Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Finish-Along - Q1 List

I just had to share some of the beauty that I enjoyed while I was in the North Carolina mountains with my mom.  This is a picture I took just about a mile before reaching her home....

Isn't it just so peaceful and nostalgic?  
The fog coming in over the mountain was simply magnificent!!!

I really would like to thank all of you who sent such lovely get-well wishes and prayers to me and my Mom!  We are very, very blessed to have received wonderful news - as of right now, she is considered cancer free!  Her surgeon is confident that he was able to remove all of the growth on her colon during surgery, and the pathology reports on the lymph nodes were ALL negative!!!!  Halleluiah!!!  She will probably need to have some preventative treatments of some sort just to make sure there are no cancer cells hiding out anywhere, but we are thrilled with this blessing!

As you can see, she was able to go home earlier this week, and she was very happy about that!  The staff at Mission Hospital in Asheville were superb, and I can't say enough good things about her surgeon, Dr. Bradshaw.  But nonetheless, we were definitely ready to blow that taco stand!!!  Of course, that meant that I was able to come home too.....  Nashville, here I come!

Can you see my angel who goes with me everywhere?

I took a few days of down time when I got home, but I've slowly begun to get back into the swing of my quilting schedule.  One of the things I really wanted to participate in this year was the 2015 Finish Along with Adrianne over at On The Windy Side

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

I'm pretty sure I'm sliding in with my list right under the wire!!!  But here goes ....

2015 Finish-Along – Q1 List

1.       MCQG - UFO #10.  Bind Indian Summer.  

This quilt was started in 2007 and quilted last year.  All it has needed for the past year is the binding – yikes!!!  Time to finish ‘er up!

2.       Finish quilting Montego Bay and bind.

This is actually quilted, but there’s a section with some tension issues on the back.  It’s been sitting because I've been avoiding making a decision about whether it’s bad enough to tear out that section and re-quilt or keep it as is.  It’s time for it to move out of the studio and into the Finished Quilts stack!

3.       Quilt and bind the Bargello Baby quilt for Downs Syndrome Association from 2014.

This was such a fun quilting day with my Guild friends!  I made the quilt that first week – and then never found time to get it quilted and bound.  I really can’t think of any acceptable excuse for taking this long to get this sweet quilt finished up!

4.       Quilt and bind Whooooooo's Your Daddy?

I started this one last year as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  I kept up with making the owls each month, but then got bogged down in life toward the end of the year.  I need to finish the applique stitching on about half of the Hooties, perch them in the tree and attach their little clawed feet, then quilt and bind.

5.       Finish a secret gift for a blog friend – she deserved it long ago!  I can’t share pictures now, but I’ll be sure to do that when it is finished and gifted.

6.       Complete five Bertie’s Year wall quilts that need to be embroidered and quilted.  This will leave only the December kit to do later in the year.

7.       Quilt and bind Amish Beauties.

8.       Make a tabletopper quilt from this orphan block for display in February.

9.       Finish Sara’s Shark Pencil Case.  All the fabrics are pulled and the pattern downloaded from Patchwork Posse- I just need to sit down and make it!

10.  Complete my Peacock See-N-Go bag.

This has been on my ToDo list since early summer 2014.  You can see more about this bag I designed for Jacquelynne Steves HERE

That should keep me plenty busy don't you think?  Of course, I do have three months to finish these up, and I'm not obligated to finish them all - which is a good thing I'm thinking - LOL!!!  I have several new projects I've started too, so look for some fun posts coming soon.  I'm also looking forward to catching up on all of YOUR news!!!

Hugs & Blessings!

Also linking up with Angie at WIP's Be Gone!

WIPs Be Gone


  1. Wonderful news about your Mom - still keeping in prayer. Welcome home. What a gorgeous list and your love color just shines!

  2. you have some seriously prettty projects on your list. Time to finish them ! Yay on the wonderful news for your mom.

  3. Congratulations on the good news for your Mom's health. What a peaceful, serene country view! I bet that you are glad to be home and best wishes on finishing your quilts!

  4. Fabulous news about your mom doing so well. You have such gorgeous projects. Especially love the owls and the Amish beauties!

  5. Wonderful, wonderful wonderful!! So very thankful for your mom - she is a very lovely lady by the way!! The photo with the barn - scrumptious! And your projects - words can't describe the beauty of your fabrics!! I tend toward the "dirty" colors - but yours are just so bright and vivacious - must be a reflection of you!! (Does that mean I'm a bit "dirty"!! LOL Hubby says that when I go out to do chores, that I'm a dirt magnet! Maybe I just LOVE my work!!! LOL)

    Blessings dear friend! Happy, happy stitching!!

  6. Welcome home. That landscape is spectacular. But then so are your quilts. Of course I love your Hooties, but your Indian Summer is beautiful.

  7. Fabulous news about your mother. I am thrilled for her and your family. That is a lot of things to try to finish. From the girl that took a month to finish the binding on a quilt. :(

  8. Wonderful news about your Mom! Hope she heals from her surgery quickly and is back doing her normal day to day things.

  9. What fantastic news and so happy to hear about your Mom and you getting back to your normal territory. The photo you shared looks surreal, something you just imagine from a deep seated comfortable place, how lucky to live there.

    Your Q1 finishes are quite lengthy but just know you'll be checking them all off in know time. Welcome home.

  10. I'm so glad your mom is doing so well and received a great report. Praise Him! I know it feels good to be back home and planning your quilting projects. Your list of quilts is wonderful. There are some beauties there! Enjoy your sewing time.

  11. The news about your mom is fantastic! I'm sure it was music to your ears to hear it. I wish her a speedy recovery now.

    You have some fun and spectacular projects on your finishing list for this year.

  12. That is wonderful news about your mom Teresa and she looks great. The photo of the countryside is beautiful and you also have some neat finishes coming up!

  13. What a beautiful, nostalgic picture! I'm glad that your mom got such a good report!

  14. Teresa, What wonderful news about your Mother!! Oh, what wonderful, colorful projects you have on your agenda. Love the Indian Summer. Think I have that pattern someplace. LOL
    Hugs for you and your Mother

  15. Such fantastic news! So happy for you and your family!

  16. Wonderful news about your Mom. Give her a big hug from me. I had the surgery in 2001 myself and am doing well. Glad she got to it in time. You have such wonderful quilts to finish. Most of mine are still in the block stage.....grin. I'll be sure to finish at least one this year even if I have to send it out.....:))

  17. First of all I am so happy to read that you have good news about your Mom.
    Second - your lovely stash of finishes, beautiful. Reminds me that I should have been posting to Adrianne especially as we are in the same place! May not make it though as not back to full energy levels yet.

  18. That's an impressive list Teresa. The Amish one is gorgeous! Glad things are good. Happy sewing!

  19. So glad to hear your mom is doing well! Thanks for the NC picture - we lived in Charlottesville for 4 years and I do miss the mountains (not the winter weather, though!). Your goals for the first quarter of the Finish Along are ambitious - but it will be fun to see all your outcomes!

  20. So happy to see your mom's smiling face and know that she is cancer free. What a blessing that is and a reason to celebrate. I've never been to NC, but your pictures make me want to get there before I leave this world. Your projects to finish in the first qtr are impressive and I love the Indian Summer. That would be a great scrap quilt for me to start, but I have to be good and finish some of my UFOs first! lol

  21. God is so good! I am so happy to hear that about your mom.
    Yes, it does look like you will have a busy year. Some wonderful projects to work on.

  22. Praise God for a good report for your mom ... and while I know that you were glad to be there, I'm sure you were also glad to get back home. I'll continue to pray that she will remain cancer free!

    What an impressive list you have to accomplish ... but I know how productive you are, so I'm sure that you'll make good progress. I can't wait to see your finishes.

  23. That's wonderful news about your mother, Theresa. She looks great! I wanted to tell you how much I love that Fall quilt and those gorgeous colors.

  24. Your mother looked great in that picture. Glad she is cancer free.


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