ALYOF – April Goal

Technically I am too late to link up for the April goal in A Lovely Year of Finishes, but I’m still going to go through the motions.  Even though I won’t get credit I will know that I followed through and that’s what matters.   With that being said, I don’t plan to follow through on very much this month.  Tomorrow I go back to work after 3 months of unemployment.  While I didn’t much enjoy worrying about money for those 3 months, I thoroughly enjoyed all the sewing time that I had and I’m going to miss it.  I figure I will spend most of April just finding that balance between work and sewing so I’m going to go easy on myself with my April goal.

A couple weeks ago I caved in and added another project to my never-ending list.  I joined The Triangle Quilt Along hosted by Paula at The Sassy Quilter.

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My goal is to finish piecing my triangle top.  I’m about 1/2 way through already so I’m pretty sure I can make this happen.  Fortunately I am still in time to link up at The Sassy Quilter.  So I’m going to do just that and then go sew for the rest of my “last day of unemployment”.

Thanks for reading along,

Mara

ALYOF February Goal

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Please excuse the poor quality photo.  My design wall is in my basement (along with the rest of my sewing area) and the lighting is not all that great.  Poor lighting or not, this is my February goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  These are my blocks from the Virtual Quilting Bee  that Amy Smart hosted last year on her blog Diary of a Quilter.  I had a great time making these blocks every other week.  I really don’t know why I stopped when it came time to add the sashing and put it all together.  It’s been taking up space in a WIP box long enough and it’s time to add the sashing and get this top completed.  It would be awesome if I could also baste and quilt it too, but that might be pushing it for February, especially with all my swap commitments.  So, my goal for February is to finish piecing this top.

My mom also participated in this Virtual Quilting Bee and managed to get her quilt completed months ago.  Hmmmm, I guess my procrastination isn’t hereditary.

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She did a beautiful job!

Thanks for reading!

Mara

ALYOF – January Finish

I can’t believe it’s already the last week of January.  Which means it’s time to post about my January goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  My goal was to completely finish my Riley Blake Challenge quilt.

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Done!  It’s been mostly done for the last 2 weeks.  I was just really dragging my feet on sewing the binding down.  I normally do all my binding by machine.  When I first started quilting I didn’t care very much for hand sewing and I found this great tutorial on machine binding.  The more you use this technique the cleaner it looks and I’ve gotten pretty good at it.  For some reason though I wanted to try hand sewing the binding down on this quilt and I guess I was waiting for a “hand sewing mood” to make that happen.  Well, that finally happened and I got her finished last Friday.  I do like the invisible look of the hand sewing, but I feel as though it isn’t nearly as secure as it would be if I had used the machine binding technique.  Maybe that would change if I had more practice and time to improve my hand sewing technique.

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