CAUTION! (Solidia, don't read on if you want to be surprised!)
If you read my blog regularly you know I love to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Check out that list of works in progress on my sidebar. It's a long one, and it doesn't include all the projects in my head or my inspiration book. I am resigned to the fact that I am a starter and I'm good with that. When it comes to finishing, it's a different story altogether. It helps a bit that I don't like to be late, I try to honor commitments, and I'm crazy competitive. Bottom line....finish something already!
First, a deadline. I signed up for a mini quilt swap on flickr. End of June is the deadline and some of the swappers have already received their quilts. My competitive nature kicked in and with deadline looming I finished my mini quilt for the swap. Solidia likes pink so I dipped into some of my favorite pink fabrics and came up with this. The back is pieced with some scraps from the front.
I did a bit of embellishing, ribbon, a button and a bit of decorative stitching. It was fun to try new things. I hope Solidia likes it. I'm not sure about it. I'm struggling about whether to send it or try something new. That would not help with the whole finishing thing...now would it? I need to sleep on it and look at it again in the morning.
Next, a challenge. Peg, at Happy in Quilting is challenging herself to finish 5 tops into quilts by the end of July. She invited folks to join her. I jumped on the finishing bandwagon. Wouldn't it be great to have 5 finished quilts by the end of July! I don't know if mini's count, but I'm going to try to reduce that WIP list on my sidebar by 5 by the end of July. Thanks to Peg, I'm sprinting to the finish!
And to feed my starter personality...some new fabric
These stripes are from our visit to IKEA in Portland. Did I tell you I love that store? No IKEA in or near Kansas City, so I lingered as long as I could. I have an idea brewing for these and some other striped fabric in my stash.
Don't you love these fabrics? Aunt Grace 30's reproductions. I scored these on ebay right before our trip. Great price and 36 fat quarters. I have so many ideas for these...it paralyzes me. I may have to just oogle them for awhile.
EDIT: I forgot to add, Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works is having the best giveaway...she will machine quilt a quilt for the winner. Is that not the best? Head on over and check it out.