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WIP Wednesday – October ALYofF & 2015 Finish Along Q4 Goals

The months have sped by and here we are having entered the final quarter of 2015.  I had hoped by now to have cleared my list of UFOs/WIPs.  Instead I find myself rolling over several of the projects from Quarter 3 of the 2015 Finish Along.

To recap, these are the projects I finished from that list:

Seeds of Friendship Bolster Cover

Embroidered Gift Tag

Typewriter Writing Tote

There were, however, several projects completed that weren’t on the list such as my new Scarlett O’Hara housecoat made from a thrifted cotton shower curtain and the vintage inspired Thanksgiving apron, as well as variety of other smaller projects.

I also managed to get my Disappearing Nine Patch quilt sandwiched and hand-basted.

DP9 hand basted and ready to quilt

Now this needs to be quilted and bound.

The Smiling Sunflower quilt pictured below needs to be sandwiched, hand-basted, quilted and bound.

Smiling Sunflower quilt

My Holiday Celebrations quilt also needs to be sandwiched, hand-basted, quilted and bound.

Holiday Celebrations Snuggle Quilt

The top and back (pictured below) were made for my day of last spring’s Tree Bird Blog Hop.

Back for the Holiday Celebrations Snuggle Quilt

Those are the three large projects, I’m rolling over to my 2015 Finish Along Q4 Goals.

I started out the year with several embroideries that needed to be turned into something.

Small embroideries still to finish

The three unchecked ones are what’s left of the smaller embroideries to be completed this quarter.

“Keep Calm Santa’s On His Way” is in the process of being turned into an advent calendar.

Santa's On His Way Advent Calendar in progress

I’ve chosen to make the Advent Calendar my goal for October for A Love Year of Finishes.

I hope to do a bit more Christmasy embroidery in the white areas and I’ll need to make the pockets as well.   The look of the final product will depend on whether my arm will allow me to start short embroidery sessions.  Last time I tried, I only managed about 20 stitches before it let me know it wasn’t ready for that yet.

Of the three large embroideries that I started the year with, two still await transformation.

 Embroideries left to finish

If I can somehow manage to get all of the above finished, I will be able to start the new year with no unfinished projects created prior to spring 2015.  Whether I’ll be able to do that while also completing this year’s Christmas gifts remains to be seen.

Wish me luck!

Oh and I thought I’d show you Dave’s current work-in-progress:

My new cutting table in the process of being sandedHe’s finished the initial sanding of the top of what will be my new cutting table.  That’s the underside of the top in the lower left photo.

This weekend, he’ll be working on finishing the first sanding of the legs (lower right.)  Then he’ll switch to a finer grit of sand paper.

He plans to stain and finish it to match the Art Deco Cabinet that houses my vintage Singer 15-91.

I’m so excited so see how it turns out!!





  • Daisy
    October 7, 2015 3:09 pm

    Your quilts are beautiful, and your husband’s WIP is pretty awesome, too! I love looking at old furniture, and I wish my husband took on more furniture refinishing projects! 🙂

  • carrie wikander
    October 7, 2015 8:23 pm

    Wow, looks like you have a lot of works in progress! Impressive

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    October 8, 2015 2:53 am

    Gosh Sue you have an impressive list of projects lined up for this quarter. I am looking forward to seeing your progress 🙂

  • Rachel Wright
    October 8, 2015 5:26 am

    You have been busy, the pair of you! Well done!

  • Lorna McMahon
    October 8, 2015 4:23 pm

    Good luck with all your goals for the month. Sounds like you will be a busy stitcher! Can’t wait to see your new cutting table in all it’s glory!

  • Susan
    October 8, 2015 7:29 pm

    I don’t even know how you manage to be patient waiting for that table! It’s going to be so beautiful matching the art deco piece! I can hardly wait to see it myself. You’ve done an amazing job of finishing things this year. I love seeing that it can be done. 😉

  • Rachel
    October 9, 2015 8:09 am

    I really like your holiday celebrations quilt. So fun with such bold colors! Nice work! Hope your arm feels better.

  • Mary Anne
    October 10, 2015 6:20 pm

    Your table is going to be absolutely gorgeous (I took a peek at your sewing cabinet). I was also amazed at all the projects you have finished. Wanna come to my house and have a go at mine?

  • val reynolds
    October 12, 2015 9:14 am

    Don’t you just LOVE checking things off your list!!! I too like your holiday celebration quilt.

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