Sewing Review : Back to that 17 in 2017 list

Back in January I joined this, that and the other organizational thing about completing quilt projects on a monthly, quarterly and yearly goal agenda. I lasted a few months and stopped linking up and just went my own way.

My original January list is HERE for my records. With 2/3 of the year gone I thought it might be a good time to do a sewing review.

While I did not work on the entire list I did tackle some of it.

  • I had 5 Airship Propeller blocks done, and just followed the Rainbow Scrap Challenge suggested color of the month and now have 12.
  • I did the same with my Little Baskets, and now have 31.
  • I had 7 Elizabeth’s Pride blocks completed and am up to 10.
Some Quilt Finishes :
  • February 2017 : Finished tying and binding this gradient quilt for my youngest son / I’d started it while participating in  a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project
  • April : Stars and Spools was completed : Applique, EPP hexies and extensive hand quilting
  • July : Tied my Quilty 365 quilt top
  • August : Scrappy Granny finished : extensively hand quilted
  • Also in this collage another border was completed for the Flower Medallion.
At some point during the early months of the winter I’d machine quilted this ( very simply ) but I can’t find a photo once I’d done that / it was given away.
whimsy table runner TOP on line
 Nor could I find a photo of the Flower Basket Medallion with the second border attached, so perhaps I’d worked on these around the same time and just forgotten to update. I brought the Flower Basket Medallion out for a photo today.
Also out for a photo is the 1857 quilt, tied and binding finished, prior to going in to the wash with some color catchers.  Scrappy Granny is down at my son’s house and that is where this one is going as well.  ( Though Scrappy Granny has not been washed as yet….the kids can use it for awhile and I’ll bring it home for a wash later on. ) It will go to my oldest son for his birthday in November.
 This Botanical Album top has been sandwiched and is in my hoop for hand quilting, with one block completed.
From that very long list of mine in January, I progressed on four projects, and finished 5 quilts, with the 6th one in the hoop.
Meanwhile, as I sat sewing the binding on the 1857 top this week I had the news on quite a bit, online. Hurricane Harvey and the devastation, the horrific flooding, the heroic efforts of the rescuers ( both professional and volunteer ) is pretty much all that I could think of. And with its second landing and Port Arthur and other areas flooding today, it just gets worse and worse.  I add my thoughts and prayers with everyone else for the people in Texas.

Can I come up with 17 UFOs for 2017? ( January Sewing Review )

Meridethe at Pomegranite and Chintz has a linkup in regards to 17 UFO projects for 2017. HERE is her original post about the challenge. ( It’s not about attempting to finish them all but progressing somewhat on each one. )

I was curious if I could come up with that many. I went back to my sewing review from the fall, updated it, and then if I add on completed flimsy tops requiring quilting or tying down the line, I can easily list 17.

Actually, MORE than that. So can many other quilters, lol…we are a crazy bunch, are we not :)

  1. Stars and Spools : in the hoop, hand quilting: my OMG goal for January is to finish the 4th border.
  2. Flower Basket Medallion : Center block and one border are appliqued. 3 more borders to go.
  3. Airship Propeller Applique Blocks : a longterm project ; I have 5 done and one prepped. I plan to do 1 per month, possibly two.
  4. Elizabeth’s Pride:  7 applique blocks are completed.
  5. Orange Peels : This was an RSC project for 2016. Needs a border.
  6. Crossroads to Jericho, also a 2016 RSC project : the pieced blocks are done and it requires a thin border then piano keys.
  7. Hourglass scrap quilt : Whatever I do, it requires that I purchase more white fabric, as I’d used that all up.
  8. To pick up again down the line : Spools, Reproduction Fabrics Blocks ( just one set done last winter for a possible row quilt )
  9.  Cake Stand Baskets ( just 4 blocks made ages ago )
  10. Another piecing project I’d started last winter; a row quilt or sampler / who knows. I made around 8-10 blocks and stopped there.
  11. I have a basket full of HST blocks ( small ) to add to for something or other down the line.
  12. Isabel’s Rose : 4 large applique blocks surrounded by a wide border to be quilted down the line.
  13. Ben Biggs: I’d thought to combine some Ben blocks with Isabel’s Rose / plans changed. At some point I want to make more Ben Biggs blocks. I have 4 appliqued thus far for this. It may be that I’ll combine these with other red and green block patterns / on hold for now.
  14. 1857 couch quilt top to be quilted down the line
  15. Botanical couch quilt top to be quilted down the line
  16. Whimsy table runner to be quilted down the line
  17. Scrappy Granny quilt top to be quilted down the line.
  18. Improv ( of sorts ) Gradient quilt to be quilted down the line.
  19. Quilty 365 to be quilted down the line.
  20. Almost forgot Little Baskets….started to applique some of these in the latter end of 2016.

 SO FAR, I am leaning towards tying this gradient quilt fairly soon, and the next hand-quilting project after Stars and Spools is done will be Scrappy Granny.

gradient top


It’s a good year to not start anything new :)  I think this will inspire me to work on existing projects and revisit some of the piecing ones that I’d started last year and then did not pick up again. So much of what I do is slow poky applique ….I should do more piecing now and again.