I am definitely suffering from Quilting attention deficit disorder this week, which is being exaggerated by severe procrastination. I am supposed to be working on my This way, That way quilt. Instead, I have cleaned my sewing room, and worked on everything but the quilt I am supposed to be focussing on.
The only good thing is I got this weeks Tula Pink City Sampler blocks complete, which I have never done in time. In fact I have blocks 1-9 and now 64-66 :-). I am still loving the fabric choice – Spring House. Here are the new blocks:
Here are the close-ups of the blocks.
Here is a link of the previous 9 blocks I have made.
I will say the week has not all been frustrating. I got home Friday night, and I had a package. My first reaction was what did I buy, have I forgotten something?? No, Laura, a wonderful friend I met in blog world, sent me an amazing woolly hat. It was perfect, as it is getting cold here in North Carolina and we had our first frost this week. I was so elated and so taken aback. So here is a shout out to Laura over @ Little and Lots, go over and take a look at her other hats – she has been knitting up a storm.
Hope you all are having a great weekend. I am counting down….Only 2 weeks until the Triangle MQG sewing retreat, 4 1/2 weeks to Thanksgiving, and 8 1/2 weeks to Christmas!!!
On Sunday, I had a stark realization that I might have a “quilting attention deficit disorder”. I was asked to do a member spotlight at our MQG. I was pulling out stuff to show and realized I had a large number of WiP’s. I made a decision that my WiPs are an important part of my process and embraced them. I think, I like small and different projects so that I can learn new techniques or fine-tune a skill, hence the # of WiP’s. My WiP’s include my first attempt at making a modern block, paper piecing, EPP, first QAL, my first quilt design, first strip improv blocks, and first mod mosaic blocks.
How many WiP’s do you have on the go? Are they all different? Why are they WiPs (I get bored too quick or distracted)?
Here are the WiP’s I shared.
Orange and GreyQuilt:These blocks were my first blocks I ever sewed up. I have not done anything with them since last November – this is supposed to be a King Sized quilt….I have 50 or so blocks to go. Most of the fabrics are from Spoonflower.com, Designer: Holli Zollinger.
Hexagon Quilt (EPP):I have been hand sewing this quilt since May, I have about 7 rows + corners to go for a lap sized quilt.
Tula Pink QAL:I am so far behind in this QAL. I have done the first 9 blocks….I am thinking of making only a lap quilt with these. The fabric is Summer House used in these blocks.
NZ bird Quilt (Paper piecing): A lap quilt using Juliet@ Tartankiwi’s paper piecing patterns, 3 down, 6 to go.
Medallion Quilt: I am using this paper piecing block from I Patch Quilt pattern as the center block for a medallion quilt.
This Way, That Way Quilt:My first quilt design, 4 blocks done, 20 more to go for a Twin sized quilt that needs to be finished for Christmas.
Neapolitan Quilt: Another possible Christmas gift. I really wanted to do coated candy from “Sunday Mornings” Book but wanted to make it my own so I came up with this design. I made up the first block this weekend. This could be a nice quick project.
Through the Shattered Looking-glass: A new design I had come up with, that had been in my head for some time. It uses a technique from oh! Fransson – Mod Mosaics which I tried out in the improv block class I had a couple of weekends ago.
So, you may be wondering how the member spotlight went…after all, I mostly had WiP’s and a few design/design ideas to show (some I have not shared here yet). I think, I got a great response from my guild based on the feedback. I really enjoyed sharing and talking about the learning curve and process I have taken over the last year since I started. I would definitely do it again 🙂
Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
I definitely love being on vacation, and to share there is one more vacation post coming tomorrow. As far as my sewing efforts, I did not get 4 hours a day but did at least two which is great if you ask me. I also did not get everything done that I wanted (I was a little too optimistic), but I did make a good dent in my list. I managed to complete or start:
Finally, I finished Blocks 1, 2, 3 of Tula City Sampler and in 1/2 day managed 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (3 weeks down, only 6 more to catch-up on). Here are what the last 6 blocks look like….remember I a using Spring House by Moda for the fabric.
Summary of my 9 blocks
Also, it is the last week of the Let’s get Acquainted New Bloggers Blog Hop which has been hosted by Beth @ Plum and June. A big shout out to Beth who has been a wonderful and inspiring host. If you have a chance check out the last week’s New Bloggers Post.
I have so many projects that I have not got to recently, and I have been feeling so behind. Today, I feel like I have made some in roads to clearing that backlog. Yippee!!!
Project 1: Triple Zipper Pouch Swap
First off, I am part of the Triple Zipper Pouch Swap going on over on Flickr, here. Posting of the Triple Zipper Pocket is due on the August 17th and it has taken me forever to get started. I finally have all the pieces cut and ready for sewing.
Lining: Straw hat blue, Cloud 9 (purchased from Joann)
Small pocket front: Flirty Flowers Tonal Dots in Pink, Robin Zingone, Robert Kaufman (purchased from Fresh Modern Fabric)
Small pocket front: Crosshatch in Plum, Architextures, Carolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman (purchased from Westwood Acres)
Back + large front pocket: Hexo in Kryptonite, Technicolor, Emily Herrick, Michael Miller (purchased from Fat Quarter Shop)
Project 2: Kiwi Cushion/Pillow I have promised for at least the last two months one of my blogger friends a kiwi cushion in reds and browns. The kiwi (a NZ native bird) is a paper piecing pattern designed by Juliet @ Tartan Kiwi. Her free pattern is now on Craftsy. The pillow front will look similar to this one, except I am using these red and brown improv blocks. The red block for the body and the brown for the legs and beak.
Project 3: Tula City Sampler – Blocks 1, 2, 3
So, I have started the Tula City Sampler Blocks Quilt Along…well the first three are cut. Boy, I did not realize what 6 1/2 inch blocks would mean….the pieces are tiny.