Monday, January 10, 2011

First finish in 2011

It feels like I have a pile of projects to finish right now. I have seen a lot of UFO lists on several blogs. I have no idea how many I have. And I like to call my projects WISP's (Work In Slow Progress). I have thrown several away during these years, because I know I never are going to finish them. Or I have sold them on flee market at our quilt guild. Or just given them away to somebody else that perhaps want to finish them. And I do not feel bad about it at all.

My tast for colours, fabrics and patterns have changed during the progress. What I started one or two (or more) years ago is perhaps not what I want to make today. But one thing I have learned is that when I buy new fabrics, I try to make use of them right now. I do not store them to wait for the perfect project to come. I start cutting in them as soon as I can. Because it is now they are pretty. I have a lot of fabrics that have been stored in boxes several years, but now when I look at them, they are not as pretty as they was at the time they were bought.

So one goal for 2011 is that whenever a new fabric is in the house I will use it.

First finish this year !!! A new table runner.

I made three table runners before Christmas. Two was going to be Christmas gifts and got the binding on right away. This one was for me and today I sewed down the binding on it. Now I can remove the Christmas table cloth that was on my kitchen table and put this on. I have used some of my favorite fabrics in this table runner and that was an inspiration to get it finished. I think it looks beautiful on my table.



Saying for today:

Cats do care. For example they know instinctively
what time we have to be at work in the morning
and they wake us up twenty minutes
before the alarm goes off.

~Michael Nelson



41 comments:

Sheila said...

It does indeed look very beautiful on your table , I love this pattern .Congratulations on the finish !

Yvette said...

I love that! Well done.

By Hoki Quilts said...

You are so right about our changing tastes in colours and styles - I have a huge stash that is proof of that. Your table runner is just gorgeous and as for you WISP, I have renamed mine to PHD's, you see then people think I'm rather clever (LOL) rather than indecisive (projects half done).
Have a wonderful day
hugs
Miche'le

Becky said...

I love your table runner. We are currently "in" as the weather has been VERY WINTERY for us here in South Carolina and everything is pretty much closed all the Government office and most Businesses closed because of the dangerous driving conditions. I should be sewing on the RRCB Mystery but all I want to do is hibernate. I'm very proud of you for your first finish.

Solveig said...

WISP! Det likte jeg! Heretter adopterer jeg det begrepet. Herlig. Min samvittighet for en del innhold i skapene mine lysnet betraktelig!Men jeg tør ikke love å bruke alle stoffer jeg kjøper i år...

Sandy said...

Your first finish for the year is very pretty! I live the applique. Well done! It is only 10 days into the New Year!

jofridsquilt said...

Løperen passa perfekt. Flotte farger. Jofrid

Lorraine said...

Great work! I love the applique on the table runner. I totally agree with you regarding getting rid of WISPS that you know you will never finish...someone else might love them. ...and fabrics....well.....whenever I go thru my stash I have the odd "what WAS I thinking" moment when I look at some of the fabrics. Not so pretty to me now...LOL...and the stash remains just that...a stash and it seems I don't ever get to use any of it....the lure of new fabrics is too strong. But I have made 2011 the year of giving away or using the stash...there are fabrics in there that should be having major birthdays! have a great week.

Bjørg said...

Det var en fin løper!

Wonky Girl said...

Oh that is a good name- "WISP". And the table topper is wonderful, good reason to put the holiday cloth away.

Chocolate Cat said...

What a lovely tablerunner, you will get a lot of enjoyment from it. Good plan on using your fabrics as you get them,I have saved fabric for the 'perfect' project before and then never used it! Love the picture of the cats on the quilts - bliss!!!

Beth said...

Beautiful! I love these colors!

Annette said...

A beautiful finish! I really like it.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

May Britt that is one gorgeous finish....congratulations

Teresa said...

Your table runner is so pretty. I know what you mean about fabrics losing their appeal over the years. I have gotten where I do not buy yardage unless I have a project to use them in. Now Fat Quarters - I can't resist.

Radka said...

Well done, your table runner is very nice, nice design:))

Vicki W said...

That's a great desigh!

Ann Marie said...

That's the right attitude! I don't know how anyone gets a tattoo. What would you choose that you would like in a year or ten's time? I'm not that committed to my fabric purchases, and I really, really loved them when I bought them or I wouldn't have spent the money. I enjoy your blog.

Ursula said...

Looks wonderful, great Job..
thanks for sharing

WoolenSails said...

What a beautiful piece, love the design and fabrics.

Debbie

CJ said...

A beautiful start to the year. I love the applique flowers and your fabric choices.

Karin said...

The tablerunner turned out great - I love the appliqued flowers in the corners!

sie tut es auch said...

that's one of the best new years resolution i have been reading!
hugs
Manuela

Laila said...

Hi. Great tablerunner :-)
Well done. Hugs

Karen en Marc said...

It's so so beautiful, well done with your first finish of the year.

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi May... I jut love the table runner... I just love what you did with the flower... Wonderful job ... You are right about using fabric when you buy it... I enjoyed your story about it and I see me in it... Thanks for sharring this with all of us... :)

Annika said...

Now thats a relly nice tablerunner! Lovely!

jesop84 said...

I, too, agree that it looks beautiful on your table. What a cute table runner.

Talin's Corner said...

I love the flower applique on our table runner. It looks great.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful table runner. It makes me want to make one.

Cattinka said...

I havent been here in a while, and I am impressed to see all the beautiful things you have been working on. Great tablerunner, I really like it.
KATRIN W.

Bettinas Stoffträume said...

Hallo May Britt,
I am Looking about 1,5 years to your blog. You create wonderful things. Now I open new blog.
Your first finish looks great.
hugs
bettina

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh May - I love your table runner! So pretty - and your idea to use fabric as soon as you get is AWESOME! I'm thinking on trying that myself! Thanks so much for sharing!

Katie said...

It does look wonderful on your table! :-)

Gloria J W said...

Now those are powerful words May Britt... Using all your new fabrics, as you get them!! I will have to start now and just plough through all those piles of delicious fabrics that are stored in wonderfully large tubs... What fun...and I'll have to tell everyone that May Britt told me too. And I will have to get back into Blogland again. A year off...and I'm on my way back.
Rainbow smiles... Gloria

Sue-Anne said...

Gorgeous table runner and great that you have used fabric straight away.

quiltygal said...

Lovely table runner ..& it's true what you say I look at some material I have had for a while & think "what was I thinking" lol I have given away heaps I am now trying not to buy unless I have nothing suitable to finish something off... worked last year so heres hoping this year will be the same...

ozjane said...

Re cat quote.....and if the call to arise is unanswered then the modus operandi is to pull down skirts hanging on skirt hangers on the door..nice fresh things you have selected to wear and would prefer not to have thrown on the carpet and danced on and rolled in by a cat.

Bonny said...

What you say about loving your fabric when you purchase it and then not loving it as much when you look at it a few years later... SO TRUE!
The only fabrics that I love year after year are the flour sack, Darlene Zimmerman prints, etc. They just keep getting prettier each year. I love your flower applique on your table runner:)

Sigrun said...

Løperen din er vakker May-Brit, nydelige farger.

Little Green Doll said...

Your table runner is very beautiful!! Have a nice week! :)

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