Monday, October 7, 2013

Challenge Pressure and those Darn Distractions!

At a Quilters Anonymous meeting in May 2013, one of the gals presented a UFO Groupie Challenge: Unfinished Objects(projects). The idea was to encourage and challenge members to complete unfinished projects by a particular date.  At our June meeting, anyone who wanted to participate brought a realistic list (sealed in an envelope) of unfinished projects they wanted to complete by December 2013.  Each month you check in to track your progress and at the end in December, read your goal and reveal your projects. At the time of the challenge I had no UFOs, so I made a list of projects I thought I could realistically complete by December.

Here's my list:
Hoffman Challenge Quilt
At least 1 Mondo Bag
2 Christmas Tree Skirts
King-size Spring/Summer quilt for my bed

I sew/quilt for at least 15 minutes every day (usually longer), so this list seemed very doable. Definitely something I could do in 6 months!  Had I stuck to the list it would've been smooth sailing.  Fast forward 4 months, and I'm starting to feel the pressure.The problem is, I've allowed myself to get distracted w/other quilt projects. I've completed most of the projects on my list but I haven't been diligently working on my biggest, most labor intensive project. Now I have to finish my king size quilt and 1 more tree skirt w/less than 2 months left in the challenge!  Thankfully, I did start working on the spring/summer quilt in August and have done a little here & there, but after our October meeting last week, I realized I've got to get serious about it!

Here are some pics of things on my list AND those darn distractions! Most of these pics are on my previous post.

Hoffman Challenge Quilt

Christmas Tree Skirt #1

Distraction#1(wip - only top done)

Distraction #2

Distraction #3 (wip - only top done)

Distraction #4

Spring/Summer Quilt Progress  

I worked on this Friday and Saturday nights and finished sewing the triangles together. 

This pile will yield about 50 hexagons. I now have to press all the the seems open and then pin the 2 halves together before I can put them on the design wall.  

This stack is pressed and pinned and waiting to be put up on the design wall.

I've got about 80 up on the design wall so far. Now this part may seem easy...but it's not. Here you've got to get all the hexagons to blend or flow together. I'm sure I'll be on this step for a couple of weeks, changing, rearranging and all that jazz. Once I get them all up the way I want them, I can start sewing strips together. It's going to be beautiful!!!

More progress to come.

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A Thread for Life
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.  We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 
Eph. 1:3-8 HCSB

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