Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Annual Drop and Give Me Twenty Challenge

Quilt designer, Beth Helfter is once again hosting her Drop and Give Me Twenty challenge for the month of February.  The goal is to sew at least 20 minutes everyday of the month.  Doing this is supposed to help you finish up several UFOs. I hope to get further on my list in the post below!
Part of the challenge is to take the pledge, here is mine below:

"I, Kimberly Rennie compulsive purchaser of plastic containers for unfinished projects having run out of room to store anymore containers,  am joining Quilting Hottie Haven's third annual DaGMT event, and pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes, while I make myself watch episodes of Hoarding: Buried Alive as incentive to get projects completed  every day of the month of February, 2015. In doing so I hope to empty my plastic containers so that I can start several more projects partially and then store them in the empty containers  and I think Beth Helfter is brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring me to join.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Q1: 2015 Finish Along

Hopefully I will get more of these projects finished this year. Of course the list keeps growing! Plus, there are so many new projects I want to start! Linking up for Q1 of the 2015 Finish Along.


1.  These have been cut since I first discovered the Scrappy Trip Along craze on Flickr--back in January 2013!  These strips have been moved from the chair in my craft room to the guest room, back to the craft room when guests arrived and now, I want to actually work on it! I actually got to put two blocks together this past quarter! I love it!  UPDATE:  This strips have now been dumped off the board I store them on, twice! LOL DH refuses to move them for me.  I have gotten two more blocks completed, for a total of four! 

2.  A lap quilt from a pattern titled Three Bean Salad by Miss Rosie.  I loved the colors of the sample so much, I decided to replicate them!  This is partially pieced, one I usually take to the guild sewins.   I have all of the blocks pieced. I laid them out on the floor to see how it would look.
UPDATE: This top is pieced and the borders are on it-just need to sandwich and quilt.

3. A quilt top made during Pleasant Home's Sew Scraps Along 2012. The top is actually all pieced, I just love this picture, so I need to quilt and bind it.

4.  A quilt top started during Thought and Found's Oh my stars BOM last year. I only have about eight of the fifteen LARGE stars completed.

5. I hand pieced this sampler over 17 years ago. It was a class I took to occupy my time while my husband (then boyfriend) went away to college. It needs to be quilted and bound.

6. I actually bought this top at an auction my guild held.  However, I want to do some redwork in the open blocks and then quilt and bind.

7.  I finished this top in February. Now it needs to be quilted and bound.

8. Star Surround QAL.  I am not happy with the yellow fabric for the surround. It was so much brighter when it was folded up! I also mixed up where I placed those color corner pieces. So, I kind of set this aside.

9.  Another QAL that I started but then fell behind.  I don't want all of these projects to just start piling up.

10. This is one of the first quilts I ever started, over nine years ago!  I have most of the blocks together, I just need to sew them together and piece the border. This one is a wall hanging. I kind of have put off finishing it because I wasn't crazy about the fabrics anymore, but it is starting to grow on me again.

11. Penny Patch QAL---this QAL has quilted along without me! LOL I was doing well until the piecing part, then life got busy and my temporary design wall had to come down so I could get inside the closet that holds the wrapping paper! LOL So, I will need to lay this one out again and finish it.

12. Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery. I started pressing and cutting for this one. However, I don't have enough scraps to work from, so I am going scrappy using fat quarters. With at least 10-20 different fats in each color--that is A LOT of pressing before I can even play! LOL Slowly working away at it.

13. I have had these fabrics set aside for a Swoon quilt for at least a year now. I would love to get it made this year!

14.  The Fat Quarter Shop 2012 BOM.  Obviously, I never even started this one. Now, the 2013 BOM is starting to pile up as well. I really want to get to work on this one!

15. The 2013 Fat Quarter Shop BOM is starting to pile up as well. REALLY want to get started on this one too!

16.  I received this quilt kit two Christmases ago.  It is my first hand applique project and it is taking me forever! I can't wait to finish it and hang it in my craft room.

17.  I received this quilt kit several years ago. This is the first Flea Market Fancy collection along with the Tag Sale pattern. I would love to get this one completed for our bed---before we change the colors in the bedroom! When I received this kit, I really wanted to make it exactly as pictured--I have notes trying to keep track of where each fabric was used. Now, I don't think I need to be that neurotic about it! LOL I actually think I am going to use it as a leader and ender project while I work on another quilt.

18. Yet another quilt kit I received for a birthday present several years ago. I still love the colors and can't wait to get this one finished! UPDATE:  This quilt is all cut out and I have begun piecing it.

19. This is a quilt along that I started--seven weeks after it began! I was hoping to get the book for Christmas--which I did! So, I am trying to catch up and keep up at the same time.  

20-21. I hope to make a couple of these quilts from all of the flannel scraps left from the rag quilts I have made in the past.  I am hoping for at least one pastel and one bright one. But, I am just in the process of cutting the scraps, so I don't know what will end up working. 

22.  Another flannel rag quilt to have ready for a friend.

23.  One more flannel rag quilt in the works.

24. Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt, Grand Illusion.  I have steps one and two cut out.

25. Aurifil's mini for January. Already started cutting this one out.

26. Mexican Star. I need to hand sew that one intersection that isn't lining up perfectly for me! 

27. Mountain Top. A group project, we each made a couple blocks for each participant. Now I need to sew them together. Oh, and make a couple blocks for myself!

28. Scrappy Diamonds quilt.

29. Elizabeth Hartman's Catvent quilt. I am still collecting the fabrics for this one. I can't wait to start it!

30.  Wind in the Whiskers.  This one is a BOM I am receiving.  This quilt, that block on top in particular, spoke to my heart. I need to make it. That top block reminded me of our two boys. Our little white guy passed away, but they used to always be together. Seriously, brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw that block. I just knew I had to make this quilt!

Well, at least I have ended on a nice even number! LOL  Hope to shorten this list and empty some containers this year.  Especially since I have many new projects I want to put into them! :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year!

As 2014 drew to a close, I began organizing my unfinished projects into containers.  Since I needed to purchase several more plastic containers to hold my works in process, I made a vow that I cannot purchase another container. I need to complete a project, thus freeing up the container for another project!

My goal for January is to finish the top of this pink and brown quilt. I was having difficulty with the homespuns, so I set it aside for awhile. But now, I want to get it together. So, my goal is a completed top. Once I get better at quilting, I will actually finish the tops! LOL

I am linking this goal to the 2015 Lovely Year of Finishes