Friday, January 27, 2012

Little Finishes

So this week I've been trying to play catch-up in the aftermath of my big January home project... but mostly I've been floundering. Once I get my teeth into a big project, I will work like a fiend to get it finished, but when it's done I tend to stall out -- for days on end, it seems -- and go, "Now what?" Does that happen to you? Or are you able to just move smoothly on to the next thing?

At any rate, I'm pretty well caught up on the household basics and had to give myself permission to slack off a bit, recharge, and wait for the next wave of motivation. And despite my slacking, I have a couple of small finishes for the week.

In last year's "Get 'er Done" challenge, I was lucky enough to win one of the monthly prize drawings, a set of beautiful block-of-the-month kits from Jo-Ann fabrics, called "Floral Breeze." It was donated by my friend, Jude, who also has a set of her own. Hopefully we can keep each other encouraged to finish them up this year.

I've been working on January's "Flowering Vine" off and on throughout the month, but I did the last of the embroidery this week -- done!

The blocks finish at 12-1/2" x 18-1/2" -- large enough for a full, queen or king quilt, with sashings and borders. I'm thinking my bedroom may get a makeover...

My other little finish came as a result of being drawn for Marcia's quilting giveaway this week. I've got my scrappy top all wrapped up and ready to send to her for quilting, but I wanted to send a little extra thank you gift along. I had just enough scraps left over from my top to make this little mug rug for Marcia.

(Wish I'd used that teal in my quilt top instead of the green!)

While my body has been mostly idle this week, my mind has been conjuring up lots of plans for quilts I want to finish this year. A spontaneous fabric shopping spree yesterday has me set for supplies (if not a tiny bit remorseful). I feel the stir of creative energy building, even on the verge of bursting forth...

...any day now. :o)


Linking up today at...

And a new linky party, "Link a Finish Friday" at Richard Quilts!

9 comments:

LynCC said...

Hey, that is a gorgeous BOM set! Lucky lady. :) Love that mug rug, too. Your quilter will smile for sure. Nice to see you at TGIFF!

BumbleBee Bagz said...

Your embroidery is so sweet!

Janine said...

Lovely BOM set and your mug rug s really sweet :)

Richard Healey said...

I like the mug rug!

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Betty Lou said...

After such a big January project you deserve a little rest, although I don't think you stay idle very long. Like the progress on you blocks.

M-R said...

Very cool combo of embroidery and piecing! Great colour choices too! Thanks for linking to TGIFF!

Shocking Hocking said...

lol - i've got so many things on the go that i have something else to do just about straight away!

The Thompsons said...

The embroidery is beautiful!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I'm a little late in commenting but have to say, the embroidery is so nice and the mug rug is darling.