As the calendar has turned from April to May, it's time to review how it's going on finishing my PHD in 2020 with Quilting Gail.
The goal is to reduce the projects half done pile. I played along last year and didn't do so hot (had it been a real PhD program, I'd have flunked spectacularly). I've tried to learn from the poor performance last year so I can do better this year. The biggest error last year was starting nine new projects. That really distracted from getting the older projects completed. Last year by this time I had started three new projects, this year just one new project has been added to the list.
|Unity, 2020 Bonnie Hunter Sew-In-Place Quilt Along|
Bonnie Hunter's Unity quilt along was just too tempting. It's also helped keep me excited about being in the sewing room. Getting finishes is exciting, staying excited while you get there is harder.
There was a finish last month.
|Stripes from the 2019 Quiltygirl Winter Quilt Along|
The Winter Quilt Along project is one of 2019's irresistible projects. It's the second finish for 2020. So I'm 1/6th of the way to finishing my PHDs.
The next finish should be the Mosaic Mystery Quilt.
|Mosaic Mystery Quilt|
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs
The top and backing are pieced. The plan this month is to give both a good pressing and clean up the loose threads, then send them out for quilting. That's my May One Monthly Goal. If I can get that done, that sets me up for another finish in June.
Frolic is moving along slowly, though you couldn't tell that from what is up on the design wall.
|Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt|
The effort in April was to finish the 9 patches and sashing strips needed to finish up the last three blocks. The pieced border will be next. I'm hoping to have Frolic to the finished flimsy stage by July.
One of other learnings from last year, is that I can make better progress if I limit the number of active projects to three, four if the fourth project just needs the binding. Once Mosaic Mystery goes out for quilting, the next to be finished project will be the Storm at Sea quilt.
If I can keep to this plan, there should be 4 quilts finished by July. That will not put me on track to complete my PHD, but it would put me on track to finish more than 7 quilts this year. That would be a record.