Smash My Stash # 4: Setting Priorities


Smash My StashPicking up where we left off here, here, and here

Making A List

When I first decided 2016 was going to be my year to begin reducing my inventory (Smash My Stash), I felt it was necessary to make a list of everything I had, categorize it, establish a plan of attack and then return each of the items to storage. My next plan was to share the list with YOU. By the time I had my enormous list of UFPs (unfinished projects) written down I realized it was slightly too large and way to boring to share with anyone but myself. Nobody wants to read a list that extends beyond one hundred items.

One Hundred Weeks or More

With that volume of projects, if I successfully completed one each week, I would have enough to keep me going through all of 2016 and the better part of 2017. For some of the projects a week would be more than enough time to finish. For others a seven-day goal would be way too ambitious.

Prioritizing

Even though it didn’t seem so at the time, making the list was much easier than the thought process I went through to prioritize it. Much contemplation went into separating out the things that must get done from the ones that could stand to be moved to the bottom of the list.

At the top and glaringly obvious were:

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Once those are complete I think I will work on a few of my smaller projects.

If I add up all of the above items the total count comes to fifteen. Fifteen is not a small number.  To start the ball rolling I have chosen to finish Mr. J’s cathedral quilt. See photos below.

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IMG_8776Mr. J’s Quilt Top

So glad you decided to come back for round four. Be watching for the next edition in my series Smash My Stash!

Cindy Anderson

Heart & Home: Next Comes the Borders


Heart & Home Quilt

Hours and hours have been invested in my Heart & Home Quilt  by Heart to Hand Patterns I’ve been watching the twelve blocks as they evolved from a pattern in an envelope to fully developed 14 1/2″ square quilt blocks complete with hand applied embellishments.  All twelve blocks are pretty enough to stand on their own yet even more beautiful when combined together.

The Last Stitch was Applied

Late this afternoon I finished the last bit of hand stitching.  Next each of the twelve quilt squares were assembled and stitched into four rows.  The rows were then combined to form a quilt top.  After carefully pressing the entire project I grabbed the quilt, my camera and headed upstairs to take some photos.

The Reveal

I am so proud to share with you my fabulous Heart & Home Quilt top

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along with a closeup of one of my favorite squares.

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I Can’t Wait

Now I can’t wait to get busy sewing the borders and finally quilting the whole thing on my long arm quilt machine.  This is going to be a spectacular quilt.

I Am Linking Up

It’s Wednesday so it’s time to link up with Freshly Pieced.  I’m so honored to share my post with the other WIP updates.  Make sure you pay a visit to

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

and check out the other wonderful projects.

P.S.  If you are interested in reading about the history of this quilt, browse through my categories and look for Heart and Home under the Quilts I Have Made section.

A Look Back at January


Before I completely say good-bye to January here were some of the highlights

A Lovely Year of Finishes

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Tick-Tock

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A Fabric Bundle

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Sandy Quilt # 2 Update

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The Composition Cover

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Heart and Home Quilt Update

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Take A Look at This

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and This

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Sandy Quilt # 2 Finished

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Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery

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Just imagine, that’s only the highlights!  January was an incredibly busy month.  One can only guess what February holds in store.  I look forward to unfolding its pages.  See you soon!

Heart & Home Quilt Update


Welcome to WIP Wednesday!

I’ve been participating in this online accountability forum since last summer.  Along the way I have shared a plethora of projects.  Some of those items have long since been completed and then again some of them are still hanging around.

One of My Favorites

One of my all-time favorite WIP projects has been by-far the Heart & Home quilt by Heart to Hand.  This lovely wool quilt has been hanging around in my to-do basket since early last year.  Slowly, ever so slowly, I’ve been plodding along.  I’ve had two occasions when I’ve actually spent the better part of an entire day focused solely on this quilt.  The first was during the Madison Modern Quilt Guild‘s sewing day in December and the second was last Sunday.  If my hubby hadn’t been out-of-town the majority of the previous week I probably would have participated in the Madison Modern Quilt Guild’s sewing day on the 19th.  My hubby assured me it I stayed home with him all day Saturday he would afford me a day of uninterrupted sewing on the 20th.

Much Was Accomplished

By the time my hubby had filled our home with the most amazing aroma of home-made chicken soup my day of progress on my Heart & Home quilt had come to a close.  As I switched off the light on my Pfaff sewing machine I paused to admire the almost finished blocks.  All that’s left to do on all but one block is the hand embellishments.  Pictured below are the blocks I worked on.

Block # 6 (Hand stitching left to do)

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Block # 7 ( Hand stitching left to do)

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Block # 8 (Hand stitching left to do)

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Block # 9 (As you can see I still must stitch down the applique pieces)

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Block # 10 (Hand stitching left to do)IMG_3290_New

Block # 11 (Hand stitching left to do)

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Block # 12 (ALL DONE!!!)

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Once I complete the miscellaneous tasks on these blocks I can finally sew them all together.  I can’t wait to make it to that point.  You can be sure I will share an update when that finally happens.  Until then I’ll keep working along.

That’s it For Now

My WIP update is now finished.  I have linked up with Freshly Pieced.  Make sure you visit her blog to see what everyone else has been doing.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

To-Do-List


As mentioned in my post of January 3, 2013 one of my goals for this year was to establish and maintain a list of finished and unfinished projects.  Putting together such a list took quite a bit of research.  After rummaging through my stash of patterns, books and kits my scribbled notes were entered into an Excel Spreadsheet.  From that spreadsheet I put together this document.

Periodically throughout 2013 and beyond I hope to update this document.  I will use this resource to hold myself accountable.  My intention is to finish as many items on this list during 2013 as possible.  Hopefully the 2013 finished projects will far outweigh the volume of items I might add during the year.  So without saying anything more here’s the result of my research:

*Quilt Tops Ready for Quilting*

Bear’s Paw Quilt by Eleanor Burns from the TRIO of Treasured Quilts Quilt in a Day Series

Simple Times quilt by American Crib Quilts

*Fabric and Quilt Patterns Purchased For*

Autumn Quilt by Heart To Hand (added 2012)

Christmas Fun by Life’s A Stitch (added 12/2012)

First Year Log Cabin by Acorn Quilts (added 2012)

Heart & Home by Heart To Hand (added 2012)

Snowy Days by Heart To Hand (added 2012)

The Bundling Board by Primitive Pieces (added 2012)

The Log House by Washboard Quilts by Pat at Life’s A Stitch (added 9/2012)

*Quilt Pattern Purchased For*

Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs (added 2012)

Civil War Battle Series # 2 by Clothesline Quilts

Courthouse Square # 169 by Country Threads

Family * Home * Friends by Cottage Creek Quilts

Full House by Schnibbles at Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.  Purchased at Life’s A Stitch.  (added 2012)

In My Folk Art Garden by The Cinnamon Patch.  Purchased in Colorado Springs.  (added October 2012)

Joyful Welcome by Threads That Bind

Martin’s Pennies by Civil War Legacies

Snow Drifts by Hanging by a Thread

Sundance by Villa Rosa Designs (added 7/31/2012)

Tall * Small by Waltzing with Bears (added 2012)

*Fabric and/or Craft Pattern Purchased For*

Chelsea Tote by Lazy Girl

Elf Mittens by Button Stitch Designs.  Purchased from Life’s A Stitch.  (added 2012)

Encore Purse Insert by Studio Kat  3/19/13 Update:  Fabric purchased

Just Swell by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms.  Sewing Machine Cover (added October 2012)

Little Cupcake Tote by Penny Sturges for Quilts Illustrated.  Purchased from Nanas Quilt Cottage in Colorado Springs.  (added October 2012)

Margo Handbag by Lazy Girl.  Purchased from Life’s A Stitch.  (added 2012)

Patchwork Ironing Board Covers by Cotton Way.  Pattern purchased from Mill House Quilts (added 2012)

Penny Mats thru the Year, January, April and November by Buttermilk Basin.  Purchased from Life’s a Stitch.  (added 2012)

Sunflower Pillow by The Cottage at Cardiff Farms (added 7/31/2012)

Sunny Days Table Runner by Buttons for Hillcreek Designs.  Purchased from Backyard Quilts. (added 2012)

The Sammi Grace Bag by Fishsticks Designs

Tweety Birds by Creative Fiber Expressions (added 7/31/2012)

I also have fabric purchased to make three children’s quilts.  These quilts do not require a pattern.  (Two of these quilts are now finished.  One remains to be quilted.)

*Finished Items*

My Colorado daughter’s king sized quilt (Finished September 2012)

Garden Party Table Runner by Mary Cain.  Pattern purchased from Mill House Quilts.  (Finished 2012)

Hold Anything Bag by Dancing Crane Designs Pattern purchased from Mill House Quilts, fabric purchased from Backyard Quilts (Finished November, 2012)

Sandy Quilt # 1 (Finished January 2013)

Sandy Quilt # 2 (Finished 1/28/2013)

Sandy Quilt # 3 (Finished 2/25/2013)

Sandy Quilt # 4 (Finished 3/17/2013)

Tag Along by This & That.  Purchased from Life’s A Stitch. (added 2012) 3/19/13 Update:  Fabric ordered from Fabricworm.  Finished

May Night from the Pineapple Passion Collection by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan published by That Patchwork Place.  Finished 4/25/2013

Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl  3/19/2013 Update:  Fabric purchased 5/6/2013 Update:  Project started  Update:  Project completed 5/28/2013