Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Second Quarter Goals 2020

#1. Bonnie Hunter Mystery--Good Fortune
I plan to continue my journey of finishing projects that I began; but, haven't finished. . . yet! Each month, I will continue using some of Martha's fabrics and "bits" in a project. I also will continue adding a Martha's project to each quarter.
#2. Raw edge applique

#3. Maybe a pillow using this embroidery
I will start new projects and continue to have fun along the way. I anticipate trying a new technique or two.  This year, my "cold" daughter will finally be warmer!

Last quarter, I finished six of the 21 projects that I listed. I worked hard on two other projects; but, I didn't finish them. I plan to finish those two projects and more this quarter!

I've listed 26 goals for the second quarter of the year. I rolled my first quarter goals that I didn't finish forward!
#4. Stitch these materials into a project

I thank Finish-A-Long (FAL) for being an online community where you post your intentions for a quarter and then link up at the end to see how you did. There is no pressure and participating has helped me with finishes. This year, the posts are all through instagram. You can find the goals at  #2020falq2list and the finishes at #2020falq2finish.

#1. Finish Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery which was her mystery last year. It was the first year I participated. I enjoyed the process! I finished piecing the top in the fourth quarter of 2019. I have to decide to finish it as it is or add more borders to make it a little bigger which would make it more bed friendly.
#6. Make a few more Christmas ornaments

#2. Reconnect with the butterfly piece began in September 2018 in a Susan Carlson class.

I have at least three other quilts with a butterfly theme that need to be finished. Perhaps, I can make some progress this quarter on this project!
#5. Help Miss K finish her original design

#3. Maybe make a pillow out of this embroidery. Maybe, it will be a wallhanging. I completed this embroidery in 2014 and slipped it into a box. While it is time to stitch it into a finished item, it hasn't spoken to me as to how it wants to be framed!

#4. Use this leftover corduroy zigzag and this hand painted fabric to create a small wall hanging with a river as my inspiration. I had a brainstorming session and now have a plan of how to proceed! The hand painted fabric was in Martha's stash.

#5. Work with Miss K to finish this original design. She is almost finished with the quilting stage. She has some great ideas for embellishing her piece. Unfortunately, school and other activities get in the way of stitching days! We had plans to stitch during Spring vacation until Covid-19 had us social distancing instead.

#7. Make three potholders
#6. Finish the star Christmas ornaments. I think that there are enough supplies to make three more Christmas stars. I sure thought I would complete this project last month; but, I spent my time on other projects!

#7. Sew three potholders from the shoebox. I cut the fabrics for one pot holder; but, seeing what remains, I might be able to sew two more pot holders. I will have to find a different neutral fabric for the other two potholders; but, that is okay!

My daughter picked the fabrics and the pattern for the potholders long ago. I think she was in middle school. Today, she is in her fifteenth year as a special education teacher. She has been married almost 13 years. She is mom to a six year old and an almost eight year old daughters. That fabric has aged enough! Note: there are two more "packages in the box. Perhaps, another quarter, I'll stitch another ""package."

#8. Six burp cloths
#8. Make six burp cloths. I made six for my daughter. . .now that "baby" is nearing eight years old! I put these away and forgot about them.  I wonder if I can remember how I made them!!
#9. Stitch a summer dress

#9. My mom gave me this fabric two years ago. It isn't a color that excites me; but, the feel of the cotton interlock is nice. I'm thinking it would make up well in this summer dress pattern. I have a granddaughter who would like wearing it. I'll be thinking of ways to embellish the dress.

 #10-#13. Last month, I stitched four projects using the flannel bits left from Martha's potholder project. JoJo contributed a fat quarter too. In Martha's stash were a few cotton prints--also fat quarter size that might work into one of  these projects.

#10-#13. Flannel scraps tops started from Martha's scraps
My goal is to make four 40" x 60" quilts to donate in her name. I will need to purchase some fabric to "grow" what I've stitched so far.

#14. Tie tuffet
#14. I posted once about a project using my grandfather's ties. JoJo made a wonderful tuffet and so I purchased the pattern and form. I don't have quite enough ties. . .some members of one of my stitching groups donated me some and I may have enough. I saw one with a neutral background fabric that looked awesome.

#15. Needle turn appliqué border project
 #15. I started this applique project before I started "Chickens." "Chickens" took me more than 10 years to finish. This is an even older project as I had put it aside to begin "Chickens!"

I've a center of nine patch and hour glass blocks waiting for borders. I plan to make this my take along project for stitching. It is time to make progress.

#16. & 17. Stitch these fabrics into a bed sized quilt
#16. Last quarter, I stitched these fabrics into a top and a back. I even started quilting the project. I was sad I didn't finish it in time for my freezing daughter's  birthday; but, I will get it finished before her birthday next year! It is a huge quilt. . .97 inches x 107 inches which I have affectionately named, "The Beast" because of its size. Quilting it on my domestic machine was a challenge!

I collected the fabrics 11 years ago; but, wasn't able to come up with a plan for what to do with them!  A BQ pattern that a friend gave me became the inspiration. I thought that I would finish this project last month; but, I didn't. Perhaps, this will be my first finish in the second quarter!

#18. Cross stitch project
#19. "Frolic" fabrics
#17. Stitch the leftover fabrics from my daughter's quilt into two pillow cases.

18. Finish this little cross stitch piece that I started last fall.

#19. Make progress on Frolic the 2019 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. I've finished the first four clues.

#20. Fabric for masks
#20. In the world there are 1,442,242 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 308,146 have recovered, 83,424 have died. In the United States, there are 401,636 confirmed cases, 22,746 have recovered, 12,905 have died. In Oregon, there are 1,181 cases and 33 deaths.

The CDC has now encouraged when people are outside their homes to wear masks. I'll be stitching masks for family members. My daughter asked me for some specific masks. . .Let's see how quickly I can deliver! I pulled some batiks that the family members might approve. I am a slow stitcher!

#21. With the red and Christmas themed fabrics, make a tree skirt to give my niece who is marrying in August. I've stitched a few of these tree skirts in the last 30 years! It's time to make another!

#22. Stitch the black print fabric into a wrap dress. My mom gave it to me a couple years ago. There have been times when I would have worn it had it been stitched! I am going to need to buy a pattern because I don't have one in my stash.

#21 and #22 tree skirt and wrap dress fabric

#23. Elvira fabrics
#23. I haven't been able to close a container of batik fabrics for years. I collected a bunch of fat quarters and then ended up petting them instead of sewing them in to a project.

#24. Bonnie Hunter's Unity project
Gudrun Erla of GE Designs hosted a one day quilt along that I down loaded the pattern and watched several of the sew along sessions that she shared one day last March. A couple weeks after the sew along, I decided I would use some of those batiks and stitch this project. I pulled these batiks to start Gudrun's Elvira quilt.

#24. Continue stitching Bonnie Hunter's Unity Project. I have an idea of who I want to gift the project when I finish. I wasn't

going to start a new project; but, this is one way that I can stay connected to my Mystery Mavens quilt group during our social isolation time.

#25. Stitch an apron for my daughter. I think she could use a replacement for the one that she is currently using. I think that there is just enough fabric for this pattern!

#26. Stitch a book club quilt with this drawing and this fabric as my inspiration. The book I read was "Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant.
#25-27 An apron, corded bowl and wall hanging

#27. Make a fabric bowl from this wrapped cord. In a Saturday workshop in January, I learned how to wrap my strips to make the cording. I hope I haven't forgotten how to do it! I've linked this list to #2020falq2list on Instagram.

I also plan to continue documenting past finished quilts. Perhaps, this year, I'll get the blanks filled in with the book club quilts. It has surprised me just how many quilts I've made that were inspired from the book group. Over the years, I've tried new to me techniques and have stretched me skills as a quilter. Some projects have been difficult to finish; but, most of the time the process was fun!

There are a lot of projects on the list for this quarter. I sure hope that I'll be able to have lots of finishes. Useable items are so much more functional than goals and someday projects are!

It's time to get cracking on this list!


BJ said...

It looks like a fun second quarter for you this year. I look forward to seeing your various project completions. Stay well and safe. Cheers. BJ said...

Thanks, BJ. I sure want to finish many of these projects. Some will be gifts and some will be donated. I might even keep a few for me!!!