Friday, April 17, 2015

Not all who wander are lost

I'm sure you've been losing sleep over my slow quilting start this year.

Neither have I, but I have been giving it quite a bit of thought. What I have come to realize is -- last year was an anomaly, not the standard I need to maintain. 2014 was strange -- I felt so compelled to sew & make! Things have slowed down considerably -- one finished quilt (no photos yet) & two finished minis to gift -- a pillow & a hanging (photos soon).

I've been sewing & sewing, but somehow it feels directionless. The rote assembly of parts is making me happy right now. And, boy, do I have parts to assemble! The shirting flying geese continue to amass (a gaggle of geese). I've made a quilt's worth of spools (what does one call a group of spools? a tangle?) -- 20 spools (actually, 21, oops, one for the back). The next-to-the-last pale, scrappy plus (an addition of pluses? sorry, I'll stop now) is on the design door. And! I now have one more than the original 4 pluses made with my parents' shirts!

As I sew, I've been thinking about where I am quilt-making-wise & where I want to go. I really want to diminish my UFOs & WIPs & I *really* want to Sew! My! Stash! I have SO MUCH fabric, so much BEAUTIFUL fabric. When I poke through it, I find wonderful things I had forgotten I had -- I want to sew & enjoy these fabrics while I can sew & enjoy them! Quilts to keep, quilts to give, quilts, quilts, QUILTS!

To that end, I pulled out a layer cake of Mary Engelbreit fabrics & am having fun with a new-to-me method -- the disappearing 4-patch.


CapitolaQuilter said...

Love the projects. Feels a little like a magic show with the disappearing block patterns, I'm about to start an hourglass one myself.

Nifty Quilts said...

Love your geese, spools and disappearing 9-patches. I know what you mean about wanting to quilt all the tops and sew all the fabrics. It could make me crazy! It's about time you slowed down. You're still doing more than moi!

Claudia said...

Everything looks great, Beth!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love all those projects youre working on. Slowing down, finishing ufos and sewing from your stash echo my thoughts of late. I've never made a disappearing 4 patch though, I love the way you just whipped that one up.

Quiltdivajulie said...

One seam at a time . . . enjoy the ride!

fiberchick said...

LOVE all of these!

Sharon said...

Wow, I love your flying geese quilt! Your spools look like fun, and I also want to make one of those Disappearing 4-Patch quilts. ME fabrics are so fun to work with - it will make a happy quilt. What a concept - sewing with actual yardage? That doesn't happen much around here. *grin*

You sound like you've been busy, and are getting a lot accomplished. I make myself crazy by wanting to sew it ALL all at once.

O'Quilts said...

so so so behind on blog reading..I am with you..I want to sew and finish and love it afraid I will never in my lifetime make all my dream quilts!!!