals!
1) First up, our (Cherish circle’s) do good stitches quilt. This one is going to Assist-A-Sista for bedding for a domestic violence victim trying to set themselves up from scratch. I’m going to make it single bed size and would like to finish it in April (depending on when all the blocks are received). These are the blocks so far:
2) My urban churn dash (QAL at pieceandquilt.com) didn’t get finished last quarter, although the top and backing are now done. Would like to get the quilt finished this quarter.
3) Cotton + Steel Mini: I signed up for another swap. I shouldn’t have given how busy this year is, but what can I say? It’s C+S! I’m going to use a single big block to really showcase the gorgeous fabrics with this one.
4) True North Quilt: I’ve been so keen to start this quilt designed by the lovely Peta of She Quilts A Lot. I totally caved on my buying ban and bought a jelly roll and charm pack of the beautiful Boat House fabric to make this quilt a single/twin bed size. Looking forward to this one.
5) Kids’ quilts: I’m hoping to get a bit of a stack of kids’ play and bed quilts together to sell. Any spare time will be making a start on those. First up will be simple patchwork 6″ squares using my Sarah Jane studios stash.
These are the books that I had my eye on to read this year, but didn’t make the list or fit the challenge:
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
The Lucky Country – Donald Horne
The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak
Call The Midwife – Jennifer Worth
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Karoo – Steve Tesich
The Watch Tower – Elizabeth Harrower
Splithead – Julya Rabinowich
Fetish – Tara Moss
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
The Wild Girl – Kate Forsyth
Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
1) Finish our (Cherish circle’s) do good stitches Red Crosses quilt for Molli Sparkles’s Sewing for Sydney project.
2) Schnitzel & Boo’s Mini Quilt Swap
3) Rebel Quilt
4) Eerie Fireworks
6) Urban Churn Dash: I don’t think this will happen but depends on how quickly the other quilts come together, but I’m thinking of giving this simple sew-along a go using my stashed Waterfront Park fabrics.
Yeah, this blog is a bit neglected, but still want to check in every now and then to chart what I have managed to complete and what is cooking…
This quarter, I finished Rainbow Squares, which was gifted to youngest for her birthday (although I’m not sure it would be chosen over the Frozen doona cover that nearest-and-dearest has requested for her for Christmas! I should have basted better as some of the squares are more parallelogram than square (presumably due to the long lines), but overall, I’m pretty happy.
Grungy Night Sky and Original Night Sky were also completed in time for Christmas. These are for my friend’s daughters. The aim was to make 2 that were similar but not the same. I think the prints versus solids worked well for that.
I took part in my first swap, the IGminiswap, and my mini-quilt was sent off to England. Thankfully the recipient was happy as I was very nervous!
I signed up for Sarah Fielke’s little quilts swap too. This was sent to a lovely lady close by who was also happy. The colours on this were a challenge for me, and difficult to photograph, but I was pleased with how it worked out in the end.
I made a quick charity quilt as part of Brisbane MQG’s pre-Christmas donations to Giv-it. Barely had enough time, so just quilted a couple of panels together. Hope it made someone smile.
I mainly failed on Christmas gifts, with skirts, bedside caddies, and a simple doll going unmade. I did, however, manage quick teacher gifts of quilted journal covers and a baby play-quilt for our nephew’s new bub-to-be.
I also failed on a couple of blocks-of-the-month that I started the year with. I will pick them up again at some point, but for now, the Aurifil and the Globetrotting BOMs are on the UFO pile.
Still many other works in progress, but I’ll cover those in my plans for 2015. I feel less of a beginner now, and am starting to develop my own style and aesthetic, I think. Still so much to learn, but overall, it’s been a good year. 🙂