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Finish-Along Q4 2016

Finish A Long 2016

Once again, it's time to write my new FAL list, and once again, I find myself copying and pasting last quarter's and making minimal changes.  Maybe this is the quarter where some of the long-standing projects get finished?  *watches a pig fly across the sky*   Just for fun (??? humiliation, more like), I've gone back through my past FAL lists and have made a note of when each project appeared - sometimes the project was partially started, other times it was a pile of fabric and a plan.  Depressingly, the latter projects seem to be the least likely to have changed in the intervening months/years.  I'm hoping that this will enable me to pinpoint the oldest items on the lists and tackle them.  I won't be tackling them first but...  *grins*

1. (Q2 2013) I have finally started hand quilting this quilt!!
Blue and white - the hand quilting has finally started!
I'm on row five.  Of seventeen...

2. (Q2 2014) I have finally added the machine quilting the background of this quilt and am ready to pick up the hand quilting once November rolls round.  (I only do the hand quilting on it in November, December and January of each year - no wonder it's taking so long to finish!)  This is my Christmas Cherry quilt (based on the Made In Cherry pattern by Sarah Fielke). 
Ready to start hand quilting the background

3. (Q3 2015) I'm (still) planning to make two 'bolster' cushions to go with the blue and white quilt and intend to use the 508 'bonus' HSTs which resulted from making the snowball blocks.  I (still) need to decide how to arrange them, but something like the middle one (with all the triangles pointing out) is the front runner.

4. (Q3 2015)  I need to turn this pulled thread work into a pin cushion I'm going to put this pulled thread into a hoop and hang it on the wall.  (I really don't need a pin cushion which is too nice to put pins in!)
Pulled thread

5 and 6. (Q1 2016) Mam and I need a bag to take our cutting boards and rulers to workshops.  We don't usually go to the same one so we can easily share a bag rather than having one each.  (I'm not quite sure why I've been landed with the job when she takes her board far more often and will probably use the bag much more!)  We got this off-cut (with an extra 30% off!) just before Christmas (2015) and I'm just going to make a simple bag (French seams, no lining, short handles) for the board (item 5) and then a padded pouch for the 24" x 8.5" ruler (item 6).  I'll use the curtain fabric for the mat bag and the canvas for the ruler bag, unless there's more fabric in that bag than I think.  (That's right, I haven't even opened the bag!)

Cutting mat and ruler bag

7, 8 and 9.  I only have one Christmas/winter cushion and that obviously needs rectifying.  I've pulled some fabric for two cushions - one will be made from hexagons and polar bears (item 7), the other will be made from octagons and penguins (item 8)  With the remaining fabric, I'm going to make a table runner (item 9) using a combination of strips and squares.
Two Christmas cushions and a runner

10. (Q4 2014)  This is a cushion kit which I won from Kerry/Seamstar.  It's been on my list for a while now and I have made some progress since this photo was taken: I've ironed all the fabric!

Cushion cover kit

11. (Q3 2015)  A friend bought me this lovely embroidery outline a while ago and I'd love to make it into a pouch.  (Yes, another one!)
Seaside embroidery

12. (Q3 2015)  This project has been long in the planning (well, more long in the fabric collecting and thinking!) and was going to be simple squares with lots of hand quilting.  I've slightly changed my plan and it will now be a scrappy trip quilt, inspired by Lynz's version.  I have some gorgeous low volume strips (sent by a wee treasure!) to add to these, they're in the photo below this one, and I'm going to add two or three shades of aqua/turquoise to act as accents.

Pale scrappy trip
LV strips

13. (Q4 2015)  This table runner (block pattern by Reene Witchard - find it here) is now ready for quilting. 

14. (Q4 2015)  This is also going to become a table runner for my new coffee table, once I can bring myself to cut into the embroidered (not by me!)  table cloth!
Liberty and linen

15. (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've done one line (with different stitch length and tension from the first time) but, I'll be honest, it's mind-numbing work.  I'm going to change my plan slightly and replace the lines where threads have snapped and then leave the rest but quilt in the ditch of all the sashing strips.  That should be enough to stop the bias stretch on the quilt, which, I think, is exacerbating the problem with the quilting.  If it doesn't, I might quilt in the ditch round the grey block borders.  I have to be careful not to add too much quilting as it's already bound but I'm hoping I'll get away with it...

Drunkard's Path quilt - the front

16. (Q1 2016)  These are the last remnants of the grey and yellow fabric that Mam bought to make her sewing machine cover and I'm hoping to cobble something together to use them all up.  Two pieces have wadding fused to the back (the result of a miscalculation) and I'm planning to make a storage basket with these last oddly-sized bits.
Leftover grey and yellow

17. (Q1 2016)  At the end of last year, Hadley had a 'win my WIP' giveaway in order to foist her hexies onto someone else pass on a lovely project and I was the lucky winner.  I'm going to turn these into (yet another) table runner, once I've quilted it.  I've layered it and marked the first set of quilting lines.

18. (Q2 2016)   I'm making a mini quilt from the test block (and friends) for my Oakshott runner.
2016-07-05 21.31.40

19. (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 have a range of backgrounds can't decide whether to go scrappy or not, which is why I have quite a lot of some of them) and some gorgeous Oakshott (Scandinavian, I think).  The block pattern is in the photo and I've already completed a test block.  (See the fabrics third and fourth up from the bottom?  They're supposed to be the same colour...)
Pointy points

20. (Q2 2016)  If I don't get the pointy points quilt started, it would be nice to make progress on my ET quilt instead.  I have two blocks pieced and pieces cut for more blocks (but not enough background to make a whole block).  One more completed block would be nice!

21. (Q2 2016)  I also need to start preparing for the FAL tutorial I need to provide in January 2017.  I'm going to make...wait for it...a table runner from these gorgeous Oakshott fabrics.  I think I need to add a tiny bit of colour and I'm edging towards...wait for it...aqua!
(yet another) Table runner

22. (Q2 2016)  I'd like to make a sewing machine mat out of the remnants of the fabric I bought for my trug and sewing machine accessories.
Remaining scraps

23. (Q2 2016) Lynz and I have started another leisurely knit-along.  This time we're making the Pebble Beach shawl, and Lynz has finished.  I'm still plugging away on my large version.
Pebble beach shawl progress

24. (Q3 2016) I need to turn this piece of embroidered ticking into a pouch (with detachable strap) for my ipod.

This bit of embroidery will, at some point, become a small bag so I have somewhere to put my ipod when I'm having a wander with Eddie or stitching in the garden.

25. (Q3 2016) I'm going to knit myself another pair of socks, using the same toe-up pattern as the pair I've just finished.

This morning I wasn't sure I'd knit a second pair of socks, this afternoon I bought yarn for them! I think I'll go cuff down for these and see which I prefer.

26. (Q3 2016) I'm knitting a pair of socks for myself in DK yarn
Socks for me

27. (Q3 2016) I've started a bag for me
Bag for me

28. (Q3 2016) I've cut out the fabric to make a pinafore version of the Kate dress

New items

29.  Once I've made the pinafore above, I want to make another one in this pink pin cord

30: This black and white lawn is going to be a Kate dress

31: 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.

32. I started these jama bottoms in 2013 - they're made from an old quilt cover.
#sewphotohop Bonus Day: PJ party I don't yet have a pair of handmade jama bottoms because I still haven't finished them, despite starting them in 2013! They're made from an old quilt cover and I'm using the embroidered section from across the bottom to ad

33.  I'm going to make another pair of jama bottoms from this rather snazzy fabric, which I think my mam bought my brother in the early 90s when he made himself a few cushions for his room.
jama bottoms

34, 35 and 36.  More socks!

37.  This fabric is going to become my second Everyday Blouse
Everyday blouse

38. I want to make another Lola pouch from the remnants of this shweshwe fabric, together with the Oakshott
Lola pouch

39. A friend bought me this lovely fabric to make a drawstring bag for my knitting.  The one Jan gave me is really handy, so I'd like another about the same size.
Drawstring bag

40 and 41.  I bought this yarn in a sale to make a couple of friends a feather and fan scarf for Christmas.  I'm just not sure which Christmas!
Mam needed some buttons for her cardi so we popped to our lys. They had a sale on so I got these to make shawls/scarves for a couple of friends' Christmas presents. (£1.95 a ball.)

Is anyone else joining (or retaining membership) of the #ridiculouslylongFALlist gang this quarter?  I'm sure I'm not going to be alone...

Meanwhile, Mam bought Archie a new blanket, so at least someone's going to be comfy this quarter:

Look into my will work hard on your FAL list and finish many, many things...OR ELSE!


  1. Don't worry I will be retaining my membership for sure - till have 20 projects from the last list an a whole lot more to add! They all look lovely projects though and you might be well placed for next year if you don't manage to finish them all!

  2. holy cow. my list is very short this quarter due to upcoming surgery. Good luck with yours! Beautiful projects

  3. I'll be joining you and Nicky again! I'm going to follow my usual plan of sticking them all on and then I can just work on what I feel like 😁. By the way - is your list this time longer than last quarter's? (Just checking)

  4. Yep, I'm still part of the group! And, unfortunately, since I talked to you on IG *cough* several things have been added to my already insane list... :/ LOL At least my ADD won't be board. ROFL

  5. I am exhausted just reading your list and think I need a lie down. My list of 6 items is looking very achievable now. Good luck.

  6. OK Archie . . I think you **win**

    It's a bit frightening isn't it... to actually think about them all and take photos and admit to ourselves we want to create more than we have time for! Good luck Helen . . .and please do not take the pedal off me!

  7. Good luck with tackling projects from your list. =)

  8. Gosh, have you seen Ella (throwawrench)? She has a ridiculous list too. I think I'm going to go add a few more photos before I publish my list, because why not join the club?

  9. Eek I thought my list was bad but think I just made membership! Good luck and it's been nice to see you sharing progress on some already :)


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