I've moved on from the bags, those have been emptied and now I'm trying to deal with boxes of fabric. Not large pieces of fabric, but fabric that has been cut into shapes and sewn back together into blocks. Well, some of it has made it to the block stage........
Sacagawea Sampler by Minick and Simpson Oh yes, I'm still working on this. Here you can see I've only got two empty spaces. That's because I made a wagon wheel block instead of the sister block to the bottom left one. I just didn't have it in me to make another zig zag border with a 1" center strip. But I figured at some point Sacagawea must have rode in a wagon with Lewis and Clark, right?
Chinese coin styled block got all cut and pieced, tick. One more block done.
Now I'm on to the last one, an appliqued log cabin, flag, a bird and a dog. Surely you can see that block, the one between the above block and the wagon wheel.
This one. Yes, I left it to the last. I didn't know what color I would make the bird. There are two birds on the top right block, no, you didn't miss them. They haven't been appliqued yet because I didn't know which color placement I wanted. But I got this block figured out.
Surely you can see the red bird, the blue dog, the flag and the log house in the middle. I'm back basting this block so as I cut all the strips for the Chinese Coin block, I auditioned the fabrics for this block. And I got the birds picked out for the top right block. Now I'll have some hand applique to take on a trip later in August.
Then I made a second Lib Star quilt, and I gifted that out to my breast cancer surgeon. He was a rock star, holding my hand as I walked the 5 year journey wearing the pink shoes. And yet, I still felt there was another Lib Star quilt left to be made, the one for me.
I took inventory of completed blocks on my design wall. I love where this is headed. The blocks are 3", 6", 9" and 12" so they will all play nicely together. Backgrounds are mostly Pie Crust and a Buggy Bary star print left over from backings.
These two tops came of their cardboard houses and have been completed. I'm hoping to have them published, so that's why you only get a peek.
My Carolina Christmas, that has lived in a box for about 5 years finally has become a full fledged quilt. This is a Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt from years ago. I knew what the finished quilt looked like before starting it.
This box contains hundreds and hundreds of hourglass blocks in pink/brown combos. It was from swaps I participated in back in 2008. Yikes, 9 years ago.
I took it out, put lots of blocks up on the design wall
I went back to this, straight setting the blocks, which finish at 3"
I have previously sewn a few four patch blocks and played around with them. After all this time, I have decided to stick with my original plan. Straight set the blocks and make a quilt out of them!
Keep it simple, let the color and fabrics do all the work and I'm confident I'll love it. This is going to be my #1 project that I work on when I go away for our quarterly retreat in October. I have my notes written with pressing instructions and all the block seams will line up and lock in place.
So that's it for now. I will tell you there is only one quilt that I've officially abandoned. It was a workshop and I just didn't have the mojo to push through on it. The fabric choices I made had a lot to do with it. I've learned to not use "least favorite" fabric when taking a class, it just might be what holds you back from a great quilt top.
So pull out your favorite fabrics, cut them up, turn them into quilts that you will enjoy and be proud to show off. Go on, I know you can do it!
So what's next for me? A laundry basket full of parts and pieces and patterns and fabrics. Don't expect to see that post for awhile. I'm going to start working on a new website, so my personal sewing time will be spent at the computer for the next few months.