Monday, January 23, 2012

Winter Stitching - The Mid-Winter Check In!

So. It's almost the end of January and its time to do a little review of how you've been getting on in your Winter Stitching lists. I hope its been going well for you? I'm starting to feel slightly alarmed at how over-ambitious I was back in October.....and ready to ditch some of the projects mid-term.

FairyFace Designs

On a side note, before we start, I'm sorry its been pretty quiet around here of late, apart from the {Sew} Get Started tutorials. You haven't seen much else new from me since Christmas :-( That's because, in the main, I have been sick. Sick over Christmas, recovered a little for a couple of weeks or so I thought, and now sick again with a horrible dizzy type thing that means that I am very limited in what I can do, anything requiring focus and concentration is a big problem for me.  I am really hoping that by the end of this week I will be back to normal. But enough moaning! On to the fun!

So, here's my update:

1. Finish the quilt for my friend A's baby girl E. Done! And very pleased I was with it too :-)

2. Quilt for my son D.  No - still not done :-(

3. Yellow and white baby quilt. This turned into my lemon and blue pinwheels and is currently stalled mid-piecing until I am better. Should be done this month.

4. Christmas Table Runner Swap. Ooh, done and in style too - I loved this runner and it even got a prize in Celebrate Colour for November, winning me a FQ bundle of Echo!

5. Finish my Skittles quilt. Still haven't gotten to this one either.I do have a plan for the backing though, so its just finding time to do it.

6. Finish my Tumbling Blocks baby quilt and sell it! Not yet, but hopefully before the end of Feb.

7. Take part in the 2nd round of the Solids Swap. Yippee! I am signed up and have my partner and am busy planning :-)

8. Make a quilt for my lovely hubbie who insisted I put that in my list! Nope....he is still waiting...

9. Finish the curtains for our bedroom. Not finished, but there is progress! Curtains are all hemmed and I am onto the lining now. This one will get done, and sooner rather than later.

10. Make a quilt using the Ruby layer cake I just bought to go on the 2nd sofa in the living room. This is in planning :-)

11. Finish the cardi I am knitting for myself - not finished, but progress has been made. Need to get back to this!

12. Finish the scarf I'm knitting since last year... Guess? No!

13. Crochet a granny square blanket . Not a hope, I am officially taking this off the list!

14. Make another skirt for myself. Hmm. Another one I am taking off the list until later in the year. It is summery fabric anyways!

15. Write some tutorials for my blog!  Yes! Some done, more to do! 


16. Crochet a wrap for myself - Another one I'm taking off the list for the moment!

17. Make an engagement gift for my good friend R  - Yes :-) Another table runner!

Stepping Stones Table Runner full view1

18. Quilt for another friend A in the New Year.  Still not ready for this one yet
19. Make a quilt using my Little Apples FE bundle - I signed up for Sarah's Stained QAL for this fabric, I think it will work great!

Stained QAL

20. Continue following along Cindy's Free Motion Friday and improving my FMQ skills. Alas, despite doing a few weeks of this, the last few escaped me. But it was fun and I want to come back to it in the future.

21. Keep up with Sew Bee Blissful and figure out what I want to do for my month as Queen Bee in February. Ooh, well, Sew Bee Blissful has been great fun and I am pretty sure now what I'm doing - packages will be going out later this week, all going well.

22. Make some long overdue handbags for some friends., sorry girls!

I did add a few things.

  • My {Sew} Get Started tutorials series. I didn't put this in the original list because even though it was in planning, I wanted it to be a big announcement. You can't imagine how happy I am to have gotten this off the ground.
FairyFace Designs

  • The Matryoshka Quilt - I totally forgot to include this one on my list when I was writing it, despite having the whole thing planned out. In the end, it was one of my fave quilts of 2011.
  • The Christmas Quilt - this was an impulse make, but I'm so glad I made it. The kids snuggled under it every morning over Christmas watching cartoons.
  • I wrote a tute for the Christmas Stockings block for the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler QAL.
  •  I finally finished the embroidery piece I've had hanging around for months and it is going in our hall!

As always, I have a couple more things to add before the end of the Winter Stitching:

  • Pay It Forward - I got 3 volunteers to be recipients for my handmade gifts. I *might* get these done before the end of March, so I'm putting them in here, although its not guaranteed.
  • Mouthy Stitches - I joined up, and as of the weekend, I have a great partner and am stalking her right now. She might even be reading this, who knows?

  •  Pattern writing. I am really starting to get to grips with my EQ7 and am hoping to get some new patterns written and out there. I would love to get one published, or to sell one. Anyone interested in pattern testing if I was to go that route? Shoot me an email if you are. It's not going to be immediately, but hopefully soon enough. 
So, that's my update. Actually, at first I thought it was a lot of "not dones" in this list, but as I went down through it I am really happy with everything that I have done! It's great seeing what I've achieved in a few months, particularly in a week like this one where I am getting nothing done at all!

I can't wait to see what you have done. The linky will be open for a couple of weeks (up to Feb 5th) for your updates, so go write up your post and then come back and link up. If you didn't link up for the first round or missed the linky date, you can still join in the fun! Anyone who is in this round or the opening linky, and posts in the final linky at the end of March will be in with a chance to win a little giveaway. Last time round it was a charm pack and a handmade goodie - most likely something similar this time.

So, get linking!


Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Oh, you have done well! I'll sort out my update some time this week...or maybe next week!!

Quilterbell said...

Well done Sarah!, you have done a lot of progress!!!!. I will try to have my updated ready in the next couple of days, it won't be as impressive as yours though!.

Unknown said...

Well done you! You were crazy ambitious, but its still impressive what you have achieved :-)

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Wow, that sure is impressive!! I adore your Christmas quilt, and I can't wait to see how you finish up your Skittles quilt, too, it looks great!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

You've got so much done!! All beautiful and that tutorial was brilliant :)
Now to dig out that list... I've totally forgotten what I wrote!

Annabella said...

Gosh - was it October?? I daren`t look to be honest but I will. Yikes. Love how much you`ve accomplished - kudos to you , and hope you are on the mend!

Heather said...

I'd love to pattern test for you when you are ready!

audrey said...

You have a lot of WIPs!! I thought I had a lot. You've made great progress tho, good job!

Nicky said...

Sarah I think you have done fabulously well! As you have done some and substituted some others - the tutorials alone must have taken ages!

I was too chicken to blog my list of things to do but I did eventually write one - it shocked me but at least I know how bad it is and hope to join the Summer list??

Sarah said...

You've done so much!! Did get a bit of a panic when I saw your post though, blimey is it that time already?! Hope you start feeling better soon though :-)

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

You've done brilliantly my poorly Twinnie x I will link up tomorrow.

Pattern tester if you need me xxx

Lynne said...

It was quite an ambitious list and I think you are doing really well.

Get better soon.

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo, love all your list. I'll get on to mine now, although I've tried to update my tab as I've gone...

Helen said...

Dear Sarah,

I hope you are feeling better soon, don't work too hard and look after yourself! The To-Do List can wait!

TLC and lots of it is what I'd prescribe.


Kirsten said...

You have done so much Sarah!! Will do my post this week:)

Cindy said...

Wow Wow Wow! You've been so busy! Your quilts and colors are just gorgeous. I'm starting to panic a bit thinking of my list...I'll post ASAP :)

Jessica said...

I love all your work (I check in regularly but don't always comment - ) and I especially love that engagement present /tablerunner! It's gorgeous. You do great work :)

Marg said...

You have done so much considering the size of that very impressive list. Hope you are feeling better very soon.

Inspiredbyfelix said...

Oh heck Sarah, you've done so much! If I do a quilt a year I'm pleased with myself! Will search through the archives and remind myself of my list and then link up in the next day or so! x

Canadian Abroad said...

Don't forget to stop and breathe!! YOu have made too many marvellous things to comment on them individually. I am so impressed! said...

I'm tired just reading this post. You have been busy and not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon. Do you have vertigo? I have a fix for that that a doctor told me when I had it. Email me and I will tell you.

Jodi B. said...

Thank you for organizing this project. You have been pretty busy with your list. I love the Christmas table runner. I love it so much, I pinned it to my pinterest board. Well done.

Rachel said...

Wow, you've done so much! Well done! I've posted my link.

Danny Heyen said...

I didn't want to drew with the giveaway, so I'm posting here to let you know that I am your newest follower! If you have the time, stop by my little piece of the inter webs and if you like what you see, follow me too!

Dianne Neale said...

This is exhausting me, reading how everyone is progressing. I especially love the Christmas quilt.

Alli said...

You've gotten some fantastic things done so far, especially with the tutorial-writing and cute-table-runner-making! :)

Charlotte said...

hope your feeling better, wow you have got so much done though. Some great projects. Love how this helps keep me on track. Im going to start up a monthly one to try to stay on top of things

The Sunflower Patch said...

Sarah,all of your finishes are so Amazing! I can't pick one over another. I love them all :)
Hope you are on the mend,and feeling much better!