I really didn’t mean to vanish for over 3 months but it seems I did. Truth be told, I was in a bit of a quilting slump. 2015 was not a great year, it seems, for me as far as quilting goes. I really had no finishes to speak of. And in the last few months nothing was grabbing my attention for any length of time so I just meandered from one project box to another. In the process, I have made huge amounts of little stars and other small things but nothing that was turning into anything. It was just sewing to have something to sew. I’m sure they will eventually turn into something and I am starting to get ideas for one set of the little stars as far as setting them goes.
But lately, I’ve been making lots and lots of these.
Which look like this when you see just one.
I press them at this stage and grade all those little seams.
Which I’m then turning into these.
Which look like this when you see just one.
The back of one after grading the final curved seam and pressing.
And they will turn into lots and lots of these.
This two-colour burnt orange and white Double Wedding Ring has been in progress for years now, it feels like, but it was one project box that kept getting shuffled to the very bottom. For some reason, it seems that its time is now. There is no excuse for me not to get this quilt top done within the first quarter of 2016 – everything I need for it is printed, everything is wonderfully organized in the project box and I can just piece this together without even having to think twice. I don’t have to worry about things fitting because I used the Inklingo Double Wedding Ring collection to print all my shapes and they just fit. Every time. Without a question.
So what got me out of the slump? When I told a friend how much I was floundering, she threw down a gauntlet – and I’ll be forever grateful. She needs a special label for a special quilt and, knowing how much I love doing fancy labels, she suggested that maybe – just maybe – I’d like to make one for her quilt as labels are not something she enjoys making. So I immediately jumped at the suggestion and the ideas started flying. That label is still in progress as the first iteration of it didn’t look quite right but the second is in the process of being made now and it is turning out exactly as I had hoped it would.
Not only that, but I’ll be making a fancy label for a quilt that another friend will be quilting shortly. I so love making fancy pieced labels – makes me think sometimes that perhaps I should make fancy labels and offer them for sale!
When those two labels are done and in the hands of their recipients, pictures will be shown. They have a general idea of the shape and size of the labels, but not exactly what they will look like, and I don’t want to give the surprise away.
However, the fancy labels finally got me wanting to do something more than just little stars and other small blocks. And so out came the project box with the Double Wedding Ring pieces.
Valse Brillante is still on the back burner. I seem to have gotten totally paralyzed by fabric choices. Stay tuned – because I will show the boxes into which I have tossed batiks and prints I thought had any potential of working – and I think you’ll then see why I’m paralyzed! I kept adding to the boxes over a period of weeks and I think I lost my way as far as what I had initially planned as I’m sure there are all sorts of fabrics in those boxes that just will not work for the way I envision my version of Valse Brillante. It really should only take an afternoon of sorting through and weeding out the ones that obviously don’t fit, but I look at the overflowing boxes and shudder! And that’s silly – because that is a quilt that I know I’ll be really excited about making once I get everything ready for it. So perhaps tomorrow I’ll get those overflowing boxes out and start making the choices. It would be nice to get everything ready over the long New Year’s weekend. And then I could be making it and the DWR at the same time.
Happy New Year from me, Mr. Q.O. and the kitties to you all!
The kitties have been fine. Baxter has the thickest coat imaginable this winter, although you really can’t tell. This is one of his favourite poses – hugging Cappy while he relaxes/guards the toy basket.
Jake’s coat doesn’t seem to change from season to season. When there’s not a human lap available, he’s quite happy to have a snooze on Raggedy Ann.
This time I’m making no promises about when I’ll next blog, but I’m going to try to blog more frequently in 2016.