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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

September and October Progress & News

I travelled much of September - South Africa and more of the same coming up for the rest of October - Barcelona.  Not complaining but it is my excuse reason for not doing a progress report at the end of September.  Given that I'll be away now for the rest of October and won't be sewing during that (other than my usual travelling handwork) I thought I'd combine the two months.

Here are my makes for September,

As a volunteer at Quilters Take Manhattan, I needed a piece of apparel made from QTM fabric (available from Spoonflower).  I made this Vendor Apron, I shared it with you back in my August news and now I've worn it for a day at the event there's a change I want to make to it ready for when I write it up as a pattern.

Did you hear I won QTM Quilt Match 2016?  It was fabulous fun and I'll share more about it in a blog post at some point but for now here's a pic of my with my winning quilt top.

The NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild made a quilt for the husband of one of our members - these are the two blocks I made for the quilt and if you'd like to make some yourself this is the link to the tute I wrote for the guild.

I squeezed in designing the first of 3 Sashiko patterns, I'll mention them a bit more in the October news next.

Now, here are my October makes.

There are 2 more Sashiko pattern designs I've finished - can't share them yet, they'll be available in the future as part of a Sashiko kit but that's all I can say for now.

Made a quilt top and it's currently on its way to Quilt Market to showcase some potential new fabrics.  Can't share that project either I'm afraid as it's all hush-hush until the designer's deal is done, 

Wrote a couple of tutes, though not the one's I mentioned were in the pipeline back in August, they're still in the pipeline!

And there have been four, YES 4, blog hops and giveaways.  I'll mention the 2 October blog hops first as they're still current so if you hurry you can still take part:

- giveaway ends 10 am (EST), Saturday, 22 October (US residents only)

- giveaway ends 10 am (EST), Friday, 28 October (open internationally)

and the September blog hops were won by Lauren Gaube


and Sonya

There have been three issues of mbCD news.  Just in case you missed them here's the links so you can catch up:

If you'd like to subscribe and have future newsletters emailed directly to you, you can do so here - and, I'd love it if you'd let your friends know too :D

Projects in the pipeline for November include:
A quilt block blog hop with Benartex - that's all, I can hardly believe it.  Maybe I'll be able to clear some of those WIPs that have been hanging around for way too long.  Maybe not.  Things have a habit of cropping up at the last minute and keeping me busy!

Finally, it's time to take a look how my UFO/WIP List looked at the end of August;

and let's compare it with the end of September - those last 8 columns on the right are all finished work:
Completed - SeptemberAugustJulyJuneMayApril / March / February / January

and then the end of October

Can't get over how much I'm achieving though I'd like to move more of the WIP/UFOs to the completed side rather than adding newly completed projects.  I'm using the web app Trello, a digital notebook, you can read more about it here in my January Progress Report.

and here's my updated UFO/WIP list at end October 2016 
I'll carry on including the list in this format too so you can click through to the blog posts and read more but I'll also include my Trello boards because these are such a great visual of my progress.

Bear's Paw quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started December 2012
Transparency quilt - started 2012
5 baby quilts - started 2012
Skillbuilder quilt - started January 2013
Giant HST quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started December 2014
Shirt quilt - started 2014
Cloud 9 circles quilt - started January 2015
Aviatrix quilt - started 2015
Batik animal quilt - started 2012-2015
Improv curves quilt - started 2015
Sliced jelly roll quilt - started 2015
8 Snugglies - started 2015
Sashiko/Kantha quilt - started July 2015
8 Point Star Quilt - started March 2016
Kukulcan quilt - started May 2016
Improv Beyond The Bee quilt - started August 2016
Tea Time quilt - started September 2016
Quilt Market quilt top - started October 2016
Blackboard quilt - not yet started

Jelly roll quilt -  started December 2015/finished January 2016
Quilting By The Lake quilt - started July 2015/finished January 2016
Sliced improv block quilt - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Bee Quilt - started November 2013/finished January 2016
4 Snugglies - started 2015/finished February 2016
4 Snugglies - started 2015/finished March 2016
Xmas quilt - started/finished July 2016
Hungry Caterpillar quilt - started/finished August 2016
Paint chip Challenge quilt - started/finished August 2016
Maribel Bowties quilt - started August 2016/completed September 2016
Just One Block quilt (previously called First Blush) - started July 2016/completed October 2016

Quilt Blocks & Pattern Testing
Timeless Treasures NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild challenge - started/finished February 2016
Seahorse FPP testing for Tartankiwi - started February 2016/finished March 2016
NYC Metro MOD QG Improv: Beyond The Bee blocks for Jenny - started/finished May 2016
3 Guild Officer signature blocks - started/finished May 2016
3 Hearts for #Pulse blocks - started/finished June 2016
6 Rainbow Strip for #Pulse blocks - started/finished June 2016
Floating Squares - Improv Beyond The Bee blocks for Audrey - started/finished July 2016
Doodle Patchwork - Improv Beyond The Bee blocks for Caroline - started/finished August 2016
NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild Late Summer Squares Quilt Challenge blocks - started/finished August 2016
3 x Sashiko Quilt Block pattern designs - started September 2016/finished October 2016

Hand Sewing
Cross stitch - lilies - started 2003
Coffin hexies - started January 2013
Hexie hexies - started 2014

Hand quilted quilt - started September 2013/finished January 2016

Flicky's dress - started 2012
Flicky's skirt - started 2014
Boxer shorts - started January 2015

Boxer shorts - started January 2015/finished January 2016
Flicky's PJ bottoms - started/finished January 2016
Flicky's PJ bottoms - started/finished January 2016
2 Liberty Aprons - started/finished February 2016
Vendor Apron - started/finished September 2016

Textile Crafts
Pirate dolls - started 1998
Flicky's book cover - started 2010
Jelly Roll block cushion - started 2013
Xmas cushion - started 2013
Flapped tissue case - started 2013
Snail block - started 2013
Fabric game - started 2014
Fabric book - started 2014
Create fabric covers for 2 canisters - started 2015
Tula Pink storage containers - started December 2015
Name Badge - started February 2016

Mini butterfly cushion - started December 2012/finished January 2016
Pincushion Organiser/Thread Catcher - started/finished February 2016
Slouchy Bag - started/finished March 2016
13 Pixie Baskets - started/finished March 2016
Modern By The Yard Issue 1:2 Elephant Tote Bag - started/finished May 2016
Modern By The Yard Issue 1:2 Sevilla Tote Bag - started/finished May 2016
Sevilla Detachable Wallet & Key Clip - started/finished May 2016
Xmas Cards - started/finished June 2016
Penguin cushion - started/finished July 2016
2 Xmas cushions - started/finished July 2016
Double Make-Up Bag - started/finished August 2016
Multi Pencil Case - started/finished August 2016
Simply Chic Satchel - started/finished August 2016
Double Zippered Pencil Case - started/finished August 2016
Sewing Room Mug Rug - started/finished October 2016

Textile Art
Quilting By The Lake - Series 1 - started July 2015
Quilting By the Lake - Series 2 - started July 2015

Replace worn blocks on Simon's quilt - started November 2015
Restuff and mend teddy - started 2015
Repair various clothes for family - started 2015

Replace buttons on Button quilt - started November 2015/finished February 2016
Repair handles on felted bag - started April 2012/finished February 2016
Repaired quilting lines on Yuma quilt - started/finished March 2016
Flicky's and Chris' jeans repair - started/finished May 2016
Flicky's tweed coat repair - started/finished May 2016
Flicky's satin dress sleeve refit - started/finished May 2016
Resizing Flicky's king size duvet set to a queen size - started/finished May 2016
Resizing top for Flicky - started/finished August 2016

To keep track of all related blog posts in one place I've created a page you can click through to and see this post and each of my monthly update reports; you can click through to it here.

Have you sworn to clear your UFOs/WIP this year?  How are you going about it?  Let me know if you start using the Trello app too.
Do share your ideas and progress, you might just inspire someone to do the same :D

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  1. Thank you for sharing your tips love reading your blog.

  2. You certainly have enough to keep you occupied Chris! What a great way to record your progress


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