Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why can't I finish this quilt?!

What is it about an almost finished quilt that makes us pause and want to start something new?

It can't be boredom.
It can't be deadlines of other projects.
It most certainly can't be the Fear of Saying Goodbye ... or can it?

I don't know a single quilter that has no WIPs (Works in Progress) or UFOs (Unfinished Objects).  Actually, I know many that have piles and piles of them.  I know it isn't just me that suffers from whatever it is that stops us from finishing these projects.

There is the occasional one that just isn't appealing anymore.  The "what was I thinking" quilt top.
Then there is the mistake or method we just can't get right.  Too much frustration to keep going.

But, there is also the one we love too much.  We all have our weak points when it comes to the skills needed to make a quilt start to finish.  For some it is the start of the design - they are the pattern followers.  For others it is the fabric matching - the kit buyers. The piecing perfectionists have multiple, sharp seam rippers at the ready.  And others (like myself) need quilting practice. (and sandwiching practice too).  I am not "terrible" at it, but I want to be so much more. 

I am one of those quilters that likes to do it all myself start to finish.  Besides, I don't really have the funds to hire out a long-armer anyways.  That is probably why I have so many loved quilt tops in a tote setting off to the side. 

Every once in awhile I will pull them out, caress the fabrics and look at the beautiful fabrics and patterns, then fold them up and put them away, not quite ready to quilt them yet.  I want so badly to have the time to practice my quilting, but I just don't get around to it enough.  Not for the level of quilting I want on the beautiful tops I have set aside.  I want to learn to use a long-arm machine.  I would LOVE to be able to practice on one during my own time, but that just isn't the way it works.  Sigh.....

For you out there with your own long-arm machines.  What made you decide to finally make that purchase?  Had you built up your skill before buying one of your own?  How did you KNOW it was what you wanted?

Just a couple of Blocks & Tops I love too much to finish:







Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Color Challenge Block - Blue

It is time to reveal the Monthly Color Challenge Block for February!


February is BLUE!  Oh I love blue.  Such an extensive variety of tones and shades to choose from.  I have a lot of blue in my stash (unlike the red from January).  I have pale denims and royals that pop.  I have deep, stormy fabrics and festive, playful ones too.

For the block that Patterns by Jen designed this month I decided to go with a bit of a subdued tone that went well with the red from January.  At the end of the year I want to put them all together, so I am considering that in my choices when I can. 


Two of my favorite fabrics in my stash paired with an almost-solid.



This block was super fun to make and you can get the design over at Patterns by Jen.  I want to make this one in some different colors eventually.



The threads were running wild in my sewing room.  I could not seem to take a single photo without some of them making an appearance.  Also, no natural light to be found....oops.  


Make sure you check out the other blogs that are sharing their versions of this block and some of their own BLUE blocks for the February Color Challenge!


And don't forget to make your own Blue Block for the linkup at the end of the month!  The sponsor for this month is ....... The Fat Quarter Shop!!


Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CMM January - Star of Bethlehem

It is no wonder I am a bit off on my scheduling of my blog posts and link-ups!  I have decided to do two year-long quilting adventures.

1.  The Classic Meets Modern (CMM) quilt a long block of the month with My Quilt Infatuation.
2. The Monthly Color Challenge (MCC) with Patterns by Jen.

Do you see the similar acronyms (thanks for the correction Yvonne, my tired brain couldn't find the right word)?  I am entering a disclaimer here for any future misspellings or mislabels of these two projects.  :D

Last weekend I worked on the first block for the CMM Quilt A Long.  It took me forever to decide on my fabric choices for this.  I knew right away (even before she announced the QAL) that I was going to make this quilt. But, I had ZERO idea what colors I wanted to make it in.  The solids were so striking, but I am on a quest to use my stash this year, so solids were out.  I considered doing each block scrappy, but I didn't feel that was the right direction for me either.

Then....
One day I was rearranging my bedroom and pulled out a tote I had been using as a foot rest under my desk.  It had my unpacked items from the retreat I went to last July....ooops.  :D
And guess what?!?!  I had completely forgotten that I had found this absolutely stunning fabric at a shop on my way to the retreat.  And guess what?  I bought enough yardage for 4 of the 5 colors needed.  I had one more from my stash and the decision was made.

I have the first block done for the QAL and plan on doing the second sometime this week.  I can't get behind in the first month right!  :D





This is going to be so much fun!
Happy Quilting and have a great week everyone!