December is always a busy month.
Customer work was completed.
Shopping done and gifts wrapped.
Some home-made gifts completed too!
Helping with and attending my grandson's Christmas Pagent.
Baking Gingerbread men, Pfefferneuse, Pizzelle and Canoli!
A visit from my brother and his family.
Preparing special meals and treats.
A trip to Maryland to visit my husband's family.
With schools closed for the holidays I've also had to keep and entertain my grandson for the last two weeks! It's been fun and challenging and exhausting and I am ready for school to start again in January!
I even managed to quilt MY Christmas quilt before Christmas (Dec 24!) Even though the binding is not yet on, I count this quilt as completed because it would have been done if the red fabric I had for the binding didn't bleed so badly when I pre-wash it.... Thank goodness I did pre-wash! I even ran out and bought a second red fabric in hopes of getting it bound before visiting family arrived, but that red bled too, although not as badly! I ordered some Retayne to stop the bleeding, but it will not arrive until January. So the quilt was done enough to put on display for family to ooh and ahh, and I will get the binding on in January.
Every "spare" moment I could sneak away I cut parts for Step 1 of the new Bonnie Hunter mystery, Celtic Solstice which began on Black Friday. It wasn't until Dec 30, after all the holiday travel and festivities that I was able to sit and start sewing parts together. For an extra challenge, I decided to sew this using my treadle! I bought it at a yard sale several years ago and it has been a beautiful decoration in my quilting room ever since. Watching Bonnie on quiltcam using hers has inspired me... so I decided this would be a good time to start using it. I even started a new strip quilt (Cracker Barrel) to practice my 1/4in seam and to use as a Leader/Ender! I should have used one of the PIPs listed below... oh well!
As I look over the list below, I am amazed at how much I was able to complete this year. There are several PIPs that are near completion too, so I have made a lot of progress on my UFOs. I also reduced my stash by selling at least a dozen quilt kits that had hopes of making "someday" but would probably never get to. That allowed me to reorganize and find other UFOs and kits that I hope to make progress on in the coming year. I'll be making a new list in the coming days or weeks and setting goals for the new year.
WORK COMPLETED IN December
....04.....customer tops quilted (YTD 70)
.....01.....customer quilts bound (YTD 21)
.....00.....flimsy completed waiting for quilting (YTD 13)
.....01.....quilted flimsy (YTD 13 )
.....10.....hand-work hours (166 YTD )
MY PROJECTS COMPLETED in 2013: 16 !!!!
Lucky Charms wall hanging (1/21/13)
Basket Sampler Welcome wall hanging (2/15/13)
Knitted afghan (3/20/13)
Scrap Mania quilt (3/19/13)
Orange/Blue Jelly Roll quilt (3/18/13)
Hope Academy Banner (3/27/13)
Baby Brother quilt (3/22/13)
Baltimore Album Quilt (4/5/13)
Civil War Snowball Quilt 4/5/13)
Big Brother Quilt (5/7/13)
Easy Street Quilt (7/22/13)
Matthew's Puppy Quilt (7/25/13)
Floribunda Quilt (9/9/13)
POTC swap blocks completed and sent
30 Bowtie Ornaments for gifts (12/10/13)
Sloanie 2012 Christmas Block Swap Quilt (12/24/13)
Completed Projects Waiting to be Quilted
Projects In Progress
Spring Wall Hanging.... tulips done, 2/3 daffodils done
Disappearing 4 patch...blocks are completed, ready for assembly
Sweet & Sassy.....9 blocks completed, sashed and a quilt corner assembled
Becky's Barn basket wall hanging...assembled, needs final border
Novelty Quilt... blocks cut, need assembly
Happiness Key...background complete, needs applique/embroidery
Floral & Pinwheels.... made 4 pinwheels then renamed.... Florals&9patch
Dresden Plate placemats
Daisy Placemats...need binding
Red floral Placemats... need binding
Cracker Barrel (blue white strip quilt L/E for CS)
Bonnie Projects in Progress
.....00.....cheddar bowties blocks hand-pieced (YTD 6 of 81) ... (81 of 162 in 2012)
.....00.....cheddar bowtie rows stitched (YTD 0 .... 9 of 18 in 2012)
...done....Orca Bay Step 1 hourglass blocks made (YTD 49 plus 21 in 2012) total 70 of 112
....done...Orca Bay Step 2 3.5in string blocks made (completed in 2012 )
....done...Orca Bay Step 3 2in HSTs (YTD 55 plus120 in 2012) total 175
.....done..Orca Bay Step 4 5.5in string blocks (YTD 08 plus 24 of 32 in 2012) total 32
.....done..Orca Bay Step 5 cut 350 triangles, make winged triangles (175 of 175)
.....done..Orca Bay Step 6 cut 2.5in squares and assemble Ohio Stars (0)
.. done...Orca Bay Step 7 make flying geese (64 of 64)
......8........Orca Bay Step 8 sew quilt rows - (14 of 14 rows assembled)
...............Orca Bay final border
.............. Talkin Turkey..... 2 blocks complete plus parts
.............. Midnight Flight....1 block complete plus parts
.............. Winston Ways... 2 blocks complete plus parts
....done.. Celtic Solstice... Goodwill shirts deboned (37 of 37)
......140... Celtic Solstice Step 1 orange base triangles cut (140 of 140)
......120... Celtic Solstice Step 1 neutral base triangles cut (120- 240)
.......350.... Celtic Solstice Step 1 blue triangles cut( 350 of 380 pairs)
.......100... Celtic Solstice Step 1 star point units sewed (100 of 380)