Posts Tagged ‘works in series’

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!

The calendar pages fly like the leaves

October 20, 2011

The scariest part about missing deadlines is the time compression. One minute it’s Monday morning, the next it’s Monday afternoon – of the following week. I’d complain that poltergeist are stealing my calendar pages, but then I’d have to bring in a conspiracy theory as to why the date on the newspaper confirms that time has passed without my noticing.

I did make progress on The Computer Ate My Homework series. They’re only lacking sleeves and labels, so they’re done enough to show you:

Bits rot, only the filename remains

Here is a detail showing some of the quilting, including my signature thistle:

Checks, balances and fairy charms

The embellishments don’t quite pop in this photo, but I did get to clean out some of my rescued jewelry collection.


Yes, technically the “net” is more lace, but it drapes better. That’s important, because the network is sometimes down. Don’t think about it too much.

Random tabs

The technopixie and his pet

Those little necklaces your kids picked up at the carnival make great leashes for computer bugs.

Mailer daemon

The dangly bits are strings of beads that I bought years ago.

The only reason I worked on these quilts is I needed to clear off the cutting table for a big project, and there isn’t one more free inch of floor space to sweep off smaller works-in-progress. I’m back to needing to complete projects just so I can figure out what it is I have to do. With any luck, this is only a minor setback in my quest to clean the sewing room.

Oh, stop laughing.