Friday, 11 January 2013

2013 FAL - 1st Quarter

We're home! We arrived back home on Monday and while the sun is shining, it's chilly and I'm really struggling to settle back in to our normal routine.  However, before we left I was delighted to be reunited with my machine.  It was fixed under warranty and as suspected, it had a faulty bobbin casement.  She is clean and shiny and purrs while sewing like a dream!

With a to-do list as long as my arm, I'm linking up with Leanne's FAL (Finishalong).  Perhaps this will be the kick up the butt that I need!

So what would I like to get finished this quarter?

First up are the two quilts for the Care Circle of do.Good Stitches. I promised Rachel that these will be done by the end of January. Before we came home, I bought thread, backing and batting so these should be among the first finishes of 2013.

There's the already pieced X and Plus quilt top...



...and the unpieced Patchwork Wheel quilt top



Another important finish for me and long overdue is the Stained Man with a Curious Nature quilt for my husband. It was the last thing I quilted with my machine before it broke.  I hated the quilting and so it was a relief to unpick it all so that I could steal the batting and use it for my mum's quilt, now known as the Turning Corners' quilt (thanks Flo!).  I have new batting for it, a recovered machine and no excuses!



Another one languishing sadly in a plastic body bag is the Drunkard in Central Park quilt top.  I finished it in December 2011 and loved it.  Only it was too small.  Then in a serendipitous moment last month, Amy was having a destash of Central Park and I snapped it up! It arrived the day after we left but I shall ask my mum to send it over and somehow use it to make this quilt bigger.  It may mean some deconstruction but it will be worth it as I love the colours in this top.



Lastly, it is almost a year since I made my granny squares - I jumped on the bandwagon and made a few and then there may have been a kona white crisis and I stopped making them.  So I would like to finish this one too. This is a little ambitious as there are quite a few more blocks needed.



So I'm linking up with Leanne and crossing my fingers. This is very optimistic I know.  I have a gagillion bee blocks to figure in as well.  Wish me luck! So what are you hoping to finish?  If you fancy joining in and haven't yet done so, the linky is open until Sunday January 13 at midnight MST.

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30 comments:

cheeky monkey said...

So lovely tops you made! I love the patchwork wheel. Gorgeous things to be done the next three month!

Cindy Sharp said...

Looks like it will be a beautiful quarter.

Diane-crewe said...

well you wont be bored!!

linda said...

you can do it now you have a machine that purrs :))))

diane said...

That is a lot to do this quarter, but with your machine running smoothly, you can do it. I'll be cheering from afar!

Heather D. said...

The patchwork wheel blocks are stunning! Love the variety of prints.

dutchcomfort said...

You have a lot to keep you busy and the projects are all looking gorgeous!

Kate said...

Lovely quilt tops!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

ohhhh...great quilts here! ( I still love your mom's)
I have a stained glass on my list of things to do...and have been saving squares for a granny square quilt..so you are way ahead of me!!

Elisabeth said...

Gorgeous quilts! I love them all and it will be so nice to see them all finished.

Canadian Abroad said...

Annabella, there are so many beautiful quilts in the making there I would not know where to start. Your house will be full of warmth and colour.

Isisjem said...

Those are all gorgeous WIP's so that should be the incentive to get them finished!

Patchwork and Play said...

No excuse now that the machine is in tip top condition! There are some beautiful things to be working in- not sure I'd know where to start!

Mary said...

Plenty there to keep you busy! They all look lovely as well.

Leanne said...

Each of those projects is beautiful and fun. It will be fun to use your newly tuned up machine too. I am glad you will be finishing along.

Flying Blind... said...

Yay for the fixed machine and that's a great list - have fun xxx

Catherine said...

You have amazing projects to get finished. Just think how happy you will be when they are all ticked off

Trudi said...

Wow! S many beauties! Love the Central Park too, so bright and happy!

Judith, Belfast said...

These are lovely tops and will be even more beautiful when finished! When it's your turn to be Bee Mama, get them all making granny blocks! Jxo

Katy Cameron said...

Welcome home to you and your machine! Good luck for the quarter :o)

Sarah said...

A lovely list Annabella! Glad you got your machine all sorted too, you're all set!

Debbie said...

oh I especially love your grannies!

blandina said...

Oh Annabella, I had to smile at your 'to do' list: will you have time to breathe?

Cindy said...

I LOVE the quilts on this list! Keep stitching...I can't wait to see them finished ;)

Archie the wonder dog said...

I'm so pleased you got your machine fixed! Good luck with your list - they're all beauties and you're not going to be bored!

QuiltCandy said...

Oh my goodness what wonderful, colourful quilts. You must get them finished, they are going to be beautiful!

tusen said...

I love your projects, it will be great to see them finished - I'm keeping my fingers crossed. And so great to know your machine is OK again.

Chez Roo said...

These projects are all lovely, but those first two quilts are gorgeous! Good luck :)

Jenelle said...

Good luck with your list! I'm glad you have your sewing machine back and running again too. You have some gorgeous projects to keep you company this quarter. :)

Katherine said...

Oh, you have some gorgeous finishes ahead of you and I'm joining in to cheer you on!
I too, jumped in on the FAL bandwagon and am so happy to find someone else with more than a couple of quilts that need completion. Happy stitching!