Monday, July 7, 2014

Q3 Finish-Along

If you’re visiting from the Littlest Thistle’s third-quarter finish-along, welcome! (If you’re visiting from somewhere else, welcome, too!) This is my first time joining in the finish-along fun. I have many sewing projects floating around in my head right now—most of them quilty ideas—but here’s the lineup for what I hope to accomplish this quarter …

The Big Zig

I’m doing my take on Denyse Schmidt’s Big Zig quilt, from Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects. I have the front pieced in Kona Coal and Kona Nautical. The back incorporates those two solids with one of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics fabrics (any excuse to use something from that fantastic line!).

The original deadline for the Big Zig was December 2013. Not only am I committed to finishing it by the end of this quarter, but—heaven help me!—if I don’t have it complete by this upcoming weekend, I think my brain is going to spontaneously implode. How’s that for motivation?

Update: This quilt is finished—and my brain didn’t spontaneously implode! Check out the WIP here and the final quilt here.

Candy Circle Quilt

I had the pleasure of winning some mini-charm packs from my local quilt shop. (Man, I love guilt-free fabric acquisition.) I’ve been meaning to transform them into Cheryl Brickey’s Candy Circle quilt.

Those mini-charms look sweet and innocent, but if you were with me right now, you would hear them mocking me, “Nope, nope—another three months will go by, and we won’t be a quilt!” Little punks. I’ll show them.

Update: I sewed these mini-charms into submission. Check out the quilt as a WIP here and a finished project here.

Tote Bag

A friend’s birthday is coming up, and I think she’d like a tote bag. I’ve been on a roll with a tote pattern from Noodlehead. I think I’ll use these fabrics—Essex Linen in flax, Quilter’s Linen in navy, and a plaid from DS Quilts—to work it up in a flash. Ha! Like anything around here happens in a flash.

Update: Done, done, done! See the finished tote right here.

Disappearing Nine-Patch

Two friends and I recently started a quilt-along. We’re each doing our own versions of disappearing nine-patches. It’s been crazy fun, but we’ve been taking it slowly on purpose. This is supposed to be fun, stress-free sewing, especially for my friends—this is their first quilting experience! While I want to maintain a leisurely pace for this summer project, if these quilts aren’t done by the end of this quarter, I’ll start to go a little batty.

Update: I finished this and just barely made the closing of the finish-along linky party! Check out this project as a WIP here and here and as a finished quilt here.

What do you think? Can I do them all by the third-quarter deadline? I guess we’ll see. Woo hoo! I completed all four projects!

Check out everyone else’s goals at the Littlest Thistle.


  1. I say totally doable! I'll be cheering on the side line, looking forward to seeing them be ticked of one by one, go Michelle!!

  2. Oooh, you linked up! Yay! I'm excited to see all of these projects! :)

  3. You can do this!! Can't wait to see how they turn out ~ especially the Candy Circle quilt. :)

  4. You've got this! The Big Zig is looking good! The finish line is in sight!


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