Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Purpose Driven

It seems to be easier to finish a project when there is a deadline or a purpose for whatever task is at hand. The start of this year began with lists; lists of quilts in motion, tops that need backs and quilting, blocks in boxes that need to be transformed into a top and eventually into a quilt and kits that have never seen the light of day. If I can tag a purpose or a deadline to a project, I know my chances of a finish are a lot better. I realized a purpose for this project while I was away, and I'm starting the year with a finish.
They say that what you do today, you do for the year. I'm covering all my bases. After piecing this little project, I made the back, layered it and started the machine quilting. It's simple, but effective.
Since I love applique, I thought I better add it to the mix of things today, and I got the flower and a few leaves stitches down.
And true to my plan, I've organized and started the hand quilting on my BTCT. I was asked a few questions, so here are a few details.
The thread is YLI Natural, I use John James #10 Betweens needles, the batting is Quilters Dream Select. This top measures 100 x 100 so I'm sure I'll empty this spool and put a dent into a new one.
My goal for the hand quilting is the summer of 2014. Since hand quilting makes for a boring blogger, I will post my progress on this once a month.

I also realized how much I got done while being "unplugged" over Christmas. As much as I love reading and commenting and posting, I may be putting a self imposed limit on my computer time.

Happy New Years to all!


Mimi said...

I love the "wave" in your flag; and what a good idea to do a little bit of everything...like you said to cover your bases. It's going to be a good year...I am sure.

Janet O. said...

Looks like you are off to a good start.
I always have to limit my blogging time--I even set a timer on myself. And I don't do blog hops that cause me to go reading blogs I don't normally read.
Your tumbler flag looks good--I wish I had quilted mine that way.

Lori said...

Looks like you are off to a great start!

taylorsoutback said...

I really took to heart your earlier post about what you do on New Year's Day will continue throughout the year - spent time in the sewing room while a loaf of bread was rising - 2 of my favorite things! Would have been out in the garden too but the snow cover stopped me on that one.

Love the flag & & the way you finished it.

Happy stitching in 2013!

Louise said...

Since I am still trying to shake this bug I have I will have to delay my first day of the New Year in the sewing room. I like your idea on that though. I am not surprised to see you have your needles loaded and ready to go. I will have to get something prepped so that we might share some stitching time.

Kathie said...

glad you covered all the bases :)
yes its amazing how much more I get done in the sewing room when I turn off the laptop!

Vicky said...

Love your flag, and the applique project -- oh, my!!! Please post often about your hand quilting! I want to work on that this year!