Monday, January 2, 2012

Finish-a-Long Quarter 1

I mentioned yesterday that I discovered the Finish-a-Long being hosted at Quilter in the Gap. A genius idea (one I wish I had thought of first!) and there are prizes involved. If one of your goals this year is to finish your UFOs, then you need to check it out. I imagine this is all of you out there.

For my list, I settled on five items. This is for the next three months, but with school and everything else, five may be stretching it. But if I am able to do it, that could be twenty finished projects from UFOs by the end of the year. Yes, five is going to be my goal each quarter.

Without further ado, I present my UFOs, some of which have not been featured on this blog before.

1. My first knitting project. Yes, that's right. I never finished the first thing I cast on. It's a plain-Jane garter stitch scarf, so it should be easy to whip through, especially now that I have been knitting more frequently. You see, the reason it stalled was I got to the point of adding the second skein. I'm not afraid of something that little any more.

First scarf I started

2. Halloween mini. This has been on my to-do list since before Halloween last year. It has also been cut out since that time. Another project that should go quickly.

Halloween Mini

3. Sewing machine cover. I've been meaning to make this since I thought of the idea and finally cut the squares for the hexies. I did start basting them on New Year's Eve and have six done. I don't really know how many I will need for the cover yet. This is my first time doing English paper piecing and did take a few tries to get a hang of it. My templates are plastic, not paper, so they are slippery. I think I got it now, sort of.

Hexies for a Sewing Machine Cover

4. A long overdue wedding gift. I got it into my head to embroider some towels for a friend for her wedding. She got married in the fall and this is how far I am on the first one.

Embroidered Towels

5. Druckard's Path quilt. The whole thing this time, since just the top was on my list to finish by the end of 2011. I do have four big blocks sewn and most of the drunkard's path blocks need to be trimmed. I find the trimming tedious and that's the main reason I haven't made much progress.

DPQAL Blocks-to-be

Wish me luck! I just realized I picked a few projects that can travel, which may be my saving grace in getting them done.

So what are you waiting for? Pick a few things (or a dozen) and link up with the rest of us!


stephmabry said...

I love the color of your knitting project! I'm super excited about the finish-a-long, too, and look forward to seeing how your projects turn out :)

Diane-crewe said...

WELL your projects are all on the way or another you SHOULD be able to finish them xx good luck...I'm shouting from the sidelines xx

Anonymous said...

What a great list for the FAL! Just popping over to check out your list from Quilter in the Gap's blog! =)

I can't wait to see your sewing machine cover!

Vicky K said...

I'm joining in on the fun too. Came over to see you list. Your Red and White hexi's just gave me a great idea. Can't wait to check out my stash for red and whites. Can't wait to see your finished projects!

Pam said...

I like the idea of the sewing machine cover. I'm trying to work out how you've done the edges on the hexagons and it looks like how I did the circle on a dresden plate. Am I right in thinking that you have a removable template to guide you to turn and hem the edges of the hexagons?

Quilter in The Gap aka Rhonda said...

These are some great projects. I especially like the Ghastly project but I am a bit partial to that fabric or any fabric by Alexander Henry. Thanks for playing with us.

Emma said...

I can't wait to see how you turn those hexies into a sewing machine cover. What a great idea!

Kelly @ Blue Bird Sews said...

That Ghastly fabric is so cute! Can't wait to see it in project! Good luck with your sewing!