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Finish-Along Q3 2019

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1.  (Q3 2015)  I'm making a low-volume and turquoise version of a scrappy trip around the world quilt and I've actually started the piecing!  Yes, I'm as shocked as you are!  I've made four blocks so far and, if I carry on at this rate, I'll have all the blocks pieced in a mere...four years. Which is almost as long as it's sat untouched so...

2. (Q1 2015)  Oh, this poor quilt!  It's been on several of my FAL lists and was, briefly, a finish.  Then I realised that there was a problem with the quilting (the bobbin thread keeps snapping) and I've been meaning to replace the quilting.  I was going to quilt it with the 40wt version of the 50wt I originally used, but I'm currently lacking confidence in that brand of thread so am going to get some YLI or King Tut and use that instead.  It was originally quilted with grey on top and turquoise in the bobbin, but I think I'll just stick with one colour, probably grey...

Drunkard's Path quilt - the front

3(Q2 2016)  I have been planning this quilt since at least 2013 and would like to at least make a start on prepping blocks.  (I've been saying that for a while...)  I have a range of backgrounds and some gorgeous Oakshott (Scandinavian, I think).  The block pattern is in the photo and I've already completed a test block. 
Pointy points

4. (Q2 2016)  This needs layering and pinning ready for quilting, once I've bought the wadding and decided on how I'm going to quilt it. I doubt I'll make progress on this for quite a while, but once a project is on my FAL list, it stays on until it's either finished or officially abandoned! (No, they're not two different colours of background, it's just the difference between pieced/unpieced and straight/bias - you don't see it in real life.)

ET top

5. (Q4 2016) I'm going to turn this pink pin cord into a round neck pinafore version of the Kate dress:

6. (Q4 2016) This rather 80s winter sports print (it really could be from then as it came out of someone's loft!) is going to become a version of the Kate dress, possibly with a v neck and long/elbow length sleeves.

7. (Q2 2017) The top fabric is going to become a Kate dress:
Boyes strikes again! The fabric at the bottom (a chambray-coloured poplin at £2.45/m) is going to become a toile of the Fancy Tiger sailor top pattern I bought from @charlottesews_destash (possibly with the addition of some pink gingham bias binding as an

8. (Started around October 2012)  I've recently cut all the pieces for the nine patch blocks which will alternate with the embroidered blocks and I'm going to start writing the rest of the stories the stories behind the blocks, maybe one a week?

9.  (Q2 2017) I want to make a Christmas quilt (yes, another one!) from these pieces of Winterkist.  I'm going to make a version of Sarah's Stained quilt, with navy sashing (thanks for the idea, Salley!):
The other project I need background for is this lovely collection of Winterkist. I'm going to make a version of @sleepinsarah's Stained quilt (swipe to see the two I've already made) and am trying to decide on a colour for the sashing - any suggestions?

10. (Q2 2017) This Italian lawn is going to become a top version of the Kate dress or a shirt no.1, depending on how I feel when I lay it on the sewing table:
Italian lawn - Kate top

11.  (Q4 2017) The pinafore I made last year needs a lining (it needs a slip under it, but the armholes are too low for the slips I have, so a lining it is):
Pinafore - needs a lining

12. (Q4 2018) Jen (Mum In The Mad House) and I are making jeans together and we are having our hands held by a very talented friend of ours, without who we wouldn't be doing this! I've traced and altered the pattern as far as I'm able without a first fit and have washed my denim. 

13 - 15. (Q3 2019) Socks: 

16 & 17. (Q3 2019) Socks - I have four skeins from Made By Penguins to knit into socks by December, so I'll try to knit two this quarter and two next quarter.  This quarter, I'll knit the wine and the white/yellow skeins (top and left - I think it'll be easier to knit the purple before the nights start to pull in!) and the other two will go on Q4's list:

My FAL list is definitely reducing - this time last year, it stood at thirty-five and now it's (just) under half that! I'm pleased that my self-imposed rule of 'put no more items on the list than you finished the previous quarter' is having an effect.  Now, if only I could persuade some others to adopt it...  I'm still a member of the #ridiculouslylongFALlist gang,mind...   

Mini Archie is still standing guard at the sewing room door: 

I is afraid you can't leave until you has doned more sewing...


  1. I am voting for some progress and thus more pictures of no. 1 and 4 :) But of course good luck and lots of fun with all your sewing adventures! xo Melanie

  2. Wow, MA is sure putting in the sparkles to show enthusiasm for your sewing & knitting!!! Can't wait to see what comes together this quarter. Wishing you the best and bringing out the pompoms to cheer you on!!!

    1. Unfortunately, he prods me even more frequently when he uses his sparkly stick because he likes the way the light catches it when it moves...

  3. Good luck! My list is also ridiculously long (I think there are 7 quilts on there!!) but what the heck, they can always be there next quarter! MA is looking spiffing in his rainbow jumper!!

  4. Hmmmm, maybe we need to get him pike flag twirling lessons so he can be distracted by the sparkly spinning stick?

    1. Don't give him ideas, he'll be choreographing a routine and demanding we all learn it!

    2. Oh my! That would be quite a challenge. Oopsy!

    3. Well if it happens, I know who will be my first recruit to the squad!

  5. Good to see you are still member of the #ridiculouslylongFALlist gang, though if you keep limiting yourself to only as many projects as you finished the previous quarter that stops probably soon enough?! A wonderfully inspiring list, I hope (know) that you are making good progress on your list by now (sorry to be so slow commenting)!!!
    Thank you for joining in the Finish-A-Long, on behalf of all the hosts!


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