If you were visiting my sewing space and sewing along with me right now, you'd probably think I'm crazy. I'm tackling my projects much like I clean house, by getting distracted and not finishing something before I start working on something else. Unlike, cleaning house, I do feel like I am making progress, but my game keeps changing.
I am still quilting away on our pattern release quilts. Above is a little teaser shot of my baby quilt. That was the first time I've used a hook swirl and I'm 100% sure it will not be my last. To give myself variety and my poor wrist a break, I am working on my QAL projects in between quilting sessions.
|The Children's Library Blocks|
So far I am update on The Children's Library BOM by Pat Sloan, and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilt's Jolly Christmas Quilt. I am also up to date on Sandra's Free Fall QAL, but we will talk about that one more on Monday. I also just got caught up on Cindy at Stitchin At Home's Medallion QAL. Since finishing the center medallion (although I need to add the bottom border), I fell behind making the first two 12" blocks.
First up was the Friendship Star Variation Block,
followed by the Rosebud Block. Both blocks sewed up super quick.
Here they are hanging out with the center block on my small portable design wall.
Next let's talk about Pat Sloan's Solstice challenge. I am actually several blocks behind on this one, but don't fret, I have a plan. This quilt will be a beast (as far as QAL's go) when it is finished; 86ish inches I do believe. I decided very early on that I would make the asymmetrical quilt layout, which looks like this...
I realized that I am at a point where sections of the quilt are actually starting to come together. My new plan is to work on sections as they can be completed. That way I'm not stuck piecing all those blocks together when the last block's instructions come out. Also, since I'm going stash scrappy, maybe I can make it look a bit more put together.
So looking at the chart, I already had two of the three blocks in section C completed. All I needed to do was make one block and add strips to either side of the heart block and BAM in about 20 to 30 minutes I had one completed section.
So I took that momentum and charged forward to section B, which is going to be a bit more work.
This section will live beside section C and will require one more block, border around the large bottom block and my first checkerboard filler. I decided on a floral and a blue print for the Spring Fever block, a maroon/ red border for the large block (it is actually in the gray print fabric) and...
black and gray for the checkerboard filler block.
As of now, I'm still in the middle of piecing all of this together, but this is a sneak peak of my plans moving forward. As sections and rows of things can be pieced together, I'm going to go ahead and do it to save myself time later. This will actually apply to all my current WIP QAL's. The last thing I want is for WIP QAL's to become UFO's, OMG that's a lot of letters!!! :)
When I end up with a ton of completed blocks that need sewed together, I can feel weighted down by them and that is what I'm trying to avoid. Do you ever feel that way or maybe have a better plan for tackling such things? Or do you just wait till the end of the project and sew them all together? I'd love to know your thoughts. Until next time, I will be still sewing my way out of my hole. I still have the Aurifil block to make, one stitch at a time, one stitch at a time.