2017… ups and downs!

One of the quilts I started in 2017, and that I want to finish this year! Pattern by Bonnie Sullivan.

This year I’m late with the review / goals posts, but late is better than never, isn’t it? I started to write the 2017 review blog post, and at the end, I just started to write something completely different, that being this current text. Without photos, the previous document was two pages large! No way I was to post that…

And that reflects a reality that has been bothering me for a while: I have too many projects. It also shows the major issue I had in 2017. I had planned it to be the year I’d learn to quilt. Well, if something, I learned that my little sewing machine had serious limitations when it came to quilting, and it was at the end of the year that I got a new, bigger machine, that I still need to get to know. At the moment I have 5 quilt tops waiting to be quilted!

However, I did finish some things: the “Buttons” pattern, by Me and My Sister Designs, a table runner, also by Me and My Sister Designs, the Purrfect pattern (aka Marilyn), by Laura Heines , and a pillow cover that turned out to be the perfect gift for my brother! And I completed several small projects, most of them part of the Project of the Month program run by Cotton&Color.

Even though I haven’t quilted them, I completed several quilt tops that were on my to-do list, I joined two unexpected quilt-alongs that are up-to-date one, and on the final stages the other. One of the quilt tops is from a course I took in November with Dörte Bach. I’m really proud of it, as it was something I improvised from a jelly-roll, without a pattern. I put the top together in 5 working days! It’s going to be a full-bed size quilt (around 140 cm x 200 cm) and I can’t wait to start quilting it!

The Jelly Roll quilt! I still have to find a name for it…

Another big achievement was to finish the blocks for the Stars-quilt. I already have a plan to put them together, so it’s progressing! I can’t believe it’s been more than two years since I began it, and still there’s so much left to do on this one…

I gave up the  Festival Flower quilt-along by Leah Day, once I realised I couldn’t work further on it with my machine. The Splendid Sampler™ is still waiting, although now I have all the fabric I need for the sashing.

If anything, this year I’ve knitted, and learnt, a lot. I didn’t expect to enjoy this craft so much! I finished the projects I’d planned to (well, with some modifications), and started and finished several more. All of them can be found under the Knitting category, and on my Ravelry page (latassatorta), which I keep updated.

The Speckle and Pop Shawl Mystery KAL by Stephan West (Westknits). My biggest knitting challenge this past year (and still to be finished).

And I finished my Majorcan-style embroidery, which had been a long running one!, but I didn’t start any other embroidery project, although I have three of them waiting in a drawer.

These days I’m planning and organising a lot. I once wrote “But most important: keep in mind that this is my hobby. I can get done what I can get done, and I should not get any stress from it.” I need to remind myself that, and work accordingly. I plan to write a second post with the 2018 goals, which will need to bear that in mind.

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Stars-quilt: main blocks completed!

Well, the title says it all: I completed the main blocks for my Stars-quilt! All 84 stars have the background attached, so now it’s time to put them together. I plan to sew them “randomly” into pairs (I’ll make sure that there aren’t two of the same colour together, but no major auditing in this phase), and then into groups of four. After that, I will lay these major blocks in a specific order according to colour balance, look at what needs to be added to give the quilt a regular shape and work on those new partial blocks… Lots of work ahead still to be done to get this one finished!

I have to set a monthly goal of pairs to sew -that will include a good press too-, but this project will have to wait until next year. I still have to finish the blocks for the EPP party, among other things.

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 84/84 (+6 from the last stats)

Stars-quilt October’17 update

It almost seems impossible, but I’m almost done with the blocks for the Stars-quilt! The key has been setting a monthly goal, and indeed it’s helping me keeping this project on track. With this month’s goal achieved, only 6 blocks remain to be completed. I have already started to plan how I’m going to work from November onwards, but I’m a little bit sorry that after the last batch of stars is completed, this project will not longer be portable.

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 78/84 (+6 from the last stats)

Stars-quilt August’17 update

The Stars-quilt is on track! A weekend trip helped to do some extra stitching, so from now on I only have left three months at the set pace of six stars per month. In December I should be able to start putting this quilt together!

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 66/84 (+9 from the last stats)

Stars-quilt July’17 update

This month was mostly about knitting, finishing things and trying to keep up-to-date with the EppParty. However, having a set goal helped in keeping this project on track and six new completed stars were added to the pile.

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 57/84 (+6 from the last stats)

EPP Party #6: Honeycomb candy (in progress)

This is the current state of block n.6 for the EPP Party. It lacks the border, but this requires lots of tiny pieces that will consume lots of fabric. As I haven’t decided on a fabric for them, and I’m using an old collection which I’m afraid would be out-of-print, I will wait to the end of the sew-along to finish it, so I don’t compromise future fabric choices on the up-coming blocks.

On this one I went back to use thick paper instead of light card stock. With so many pieces and folding involved, it is more comfortable to work with the paper.

(The party is hosted by Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo and runs on Instagram under the hashtag #EPPparty).

Stars-quilt June’17 update

A trip on early June helped me not only to achieve the monthly six-stars goal, but to add some more to the count. So far so good! I really might be able to have all the stars finished by the end of the year…

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 51/84 (+9 from the last stats)

Stars-quilt May’17 update

Last month I fixed a minimum number of stars to be completed each month. This May not only I reached that goal, but I was able to add two more finished stars to the count. Now I just hope I can maintain that pace!

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 42/84 (+8 from the last stats)