Sunday, June 30, 2013

Q2 in Review

I'm really enjoying the 2013 Finish-A-Long Challenge hosted by Leann at she can quilt. It seems to work well for me to break the year down into quarters, set some broad goals and then break them down further into monthly goals. I like having a range of UFOs to choose from when I go into my quilting room... but it also helps my focus to basically ignore the rest of my UFO Collection. I don't think my quilting DNA will ever allow me be a "One and Done" quilter but I'm successfully becoming a FINISHER!

I also like keeping a separate page for each quarter on my blog which adds to the focus factor (see the tabs above). I can take a peek there and see immediately where I'm at which is so visually motivating and not at all overwhelming.

I have two big goals for 2013:

1) Average one UFO finish a week. Yes... I want to finish 52 UFOs this year! And, I'm challenging myself to donate 50 quilts to Project Linus along with some other quilters from the Yahoo! Stashbusters group.

2) Learn to FMQ. This is a goal I carried over from fall 2012.

I finished 9 of 13 UFOs on my list for Q2:

1. Pastel Tulips, 2. Bright Blue Strings, 3. 9 Patch Novelty, 4. Scrappy HSTs, 5. Shabby Strings, 6. Watercolor Spring, 7. Come Sail Away, 8. Kitchen Sink Strings, 9. Scrappy Summertime

I also moved 2 of the remaining 4 to flimsy stage:

1. Minnesota Hotdish by Atkinson Designs, 2. Thimbleberries Jacob's Ladder

So I'm feeling pretty good about Q2!

As for the year as a whole, I'm still ahead of the curve with 32 UFO Finishes in 26 weeks but I've fallen behind on my goal for 50 quilts donated to Project Linus by only finishing 5 this quarter (total of 17). I will need to start focusing on those kid's projects in the later part of 2013 for sure.

Learning to FMQ is on back burner status by my choice - there is just too much going on now that summer has arrived. I'll get going on that goal again when the days get shorter and winter looms large. I'm still loving to quilt with my walking foot so it's all good!

Since Q3 Goals aren't due until the second of July I have some time to think them over... I do know those flimsies will be at the top of the list!

I'm linking up to Q2 Finishes@she can quilt.


  1. So inspiring! Keep up the good work.

  2. Well done, you give me courage to drag out the UFO box and some of those completed.

  3. I love your prespective on the Finish-A-Long! I'm finding the extra wiggle room of a quarterly deadline still allows me at least one finish whereas in the past having monthly deadlines meant that unless I was com-plete-ly focused, I often didn't meet them.

    Those Linus recipients will appreciate your efforts how ever many you get to them. Kudos to you for all you've done!!

  4. You are so organized! Look at all you've done in Q2 (beauteous, btw) - you must be exhausted!

  5. Beautiful! How is your picnic quilt coming? Mine got buried but I hope to find it soon : )

  6. Wow! You are getting an amazing amount of ufos done, beautiful work.


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