Monday, February 2, 2015

What's on Second ...

... the Plan continues

After posting my list of priorities last Monday, in my typical Quilter's ADD fashion I attacked No. 2 first.  I'm not sure why it perked to the top, but I'm proud to report I stuck with it and finished!

Notable 9-Patch

After struggling with how to finish it up, I'm quite pleased with the result.  I don't have an appropriate fabric on hand for the back, but I have made the binding which will get filed with the top in the TBQ (to be quilted) stack.  4.0 yards out.

I know we're going into the second month of 2015; however, I'm still formulating my resolutions.  As stated before, my #1 resolution is to FINISH whatever I choose to work on.  "Finished" is when a top is complete.  Defining a time limit for this to happen is another matter;  it's not always possible to work on a project from start to finish without interruptions.  Maybe I'll just say "finish in 2015."

My second resolution is to FIND at least 20 minutes a day to help my projects move along.  In fact, I am accepting a challenge from Beth at Quilting Hottie Haven:

I, Libby Smith, suffering from Quilter's ADD and buried under UFOs as well as Someday Projects, am joining Quilting Hottie Haven's third annual Drop and Give Me Twenty.  I pledge to FIND at least 20 minutes every day in the month of February 2015 to move my projects along AND to FINISH whatever I choose to work on by the end of the month -- OK, that last part may be a stretch.  In doing so I hope to finish at least 3 UFOs, one of which has been lanquishing in various stages for at least 12 years, and re-shelve all the fabrics that I pulled for Bonnie Hunter's mystery.  I think Beth Helfter is brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring me to join.

(Actually, I should give Nann at With Strings Attached credit for inspiring me to join.)

This challenge is right up my alley since I have been basically doing just that for the entire month of January 2015.  In fact, a few days ago I blogged about using "found" time -- small increments here and there -- to tackle mindless processes like pinning and trimming.

Last night I found time to get two rows assembled on my version of Quick Cozy Couch Quilt.

Cozy Couch Quilt

Back to the Plan ... I will finish QCCQ, cut more strips for Athena and work on the extra blocks, and analyze what needs to be done to resurrect the dinosaur I've committed to work on in February.  More on that later.  In my "spare" time I will make decisions about the BH mystery quilt, Grand Illusion.  The next retreat starts in just two weeks -- lots to think about ....

Weekly Stash Report - Jan 26, 2015
     In last week:                    0.0 yards
     Out last week:                  4.0 yards
     In year to Date:                .75 yards
     Out Year-to-Date:           8.75 yards
     Net Used 2014               8.00 yards

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.


  1. Great quilt top, but even great goals, Libby! It's amazing what we can get accomplished in 20 minutes.

  2. Congratulations on an UFO finish. The half blocks finish the design of the quilt very nicely. Sometimes it seems like the time to make a decision is longer than the actual sewing time.

  3. Congratulations on the finish, Libby! It feels great, doesn't it?
    I've seen some beautiful finishes of the mystery quilt. Some people added thin sashes to calm it down.
    I'd love to find 20 minutes/day for sewing. After not touching my machine for a couple of weeks, I spent the Super Bowl time sewing blocks. It felt great! I did finish the binding on a graduation quilt while my granddaughter was at violin class and choir Monday night. Sharon B in Franklin

  4. Libby, people have been posting pictures of their finished quilts. Maybe there's something there that would give you an idea of what to do with all those pieces you have cut and made. One lady made two different quilts, using the sashing blocks in a second quilt instead of with the other blocks. Sharon B in Franklin


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