Wednesday, 20 November 2013

From K - 16 Recent Finishes

Back in July I wrote a post where I mentioned an extremely over-ambitious goal that I set as a means of keeping myself focused and on track. My plan was to complete 15 Project in 15 Weeks between the dates of July 13th and October 25th. As my current WiPs are starting to pile up around me again and I'm feeling a tad bit overwhelmed, I figured it was high time that I reflect on what I accomplished during that time to help motivate me to keep on keepin' on. 

Until I actually sat down to write this post, I had no idea if I had met my target or not... and as it turns out I not only met my goal, but I evidently surpassed it by finishing 16 projects in 16 weeks. Wha?! *brushes off shoulder* All jokes aside though, I think it's good for us all to sit back sometimes and reflect on how far we've come and what we learned along the way - a task that I know many of us don't often do.
With that in mind, here are my 16 finishes:

I adore making bags and was surprised to see that when looking back, I developed new skill sets with each bag I made. I learned how to glue on a metal frame, how to QAYG and how to sew with both strapping and duck canvas!
Mosaic of Bags
From Left to Right: Metal Frame Clutch, QAYG Pouch and Duffle Bag

In total I made four quilt: two baby quilts, a throw and a queen sized quilt (my biggest finish to date).
Mosaic of Quilts
Clockwise from Top Left:

Amanda and I also collaborated on a special lap quilt for our great aunt's 90th birthday during this time frame.
Wonky Star Quilt

Over the past 16 months I also learned a ton about garment sewing. It was my first time sewing with both piping and voile.
Mosaic of Garmentss
Clockwise from Top Left:

I have been knitting up a storm as of late, completing two cowls, a headband and a pair of socks. I might also have 4 more projects cast on already... but that's for another day.
Mosaic of Knits
Clockwise from Top Left:

Sometimes I find it considerably too easy to get caught up in my WiP list and gifting deadlines. Today I'm taking the time to celebrate my wins and look back at what I've learned in the process. I'm feeling pretty energized now to make some headway on my current WiPs: a manly Christmas quilt, a late baby quilt, a Christmas quilt and a beloved sentimental quilt that needs some finishing up.

Reflection was the perfect remedy for me today to get back at my machine. What do you do when you need to rev up your quilting mojo?


  1. Holy crap, that's an impressive completion record!! I haven't finished a quilt since July. lol On the other hand, I'm going to finish three next month, so I guess it averages out eventually. :)
    I love those bags you made so much! Was that duffle a huge bear?

  2. Very inspiring finishes! Definitely a reason to take time to acknowledge and celebrate. Way to go!

  3. And celebrate you should!! What a huge list of accomplishments! Well done!

  4. Dang girl!! Congrats on the finishes, looks like you totally won this round, i don't even remember what was on my list. I guess i should go check it out and see how i did! (though i know that i'm nowhere near this completion level!) There's not a project on your list that i don't absolutely love! Looking forward to seeing your Christmas quilts finished up!

  5. New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. Glad to meet our Canadian Quilting Neighbors. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  6. Hey there....I am over from the Blogathon Canada. nice to meet you and your gorgeous work!! I just love your quilts and you have great pics.

  7. Congrats on all of your finishes. They are all so gorgeous and I love that you are continually learning new things. When I'm just not feeling it, I like to pick up my sketchbook and doodle :)

  8. Hi I am visiting from blogathon. Ambitious goal, and completely successful. Wow, you are multi talented!

  9. Well done! I try and make sure there is something I really love about each project, even if its not quite my style. Then it's more fun to work on it. If that doesn't work I try and remember that quilting is not emergency medicine and if things take longer than I expect, everything will still be OK.

  10. Congrats on all those finishes. Lately I've been fitting in one ball knitting projects between quilting. It certainly feels good to get them done.

  11. Awesome! And they are all so beautiful, too. I am slightly envious of your productivity!


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