Sunday, January 1, 2012

Finish-A-Long - what a great idea!

Kaleidoscope Top - pieced

This is my Kaleidoscope top that I made as part of Elizabeth, from Don't Call Me Betsy's Kaleidoscope QAL. I have the back also ready to go. I need to sandwich it, quilt it and bind it.

Mystery Quilt QAL - so far, 1/1/12

These beautiful blocks are from the Mystery QAL by Sheila from the Bluepatch Quilter. I need to finish another strip of those pointy points and a couple of strips of braids, then decide about the borders, sandwich, quilt and bind it.

A Kiss in Time, so far

This is the main part of the top of the Kiss in Time quilt that I was working on last spring.

A Kiss in Time - progress on the borders

This bit is part of the borders, those 3/4" squares were a lot of work. I need to finish the borders, piece the top, sandwich, quilt and bind it.

And then there were 4 - LBSP Blocks

These are four LynneBobSquarePants blocks, designed by Lynne at Lily's Quilts. I have the fabric to make enough blocks for a lap quilt. I need to get moving on those as the blocks look so good together.

Across the Sea QAL quilt top

This is my top from the Across the Sea QAL run by Sarah from Fairy Face Designs and Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilts. I have the back ready, I just need to sandwich, quilt and bind it.

A quilt for my bed

And this is probably my favourite, it is going to be a quilt for my king size bed. I made the top for the Naked Bed Challenge and it sat since last June. This pattern is called Wedding Quilt from the Purl Bee. When Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap announced her idea for a Finish-A-Long, I ordered a soft king size bed sheet for the back.

Now, I have trouble with rules, and so in the enthusiasm for the FAL, and in the spirit of making the last day of the year memorable, yesterday I spent a long time ironing the top and backing sheet (I washed the sheet first). Then I sandwiched the quilt. I am not sure if that is cheating, starting the finishing a day early - let's see how much trouble I am in.

A quilt for my bed - basting

This is such a nice picture don't you think, my DH gave me these wonderful fancy lights with cute umbrellas for Christmas to make it possible to take better photos in my very dark living room and generally in our very dark winter.

I also have to admit to spending a few hours quilting this quilt last night - we are not New Year's Eve partiers here. So now it needs to have the binding done - yes, I quilted the whole thing last night and was in bed just after midnight (a bit compulsive maybe?). Photos coming later. I am hand stitching that binding all around the king size quilt, so it will take a while.

As you might have noticed by now, I am actually making list of unfinished projects - actual UFOs - something I have resisted doing since I started this blog. I am only doing it for the FAL, not to create pressure or expectations. I do hope to finish all of these soon, I love each project and have a plan for each. But, don't be surprised if many new starts happen as I go.

Rhonda's FAL will be great fun, I hope you will join in too. You don't have to make a long list like I did, and one project is enough to join in, by the way.

2012 Finish-A-Long

It looks like it will be a quiet day here, my kids stayed up all night and at least one of them has just crawled into bed. Maybe there will be time for more quilting. I hope you enjoy New Year's Day too!

Best,

Leanne