Happy Humpday, Creative People!
As usual, I'm up to my eyeballs in creative projects! I'm in the habit of touching at least two different projects every night (which is now usually three since I have the EPP to work on in bits and pieces through the day), but I'm also having to develop the habit of keeping track of all the projects that it doesn't make sense to touch every day so that I can make sure I move them forward a little bit each week. I know there's that whole spinning plates analogy, but it's more like having a bunch of snowballs. Some I roll forward a good stretch every day or every other day. Others, I move forward a little bit only once or twice a week, but it still adds up.
Tshirt Quilts: I delivered the quilt on the left over the weekend. It is a massive 36 square quilt. It weighs a ton, and it will be totally delicious to snuggle under. I've just started the baby clothes quilt on the right. It's part of a pair-- one for the little boy's mama and one for his grandmother. How precious is that??
Operation Smiley: I'm in the process of assembling quilt tops 3 and 4, but I'll admit that it has stalled a bit because I've been so excited about quilting one of the quilts. It's 3/4 of the way done-- different designs inside the hearts of each column, but with every heart surrounded by wishbone quilting. It's my "warm up" if you will for the Machine Quilting Blog Hop. I want to have a "base line" for my machine quilting abilities, especially my free motion quilting abilities, so I can see how much I grow in the coming months. (Speaking of fmq-- those are my first feathers ever! I did a column of them (5 blocks) tonight! I'm still kind of deciding how I feel about feathers, but they're a great design for practicing control)
E Pluribus Unum Project: Florida is officially Florida shaped! (left) And I'm working on the ocean background a little bit each day (you can see them together up top). With my EPP, I'm using reusable plastic shapes, so I only have 25. I'm experimenting with popping the shape out after attaching 3-4 sides, then starching the snot out of it to keep the remaining edges firm until I add another hexie (right). This also keeps the piece flexible so that it fits in my little Sew Together bag. So far so good! I'll let you know if it goes terribly awry. ha!
First Zipper: One of the #igquiltfest prompts last week was "pillow finish," but I didn't have one because I'd never sewn a zipper. But everyone was so encouraging that I should try sewing a zipper, that I did! Huzzah!
And because I'm crazy, I agreed to test a pattern for a friend. This quilt, Modern Birds in the Air, by my dear Frances Dowell, was at QuiltCon, and she's in the process of releasing a pattern. I almost never use patterns, so if I can do this anyone can! Hopefully by this time next week, I'll have started cutting.
Finally, I figured I'd show y'all the little collage that's on my design wall. Remember, creative play is important-- even creative play that happens in the kid's art zone at the local museum.