Tuesday, 10 September 2013

How many is too many?

Is it Friday yet?  No? Great because I don't have a finish to share.  What I have is a ridiculous number of works in progress.  This time with pictures.

Let's see... in no particular order

1. The solid improv blocks I was so excited about the other day?  Still excited, but must put on the back burner while I await true scraps in other colours.

2. Before I started working on the solid blocks, I had been doing improvisational piecing with other scraps.  I'm not going to lie to you, some of these scraps were pretty ugly!  Not quite sure where I am going with this, and I can't see myself making too many more of those.  I bet there will be a lot of negative space...  I took a picture on a gray play mat.  Gives me an idea about the background...  I need to bring some order to these blocks.

3. Star Quilt.  6 blocks done, 6 more to go, plus border/background.  The more I play with this, the more I like it.

4. In my part of the world, quilts are for summer.  In the winter, we sleep under big duvets or woolen blankets.  I was hoping to baste, quilt and bind this baby before the end of the summer... I never specified which summer.  I am definitely loving the colours.  I had bee hoarding some of those fabrics for far too long, and it felt good to cut into them, finally!  

5. The following was inspired by this quilt. I paper pieced my blocks (they are still missing the corner triangles).  I am not sure I like it.  This is one of those "seemed like a good idea at the time"...  Looking at the picture, I see that the 3-4 darker blocks stand out in comparison to the lighter ones.  This said, it is a good way to see what colours I am missing.  Dark green for sure, maybe another yellow and some aqua...  I'm going to make another 6 blocks, hopefully for a nice baby-sized quilt and be done with it!

6. That wedding quilt... Well the other night I started working on it and pieced the backing.  I should have stopped there and gone to bed, but I was on a mission and proceeded to sandwich/pin despite being tired.  You've been there, haven't you?  

 Bad, bad idea.  The next morning, when I looked at the back, I found lots of those:

So now, I have to remove the pins, and pin the whole thing again. At least the backing is pieced!

7. And here's another sneak peak at my daughter's quilt, which I have been hand-quilting forever. 

I am hoping that the return of the hockey season will help my progress.  I rarely watch TV, but I love a good NHL game, and I like to keep my hands busy while watching it.  Plus I've become a master at sewing/quilting with frozen fingers while watching my kids play...

So... these are my "active" work-in-progress.  I can't tell you how many more are tucked away somewhere, and I know I have a gazillion new ideas.  In fact, I'll probably head down to the sewing room in a minute and find myself something completely new to work on...

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Linking up at WIP Wednesday at Needle and Thread Network and at Freshly Pieced.


  1. Still loving those solid improv blocks! And the answer is that you can never have too many WIPs. :)

  2. I've done the whole 'baste it at night and find mistakes in the morning' thing. It's not much fun, is it? :) I think I have more WIPs than you, though. It's kind of an embarrassingly high number.


  3. The solid improv is my favorite. I'm also glad to see your hand quilting. I also hand quilt while watching NFL... so I know what you mean. Perfect time to watch and keep your hands busy. I really look forward to that time.

  4. Ha ha. I dug through my pile of WIPs to find three I might finish/work on this week. I am not counting the others. Love your improv.

  5. Loving the hand sewing you have been working on for your daughter's quilt. Keep at it! It is beautiful!


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