Wednesday, 28 August 2013

WIP Busting

I have about a gazillion projects found in magazines and on the internet and another gazillion ideas for quilts floating around in my head.  Problem is that my head is spinning and I just don't know what to start first.

I am usually a one project at a time kinda gal but lately I find myself flitting between several projects and ideas for quilts and it is doing my head in.  Commence WIP Busting 101.

I am trying to avoid starting a new project until I complete some of the WIP's I have laying around. Most of them are completed quilt tops just waiting to be backed and quilted.  So that is my priority and focus for the time being.

This quilt top is Bonnie Hunter's Blue Ridge Beauty pattern. It took me 2 years as a 'Leader/Ender' project and has been completed for some time but something about it just didn't sit right with me.  I finally decided it was the borders that I didn't like so I took them off and used them in the backing. It is all basted up and ready to quilt.  I have decided on an orange peel quilting design which I hope to complete this week.

Next up I pieced a backing for this modern star quilt using left over fabric from the top and some solids in just the right colour that I happened to have in my stash.  Once I finish quilting Blue Ridge Beauty, I will baste this and quilt it with concentric circles ready to be donated.

Two down, 7 or 8 to go.  I probably wont get all 8 finished  before I am compelled to start a new project but I feel better having made a start.   I also want to redesign my sewing space with a new paint job, new curtains and cabinetry so that may be my next WIP!

I am linking up with Marelize Anything Goes Monday and Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.  I love looking at the wonderful projects everyone is working on and I will try my best not to add anything new to my 'To Do' list.  No promises though!


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Finally a Finish

I feel like I have been working on these mini quilts FOREVER.

It started as a whim making the string blocks, then indecision over what layout to use lead me to doing 4 mini quilts.  Once that decision was made I got the quilt tops finished and sandwiched pretty quickly and there they sat for a couple of months.

Other projects got in the way and then I couldn't decide how to quilt them.  Well last week I bit the bullet and just went for it.  I love how a couple of them turned out and I am a bit 'iffy' about the other 2 but YEAH they are finished.

They measure 28" square and now I am left with just one more decision.....what to do with them! They will probably sit for another couple of months whilst I ponder.

I would like to say that I am moving onto completing some of my many WIP's but alas another whim has taken control of my sensibilities.  I have a large pile of scraps - crumbs and tiny strings so l started to make some crumb blocks and I am completely hooked.  They are quick, easy, fun, no measuring or accuracy required.  Now that's my kind of sewing.

I started 2 nights ago and I already have about 25 blocks (4.5").  What am I going to do with them? Who knows but I am having a blast making them.

I am linking up with Leah Day's FMQ Friday and Marelize Anything Goes.  Until next time.