All jealousy aside, at least I am one step ahead of last year. Last year I finished a whole month late. You can take a look at my project here. This year, I got part of it done because I decided to do pillow shams.
I got one sham done. See, better than last year. Maybe two will be done by next month.
I figured out how to add braid to the sham.
I watched a YouTube on how to twist the ends together. The lady on the video made it look so easy. I didn't quite get the gist of it. But it is unnoticeable where the ends join unless I point it out. Which I obviously do in the following photo.
I used fabric from my stash that I don't really like for the back of the quilted part of the sham. It will never show so I'm glad I could use it.
Straight machine quilting one inch apart.
I thoroughly loved the blue color this past year and the more modern look of the blocks. This coming year is a Western theme. Cowboys, the Southwest, cacti, boots, and the like. It's not really my style but I'll give it a go and next year may see a full project completed on time.