Posts Tagged ‘quilt life’

Old School Approach to My PIPs

May 15, 2019

Since a great many of my PIPs (projects in piles) will become donation quilts, I’m revisiting traditional patterns for the fabric collections. As it happens, I own quite a few pattern books – but I can’t reach them. The PIPs are in front of the shelves. Luckily, the guild sells old magazines to help buy batting and labels for our outreach program. I came home with an armload and started going through them.

Here is a pattern that will work well with some of my orphan blocks. The classic four-block center with interesting borders is always a winner.

I’ve always loved this pattern, but have never had the patience to complete all the blocks necessary for a decent size quilt. I’m thinking I could pull out one fabric collection and make blocks until I get bored, then work on another project.

If you are sitting on a pile of fabrics that haven’t told you what they want to become, and have a collection of old magazines (the one above is from 1994!), flip through the pages and see what pops out. Send me a picture when you’re done.

Luck and wisdom!

Picking (Up) The Low-hanging Fruit

March 27, 2019

My plan to sort through the piles is working, and I think I’ve hit on the “organizational” scheme that will see me through. I’m working on the piles on the floor near my sewing machine. I can see them, reach them, and I’ll have instant feedback of success because there won’t be as much to leap over. This week I am working on two class projects that I determined from the beginning would become donation quilts. This is what the basket class project became:t

I found a cute flannel for the back, and decided to machine applique some of the animals in and around the baskets.

The binding is a stripe I had thought would make a good handle fabric. It didn’t, but I still wanted to use it, so binding it is. The top is busy enough that I did an overall loopedy-loop quilting design. The quilt is labeled and ready to donate, I’ve put away all the leftover fabrics, and I’m ready to start the next project. Is this what progress feels like?

Luck and wisdom!

Completing the Challenge!

February 20, 2019

I am working on the last project for the guild’s Unfinished Quilt Challenge. This is actually project 14 on my original list of 18. I turned one project into a tote bag and one project was shared early by mistake, so I’m completing more than 12 projects in this year-long challenge.

This top started with a square that my grandmother had marked to embroider. She used the famous blue pen, which is supposed to wash out but probably won’t as it has been sitting there for at least 25 years.

I may attempt to take out the blue dots by carefully applying water with a cotton swab. If that doesn’t work, I can always bead over them, or just keep them as a design element that will anchor the piece in a specific time of quilt history. As long as I’m finished, I’m going to be happy with it.

Luck and wisdom!