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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Getting things done (and a link party)

My "ten days of finishing project" are technically expired, but I am still finishing up few things, so I keep it going for few more days :)!
I had a lot of progress in project that went untouched for too long.

The Ongoing Project List:
  1. Play with Me QAL - 100% done with all patterns/posts for April, starting with the ones for May! Cannot share those, but I released the third block of the QAL, the Backgammon board!
  2. WGACA projects
    1. Jane T - no progress
    2. The SK project - no progress
    3. Charity Quilts for DC General Homeless Shelter project - basted and half quilted! Will be done by next week!
  3. Mirror Mirror Afghan - no progress
  4. Block Swap Adventure -  paused until April
  5. American Quilt (previous known as Americana QAL) - no progress
  6. Gyleen's BCP Mystery QAL - no progress
  7. Splendid Sampler - no progress
  8. SECRET quilt 1 for exhibit - (FDJ) no progress
  9. SECRET quilt 2 for exhibit - (Processing) no progress
  10. Tablet tote - done (see below)
  11. Road Home Row-A-Long - planned what to make
  12. 70273 Project - decided to join
The EverythingElse List:
  1. the 31000 Xs project - no progress
  2. Spirit cross stitch project - no progress
  3. Alice in Wonderland quilt - no progress
  4. As You Wish -  no progress
  5. Crazy optical illusion - no progress
  6. Memory quilt 2 - no progress
My plan was is that that until the end of the month I WON'T make a single new block, a single new crochet block, nothing "new".
I am only allowed to make "finishing" steps: either joining blocks I already have, basting quilt tops I have, finishing backings, etc. I will pause my Splendid Sampler, my Mirror Mirror Afghan, Jane T, SK, everything that is far away from being finished and I will focus on project that I can complete or move to completion by the end of the month.

Because of this, I finished 2 future boards for my Play with Me QAL and almost completed a third one! I cannot share those, but I can share the beautiful backgammon board everyone else is sharing!

We have about 50 people playing along, it is so fun!!

If you didn't join, it's not too late!

Then I finished my Strings of Pi piece: the only missing thing was the hanging sleeve, but now it is done done piece!

I also completed a little tablet carrier for my mom!

Adapted from Heidi's Mosaic Bag

I really struggle making bags... I don't enjoy the process at all... but I love the final result!

And last, but not least, I want to remind you that I am working on charity quilts,
and I would love your help!! 
Quilts are for a quilt drive to help the kids in the DC General Homeless Shelter. 
And you can help me by donating orphan blocks, partial blocks, or fabric (scraps, strips, leftover, uglies, whatever). 
If you are willing to mail them to me, I could use them to make more quilts for these kids!!! 
If you are up for a loving donation, please send me an email at tweloq[_at_]gmail[dot_com] or leave a comment here with your email address so I could give you my mailing address. I promise that your donation will be used to make some kids happy and feel more loved!! 

I quilted 60% of the baby quilt... it is going to be ready next week! so excited to get this project out of my UFO list!!!

Have you heard about Ello? It is basically Instagram without ads, no weird algorithm to show you only what they want you to see, no selling data, and it is for creative artists! :)

I never joined IG because I felt the goal was more about "showing off" than focusing on creativity, so even if I know there is a good quilting community there (which is creative and inspiring) I never felt it was the right place for me. Ello sounds much more fun!

It is a relatively new platform, so it has some issues (not too fast because it is still in beta but it's getting better, the signup is easy but if you don't pay attention the default groups that you are "following" may not be the ones you want, etc). If you want to join, it is free and there is a fast-growing quilting community. For helpful tips and finding your quilting tribe, you can read what the coordinator of the account @elloquilt says!

My handle is @alida-tweloq and to bring the community together I decided to coordinate a Block Swap!

You don't need to have an Ello account to join! Just fill this form to leave me your contact if you are interested. I am still collecting general info to see who is interested in what. I highly recommend to have an account, as I plan to post reminders, pictures of blocks, etc over there!

How about you? What are YOU up to?
Link it here and share it with me!!

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