15 in ’15 End of the Year Check-in and a Find
I did not complete all the goals I set at beginning of the year. But this has been my best year ever for actually working on goals throughout the year.
√ 15 fused quilt blocks
I had meant to do artistic blocks, but I went off in the direction of fusing lots of scrappy two inch squares. I liked the projects I made, but I still want to do more of what I had in mind.
⇔ 14 fabrics finished up.
This is the area I concentrated on this last quarter. Here are some lap quilts that I made for the VA hospital, mostly plain, but I used up four more fabrics that needed to move on, and one bag of scraps. That is 8 total.
⇔ 13 technique try-outs
I made a T-shirt quilt during this last quarter, but otherwise I didn’t try anything new, so that is 5 total.
⇓ 12 practice art quiltets
Still only one for the year.
√ 11 quilt video segments watched
I watched more video segments, finishing up a Leah Day class and watching most of the Winnie Fleming T-shirt quilt class. So I over-achieved on this goal for the year.
√10 new supplies sampled
I completed this one by using Thermore polyester batting by Hobbs in those lap quilts. It has a slightly sticky finish which I didn’t like that much, but it certainly didn’t shift or lump up, and it only has to be quilted 9 inches apart. But I plan to stick with good old Hobbs 100 % cotton.
√ 9 new dye plants sampled
I did more dye experiments with persimmons, but didn’t get anything I would want to replicate. Still, I am checking this one off the list.
√ 8 small quilts
I completed this goal, and did the four extra, seen above! Granted they are very utilitarian, but I didn’t say anything about artistic value. 🙂
⇓ 7 layers of surface design on cloth
Still nothing here.
√ 6 sessions of sharing textiles
√ 5 fiber field trips
During this quarter, I did get to go to the International Quilt Festival for my fifth field trip. We had had so much flooding that weekend, I didn’t know if it would work out, but we went on Sunday morning. It was the least crowded I have ever seen it!
My husband came with me. I thought I would cleverly see what kind of quilts he is interested in, and maybe I could make him one sometime. His favorite was an antique Mariner’s Compass, with really skinny points, and hand-quilting lines an inch apart. I’m glad he could admire one at the show, because I don’t think I will ever make one.
⇓ 4 warps
Still only one.
√ 3 tops (clothing, not quilts)
√ 2 big quilts
I have not finished hand-quilting Pixilated, or added any applique to it. So it will need to go on next year’s list. But it is bound, and I did finish the T-shirt quilt, so I am considering this goal met.
× 1 show
I gave up on this one early in the year.
So! Nine goals completed, four partially completed, and two not done.
The interesting thing to me is that the projects I did were much different from what I thought I would do. I feel like someone who plans to try a dozen new cookie recipes, and gets as far as cleaning out the spice cabinet and arranging all the bakeware, but never makes the cookies. I feel like it was a good year of using up odds and ends of materials, and practicing basic skills. I think I will be ready for more artistic projects next year.
And on a very cheerful note, here is my latest find. A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to breakfast with some work friends of his, and after breakfast I decided to go into a resale shop next to the restaurant. Stuffed into a box under a table, I saw this fabric and pulled it out for a look. I initially thought it was just a piece of cheater cloth, but realized it was a quilt in beautiful condition. The resale ladies told me it had just gone on clearance, so I snapped it up.
I think it may have been a vintage top from the 50s, that someone recently machine quilted. Someone might think that the machine quilting doesn’t match up with the piecing, but it was so consistent! I would be thrilled if I quilted like that. The quilt is absolutely pristine, and the binding is put on the scalloped edge perfectly.
The more I looked at it, the more trouble I had believing that someone would purposely put this in a resale shop. There is just nothing wrong with it. I went on Lost Quilt Come Home and all the local lost and founds I could find, but I didn’t find anything. I guess it is possible that someone just didn’t appreciate it, but it is in a very appreciative home now!
I also looked for the name of this block in Maggie Malone’s book 5500 Quilt Block Designs. Her block 3920 is similar, but that nine patch has a larger square in the center. She gives the name as Glorified Nine Patch and Improved Nine Patch.
I have had really great luck in finding quilts this year. And that is as satisfying as achieving goals!