Saturday, 12 October 2013

Fourth quarter wish list.

Well, the fact that I finished anything from my first list counts as a big win in my book. The FAL gave me the motivation/inspiration I needed to sew those lingering WIPs, so it's no surprise that I'm joining up again.
WIPs seem to multiply on their own, I really didn't realise I had so many - or is it just Quilters Denial?
If I don't have too many projects on the go it's perfectly reasonable to buy fabric and start another one, isn't it!
So, before my next delivery arrives (Aurifil thread from a new-to-me online stockist) I'd better get on with my list....

1. Making a return appearance from quarter three, this log cabin cutie.

I have been trying to FMQ this one with some YLI thread in the most perfect colour, but the thread keeps breaking. Not sure why, hence the need for more thread purchasing.
Can you see how the thread is shredding? What am I doing wrong?? Needle selection, tension?? Arghhh!!
2. This Rainbow Circle, which is my attempt at the Colour-Wheel quilt from this lovely book.
This has been a WIP for nearly two years.
I knew how I wanted to quilt the background quite early on in the piecing. But then I stalled with the coloured section, I tried radiating straight lines, but that really didn't do it for me. So after unpicking , a lot, it has been folded in the cupboard, hence the creases. I'm now thinking along the lines of 'S' shaped radiating lines, we'll see.
3. Christmas Quilt, from a Gail Pan BOM.
This has been in progress for about four or five years.
I like to have a little hand embroidery on the go, and this free project seemed perfect.
I really only think about this project around October time and mostly have been sewing in lunch breaks at work. By mid-December I realise I'm not going to finish in time for Christmas, so away it hides for another year. NOT this year. It will be finished!!
4. A little Christmas table runner, a relatively new project, less than a year 'in progress'.

This was supposed to be my leader-and-Enders project. Which is fine if I have a normal foot on and pale coloured thread. It seems that this foot/thread combo was lacking and not much progress was made. I really would like to see this completed and on my sideboard for Xmas. I think the fabric is a Kate Spain 'Flurry' charm pack.

5. Scrappy stars.

An ongoing, 'use up every tiny scrap' project. I'm hoping this would make a lovely wall hanging. But I think it might be worth making up a cushion (pillow) first, to see if I like it and what kind of layout design works for me.

I'm going to stop there, at least one project didn't make it from q3 to q4. But I think this is plenty to keep me busy, a tad ambitious maybe, but certainly achievable. Especially if I spend less time procrastinating/blog reading/ fabric browsing/ going to work.

So, that's my list, what's yours??

Linking up with the Finish-A-long hosted by Leanne at She Can Quilt

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and Lee at Freshly Pieced.


  1. Could you leave the colour wheel part of the quilt unquilted? It seems to me you have a lot going on in the background, and it's nice to let the patchwork show off.

    If you're using a thicker thread for the FMQ you need a top stitching needle, it has a larger, rounder eye.

    good luck with your goals!

    ps. the FAL button is just showing up as text, not an image.

  2. Your colour wheel is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure whatever you decide will be great. The colours will sing through

  3. love your colour wheel and thanks for reminding me I have Gail's bom as a UFO as well - mmm, too late to add it to the list but I might just pull it out anyway :)

  4. Gorgeous color wheel quilt! I think the radiating s-lines would look lovely, or perhaps feathers or loop quilting (like the right design here:

  5. Love the color wheel! You must finish it! :) Maybe concentric circles? Or simple meandering (changing thread color every so often)? It is too amazing to go back in the drawer. :)

  6. Pretty projects. Love the color wheel.

  7. I would quilt an echo circle starting in the center and going out about 1/2 inch from there. It would contrast nicely with the linear quilting in the background and really make the circle pop! Just a thought. I'm sure whatever you decide will look great!