The Kittens Quilt: I started this on a whim last quarter, but Jessica has just got a big girl's bed, which needs a big-girl's quilt, so it's quite fortuitous really. It's a finished quilt top and I'm hoping to get it quilted and bound before Jess's birthday later this week.
Fancy Forest was on my finish along list last quarter, but I lot momentum. I still have quite a long way to go, but the designer, Elizabeth Hartman, recently released first peaks at her latest patterns, and inevitably a few have been added to the list, so I'd better get moving on this.
Awesome Ocean is another Elizabeth Hartman pattern. I made really good progress on this during March and thoroughly enjoyed piecing it, so I need to keep going. There are still a lot of blocks to make, but they are good fun and I'm really enjoying the colour scheme I've picked. This photo is from a couple of weeks ago, and more blocks have joined these since I took it.
And speaking of Elizabeth Hartman patterns, my sister-in-law saw the sloth pattern and made some not-so-subtle hints about her upcoming 30th birthday. I showed her the unicorn in case she preferred it, and now it's a sloths and unicorns quilt. Obviously. In pink and grey...
My Tula Butterfly quilt is languishing. It's another completed top, but I have to confess that the quilting is a bit daunting. I know there's no way I can replicate what Angela Walters did on Tula's original, but I have plans for something a bit more involved than just an all-over stipple. I picked up some Alison Glass Chroma on sale, and it needs some serious man-handling to be pieced into a back big enough, but I think it's do-able. I need to break this down into achievable steps, and then tackle them one at a time, rather than looking at the whole. To be honest, I'll be happy with progress, rather than a finish on this project!
At the start of Quarter 3, the #100days100blocks project will kick off again for the final time. I've had loads of fun with this project over the last couple of year: a block a day for 100 days using the Tula Pink City Sampler book. Last year's quilts are finished, but the year before I made 2 quilts and neither is more than a pile of blocks, so my Neon City quilt is going on the list, and so is the Cuty Sampler in purples for Michael's cousin as a wedding present. They will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary this summer.... whoops.
And the original City Sampler I made when I was pregnant with Mia is still unfinished. This is being held up by over-ambitious quilting. I can't stop now, so I need to make some progress in the same vein in which I started! It'll never get finished if I never get it out of the cupboard. So last Friday I got it out of the cupboard and added some more quilting - I thoroughly enjoyed it but there's still a long way to go.
There are a couple of quilts I promised the girls last year that need to be finished, and which I don't think will take that long (famous last words): firstly a cat quilt for Mia using the Kitten Around pattern by Pen and Paper Patterns. I've made one block, and everything is cut for the remaining three blocks and border. I may need to make this quilt a bit bigger than the original pattern, so I need to put my thinking cap on.
And for Jessica, I started making her a dog quilt, using a foundation pieced pattern from one of the UK magazines. She has since transferred her loyalties from dogs to cats (see project number 1 above), so I'm going to make the one block I did piece into a cushion.
Two projects started last year and fell out of love with need to be finished: the #52weekswith thequiltersplanner blocks were all a bit different and I made 11 blocks at 6". I think a 9-block cushion is the best way forwards, with the two remaining blocks maybe on the back somehow. And I made 9 blocks at 12" which I plan to sash as they are, then piece into a large amount of low volume I already have to hand, and make a lap quilt. Rumour has it that a local quilting shop has a long arm to rent, so I'm thinking I might try and book some time and have a play on this quilt!
I'm adding a fair lot of embroidery to my list this quarter: first up are a couple of hoops for the girls: moon moth and mermaid - if I can find the mermaid printed panel.... if not it'll just be moon moth! And I'm half-way through an embroidery for my husband: "It's Just a Phase" - our constant cry when the kids are being mingers! And finally my Threadfolk embroidered garden, which I enjoy when I pick it up, but don't pick it up enough. I'm ready to enjoy this on my wall (and start the next Threadfolk design I have lined up - it's on the list!) And the final embroidery is a portrait of my wedding bouquet from ten years ago. I'm done some preliminary sketches and I think I know how I want to do it.
Another hoop I would like to make is the narwhal hoop for Mia - I've listed it before but never got to it. I had a fabric pull in the past, but I'm going to change it. I think. I had kind of hooped Mia would forget, but she saw one on Instagram the other day and that is not the case. And I've started a pineapple-themed hoop using curved EPP.
There's some more EPP on the list as well this quarter: The discarded Tula Nova centre shouldn't linger - although it isn't right for my Tula Nova it is very pretty in its own right, so will be a cushion. I'm also planning to hand quilt it, as a dry run for my Tula Nova proper.
Also up is very very very old EPP project which I rediscovered in the recent tidy up (looking for the missing mermaid) - it's made from Mama Said Sew and I started it in 2013.
Another untouched project is the pieced hexagons I started this time last year as my #mitchelinmantostickman project. The diet didn't last, but there was too much work in these blocks to be a good project. This year the diet is going better - I'm three months in and I've lost over a stone now. And chosen a different way to mark my success. So these three hexies are going to be turned into seven hexies as another cushion. Have I mentioned how much my husband LOVES cushions!
Those three hexies are made from a warm colour-way bundle of Blueberry Park, and they feature in my next project too: my machine-pieced hexy project that I started on a whim in March, originally planning a pillow. I want to make this much bigger - it's just so bright and happy. Not sure how big I'll go, but it would be good if it didn't linger! I'm up to two blocks!
Everyone loves a good zippy pouch. My daughters are no exception. I'm thinking a rabbit for Mia (to match her newly acquired Sylvanian Families) and a cat for Jessica (to match her soon to be acquired Sylvanian Families)! And I want a new pouch too - the Inside Out Pouch by Aneela Hoey - I've picked up some Tula Pink All Stars specifically for this project.
And finally.... Mia started ballet lessons this month and needs a bag for her ballet and tap shoes. I'll leave it a couple of weeks just to make sure she still enjoys it. But she has loved her first two lessons and keeps talking about it.
That makes 26 projects in total - definitely not my longest list ever, but hopefully partially achievable! How many projects are on your list?