Posts Tagged ‘unfinished projects’

Unexpected Victories

March 18, 2020

This is a quilt I made as a class sample but never finished because I didn’t know how I wanted to quilt it. I no longer teach the class, so there wasn’t much incentive to put it at the top of the pile. Well, it worked its way up. “Self,” I said, “just start quilting. The pattern will reveal itself.” I decided to let the fabric tell me what it wanted, which worked fine until I got to the vegetable appliques. Since the fusible interfacing was well past its prime, I had to do something fast just to keep the fabric in place. I decided to make little circles all around the pieces, with the intention of incorporating them into a more interesting design later on.

When I finished with the circles, I realized they were interesting enough on their own. These unexpected victories give me the courage to dive deeper into the unfinished quilts pile. You never know when something wonderful will surface.

Happy anniversary, Mom!

Halloween Projects I Have Not Done

October 2, 2019

I collect Halloween fabric, and dream of the darling things those fabrics could become. Here are my latest purchases.

Alas, the dreams remain just that. Although I consolidated all of my Halloween cottons (don’t ask about the Halloween satin), I didn’t actually look at the collection before I bought the new stuff.

Yes, that is the same crow fabric, bought one year apart. The background colors are a little different, but only a bit.

I’m hoping that those of you who have mountains of Christmas fabric ready and waiting to be made into tree skirts, gift bags, and stockings will take comfort in my not-even-started projects. You at least have two months to get your projects completed, while once again I will bring out the decorations that are finished (or were bought already finished) and dream of the perfect projects I will complete for next year (oh, stop laughing).

Luck and wisdom!

Changing My Mind

August 28, 2019

I unearthed this small top in one of my piles, put it on the design wall, and said, “Self, what were you thinking?” For some reason, just before abandoning it I decided this already busy piece needed sashiko. It doesn’t.

While I am quite willing to change my mind about the embellishment, I am now at a loss as to where I should go with the project. Make it larger? Bead it? Turn it into a tote bag?

The same goes for this piece. Don’t ask why I thought lobster and astronomical novelty prints should go together. Even if I remembered my reasoning then, I probably wouldn’t admit to it now.

Both pieces will stay on the design wall for a little longer. One of the advantages of being a sci fi writer is that I’m quite willing to indulge in magical thinking, including the (perhaps vain) hope that the quilts will tell me what they want me to do next.

Luck and wisdom!

Squirrel Buttons

July 24, 2019

The birdhouse block with squirrel buttons

I found another orphan block that will make a wonderful display block for the Amador Valley Quilters collection. I suspect I intended the block to be the center of a baby quilt for a friend who loved squirrels, but since her baby is now in graduate school I’m giving myself permission to abandon that quilt.

The block was a perfect summer project. Even without high humidity, holding a quilt on one’s lap for binding and embellishing when the temperature is hovering around 100 isn’t as much fun as it sounds. I also got to use a card of squirrel buttons that I’ve been moving from one to pile to another for several years, and that makes me very happy.

Now for a glass of iced tea, which I will sip in the coolest corner of the house.

Luck and wisdom!

What to Name My UFOs

January 9, 2019

I have a support group for my 2019 challenge to finish projects. They came to the meeting with tidy lists of unfinished objects (UFOs). I came with a vision of stacks. Now I am trying to catch up by creating my own list, but what do you call something like this?

This is a stack on my ironing board that I believe I will turn into the Progressive Party star project. I suppose I could name it “star project” and hope for the best.

This is a little trickier. Most of the elements in this box are meant for a crazy quilt, but there are a few things that snuck in when I wasn’t looking. Okay, I tossed them in the box when I was too lazy to put them where they belonged. Still, how to name the collection? I might call it “project in box” as I believe it is the only one in a box in my sewing room.

This is the hardest one. Most of the fabrics come from a row-by-row project. They didn’t play well with the other fabrics, but I think they are destined to live together in another quilt. However, I suspect there are a few surprises in the pile. I see some magazines, and I don’t recall saving other patterns for the row-by-row project. This one can’t be called “project on floor” because there are too many stacks on the floor. I’m not even sure I could number them based on the compactness of the pile.

And this is why I challenged myself to finish half of the projects I could reach, not name.

Luck and wisdom!