Thursday, January 12, 2017

My Q1 2017 FAL Goals

Hi, I hope you will join me and all the global hosts for the 2017 Finish - A - Long. All you need to do is  link up a list of unfinished projects that you want to finish in the first three months of 2017. Then at the end of the quarter, you post each finish and each finish is an entry for one of the many prizes sponsored by generous members of the quilting industry. You have until Saturday night to post your list on any of the host blogs, go here on my blog.

I post a list too, as a host I join in the FAL community although I don't win prizes and this morning I thought it was time to make that list.

Well, here is the thing, I don't know what I want to work on for the rest of the darkness that is this winter. It's very busy at my day job, QuiltCon is coming up which I know will overwhelm me and stop me from creating at all for a while as it does that every year, I spend a silly amount of time these days reading and worrying about every bit of world news,

and I don't really feel like making a stinking list!

But, I know I will quilt and that the creating will be good for me. The focus it demands (to avoid cutting off or sewing through my fingers at a minimum) helps to lift the worries of work, the world and stuff for a while. Being creative is renewing. I will make the time.

So despite my grumpy mood, I am making a list. I am just putting on it projects that I know I will love working on. And I don't care if I don't finish a single one of them, but it would be so great if I did.

Improv top

1. Bee Sewcial year 1 quilt - I have the top done. I stalled because I realized a block from one of my bee mates was left out and under stuff where I found it. But I have blocks from that bee mate in the quilt so I have given myself permission to carry on. That extra block will become something lovely and will not be hiding alone on the back.

Improv stripes

2. Improv stripes. I need to take the top apart and add in the last column. I originally left it out because it was shorter than the rest but I have decided I want it in and the quilt will be smaller. I want to play with improv stripes in other quilts too.

playing with improv circles

3. Improv circles - This block is the start of another cycles quilt. I have two blocks done now and want to finish it soon as there is another cycles quilt in my head already to be made too.

4. Bee Sewcial year 2 blocks - I have a the rest of the blocks in hand now too, not all are in this photo. My month is November so I get to start the year with a set of great blocks to be a quilt. I asked my bee mates to play with circles too, in a maximalist way. So a quilt at the end of March would be excellent.

5. Bee Sewcial swap blocks - I just blogged about these blocks. I need to finalize the layout and make the quilt.

6. Tula Pink Tabby Road Quilt - I was able to buy a jelly roll of Tabby Road at Quilt Market. But I had never used a jelly roll. This quilt came together in the later part of December, just for fun. It started out rather traditionally but morphed into this more dramatic graphic. I need to decide if I add a round of charcoal to the edges to float the graphic a bit more or not and get it quilted.

I have a lot more unfinished projects around. I hope to spend some time organizing them and evaluating the chances of them being finished or not, but not today. These 6 projects are more than enough for Q1.

I sure hope you will join us, even making this list has cheered me up some.




Debbie said...

I do hope you can find some joy in working on your list projects, tho knitting seems to be soothing you more of late - but no knitting projects here? One day, one step at a time...

Tami Von Zalez said...

I love that you work with bold, bright colors. I have yet to use a jelly roll in my quilts - even though I love them. But they don't figure into the thrift shopping budget. If I did buy them, I would get that Tabby Road wonderfulness.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Leanne, I'm so impressed about your colourful work! Wow! Thank you for inspiration! I have been out of good quilting speed for a long time. Now I started to paint a little bit after a long brake. x Teje

Anonymous said...

I love your work! All those lovely,bright colors,just love them! It is amazing how the color works-just reading your post and seeing all those wonderful colors I got so much energy and more good mood :) ! Thanks for sharing! Anneli

Sophie Zaugg said...

You have so bright and happy projects ! That will be good for your mood. I love your improv' circles and can't wait to see this quilt finished.

Sarah said...

These six are great, fun choices which should hopefully engage your creativity and brighten up your stitching days away from the miserable world news that permeates our airwaves and wifi connections these days. Here's hoping that 2017 is more fun like your quilts than it some days appears to be becoming.

Aimee said...

Your Tula Pink Tabby Road quilt is beautiful. Good luck on your finishes

Ruth said...

Lovely eye candy - I particularly like the circles!

Michelle said...

I absolutely love your Bee Sewcial quilt. Could you tell me about that group and how to get involved?

Marci Girl said...

Sorry for the grumpiness, I all but abandoned the news after the election, watching and reading as it made me too upset. That has honestly helped. But I get it. All of your projects are beautiful and I hope you get some time to work on them and the WANT to work on them! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2017 global FAL hosts. ;)

Melanie said...

You definitely picked some colorful projects for your winter blues and I hope working on them will scare the grumpiness away. Sending you lots of motivation and virtual love :)

Lisa said...

Oh I wish this my list of projects because I love these all. Isn't it funny when you find someone's work and wonder what you are doing wrong that your own doesn't look like that LOL. Best of luck for your work in the first quarter.

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

I hope you feel a bit better soon. I've stopped watching so much news since the EU referendum coverage last year and it has helped. I still listen to the news on the radio and to the headlines, as well as the occasional full-length bulletin, but I'm avoiding a lot of the speculation which passes as news these days and it's helping. Good luck with your list!

Cut&Alter said...

Good luck with these goals and I hope you find the stitching relaxing and reviving!