Friday, February 28, 2014

February Finishes and Failures

In February, some quilting happened ... but I made ZERO progress on a couple projects that were goals for this month.  With my 20-20 hindsight, I can see that perhaps my recent obsession with espresso machines was one way to avoid those projects ... hmm.

I DID make scrappy pink blocks for four ongoing rainbow scraps projects.


Pink scraps also found their way into two new projects.


I made a basket of string-pieced heart pins and sent them to dozen quilters to thank them for their support of the Block Lotto site.

Then I used the left-over bits of string fabric to make liberated star blocks for a future to-be-determined project.


I am joining the February NewFO Challenge linky party with these two new projects.

I spent a lot of time watching the Olympics coverage on TV in February, which allowed me to finish up the stitching for a pair of large Redwork pillow covers.


I also made a whole lot of Bead-on-a-String blocks: for the lotto and for two Mod-Mod quilts.

BUT ... because I failed to put a single stitch into my designated goal for a Lovely Finish, nor get much beyond creating a pattern for the Tea Towel Challenge, I am feeling pretty pathetic on this last day of the month ...

Can I blame my failures on a retrograde Mercury?  It seems as soon as Mercury started moving forward again, I had an idea for something completely different for my Tea Towel challenge quilt–I am still hopeful I will be able to make that happen.

Or maybe my optimism for March is fueled by a return to my routine and a first-thing-in-the-morning coffee?  As it turns out, after serving up the best cappuccino that I've ever made, the Goodwill bargain refused to make another.  After spending too much time trying to make it work and talking with the manufacturer (who offered to service it for $400), back to Goodwill it went.  the experience helped me decide on a replacement, which I did find locally. I'm not sure how a single cup of coffee in the morning can make things feel more ordered and normal around here, but it has.  I am ready to march on to March.

11 comments:

P. said...

Ha! Hubby and I were just wondering if Mercury had been retrograde in February, in light of the kind of stuff that has gone on here recently. My tea towel project stalled out too. Woke up this morning thinking about where it needs to go from here. Looking forward to marching on to March also!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just love those beads on a string blocks - so cool!! I think you had a very productive month even if you feel you weren't successful. Oh, a good cup of coffee in the morning is just a must - I totally agree.

Barbara said...

Gorgeous projects, Sophie. Your pinks turned out so cute. I love your NewFO.

Bridget said...

I just saw this quote:

“Coffee first. Schemes later.”
― Leanna Renee Hieber, Darker Still


Now you're ready to rumble.

DeAnna S said...

Beautiful projects. The redwork is awesome and I love all the circles elsewhere.

Pat Ferguson said...

I love those beads on a string and all your other scrappy pink scraps. You make using scraps look just too much fun. You really have a flair for the unusual. Love it!

Donna said...

I love all the pink! Happy stitching.

desertskyquilts said...

What a lot of scrappy pinkness! The projects are coming along very well.

Kate said...

Love the hearts. Lots of pretty pink blocks on your wall.

Hope you've got the coffee situation addressed. There is no "good morning" in this house without coffee!

Mary Huey said...

I can relate to your frustration -- I "tried" to finish my 13 oldest UFO's last year -- only finished 2, abandoned 1, and sold 1 -- but learned some important lessons along the way so clinging to that rationalization!!

Brown Family said...

I think it was the weather that kept me from being productive this month.. You did make some lovely things.

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