Greetings dear readers! I am currently “actively” working on 4 projects (and as you know, there are more “simmering”). It occurred to me that they fall into 4 categories – a “challenge” quilt, a “comfort” quilt, a “passion” quilt, and a “get it done!” quilt.
My “challenge” quilt is my sunflower quilt. I am challenging myself to tackle a difficult piecing, construction, and design project. It’s good for personal growth to try new things. I decided to go ahead and appliqué the sunflowers to their backgrounds with bias tape around the edges. Even though I still have 3 more sunflowers to make, I wanted to try this out. I used a similar technique many years ago on this quilt:
Could I remember how to do it? 🙂 My result is good, but the join at the end could be better so I will work on that, but I’m satisfied that this is the way to go forward with this:
I spent time yesterday picking out the fabrics for the bias tape edges – some are the same as the centers, some are not. I cut strips for 5 of the blocks and will get those made up and ready to go soon:
My “comfort” project is “Stormy Weather” aka the “Stars and Sprigs” project. I just have to follow the pattern and it’s simple piecing and hand appliqué. I can mostly relax with it. I just finished the 20th sprigs block:
No challenges, no worries, just easy process and peaceful stitching!!
My “passion” quilt project right now is “Maple Leaf Rag.” I just can’t stop making these leaves!!! I’ve got 56 now. Every leaf is different, though I have used some of the fabrics more than once and as their numbers increase I am having to re-use more fabrics. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if the quilt ends up with around 200 different fabrics in it. I don’t consider myself a “scrap quilt” maker, but I do love making “multi fabric” quilts. There is a difference. I don’t keep scrap bins and every fabric choice for my quilts is a deliberate one.
That fourth category of quilt I’m working on – the “get it done!” category – is my “golden” appliqué quilt which I am leaning toward calling “Golden Glow.” I finished hand quilting block #5.
I wish I had come up with something more interesting than simple cross hatching, but that was the comfortable fall back way to do this to get me moving to “get it done!”
Having the right quilting tools is so important. For a while now my TJ Lane thimble for hand quilting is the one that has fit my finger best.
Look what happened to it recently – a hole!!!
This renders it unusable!!!! Luckily I have 3 similar “Roxanne” thimbles and one of them fits me very well so I’m good for now. I read that TJ Lane will repair holes, but according to their web site they are “on break” for a while. Would love to get this fixed or get a new one!
Another important quilting “tool” is lighting. I own 5 Ott lights – 4 in my sewing room and a floor one by my living room chair. The latter one was ancient and recently broke so I immediately replaced it with a new one from JoAnn’s:
The new one is so much better! It’s sturdier and the light is bigger and brighter. So happy the old one broke!!!
One of the best things to come out of this terrible pandemic for me is my serious commitment to walking. I have been able to keep doing it for around an hour 5-6 days every week and I am exploring new trails, too, a couple of which go by small rivers in the woods:
It’s hunting season so I have to be careful and wear colorful outerwear and choose carefully where I walk.
Artistically, I love color!! My outdoors pictures have featured color, especially foliage of flowers in summer and leaves of autumn trees. It occurs to me as I pivot to winter, that I may need to focus more on line, shape, and texture now, instead of color. Some examples:
Can I sustain the interest through the winter months? We’ll see!!!!
Wishing you all a good Thanksgiving, whatever you choose to do and however you choose to celebrate it. As bad as this year has been, I know I have much to be thankful for and I’m going to concentrate on those things this week. Follow the experts’ health advice and stay safe and healthy!
Be kind, BE GRATEFUL, and cherish each day, Gladi