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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Finishes Happen Because We Plan

Since this happens to be Easter Sunday I first want to say Happy Resurrection Sunday!  With that being said I am here to say I am seeing some wonderful April finishes of those who have linked a finish or two or more in April. Congratulations to all who have succeeded!!

One of the many baskets in the quilt 
Basket Quilt by Quilts by Jen

Jen's (Quilts by Jen) blog message, UFO Round up for March, was quite inspiring as she took time to map out a timeline to finish her UFOs. She learned that it would take her 26 weeks to make that happen if she completed at least 2 a week. There is something to be said about planning/strategizing/goal setting in order to have success. Jen's completions are fantastic! Though the basket is not her own design she does design many of her own, truly an artist at heart.

But as we all know life events causes us to prioritize the life event over our quilting projects. So has been the case for me. Accounting and managing in team with the State Director of a NC organization of a governmental block grant has been extremely time consuming for both of us and pretty much keeps us joined at the hip! Working a minimum of 12 hours a day 6-7 days a week has made havoc of my completing quilts on my list. I am thankful that I have learned some goal setting skills so I can work this grant as well as take care of my other client's accounting and administrative needs. In the next 10 days I have 4 major project deadlines. I am looking forward to getting them done and finish some quilts!! Thanks for hanging in with me! I miss all my online quilting friends!

So back to you . . .

Strippy and Framed - Quilting is more fun than Housework

Cynthia I am jealous (mine sits in my basket waiting to be completed) you have completed your Star Light Star Bright quilt and it is absolutely beautiful! The quilting design is the icing on the cake! If you already didn't know Cynthia (Quilting is more fun than Housework) is heading up a scrappy challenge called Scrap-A-Palooza. Each session is about how to best use up your scraps and stash to make some eye candy quilts. Take a look at her this strippy block with white frames. So easy but quite dynamic in appeal!

St. Louis 16 Block by A Dad who dyes fabric and quilts

Paul (A Dad who dyes fabrics and quilts) is banging out his charity quilts - more strippy ones and one of my favorites the St. Louis Sixteen Block. He blogs about having used some not great looking fabric that ends up looking great when made up into the block. He is right! It is incredible how a quilt can come out great using a what may appear as a dud fabric on its own but comes to life when matched with another fabric. There are going to be some happy recipients!!

Summer Bliss in Purple by From My Carolina Home

Carole (From my Carolina Home) is looking forward to summer as she just finished her Summer Bliss in Purple! It is a tessellating design that is sure to please the eye! She fell in love with the quilt design when seeing it on the front cover of a quilting magazine! I can see why! I would love to have this lovely quilt adorning one of my beds and in the same glorious purple colored fabric.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 2014 Bloom Project

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My first order of business is to apologize for the expired linky tools subscription. It should be up soon. The first month was free but thereafter there is a fee. It is such a nominal one and so worth it though!  If you attempted to link up in March and couldn't link up your late March finishes please link up in April.

I have been quite out of pocket due to long hours working my accounting business. I have a couple more weeks of crazy busyness but I am seeing through the end of it. I actually have made a couple of business trips, a workshop and a conference in March. The conference was in Charleston, SC, a wonderful historic city to visit. Unfortunately, there was no time to search out their local quilt or fabric store.

Since my March was not a normal routine month I didn't complete a project. I was tracking along fine until mid-month. Many of you did complete a finish or two and more.

February and March there were a total of 10 finishes. I understand there were more! 

Congratulations to those who are blooming finishes!

My projects in progress. Read more about them here.

 Now it is your turn! Let us see what is in the works or completed!

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