When I started this blog my goal was to post every single day. I have learned that is harder than I thought. Some days go well, other do not. I knew there would be crazy days, busy days, days I had no time to sew but I still wanted to do it. It was my choice & no one was holding me to it, except me.
I had this plan of starting a great block of the month that I found with paper pieced 18″ blocks that are all circles in shades of blues with yellows and oranges. I even picked out fabrics from my stash a few days ago when I should have been working on something else. Today did not go as planned, at all!
The Hubs asked where the car keys were this morning. I was the last on that drove it. I looked in the usual spots with no luck. We then looked a few more places – still no luck. After searching for nearly an hour, both of us, there was still no success. I had a meeting and he had a job (he is a handyman). We ended up using the neighbors car, thankfully!
We have narrowed it down to just under 24 hours since we knew where the keys were and still have no clue! I have looked under all the furniture in the house, inside most furniture, through all of the laundry, the garbage, all folded clothes, fridge, cabinets, countertops, drawers, shelves & more. Think of all the places you have been in your house in the last 24 hours: in every room and near almost every item – right? What a disaster! We both prayed about it, still no inspiration. I did find a pair of fingernail clippers in the fridge though, bright side!
So, my intended relaxing day of sewing, starting a paper pieced block of the month has not happened. But still, I must post.
I have given up looking a multitude of times thinking if I just do something else and turn my brain off of thinking about and looking for keys, then it will come to me. Still no luck – I am hoping for the 3AM epiphany at this point.
In one of my searched areas I came across this pile. It is right above my sewing machine. Most of it is works in progress, abandoned for one reason or another. I organized and looked through just a portion of it. On top is the beginning of a design for a current project on my design wall – another sneak peak.Next is the cut pieces, pattern and a started block for Tessalla, a quilt class that I took from a friend this fall.
Next is a quilt I started with my second son in an attempt to get him interested in quilting. I wanted him to enter it in our local Adams County Fair. I found a great pre-cut called Military Max, I think, and ordered a few in the 5″ size. I showed him the fabrics and let him pick a design he liked. He just wanted simple pin wheels with a cool border. He sewed a few and was bored. I decided to take over. This is how far we got but used the method How To: Half Square Triangles (HST)
Beneath that was my dino stack & whack octagon pile. These came from a retreat class I took at The Crazy Quilter in Lind, one of my LQS (local quilt shops), taught by Alice Schultz. It was a fun retreat and I just need to assemble the pieces.
Assorted patterns, designs, scraps of paper with past epiphanies and such were scattered throughout this pile.
Following was a quilt flimsy I made for my youngest son. It was based on a woven-like design I saw on Craftsy and then modified to work with a jelly roll I had – Sun Prints 2016 I think. Just needs a back and to be quilted. Need to make a pile for just needs to be quilted.Here is the first QAL (quilt along) I did. This was from the American Made Brand quilt along called America the Beautiful. It was 9 blocks, one a block a month. I was so excited and did month 1 and 2 on time, then got about 4 or 5 months behind, then caught up by the end. It was a challenge.
I get about this far each time: I pull them out, put them up on the design wall, then can’t figure out an arrangement that I like. I usually leave it for a few days, rearrange a few times, then put away again. I used fabrics from my stash and not the”required list”. Still love the blocks – just not together?What else is left? This pile is growing!
This is a churn dash pin wheel quilt I made for the Hubs. It is his & my favorite colors. It is from a Missouri Star pattern, modified. Just needs a back and to be quilted – added to that pile. This is the very quilt I talked about in the How To: HST.
Another flimsy for the pile and another Missouri Star pattern. Of course I changed it! More fabric from my stash and not so happy with the turn out. Wish I would have been better at the fabric selection. These ones make us grow and learn from our mistakes. More HST here too!
How many works in progress can one have? I have them stashed in the most random places: my dresser – not sure why on that one, the laundry room, assorted places in my sewing space, taking up space on my design wall & other places I have probably forgotten. This is just the pile on the right above my sewing station. I also found fabric in this pile that should have been in the fabric bins – moved them there.
These two were on my design wall for quite some time, taking up space but not being finished. I was not ready at the time to fold them up so they were moved to the front of the bookcase with books holding the top edges, blocking the books completely. I did this hoping that seeing them so often I would be inspired on what to do next: borders, pillow for the small one, make more and enlarge, something else entirely? So many choices! Sorry for the blurry picture.So, there is a preview into some of the works in progress, and insanity, of the day and my life!
I found the keys the next morning – in the Hubs robe pocket. I was the one that put them there, UGH!
What works in progress do you have?