Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How Many?


When it comes to my quilts, there are two questions that always come up. From my non-quilting friends, the question is “how long did this take you?”. And, from my quilting friends, the question is “how many are you working on now?”.

When asked this question last week I decided to look it up. I keep a running list of quilts in my queue which I edit every 4 to 6 weeks. Here is the list. 

The ones with check marks are quilts that are currently in the works in some form or another. The others (22) are just pipe dreams at this point. There are 16 with check marks, but I took 5 quilts off the list for the photo since they are all gifts or secrets and I don’t want to run the risk of this going viral! That makes 21 however, I have 9 tops that aren’t on the list since they just need to be quilted, so that brings the total to 30!

Of course, this is just a guideline. I often find myself turning the sheet over (so I don’t feel as guilty!) and starting something totally new. In fact, while revising the list I had a lovely notion, - what if I were to make one small quilt a week for a year? Hundreds of sweet little quilts ran through my brain. It would be a real sense of accomplishment to have 52 little quilts by this time next year.

After adding up these “works in progress”, I came to the conclusion that I would be lucky if I could finish one each month! Since I was feeling lucky, I decided that was just what I’d do! After all, 12 little quilts are better than none right? So, I started cutting and voila, the 16th checkmark!

(If anyone wants to take the plunge with me, I’d be delighted to have you join in. No rules, no pressure, just plain fun! I’ll post my monthly finish at the end of each month.)

So, being a quilting friend, my question to you is:
“how many are you working on now?”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gladi's Remarkable Quilts

Fellow Blogger, Gladi Porche’s opening reception at The New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA is this Saturday (January 20) at 11:00. If you are anywhere near Lowell, you won’t want to miss this one! I have been fortunate enough to have seen Gladi’s work in person and her quilts are spectacular!  Unfortunately, I will miss the opening for family reasons (all good, I just can’t be that far from home right now). But, I will most definitely get to the exhibition before it closes in April.

Here she is with her "We are Stardust". I can't wait to see this one in person!

NEQM is also featuring “QuiltsJapan”. These are quilts from the 13th Nihon exhibition in Tokyo. I have seen quilts from this in the past and they are sensational.


I hope you all get a chance to see these treasures!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2018

Well here we are, 2018! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I actually had a few decadent days of delightful quilting. In fact, there was so much peace and quiet in our house that I decided there would be no New Year’s resolutions for me. I’m going to head straight on into the new year with reckless abandon!

Here are a few of my accomplishments this past week.:

Noah and Matilda Block 4C - Wow, look at that purple! A bit bold (even for me) but oh so effective with this wonderful neon print. The backing on this one is one of my favorite reproduction neons. It is from an old Pilgrim Roy collection.
I've mentioned before, the fact that with a potholder quilt, the back can be as interesting as the front. This is why my backing fabric choices (42 different antique or reproduction neon prints) do not necessarily coincide with the front of each individual block. In the end, you will never notice!

Block 5C – I really cheated with this one and once again let the fabric work for me. The yellow & pink flower fabric is from a piece of Pierre Deux fabric I bought on St. Barts in 1993! At nearly $60.00 a meter, I did not cut into it for almost 20 years. I have savored every tiny scrid of it since then.
The original pattern has lots of layers in these outer flowers. See Dawn’s reproduction block (here) for the proper way to make this block. Her buttonhole stitch is superb!


I stitched the binding on my Sapphire Stars mystery quilt (with Kevin the Quilter), but I won’t show the picture yet as this is going to a special veteran and I want to get my picture with him before I post it.


I finished my Moda Blockheads block #42 and stitched the next to the last row together. One more row and this fun sew-a-long will be over.
back of row 5

I decided to join PatchworkInspirations’ basket block sew-a-long for January through March. I know, I know, what was I thinking? I need another “challenge” like I need another hole in my head. But, this is with sweet Cecile and, it is only 2 blocks per week and, they can be any size and, I love baskets, and…

You get the picture! So here is my first block. O.k., it is really a Cake Stand, but I have a plan for the overall quilt. Of course we all know how “plans” work. Mine are always subject to change.

We will be posting and linking up with Cecile (Patchwork Inspirations) at the end of each month. Stay tuned to see all the delightful creations.

And speaking of creations, well “creativity” really -  PrimitiveQuilts and Projects had a great article (here) to help boost the creative spirit. I rarely have a creativity problem, in fact I often find it difficult to squelch my creative brain from beginning too many projects! But, this article was interesting and helpful to me in channeling my energies toward what I feel to be most important. Hope it inspires you in your New Year quilting!