Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Q1 in 2018

I love the motivational link-up party that is the Finish Along. This was the first linky party I discovered and I've been participating since January 2015.  I always to list way more projects than I will actually complete because I never know what I will be in the mood to work on.

I break my goals into 3 categories: general quilts, mini quilts and pillows, and quilts for Project Linus.

General Projects and Gifts

1. growth chart for friends
After making a growth chart for my niece last year, I had leftover strips.  So I am making a chart for friends who live in town and have 2 kids. 

2. Savannah
I took this class in 2011 and haven't touched it since the day of the class.  It's time to either finish it or pass it on.

3. Rin
I did the Rin-Along last year and completed a block.  Now I need to turn it into something.

4. Magical Forest
I need to assemble my blocks from Stash Bee 2017--I'm making a magical forest!

5. Mollie's Baby Quilt
My coworker Mollie is pregnant and due in March.  I'm planning a forest animal I Spy quilt.

Mini Quilts & Pillows
Pillow Menagerie
I am slowly making us a menagerie of animal throw pillows four our couch, as I got rid of the big cushions that came with the couch because they were so big it was annoying.  The following are pillows I have patterns and fabric for, and I've spent time getting the pattern pieces enlarged and color coded.
6. Lion--pattern is from the zoo animals collection by Kristy @ Quiet Play
7. Giraffe--pattern is from the zoo animals collection by Kristy @ Quiet Play

Project Linus

8. Elephants
Last year, I made elephant blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Unfortunately, I ran out of background fabric before assembly was complete.  More has been ordered and is on the way.

9. Christmas Sampler
I didn't finish my I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along quilt before Christmas.  This one is very, very close to being finished.

10. Dog Gone Cute
I made a Dog Gone Cute block for one of the women in a quilting bee, and I liked the block so much I made a second for me. I am slowly making my way through all of Lorna's amazing dog blocks.

11. Snowmen
I liked the Snowman block by Sherry of Powered by Quilting so much that I'm doing a whole quilt of snowmen!  I've made 5 blocks and I want to make 4 more and then have fun with different embellishments.

12. Canyon
Another project that I ran out of background fabric for!  More is on the way.  I just realized I forgot to take a picture; it's called Canyon because it features Kate Spain's Canyon line.

13-17. Over my winter break, I assembled several tops and now just need to turn the tops into quilts!
From top:

13. Happy Weekender

14. Scottie Dogs

15. Owls

16. Aqua Doggies

17. Monopoly (shown is yellow fleece backing)



  1. Love the Rin block, and I can't wait to see the rest of your puppies!

  2. Good Luck getting these finished! I love your Magical Forest blocks; is there a pattern or are you just joining strips and then cutting trees out of them? If there is a pattern I'd love to have the details, otherwise I'll just run with the inspiration and this will be a RSC project for me sometime. Would you mind if I pinned it to my Pinterest board?

  3. That's quite a list! But you've got some fun stuff on it. Good luck with your plans for the 2018 Q1 Finish Along.

  4. What great projects you have on the go Emily - good luck with all of these and with gaining your PHD this year!

  5. I use the same strategy - create a really healthy list to choose from since we can't link up projects we didn't list, and who knows in a 3-month span what I may choose to work on around the most important needs? That Rin Along is completely new to me - such a pretty fabric in yours! You might like using 18 in 2018 (at What a Hoot Quilts) in conjunction with this linkup for motivation. That one lets us link up the individual quilt or step (our choice for the list) accomplishments as we do them. Helps me to share as I go while I anticipate the quarterly link-ups of finishes.