This is a small selection of fabric that I am piecing together. I've many ideas as to what design to use, and even what other fabrics to add, but somehow (no surprise) I keep changing my mine.
I thought I had decided on a quilt pattern designed by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts and started cutting according to the directions. I cut the chosen fabrics in three sizes, 2.5", 3" and 5" squares. I knew this was only the tip of the iceberg, which gave me too much time to think.
So I started sewing, lots of sewing!
It took me several sittings to chain piece these (80+) 5" HSTs.
Well, that's where it's at right now. I need more Kona white and many more squares. I think I've come up with a design, which I need to draw out or I'll be cutting fabric forever. Without a plan, who knows how many HSTs I'll make.
And the quilt pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts, I've already compiled a new selection of fabrics!
My other project in the works is from Stash Bee 2014. I designed a block which you can read about here.
I received quite a variety of blocks, it was exciting!
I'm playing with the layout. The first layout requires I make another block - should I? I like the second layout, although I'm thinking it could use some white sashing of some sort, maybe on two sides of each block & twist them around. Increase the negative space a bit. Maybe add large squares of white? Too many ideas floating in my head over this one!
Last year, 2014, I participated in three online bees. For Scrappylicious Bee, I chose My Stars Align which I wrote about here.
With so many projects on the list, in the books I own, in my imagination and in the works, it's taken me some time to get around to piecing these blocks in preparation for quilting. I love how the blocks came together. Now I just have to piece a back (how long for that?) and quilt.
This year's goal is to be more consistent with posting - sharing my labors of love. In light of that, I am linking up with 2 Bags Full, Grow Your Blog. I also plan on getting a bit more tech savvy - I want to add the official button but can't figure out how! Give me a few days and it will appear. It's here!
What will I be sharing? My quilting adventures!
I am a full-time teacher. I have been sewing since I was about 7 - taught by my grandma. I've made many things; clothing, totes, quilts, doll clothes, and more. Currently, I spend my sewing time on quilts. They take some time but the reward is immeasurable. I also enjoy helping others learn to quilt.
I love color, all kinds! I rarely repeat a pattern I have made for someone. Once I've made something, I'm onto a new design. I like to design my own patterns (with pencil & paper) and have a pretty good grasp figuring out the math. I'm sure all my math teachers are surprised by this!
I am participating in Stash Bee for the second time. It's fun making new blocks that I normally wouldn't try. Last year's group challenged me, especially with paper piecing!
And I'm never alone - Cola and Mini are my ever present assistants.
I love sewing and making quilts. I take a long time to finish projects because I am a procrastinator and have questionable time management skills. I want to make everything, all at once. That's where joining bees comes in.
Over the last year and a half I have been in three different bees. All three had different guidelines, group members and focus.
I was challenged to improve my paper piecing skills,
purchased fabrics that I normally didn't look at twice and made blocks that I thought I wanted to use for quilts and then realized that one or two blocks were enough for me.
I like the idea of deadlines ( a good idea for procrastinators) and I like having small finishes. I always included a personal note and felt good after a trip to the post office.
Now that my third bee is winding to a close, I am reflecting on whether to join another. These bees have given me challenges and food for thought.
In one bee, we lost a member early on, and I received all my blocks.
In another bee, we started with 12 or 13 members and I have received from five members.
In the final bee, we lost members, and it still took months to get blocks from everyone.
I should also mention that I joined a few quilt alongs, which, I'm still doing even though the events are long over. I do work best with deadlines and perhaps if I didn't have too much going on, I might even meet one or two.
I learned that I have to say no, evaluate my time commitments and be more realistic about how much time I need to complete a project
- and to always keep in mind just how many projects I am working on.
Should I join another? I think I'll give myself some time before I do.