This past year I participated in my first online quilting bee. There
were ups and downs, but I have no desire to do it again. I was amazed by
some of the blocks that were sent to me, and completely
underwhelmed/dissapointed in others. I was very excited to participate,
but I've been turned off of participating in these types of massive online
groups, I'll just stick to me, myself, and I.
I also bought a new sewing machine (which I absolutely love!!!) and taught
myself to free motion quilt! So far I can do meandering loops and swirls
and I'm really good at tracing the edges of really fussy applique. I have
one quilt top basted and another one waiting to get basted that I will attempt to
free motion quilt all over :)
I have finished/almost finished most of the quilts on my list of things that
need to be completed! All of the small ones are done :) and the bigger
ones are almost there! Three of the four left on the list have completed tops, one of those is basted, one has a back pieced and the last one's back is almost finished. That leaves only 1, yes 1, that is still not a top!
I want to quilt Candy Corner and Twitter this spring, it will be nice to have a warm quilt on my lap while it's super cold in WI... and I'm am really hoping to finish the Halloween quilt before I leave. Lofty goal, but since I only want to do straight line quilting in the ditch and it's a pretty small couch quilt, I'm not overly concerned about that :) The last WIP, while really beautiful, is one I have lost interest in making. Don't get me wrong, I still love the pattern, but it is very intense to make just one block and I just don't have that kind of sewing time coming up for a while. So I think I'll put its fabric back in the mix with everything else and just make the test block into a pillow cover or something.
Two years after I decided to spend the year
finishing up projects I have almost gotten there. It has definitely been
a learning process: I find that once I'm no longer working on a project it is
hard to get the motivation up to keep going on it, but if I let it sit, when I
come back I see all of these things I want to change and make better.
Lesson: start and finish something quickly so I don't keep wanting to start
over! I also discovered that I don't particularly like having several
projects going at once. I may have slight quilters ADD, but I tend not to
finish things if I keep having to change the feet on my machine when switching
between projects or need to pause for a lot of extra "prep" work
(cutting, pulling more fabric, ironing it...you know). Lesson: prep
EVERYTHING for the project before I sew even one stitch. I have also
discovered that the fabric I picked out 3-4 years ago may not be fabric I'm in
love with any more. Lesson: don't just buy fabric to buy fabric.
Buy it for a project and then use it for the project.
This being said, I have yet another list of quilts I want to make that is
ever growing! I am really looking for patterns I love and fabric I
already own that I really want to use. One of my bee mates requested modern maple blocks this year and I loved that block so much that I decided to make a quilt of it just for myself :) I have a box of red, pink, orange yellow fabrics that are just begging to be included! I also picked up the perfect background fabric for it, a French text print in tan/cream. I can see it in my head already and I love it!!! Another quilt I am dying to make is a plus quilt with my gorgeous bundle of Dreamin' Vintage fabrics.
As soon as I got them I knew I wanted a pattern that would showcase the prints and a plus quilt was the perfect solution :) This one may be a bit difficult for me to piece (not because they are all squares) because I don't have a design wall in my apartment. I'm not quite sure how to deal with that yet.
Another long term project I want to work on is a Harry Potter bookcase. My mom made one this summer and it is fantastic!
|This one is not hers, I can't seem to find the picture, but it is the one from the FandomInStitches Flickr page|
I love the idea of a bookcase quilt since I am such a bookworm and making it HP themed is even better :D I am planning to join along with FandomInStitches QAL using the Project of Doom paper piecing patterns. It will by the first time I participate in a QAL and I'm looking forward to see how that goes. I also have a bundle of fabrics that have been sitting around for 3 years... It is a set of 5 one yard cuts and 4 different patterns that use all of the fabric. I need to sit down and pick a pattern and make it. Before I decide I don't like the fabric anymore. I also bought a pattern on a whim from Freshly Pieced, Wavelength. I definitely have the rainbow colors in my stash, but I have no idea what I want to do with the background so for now it is still just an idea roaming around in the back of my head. And lastly, I have the blocks my bee mates sent to me for my month in the Stash Bee. Several of them will not be included. I don't want to be the perfectionist, but several of them had cuts along the edges that are deeper than 1/4 inch or used selvedges or were not 12.5 inches square. It was fun making the blocks for the most part, I really tried to push myself and make beautiful blocks for other people using their visions/ideas while learning some new techniques. In the end though, I felt like some of the blocks I got back just weren't ones I want to use. I haven't fully decided what I'm going to do with them yet, its up in the air. Maybe I'll finally make a quilt and donate it!
It's not even a week into the new year and already I have a giant pile of WIP's :)
Linking to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!