UGH. I feel like Ugh. Does that happen to you? I had this great idea about how I was going to start working on multiple quilts simultaneously, switching back and forth between projects according to my mood, whether I felt like doing hand applique, paper piecing, traditional piecing or whatever, and this was going to be a great thing for productivity and for creativity, blah blah blah. And so, for the first time ever for me, I set aside a quilt that I had not finished and started working on another one... and another one... and another one.
Guess what? It's not working out for me! I feel lost when I walk into the sewing room, and each time I switch projects I lose my groove and have to relearn whichever technique I haven't done in awhile.
There was the Jingle BOM, with blocks designed by Erin Russek of One Piece at a Time:
|Completed Center Medallion for my Jingle BOM UFO|
|My Jingle Border Blocks, Languishing Untouched|
|Whig Rose Thingy, Stumped by Rosebuds in Center|
|Stalled Franken-Whig Rose Applique Block|
|My Bear Paws|
|Bloody Sawtooth Star|
One would THINK I might have learned my lesson when one of my red batik fabrics bled in my Jingle blocks. One would THINK I would have tested this fabric for colorfastness before sewing it to white fabric. Whatever. The photo above shows what the block looks like now, after I soaked it in warm water with a couple drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid. I was able to get a lot of the excess dye out, but dye is still bleeding from the seam allowances where the fabric is stacked up and I am not sure how to get all of that out without fraying or distorting the edges of my blocks. I made two little star blocks out of this fabric and I used up all of the fabric, otherwise I would make new blocks after rinsing all the loose dye out of the uncut yardage. And of course I chose to make stars out of this fabric first because it was my favorite...
Meanwhile, in another fit of inspiration, I started making paper pieced pineapple blocks for a King sized quilt. Two of those are finished. I will need to make 34 more of these blocks to get the California King size I want for my bedroom:
|EQ7 Mock Up of Pineapple Quilt from Scanned Finished Block|
And yet I find myself longing to start on two more quilts, both of them totally unrealistic choices for me given my current skill set, my family responsibilities, and the amount of time I actually am able to spend sewing. I have officially lost my mind and have set my heart on making not one but TWO unbelievably challenging historical reproduction quilts:
|"Love Entwined," updated color palette, by Esther Aliu|
|Dutch Quilter's "Love Entwined" in progress, from Juud's blog|
The other historical reproduction quilt that I am recently obsessed with is the Civil War era quilt with 4 1/2" miniature blocks and a striking, unusual pieced triangle border made by Vermont quilter Jane A. Stickle in 1863. This is the "Dear Jane" quilt:
|Original Sampler Quilt by Jane A. Stickle, 1863, Photo by Ken Burris|
|"Dear Jane Revisited" made by Gwen, Quilted by Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilting|
|Detail of Madsen's Quilting on Gwen's "Jane Revisited"|
|Madsen's Quilting Completed, Ready for Gwen to Finish and Bind|
Madsen spent 70 hours quilting this masterpiece. Doesn't this just take your breath away? Please check out Judi's Green Fairy blog here to read more about this beautiful quilt.
Ah, but what business do I have contemplating Love Entwined and Dear Jane when I have so many more attainable projects underway, and can't seem to make progress on any of them?!
And so, UGH! :-)
Have a great weekend, everyone!