I am determined to finish up these WIPs this year. In addition, I have some other projects that I want to get going, but I refuse to start something else until these are out of the hopper. A couple have been in that bin for over two years. Does anyone else get started excitedly on something new, then something immediate, like Fall Bazaare or Christmas cards or a new commissioned portrait takes you off-track, then you can't quite get back to finishing up what you wanted to do or began earlier?
This quilt is made up of African themed fabrics and originally (in 2007) I had decided to make it out of strips. When I put it up on the wall, I felt the strips looked terrible so I let it set a year as I pondered what to do with it.
A year or so later, I cut up the strips (with trepidation) and began a mandala or medallion like design. I like it better, but again I got so far and didn't quite know where to go next. Now I'm determined to finish this up. The fabrics are beautiful and I hate it just laying around unfinished.
My sister retired from teaching in 2008. I told her I would make her a bed quilt for her retirement and asked what she wanted. Sometime in 2009, she brought me a huge bag of T-Shirts, her favorites and requested I make her quilt from those shirts. I'd never made a T-Shirt quilt. Got me a book, read it, and cut out all the logos. Somehow I missed the part about ironing them to a stabilizer. Then came the hard part of arranging the logos and figuring out how to size them so they'd work out in blocks I could sew together. Whew, finally figured out sizes and numbers of sashings I would need. Now to just get started with that step.
While visiting my daughter in Michigan, she took me to Haberman's fabric shop. Lord, Fabric to die for. I brought this piece of Merrimako and decided to quilt it and practice using my Handi-quilter.
It started off fine, but then, the thread started breaking and I became quite frustrated. Working through a machine problem takes patience and time and I didn't have much of either then, so I hung it up to keep it in sight, and forgot about it for the past six or seven months ( maybe 9 or 10 months). It's such a gorgeous piece.
In the fall, I took a class at a local quilt shop called Quilt-as-you-go-Crazy-Quilt. It was fun. I loved it and was asked to teach the technique to our local quilt group. In the process, I made quite a few blocks and decided to start sewing them together into a quilt. After teaching the technique though, I became a little tired of flip and sew and put it down. The PEACE IN THE VALLEY quilt uses the CQ design for the blocks and I was finishing up that landscape about the same time. I'll get back to this, because it does move fast and I've a ton of scrap fabric I want to use up, plus I get to practice quilting by machine with these blocks.
And then there are all the quilts in my head, . . . . . . just waiting in line.
Bless our WIPs and U.F.Os
to sweet completion!