A Lovely Year of Finishes; Mid June Check In

I love ‘checking in’ on my goals I made for ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’ in the middle of each month.  It really helps me gauge what I need to do and refocuses my efforts.  So…let’s take a look at the goals I made for this month and see where we’re at.

Goal 1.  Scrappy Trip Along


Well – I still have the 30 Scrappy Trip Along blocks from the beginning of the month finished.


Scrappy Trip AlongAnd I have four more blocks done for a total of 34, which means just 38 left to go before I sew it all together.  I also have about 15 blocks ready for the final strips to be sewed together.  I typically sew my ‘tubes’ and then bring them with me to do the ripping as handwork.  I’ve sort of gotten really into a few other quilt along’s this month and I’m trying to keep pacing myself with the #scrappytripalong.  We’ll see how it all turns out.

Goal 2.  Project QUILTING June Off Season Challenge – Texture

NO PROGRESS.  I just posted the June Off Season Challenge and it’s definitely on my ‘to do’ list for this month.  I have so many things that inspire me it may be hard to decide which one to focus on for this quilt.  Feel free to join in the fun – check out the challenge HERE.

Goal 3. Catch up and/or Keep up with the various quilt along’s I’m participating in.

I have fallen behind on so many quilt alongs…I really need to either catch up with them or realize that it just isn’t going to happen.  Here’s the four that I really want to keep up with…

20 Craftsy Blocks!


  • 2013 Craftsy BOM – I’m adding these blocks to my 2012 Craftsy BOM blocks so I really need to catch up to this….

New Plan.  I’m going to just put together my 2012 Craftsy BOM blocks together and not do the 2013 Craftsy BOM.  I just feel overwhelmed looking at it and I think I need to finish my red/turquoise/grey fabric quilt up.  Once I made this decision I felt so much less stressed about my to do list.  Since quilting is sort of my job but also something I truly enjoy doing I don’t want to feel stressed about it at all…I want to feel inspired. So – now I just have to figure out how to sash this…

Tula Pink's City Sampler Quilt Along

  • City Sampler Quilt Along – I’m a new Tula Pink addict (I know – where have I been!?) so this quilt along is mandatory.  I actually finished the first fifteen blocks, the whole cross section.  I am officially addicted!

Dancing Star

  • Dancing Stars QAL – I initially was going to make LOTS of these blocks.  As I get into it – it’s a lot of little piecing – and not just piecing…but paper piecing.  Which I don’t mind…just not TONS of it.  So, I think I’m going to finish blocks for the fabrics I have and see what I end up with.  I can always make more if I decide to go bigger… Still no progress on this one other than continuing to put 2.5” square scraps in the bin.  Ideas in my mind are forming for it though…



  • Impromptu Along – So, at the beginning of this month when I put this on my list I hadn’t even gotten the pattern yet.  I’m proud to say that I have the main quilt top all pieced!  I used a mix of hand-dyed fabrics and my beloved African fabrics.  I LOVE this quilt top!  I do think I need to add a border and it may even be slightly pieced….but I’m currently letting the quilt marinate on my design wall as I contemplate what to do next…

Aurifil June Block

  • Aurifil Designer Block of the Month – Since I was only working on a few quilt along’s, I decided I needed to add another to the list.  I pulled some fabrics…and here’s my first block! I think I’m only about 5 months behind…so I have a bit of catching up to do…but I’m ecstatic on how the fabrics are looking together!

How are your June goals coming?  Don’t forget to link up HERE.


Oh – and it’s Sunday so we need a Haiku


Summer is here now.

The girls got a swimming pool.

Must quilt at nights now.


  1. You always have so much going on! You amaze me :)

  2. I love seeing your blocks in the Impromptu Along group! They are so unique and striking. I am also finding myself overwhelmed with the things I joined this month. Making the decision of what I can do and what I can't is so hard, isn't it! I joined them all because I really wanted to do them all!

  3. Thanks so much for following along! It IS so hard to do! And with summer here I find I don't have as much time to sew...kiddo's want to be outside. And now that we have a pool - I do too!

  4. Just a few QAL, eh? =) You are making wonderful progress. I'm guessing those aren't supposed to be all finished this month!

  5. I love your name and wild fabrics. a girl after my own heart. happy sewing


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