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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:

IMG_3290_NewOne of the blocks in the Heart & Home Quilt

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

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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!

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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 # 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

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Two New Quilts to be Quilted

Do you ever feel like your project has become so much a part of your daily routine that you will be sad when it is finished?  That’s how I feel about my Heart & Home quilt by Heart to Hand from Acorn Quilts.  I’ve been slowly plodding away making progress on my quilt.  Because it was intended to be a BOM (Block of the Month) project I guess it’s not unusual that I am still not finished.  Since last week I have been able to cut out the applique pieces for the remaining blocks seven through twelve plus those destined for the borders.  I’ve also lined up the foundation fabrics for each of the blocks and begun piecing them together.  If this were the only project I were working on I most likely would be finished by now.  But because I sandwich its progression in amongst everything else my Heart & Home quilt lingers on.  Here is my most recent photo.

Since last Wednesday I have also taken on two small quilting projects.  The first one is this sweet little hand-made wall hanging constructed by my youngest daughter’s mother-in-law.  She had originally tried quilting it on her own but was dissatisfied with the results so she removed all of the stitching.  My mind has been going crazy day-dreaming about which free motion stitch patterns to use.  Take a look at the quilt.

The second quilting project arrived yesterday.  My oldest daughter stopped by with my youngest granddaughter Miss M to deliver this modern quilt.

She’s been exploring the world of quilting searching for her own direction.  My daughter has dabbled with traditional as well as paper-piecing.  Paper piecing has turned out to be her favorite.  While this quilt is not paper-pieced this is her first completed wall hanging.  She has decided to free-motion quilt her smaller projects on her own leaving the larger ones for me.  We briefly discussed her wish list for the free-motion quilting.  With a visual picture painted in my mind she left her quilt in my possession.  This too should be well under way by next week.  Be sure to stop next week for updates.

I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

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New Fabric

I may not have a lot to show for my efforts this week, but much progress has been made.  I’ve been busily tracing, cutting out and ironing on pattern pieces for the last six blocks of Acorn Quilt’s BOM called Heart & Home  by Heart & Hand.  I couldn’t begin to tell you how many pieces I’ve cut out since starting the project,.  All I know is that’s it’s been piles and piles and piles.  I get so excited when I see the blocks coming together.  I hope before long to have new pictures to share.

Moving on to another topic, I had a wonderful time shopping last Sunday at the Backyard Quilt Shop in Fort Atkinson.  After deciding to close their doors they began offering a 25% discount on everything in stock.  Who could possibly pass up such an opportunity? Obviously I couldn’t.   I was thrilled to find fabrics for two projects.  The first were these fabrics for a small quilt for my littlest granddaughter.

The blue floral will be the main focus.  Surrounding that fabric will be two borders.  First in line will be the cute purple swirled fabric followed by the other purple one.  Bringing up the rear will be the yellow and white specimen.  I’m really looking forward to seeing this all come together.  Constructing the simple quilt should go rather quickly because the strips for the borders as well as the binding have already been cut.  Stay tuned for notations on future progress.

My second bundle of fabric was purchased to make the Sewing Caddy by Gina Allen.

Both fabrics are used in multiple sections of the caddy.  You will either have to use your imagination or wait until I have the organizer finished to see how I apply these fabrics.

Aside from the two bundles of fabric, I also purchased yet another pattern.  This one’s called Sunny Days by Kansas Trouble Quilters.  The pattern is for a 12″ x 49″ table runner with sunflowers.  Passing up this pattern was all but impossible because sunflowers are one of my all-time favorite flowers.  I’ve searched the KT Quilts website for a link to this specific pattern but have been unsuccessful so I guess you will have to check back for updates to see what it looks like.  🙂

That’s about it for this week.  Stop back next Wednesday for more fun at In A Stitch Quilting.

I’ve linked up with Freshly Pieced.