who’s next?

The past few months I’ve struggled with working consistently on any one project.   Bouncing from embroidering to piecing, to quilting, to knitting.  None of my works in progress are getting the attention they deserve.  It’s kind of driving me crazy.  I have a couple of new projects in mind, but I dread having one join the stack.

arabic lattice partial blocksThis is where I’m at with my Arabic Lattice quilt.  It’s a hand piecing project that is going to be a large quilt.  Hand piecing is a one block at time process that I love, so I’m cool with how long it will take to get this from block to quilt top.  It’s just that there are a lot of blocks left so I’m setting this one aside for a while.  I have another hand piecing project with paper pieced hexies.  It’s so low on the list it’s packed up for now.  I also tested an applique block that I’m dying to make some more of, but again, packed up for now.

partial spider web blocksThese are my spider web blocks.  A spider web quilt has been on my to stitch list for a mighty long time.  I’m machine stitching the blocks and plan on hand quilting this one.  These blocks are foundation pieced on to muslin.  The stack in the back is the triangles I still need to make.  I was thinking of focusing on this quilt top but then realized I couldn’t hand quilt anything until I finish my paris embroidery.

haptic-paris.jpgMy Paris map haptic lab is on my quilting rack right now.  To be honest, it’s been there for quite a while.  It’s a massive embroidery project that I plan to use as a wall hanging.  I’ve finished up the left bank and am working my way through the right.  In order for anything else to be quilted, this has to be done.  The paper pattern on the top is fragile and starting to wear in spots so I’m officially moving it to the top of the list.

So once I have Paris done, it should be smooth sailing through the rest of my projects, right?

five quilts, one post

Last year I set myself up with a long project list.  By mid-year I had started several quilts but hadn’t finished most of them so by December I was determined to cross some off the list.  blue sky geese quilt

 

The idea for sky blue geese came from a doodle in my notebook.  It has blue and ivory cross-hatch print flying geese blocks surrounded by text prints.  I sent it as a surprise to a friend I haven’t seen in years.

back of sky blue geese quilt

The back is mix of prints.  The blue and white plumes were a favorite of mine.  They’ve been in my stash for years so it’s great to see them in a project.

silver star quilt

I made a couple of Christmas quilts in December.  I used a scaled down version of Jeni’s Giant Vintage Star Tutorial. They were also given to friends.

gold star quilt

One was a large silver star, the other gold.

florette quilt

Florette turned out to be one of my favorite quilts to date.  The pattern is by Jeni Baker.

florette quilt detail

Anna, Jeni, and I took a screen printing class ages ago and while they were here they helped me pull fabrics for future projects.  It was a blast to spend hours happily geeking out over fabric with friends.  I used one of the stacks we put together for this quilt.   Then I finished the top while we were on a sewing retreat together.

back of florette quilt

The back is one part, grey and white paisley and one part, floral.  Truth be told…the floral was our old shower curtain.  I made the curtain a few years ago and saved the fabric when I made a new one.  I had intended to sell this quilt, but in the end, I surprised lulu by putting it on her bed while she was in school.  She nearly fell down the steps to thank me because she was so happy.  (that would have been an awkward ER visit!)

golden geese quilt

Golden geese was another quilt I intended to sell.  It was also a stack that Anna and Jeni helped pull together.  The pattern is of my own design. I love the fabrics, so much print on print on print.  I just couldn’t part with it.  I have greedily kept it for myself.  (that’s how i roll)

back of golden goose quilt

It’s backed with some fabric from my stash.  It felt great to check all of these of my project list.

I’m looking forward to sharing more about this year’s list.

little apples quilt

front of little apples quiltI finished a bunch of quilts last month.  It was an effort to work through a good chunk of my 2014 project list before I started my 2015 list.

side of little apples print

This quilt went together extra quick.  It’s made with a pre-cut layer cake and then some yardage for the back.  The prints on the front are all for Aneela Hoey’s little apples line.  I love the trees and little hedgehogs.  The wardrobe print is one of my all-time favorite fabrics.   I machine quilted it with a pale grey thread with organic matchstick lines along the diagonals.

back of little apples quilt

I added some coordinating cardinals to the back.  They just looked so cute with the rest of the prints.

I’ve listed in my etsy shop and I’m hoping it finds a nice new home with someone who loves it as much as I do.

little apples quilt