Can you believe that 2011 is almost over? I certainly can't. Writing my WIP Wednesday posts has inspired me to make a list of what I'd like to sew next year. There are a lot more projects on my wish list, but I know I'll never have time to make them all, so these are the ones that I want to do the most. Many of these projects are already started and on my WIP Wednesday posts, so the list really isn't as long as it looks. I hope. Haha!

Quilts
Sewing
Cross-stitch
Embroidery
Community

Also in my plans for the beginning of next year is a fabric diet. I have all of the fabric and patterns (minus the Retro Flower pattern) for everything above, minus possibly a few backings. So with the exception of backing and sashing fabric when absolutely necessary, some Flea Market Fancy when it comes out, and a possibly little shopping at the Dallas Quilt Celebration, I won't be buying any new fabric for the first three months of the year. If I find something I want, I'll add it to my wish list and see if I still want it when the diet is over. And if all of those exceptions line up in March, I'll move month three of the diet to April instead so that I really have three entire months with no fabric shopping. I have more than enough fabric to keep me occupied until then!


You may have noticed I haven't been posting about trips to CVS for a while now. I actually have only gone to CVS three times since my last post in July. I had a few frustrating experiences at my local store that I didn't want to get into here, but it frustrated me and really affected how much I wanted to go. But enough about what I didn't buy, let's get on to what I did buy!

YTP OOP: $110.26
YTD Savings: $608.62
YTD eBay sales: $31.59

This means my net cost of everything above was only $78.67! Definitely not as good as last year (savings rate of 84.7%), but it's still pretty awesome. The jury is still out as to if I'm going to get back into shopping at CVS; our stockpile is nearly empty, so there's a good chance I'll be starting up again soon!

New Wave Quilt; Pinwheel Quilt; Baby Hexagon Quilt;
Adult Hexagon Quilt; Christmas Quilt

I really enjoy end of the year wrap-ups. It's nice to look back and see what you've accomplished. These are the quilts I made in 2011. It felt like I made more, but that's probably because I have another four that I've started and haven't finished yet. And out of these five, only one was for me! All of the in-progess ones are for me as well; I guess at some point this year I figured out that I need to make stuff for myself too! Here's to 2012, filled with lots of new quilts!


Hurray for another finished quilt! This one I started around six months ago, so it didn't take me as long as the last one. :) The pattern is New Wave Quilt by Oh, Fransson! I used prints from Anthology's Folk Life line (purchased at Fabric Fascination) and Kona Snow for the sashing and border. It turned out bright and fun. I did't want to lose any of the print, so I added extra sashing at the top and bottom of the pattern. The binding is a solid dark blue from my stash.


This quilt was begging for straight line quilting, so I listened to it. I followed the waves with straight lines on both sides, similar to my zig-zag quilt.


For the back, I didn't have enough print, so I got creative and put together what I had with more Kona Snow. I really like how the two prints cancel each other out in the middle and become white. Definitely one of my favorite backs that I've made.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I've got some finishes this week for WIP Wednesday. Woohoo!

Projects completed:

Quilts near completion:
  • Snapshots Quilt*
Quilts nowhere near completion:
  • Farmer's Wife Quilt
  • Strip Quilt
  • Starry-eyed Quilt
  • Drunkard's Path Quilt
Miscellaneous projects:

  • Wizard cross-stitch*
  • Tote Bag
  • Paper-pieced hexagons
  • Flower embroidery
This week's stats:

Completed projects - 3
New projects - 0
Currently in progress - 9
*Progress made


You may remember a Christmas quilt that I started for my mom two years ago. No? I hardly remember either. Haha! The good news is... it's done!


I had the top and back done for a while, but couldn't decide how to quilt it. It's a bit large (71" x 83"), so I definitely didn't want to use my machine, and the local quilt shop that I used a long-arm machine at before closed. To speed up the process, and to make up for taking so long, I ended up taking it to a local quilter who did a really awesome Christmas pantograph on it; it has candy canes, reindeer, and Christmas trees. Can you see the candy cane in the bottom right? It's seriously awesome.


And the log cabin blocks that I started with didn't go to waste. I put them on the back of the quilt so they could still be enjoyed. I don't think I'm going to try a log cabin quilt again for a very, very, very long time. Merry Christmas Mom!


I found an adorable tiny head of cauliflower in the garden yesterday. It's only about one inch in diameter, and I have no idea how long until it's ready, but I'm super excited. My first cauliflower! My fingers are crossed for the broccoli to follow...
Last week I redid a couple of blocks that I was unhappy with for my Farmer's Wife quilt.

FWQA Block 29 - Economy, Take 2

First up was Block 29, Economy. I was really unhappy with how my first one turned out; it had way too much white and was really boring. I swapped the two colors per Amanda's suggestion, and the result was absolutely perfect. So much better!

FWQA Block 18 - Century of Progress, Take 2

I also redid Block 18, Century of Progress. I didn't like how the book laid it out to be non-symmetric, but now it is. Woohoo!

Another thing I worked on at the quilt retreat were some Farmer's Wife blocks. I was able to get six done:


Block 24, Country Path.


Block 25, Cups & Saucers.


Block 27, Darting Birds.


Block 28, Duck and Ducklings.


Block 29, Economy.


Block 30, End of Day.


And here are blocks 1-30 (minus block 26) all together. Looking good!


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Turns out I have a lot of works in progress (WIPs). And then I have a lot of planned but not started projects, projects I want to do but haven't planned, and projects I'm sure I want to do but I just don't know it yet. Haha! When my friend Amanda started writing WIP Wednesday posts, I knew I needed to join her to give myself some accountability in finishing the projects I've started before I begin new ones. So here is my first WIP Wednesday post!

New this week:

  • Drunkard's Path quilt
Quilts near completion:

Snapshots Quilt Top
  • Snapshots Quilt
  • New Wave Quilt
Quilts nowhere near completion:
  • Farmer's Wife Quilt
  • Strip Quilt
  • Starry-eyed Quilt
Miscellaneous projects:
  • Tote Bag
  • Napkins
  • Paper-pieced hexagons
  • Flower embroidery
  • Wizard cross-stitch
I guess there are a lot here I haven't ever shown you all! I've got some pictures to take for next week!

This week's stats:

Completed projects - 0
New projects - 1
Currently in progress - 11