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Monday, February 9, 2015

Retreat weekend at home!

It was one of those weekends that I had the place to myself, so I got to sew as much as I wanted too!  I've decreed 2015 to be my year of finishes, so this weekend I focused on making progress on a few projects that have been sitting around for awhile.  They are also on my 1st qtr FAL list and my VMQG UFO list.  I am bound and determined to get some of these things finished this year!  I've decided that I have to finish one old project and make headway on a second old project before I can start something new.  Let's see how long that lasts!  Ha!

Retreat Weekend at home
Saturday morning I worked on my BMQG round robin quilt.  Still doing the SID, but it is progressing and I'm deciding on other quilting ideas as I go.  I will need more thread, so I'll have to do a little shopping - maybe when I'm at QuiltCon?  I'm Pleased with my progress here.

2015 Finish Along Qtr 1 - first finish!
Retreat weekend at home 
 But, I needed a finish!  Back in November I started two tablerunners - I finished the blue one last week,
and now I've finished the coral one.  So definitely not my usual colour, but it looks nice and springy, and I continued that idea by quilting daisies on it.  Quilted and bound - it is done!

Retreat weekend at home
Last night I was still in the mood to piece, so out came the blocks I won at a VMQG block lotto several years ago now.  Laid them out, shuffled them around, tried various smashing ideas, and then got to work.  By the end of the night I had a finished top.  Things didn't go as smoothly today.  In piecing the back I mis- calculated and cut my backing about 5 inches to narrow. This didn't come to light until I was getting ready to sandwich and spray baste.  Duh!  You'd have thought I would have had that right seeing as I was piecing three extra blocks into the back and had measured it only half a dozen times!  A little improv piecing and my back was wide enough.  It is all basted and ready to be quilted!

I think that was a pretty successful weekend!  Hope yours was at least half as good. I'll be linking up to The Needle and Thread Network later this week.

Happy quilting!


Linda said...

You are making progress. Nice to get a few UFOs off the list.

Unknown said...

Way to go with the UFO progress! Love how that back turned out, too. :)

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Glad I am not the only one who mis-calculates. I think sometimes I subconciously do that to keep myself engaged in the project..yeah, Great finishes, Janet!

elle said...

The games we play! lol I'm rooting for ya 'cause I have my own tricks to try. lol But I Totally luv that middle set of photos. Yum!

Renate said...

That round robin from BMQG is looking pretty good if I do say so myself! Love the blocks from the lottery too!!

Maggi said...

The good thing about a retreat at home is that you have everything with you that you need. Great progress made too.

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Lots of progress! I love what you did with the block lotto blocks!

Karen Ackva said...

You go, girl! Be proud of yourself! 🐝 you were a busy bee!

Hilary Florence said...

I am mighty impressed both by your resolve and the amount you have done. I like the colour of the table runners and the fmq brings them together nicely.
it is a horrible moment when you realise that you mis-measured something. Glad you round a creative soloution

Vicki Miller said...

Wonderful! You are getting so much done! I love the daisy motif.

Adrianne @ On the Windy Side said...

Both of those table runners are lovely - great work for getting them done!