Posts Tagged ‘Viking journey fabric’

Return of the Deadline

September 24, 2014

Summer is over. The projects on the to-do list are increasingly colored like holidays – black and orange, pumpkin and roasty brown, red and green. Before daylight savings time arrives and the urge to hibernate takes over, I will revisit my calendar and the return of deadlines.

The first thing I need to do is trick myself into finishing things that aren’t going to become presents. This is the little quilt I made from scraps of my Viking journey tote bag.

Lani Longshore Viking quilt base

Here’s a detail view.

Lani Longshore Viking quilt binding

This project has no immediate home, but if I put the embellishments in a basket and put the basket on the couch, I’ve got a better chance of finishing it on those nights when my brain is only good for watching movies.

Lani Longshore Viking embellishments

Remember, finished projects can go in a cupboard, but materials live in the sewing room, taunting you (what, you mean I’m the only one who hears my beads trash-talking?).

The next deadline trick is to take out a UFO for friendship group discussion.

Connections in a quilters brain

Connections in a quilters brain

My art quilt critique group is going to be discussing works-in-series in November. What better time to revisit my brain quilt series? My goal is to cut some of the fabric I’ve collected, piece or applique enough to see what embellishment techniques will work well, and put those on the couch, too.

My hope is that the habit of finishing will carry me through the holidays. Then I hope that momentum will drop-kick me well into the new year.

Luck and wisdom!

Recalculating

September 3, 2014

Despite my best intentions, and a brand new notepad, the new schedule I wrote up didn’t work this week. Part of that was due to the end of summer festivities – Labor Day Weekend and the Scottish Games – and part was due to the tortuous path creativity often takes. Oddly enough, stomping around the house in a snit did not help the creative process. Then I remembered the little voice from my GPS, who finds another way to my destination when I take a wrong turn even though the route is mapped out right there, on the screen. “Recalculating,” she grouses. I did, too.

Lani Longshore Viking tote

My go-to scheme when the task at hand proves difficult is to do something else. Instead of staring at the pile of fabric that wasn’t making itself into my Challenge project, I made a tote bag. I bought two yards of this Viking journey fabric, intending to make a quilt when my story about space Vikings is finished. Since I’m still working on the third book in the Chenille series (The Chenille Ultimatum), the space Viking story is on long-term hold. Instead, I lined the tote bag with space fabric.

Lani Longshore space fabric

I also put some jingly-jangly stuff on the outside of the bag.

Lani Longshore Viking motif keychain

It’s probably no surprise that I have more lovely embellishments. They didn’t quite fit the requirements for a tote bag.

Lani Longshore Viking embellishments

Since it is easier to make a new small project than put scraps away, I started a base quilt that might be a better home for the embellishments. It will also be a nice escape project for the next time I get writers and/or quilters block.

Luck and wisdom!