Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Juggling Projects


I've never been able to focus on just one project from start to finish.  Most days I really wish I had that ability.  In my little brain I need several irons in the fire to function.  Usually, it looks something like this...one project in quilting phase that I'm dragging my feet on and two or three piecing projects that I somehow think I can piece all at the same time if planned correctly.  This is basically how I am operating right now.  Above is a panel I purchased several months ago to go with Natalia Bonner's (Piece N Quilt) Let's Stitch a Year of Stars.

I decided to purchase the preprinted panel that is specifically made for the class.  I have to admit when I opened the package I had reservations.  It appeared that the panel may be polyester and not cotton?  It's kind of stretchy and very slick...so I had no idea how it would quilt up.  Turns out...

the answer is it stitches up beautifully!  I've started with the sashing first and will go back and fill in the blocks after I'm finished.  Don't be surprised when I use this stitching in all my sashings.  Looks complicated but it is super easy.  I also purchased the panel for her Visual Guide to Machine Quilting class and I'm considering her class coming out in April Free-Motion Filler Frenzy.  I can always use more fillers in my life.

On the piecing front, I've started stitching a top together that's been waiting on me for almost a year.  Each spring my dear friend Sandra at mmmquilts hosts a quilt along.  Last year was an awesome shadow quilt called Pop Star.

It's never too late to join in a quilt along...even if it's over...and that is what I'm doing.  I'm thinking of it as a warmup to this year's quilt along.  

And last on deck, are these beautiful fabrics just waiting to be chopped up.  Eventually, they will become a tshirt quilt.  The hard part of ironing the shirts to the stabilizer has been done for some time.  I've made this quilt one other time and this one will look quite similar.  Both girls loved purple.

The pattern is from Angela Walter's Midnight Quilt Show.  It was a free pattern offered through Craftsy, but since all the changes that has happened with the streaming company, I'm not sure it is still available but the video is.

Well that's enough rambling.  Those quilts are not going to make themselves!

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