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Friday, September 27, 2013

Quarter close

As my husband gets ready for "quarter close" at work, I realize that we are nearly 3/4 through this year already. It doesn't seem as if it has just started, but I am amazed that we are already that far through it, Autumn is coming, and Winter will soon follow.

Knowing that there are only 3 months left in the year, I have started to think about what I want to accomplish by year's end. I made a list of the 6 needlework projects I haven't yet touched this year, and I would still like to work on each of them at least a little. That means basically 2 per month. One I might even be able to finish.

  • Chinese Dragon Gate
  • Dragon Ride
  • Egyptian Sampler
  • Magical Night
  • Use It Up
  • Textured Floral (crewel)

I also made a list of some of the quilting projects I would like to work on and what I'd like to accomplish with those (in addition to my blocks of the month).

  • Dream a Little Dream - Finish the first panel
  • Blocks from the Past - Do at least one more pieced and one applique block
  • Country Baskets - Finish all the basket blocks, including quilting.
  • Fall Frolic - Piece the top together now that the last block is finished
  • Eldon - Pick out the fabrics for the remaining log cabin blocks (actually this part is done unless I change my mind) and piece them together (but not necessarily into the star blocks)
  • Jared Takes a Wife - Piece all of the blocks

A rather ambitious list, I think. And I don't even have any crochet or knit projects listed, and those will probably want to come out to play too, once the weather gets a little cooler.

I will have one quilt to finish that is a gift, before the end of the year - Clifford's Bear Chase is at my quilter's, and it will need to be bound when it comes back to me. I was originally going to try to finish Jared also this year, but I may not get around to piecing that one together - it totally depends on the time and not having the other projects screaming louder at me. Jared was originally to be a gift, but I recently learned that the couple I was going to give it to, well, they're getting a divorce... so I'll eventually finish it, and I may keep it. Or I might save it to give as a special gift to someone else down the road. I'm just sad that I won't be giving it to that couple. We enjoyed spending time with them, and I'm bummed we won't get to do that anymore. But I'm kinda glad that we found out before presenting them with the quilt. I wouldn't want them to fight over it, and I know how "couple" gifts can often just be reminders of something you don't want to think about. Anyway, for now I'll work on it and keep it for the future. When the time is right, I'll know what to do with it.

I have been blanket stitching my new Rainbow Garden block, and almost have it ready to photograph. Just a little more stitching, some lazy daisies to add here and there, a few french knots... it's so pretty. Tomorrow will be a full day of quilting and stitching - hooray for weekends!

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