Hello, friends. Today I’m sharing my Quilting Life March 2021 Challenge projects, a re-cap of my January and February finishes, and some thoughts about “keeping up” and finishing in general. I’ve got a short video to share my challenges and finishes, links to everything in this post…and just some general things I thought about while reviewing and setting goals recently. Enjoy. Also…I’ll be sharing the first of the new Sincerely Yours quilts tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.
March 2021 Goals
In this video I share my January challenge finish quilt and also talk about my March goals. While I didn’t make a ton of progress on my challenge goals in February–I did sew plenty of other things. So I am continuing some of the February goals into March. And, I was pretty specific this month–challenging myself to a specific number of blocks on some work in progress projects.
March Challenge Video
Watch the March Challenge and project review video above, or go here to watch it on my YouTube Channel.
In the video I share my January Challenge quilt…and I also made a second version of that quilt in our Sincerely Yours fabrics. I love both versions of the quilt and think it’s super fun how different they both are. As I mentioned above, I have three pretty specific goals for March:
- Continue working on my half-square triangles for a few different projects. (Hopefully, I’ll have a lot of these to share soon).
- Make 10 new Village House blocks for my long-term Village quilt project.
- Make 8 Sewcialites blocks in the 3″ size in order to get caught up with that sew along.
- And since it’s National Quilting Month with National Quilting Day on Saturday, March 20th, I want to ENJOY the journey in March.
Thoughts on “Keeping Up”
Finally, as I reviewed my progress and set goals, the thought kept coming to me that we should all be careful not to worry so much about “keeping up” with what other quilters are doing or even with what we think we should be getting accomplished. My daughter and I had a conversation recently (it will be on our podcast on March 15th) about this topic, and it was so eye-opening. We are all busy with so many things to do, and to be hard on ourselves for not getting enough quilting done is just something we should take off of the list. Enjoy your journey this month. Be happy for what you are able to work on, and enjoy every minute.
I hope you enjoyed the Quilting Life March 2021 Challenge. Remember that you can read all of the previous posts in my Monthly Challenge series here. Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Sue Kennedy says
Thank you Sherri for your topic of “keeping up”! I only have one !machine and my feed dogs stopped working. It is an older faithful Bernina. It took 3 weeks to be repaired. I am so behind of my projects, I don’t know where to start.
But now I am going to start by doing !y best to catch up and try not to stress about it.
Thank you for your kind wisdom. Looking forward to your next podcast on this subject!
Have a blessed day
T Holzer says
Your Four Square quilts look great!
Jane Eilderts says
I love your first four square quilt pattern. I have made a quilt and also a table runner from three squares put together with sashing. What is the difference from your original pattern and your new one? All of your patterns are great!!!
sherri McConnell says
Four Square 2 is set on point…so it has a different look 🙂
I’ve been wanting to set it this way for quite some time and love it!
Davida Sanders says
I just wanted to thank you for your blogposts and all the wonderful ideas. It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed with everything I would like to do for my 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and at least a few projects for myself. Your suggestions have helped me to maintain more of a focus and not be too hard on myself. Thanks so much!
Karen S says
Thanks, Sherri, for all your encouragement and especially your wisdom about following our own quilt journey rather than “competing” to keep up with others. I’m currently, slowly, working through some finishes on quilts that have been lingering. While it sometimes feels like the last steps are very slow, it’s always satisfying when one is completed!
Dottie Austin says
I love your podcasts and videos and blogs! My mom is my quilter but I am doing more of my own quilting, practicing with rulers! I often piece her stuff in trade. We enjoy sewing together even if it is in separate houses. I can totally relate to the two of you! I do check out my mom’s stash and sometimes shop in her sewing room?
I did want to comment on the topic of washing fabric for the first time. I use a product called Retayne when I wash a quilt for the first time. I made a couple quilts about 5 years ago with a black background and they haven’t faded after years of washing. But I credit that to the quality of fabric too. I did use a black muslin for a small project from a chain store before and it bled. What a mess. Quality counts.
Christine Robertson says
Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. This is what I needed to read, as a new quilter I want to do it all 🙂 but alas, I cannot 🙁 . I received a copy of your “A Quilting Life” planner for Christmas and I am using it, I have started setting monthly goals and it had helped so much. Thank you!
Carolyn A Thompson says
I got your Quilting Journal at the beginning of the year!! Recently, I started filling out how many projects I have and what I have done to them and what I have yet to finish on them!! Wow…what a revelation I have had this past two weeks. It actuacally took me a little of several days, to locate and find all my projects that I had not started on, but had bouught a kit. or the pattern and the material with the intent of making that project. It has been so amazing to find all the projects, kits, material and then several patterns I have, that somewhere along the way, I had intended to make. Amazing how many I’ve accumualtd over the years, and now I will have to make decisions on what I’m going to do with with all of them.
Had I not purchased your Quilting Journal, which has so many different sections to fill out, I would not have faced my reality!!
I love your blog and the podcast with you, Chelsie and Billie!! You make a great team!!
Carolyn from Muncie, In.