Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 Finish Along: Wrapping Up

Where has the year gone?  It's been pretty quiet here...  I still haven't gotten back in my sewing groove so there hasn't been much to blog about.  I thought that the #100 Days100 Blocks City Sampler challenge would get me motivated but instead it seems to suck up all my sewing time and creativity.  Now that we're settled in to our schedule and the cooler weather is keeping me inside I'm hoping to get back on track.  We're already into the craft holiday trifecta: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I know a lot of my sewing time will get sucked up with costumes and holiday gifts so I'm keeping my quilting goals modest.  Here's the plan to wrap up 2016:

1.  I can't resist making something Ghastly every October.  Last year I put together this Ghastlies/Spellbound mash-up.  I basted it on retreat with the BostonMQG and was making great progress quilting it until I ran out of thread with only 3 snowballs left to quilt.  Same old story except this time I was using a King Tut variegated which none of my LQSs carry.  In a fit of optimism I broke down and ordered more from Amazon this summer and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since...  my #1 goal is to get this finished before Halloween.

2.  A dear friend of my daughter's started college this fall and mentioned she'd love to have a handmade quilt for her bed.  I had big dreams of getting this done before she left in August but it's still just an idea I mocked up and a pile of fabrics.  We'll be seeing her at Thanksgiving so I really want to be able to deliver this then.

3.  Inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop I pulled out a couple of Riley Blake charm packs I had lurking in my stash and threw together this holiday throw.  I need another Christmas quilt like I need a hole in the head but this should be a quick and easy finish.

How do you plan to finish your year of crafting?  Check out what everyone else will be working on for Q4 at the 2016 Finish-A-Long.

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