2016 Q1 Finish Along Recap

Boy that was a fast quarter! Looking back, I am pretty proud of what I was able to get done. As my regular readers know, I’m participating in the 2016 Finish Along. To participate, you post a list of WIPs you want to complete at the beginning of the quarter and then at the end of the quarter, you recap your finishes. During the quarter, you have this great online group of fellow quilters rooting you on and encouraging you to turn those WIPs into finished projects. So far it’s been a great experience and I encourage you to play along!

My list of Quarter 1 WIPs is here. You’ll see that it’s a long list. While I was trying to gather a list of WIPs together at the beginning of the year, I decided to simply list them all rather than shortening the list by figuring out which ones I wanted to get done first. Here are my finishes for Quarter 1.

  • Stepping Stones
  • Stepping Stones Alternate
  • Fabric flowers for my guild’s birthday party
  • My Funny Valentine table runner

Stepping Stones and Stepping Stones Alternate

I’m currently hosting a quilt along for Stepping Stones if you want to try this fast and easy quilt pattern for yourself. Just click the Stepping Stones QAL tab above to learn more.

When I design a quilt pattern I like to show it in two different colorways whenever possible because I want the people who purchase my patterns to be able to imagine their own color and fabric choices in the quilt rather than just mine. By showing two different colorways I hope to do that.

Stepping Stones can be made scrappy (as shown in the neutral version) or planned (as shown in the bright version).

Fabric Flowers for Guild Birthday Party

My guild has a party every February to celebrate our anniversary. My bee mates and I decided to make the centerpieces, and we needed about 100 fabric flowers and felted wool table toppers. I made about 40 to 50 flowers and my bee mates helped make the rest. The table toppers were mostly made by my bee mate Pam, but after Pam fell ill at the last minute, Becky and I each made three to get them done. Although I can't say my needlework is anywhere as good as Pam or Becky's, I’m still pretty proud of the table toppers!

My Funny Valentine table runner

I’ll tell you, at times it seemed like this table runner didn’t want to get made. I started working on it at a bee retreat weekend and thought it wouldn’t take much time to finish it. The weekend I was planning on finishing it, our daughter came home from college. Then other things came up and the project was put on the back burner until well after Valentine’s Day when I finally found time to quilt and bind it. Better late than never, I say!

I’m working on updating my Quarter 2 WIP list, which is due on April 8th for those of us participating in the 2016 Finish Along. My original list was pretty comprehensive, but some newer, more important projects have come up that I want to add to the list. So stay tuned!

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