Monday, May 4, 2009

Spring to Finish Again?

I spent most of the weekend moving and working in the yard (the lilacs and spirea are in full bloom...ooooooh lovely! Not much sewing, but I did manage to make these. My sons have been invited to a baby shower and they asked me to put together a gift for their friend. The couple is having a boy so I cruised my stash and found this Alexander Henry juicy jungle fabric. I made a couple of burp cloths and a small quilt to match. I need to finish up the quilt today. The quilt is simply a giant log cabin block. It's about 40 x 40. I think it will make a nice "throw on the floor" quilt. It's good to have a stash to pull from.


This is the prize for the 'Spring to Finish' challenge, an Orla Kiely pillow cover, coasters to match and 1/2 yard of one of my favorite fabrics. We had 247 finishes! That's fantastic. The random number generator chose Pat, of Bell Creek Quilts as the winner. Pat had 2 finishes. Congrats Pat! Drop me an email with your address and I'll drop your package in the mail.

Anina of Twiddletails reminded me that it's still spring and she suggested Spring to Finish 2. I'm committed to continuing through May, so let's keep going. Same rules apply...just keep the button on your blog or add it if you're just joining, you count your finishes and decide what is a finish for you. The challenge will end midnight, May 31. We have more days this time so it should be no problem exceeding our April total. The prize will be fabric, of course, and something made by me. Want to join me?

I'm off to finish this quilt.

79 comments:

Zonnah said...

Well, I am in. It was good motivation :)

Michaela said...

I am glad to hear we are going on. I am looking forward to sewing and quilting a bunch after Wednesday - my last final day.

Rose said...

I would like to join I think, I haven't been spending as much time doing crafts as I would like. Now does this apply to finishing quilts only or any crafty project we have on the go? And which button do I need to put on my blog? Love the birdie fabric from the last prize too by the way :)

Amy said...

Yes please. I need that 'extra' kick to help me finish...

silversmith said...

i'm all for it! of course, i just started a few other projects...and finished one this weekend already. continuing through may will give me motivation to finish the kid's xmas gift that i didn't give to him (i know, i know)...and his quilt too.

Nichole said...

i am so in. i already made a list to give myself some motivation!

Barbie said...

Oh, Thank you for extending this through May. I really need this extra month to get some of my projects finished. Love your baby gift set!

Rachel said...

I love the elephant fabric. That will be perfect for a little guy! I will have to look for that line of fabric.

Regi said...

Yay! I missed out on the first round... and this is just what I need. Count me in!

~Regi

fancystitching said...

Count me in again... I am super-busy in May but I want to finish up some of this stuff! I'll send you my report of finishes early... we are leaving on the 21st for a couple of weeks, so I've really got to get BUSY!!
Kat

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

So the one I started in the middle of April and finished May 2nd, does that count???!!!

connie said...

This kept me on track for last month so count me in again for another month. Since I am fairly new to quilting I do not have a large stash to finish but I figure if I start something and finish it I am going to count it, I hope that is OK.

Have a great week and smell the lilacs for me. We are in a new house with no lilacs and they are my favorite. I may have to go cut some that are hanging over someone's fence or something.

Ellen said...

I'm in . . . again. The flu kept me from finishing (and entering my 1 finish) for April. Hope May is better!

Diva Quilts said...

I'm gonna join again, but I'm not going as gangbusters as I did the last time - it would be seriously damaging to my marriage! :)

Trisha said...

I didn't join you last time but I really should join you this time. I definitely have enough projects that need finishing!

Cynthia said...

I'm in again! I have some deadlines to meet and hopefully I can get more cooperation from machine and kids this month!

amandajean said...

yes, i'm in, again! thanks for the motivation.

Stephanie D. said...

Woohoo! I'm IN this time! Taxes are finished, pneumonia is over, got the sewing bug again and I have a couple of things so close to finished I can almost taste it!

Thanks for doing this again, Jacquie!

Katy said...

I'm in. I need to get myself motivated!!!

Fabulous quilt and burp cloths - that Alexander Henry print is just as awesome now as it ever was, isn't it?

Sarah said...

I'm in again!

Aimee said...

Cute gifts for the new baby! Congrats to Pat - that is a wonderful prize. I love having the Spring to Finish motivation!!

Michelle said...

I am in again! My husband is still waiting for me to put the binding on his quilt.

Anna said...

I am definitely in! I didn't do it last month and I need some serious motivation to finish all of my WIPs!

flanthrower said...

Oh I am definitely in! I'm hoping to have more finishes in May ....work was crazy in April and I was out of town some. This week will hopefully be calmer and more productive.

I've seen that lovely bird fabric elsewhere...can you tell me who makes it?

Natalie said...

with this kind of motivation...how could I resist?? I'm in!

Kritta22 said...

I'll totally play again!!!

Congrats PAT!

this totally helped me get my projects done! Thanks a lot!!

Kritta22 said...

One suggestion that would make things easier for you, next time.

Have one entry per comment.

That way you don't have to count and you spend more time sewing.

And you will end up with a whole bunch of comments which is ALWAYS awesome!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I would like to join #2. I need to get some of these things finished.

Hillary said...

I'm in! I got 3 in april and then didn't make it over in time to post them!!!
Aaah!
So here's one more shot! Come on May!

Allie said...

Congratulations to Pat! That is a great prize. I'll get busy!

Suzi said...

I'm in! Love the fact that it motivates me to get things done as well as try new things. Thanks for the challenge.

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Congratulations Pat! ooxx`jodi

nicolette said...

Congratulations to Pat. Lovely gifts!

I’m in! I had only one finish in April, but I’m finishing lots of projects in May... LOL!

jedigirlz said...

I'm in....I love the challenge to finish more stuff.

Kami said...

I am ready, I thought of so many more things at the end of april to finish that I didn't have time for.

angela said...

Yes! I have to keep going...now to reinstall the button....

Cheryl said...

Sure, I'll join again!

Amber said...

Yeah - now hopefully I won't be a big ol' failure this time :-)

Jackie said...

Cool! What motivation, I am in again. The button stays!! Have a great week!

Rebekah said...

Loving the baby gift! That green and blue is perfect for a baby quilt

Isa said...

Hi
I'm in. I hope to get some motivation from this :-)

Pat said...

Thanks Jacquie!

Stephanie at Scraps just gave me the heads up that I won! very cool!

I am *all in* for Spring to a Finish 2!

Lynn said...

Lucky me! I got super busy in April, and had NO finishes! I'll try again in May!!

Andrea said...

Count me in to join Spring to Finish #2... I need to get my sewing mojo back, and this might help!

meg said...

That AH fabric is one of my very favorites. I'm always on the lookout for another opportunity to use it, even though I'll be so sad when it's gone!

Well, how could more Spring to Finish be a bad thing? I've even managed to add a few more unfinished projects to the pile, so it'll be good to have another "deadline". :)

jlk said...

I'm in this month! I'm glad you're doing it again.

Three Dancing Magpies said...

So glad you are extending, I have wanted to join in on the fun! I have only been quilting and sewing since December, but I have many things to finish and need a little push!

henny said...

Jacquie,
you're always full of ideas!!
I really want to join, but I think I can't. I still couldn't find a darning foot for my machine...argghh!

jovaliquilts said...

Lovely gift, and thanks for the reminder that a quilt doesn't have to take hours and hours -- that simple log cabin design is very striking!

Courtney said...

I would love to see a full picture of the quilt when you finish. I am trying to imagine what it looks like. I love the fabric choices!

Lizzy said...

Congrats to the winner! I would LOVE to join in, since I've got at least 2 projects that MUST be finished this month (they're both gifts), and this might just be the right motivation. :) Could you send me the code to add the button to my sidebar? I'm a bit blogging impaired. Thanks!

Whitterbon said...

I wanted to join last month but was soon new to quilting that i hesitated... i feel like a second round is just what i need to inspire me! i'm in!

Donnelly said...

I would love to join. I have at least 2 projects I am dying to finish! This could be my inspiration to get them done.
Have a great day.

MightyMom said...

gee, I didn't win??? how DEPRESSING!!


gonna have to try for next month?

MightyMom said...

funny thing!

the word verification was "quacque"

guess they wanted me to remember to spell your name right, huh??

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Jacquie,
I'm in again, I just need to my completed items on my sidebar. I don't think I did it right this last time. I'll do better.
Your baby gifts are precious and I agree, it's so nice to just go to your stash.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Thimbleanna said...

Very cool stash gifting Jacquie!

driftwood said...

oh yes, I have so much more to finish xx

Judy said...

Oh Goodie!! I missed the deadline by a few days and I have tons left to get finished!!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Sounds great! Love what you created for the baby boy ;) fun fabrics!

comfortstitching said...

I'll join in the sequel action, if only to see if I can beat my previous score of one finish!!

liz taylor said...

Count me in!

ircabbit said...

I'm so in!

Kelly said...

I would just like to know the name of the CUTE bird fabric in the picture!

Stephanie D. said...

First finish is up!
http://scrapsbystephanie.blogspot.com/2009/05/winding-down.html

Melanie said...

Yep, I'm in again. I should definitely have more finished than the 0 finishes last month!

audreypawdrey said...

I am in again! I have so many other projects that need to be finished.:) Thanks for the inspiration again.

em's scrapbag said...

Love the jungle print so perfect for a baby boy. Count me in on Spring to finish two. Thanks!

Darcie said...

What success! You should be well-pleased. ;-)

Your guys are pretty lucky too. What a great Mom they have! LOVE the AH fabric!!!

Junie Moon said...

I'm so happy the Spring to Finish project is extended to the end of May. I did manage to get some things done in April but have more to go.

Katie Jean said...

ok, after much thought I'm making a commitment to join!! haha. I have too many unfinished things and I need some motivation!

Vivian said...

Yea! Nothing like a second chance to get something finished this time!

I'm definitely in again and just put the button back up on my blog.

Indigo Blue said...

I have just finshed my latest blue and whiter quilt and it is on my blog. I shall try and load it up to flickr. Glad you are moving this through May as well.

Hrönnsa said...

I´d love to join in if i´m not too late :)

Christy said...

I'm in this time and already finished a project this weekend. I have a lot more to do though, so I hope the motivation continues.

Rebecca said...

Can I participate even though I don't have a blog? I have a pile of projects and I love the idea of having some motivation! Thanks!

Twinlinebackers said...

I added your link and I'll join you. I have more wips than I can count so I really need this!

Solidia said...

I'm in! I need to finish a few things so I can move on to others.

Amanda said...

I'm in! I need the "push" to finish a quilt that I'm making.