Finishing Things

I’ve been finishing a lot of things recently.  Quilts, blocks, organizing projects, books, etc.  It feels good to finish!  I blogged once about Which is Better? Starting or Finishing?  And the overwhelming majority of y’all thought Starting was more fun!  I agree, but it is very satisfying to actually finish something now and then.

This little wooly wall hanging is finished:

wool-wall-hangingI bought the kit at the Houston Quilt show a couple of years ago from the Wooly Lady.  It is called Twining Tulips.

This cute boot is finished just in time for Memorial Day!

BootAnd I’ve finished the binding, hanging sleeve and label for the Le Jardin quilt – however, I’ve renamed it Rabbits!

Rabbits!Have you ever heard of the superstition that you should say Rabbits! on the first of the month?  If you do – it is supposed to bring you good luck.  Now, I honestly don’t believe in it but we did this when I was a child and it brings back happy memories (which is good luck in itself).  Thus the new name for my lucky rabbit quilt! 🙂

The quilting is exquisite!  It was done by Susan Corbett.  Here are a few close ups:

Rabbits-quilting-close-up-1Rabbits-quilting-close-up-2Blocks

I’ve also finished more of Barbara Brackman’s Stars in a Time Warp.  Each Wednesday, she posts a blog which explores a fabric color or theme and we all play along by making a 6 inch star block from our stash based on her blog.  The last time I blogged about these I showed you blocks 1 through 9.  Here are blocks 10 through 19:

Week 10 – Green Calicos.  Small ditsy prints on over-dyed green.

10---Green-CalicoesWeek 11 – Purple.  My favorite color!  I have no shortage of purple.  My only problem was choosing which purple to use!

11---PurpleWeek 12 – Foulards.  A new term for me – Foulards have a staggered repeat in the print.  I love how this block turned out.

12---FoulardsWeek 13 – Printed Plaid – I really do love plaids but don’t have many.

13---printed-plaidWeek 14 – Rainbow or Ombre Print.  I had none! So… I bought a some 🙂 at Common Threads in Waxahachie.  I just happened to be there and they just happened to have some and it just happened to be purple.

14---Rainbow-or-Ombre-PrintWeek 15 – Woven Plaid – the center plaid is woven – I had used it on a baby quilt for some texture.

15---Woven-PlaidsWeek 16 – Paisley – I have a ton of paisley fabric.  And this could possibly be my new favorite block.

16-PaisleyWeek 17 – Conversation Prints – gives us something to talk about when we look at the fabric (LOL!).

17-Conversation-PrintsWeek 18 – California Gold – a deep yellow almost butterscotch shade:

18-California-GoldWeek 19 – Serpentine Stripes. I have almost zero snaky striped fabrics.  I could have used the purple I used in week 14 (the ombre print), but I didn’t want a duplicate block.  I found a 2 1/2 strip of the stripe 😉 and went with that:

19-Serpentine-StripesThat catches you up with Stars in a Time Warp – Here are all 19 up on the design wall:

weeks-1-thru-19

Organizing

I’ve also finished (well, almost) organizing all my fabric.  I had such a mess.  Every time I went to look for something I made the mess worse!  Well, the Container Store had these wonderful Elfa drawer units on sale.

Elfa-DrawersI’ve labeled the drawers and everything is ironed and stacked so I can find what I’m looking for!  It has taken forever!  Now, the downside … my dear hubby thinks I have too much fabric!

Books

I’ve finished two books recently.  Two totally different books.  John Grisham’s Gray Mountain and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  I would give them both a C+.

Gray Mountain was a bit scattered, no real resolution, main character was flat and it was more of a book about the evil coal mining industry than a mystery.

One Thousand Gifts is a difficult read.  While making a list of what we are grateful for is an awesome idea, the style of writing (stream of consciousness) was tedious. I would hate to have been her editor.

What am I reading now?  Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (so far so good) and Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster (I’ve barely started).  Do you see a trend?  I’m trying to read one good juicy mystery or novel and, at the same time, one book that’s good for my soul.  What are you reading?

So, now I’ve finished some quilts, blocks, organizing, books and one very long blog!

Happy Memorial Day, y’all!

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5 thoughts on “Finishing Things

  1. Cookie, you are way tooooooo organized!!!! My fabrics need to be reorganized again, and I have only downloaded all the ‘Stars in a time warp’ fabrics for each week……haven’t begun to make them! Cheers to you for all you have accomplished, finished and books read too……think I have a lot of catchig up to do!

  2. I’m reading The Terror: a Novel by Dan Simmons. It’s interesting but is taking me quite a while to read. I’ve listened to three books on cd while sewing and would recommend any of the three. The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, We are Not Ourselves by Thomas Matthew, and Rescue by Anita Shreve.

  3. As alays, Cookie, you inspire me — not only to complete some of my UFOs but also to organize – which I say I’m going to do every day! Seems like everything else gets in the way! I am inspired!!!! Do love teh rabbit quilt — yummy fabrics and yummy design and fabulous quilting! Wow!!

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