Let's take a little stroll around my sewing room, shall we? I technically have a couple of tops waiting to be quilted, but since big important things like my 52 Quilters Takeover and Quilt Market are right around the corner, projects related to that are taking priority. Speaking of which, I'll be taking over 52 Quilters the first week of October, and I have some SUPER FUN things planned! If you haven't already, go follow the account on Instagram so you don't miss out!
As I previewed Monday, my primary focus this week is piecing Spools for the #PieceAndQuiltHopAlong. The top is all laid out on the design wall (see above), and I'll finish assembling it over the next couple of days while I'm finishing the current quilt on my longarm.
Speaking of, I'm quilting for my Mama this week! My Aunt Annyce made this quilt in 1980. It was on my bed for most of middle school and high school. Originally it was tied, but 37 years of use caught up to it. Mama wants to put it on her guest bed, so I'm giving it a little makeover! You'll notice that I've split the feather design so I can quilt a word in the "spine." I made a list of family values, and I'm stitching them into the quilt. Then, for contrast, I'm practicing some ruler work in the other half of each block. Everything about this quilt-- from the quintissentially 80s colors to feathers to script to ruler work-- is outside of my usual lane. I'm comfortable with this quilt that I'm struggling to see how it will be once it is quilted and transformed into something familiar yet new. I think that struggle is healthy, and that this project will help me grow.
Another project that is challenging me right now is the Grandma's Kitchen QAL with Pat Sloan. I spent several hours on Friday making little "kits" for the blocks I need to catch up on. While doing so, I had an epiphany. Every morning I wake up excited by the idea of doing a block or two during nap time in addition to some time long arming. Then, by the time nap time rolls around, I can never seem to muster the energy to press and cut fabric for even just a block, so I just long arm and don't make progress on my piecing. It finally occurred to me why I am too tired to do that when I have enough energy to stand at the long arm: DECISION FATIGUE. I spend all morning with the boys and making decisions about activities, meals, squabbles, etc, so when I come to the sewing room and face a task that requires me to choose fabric colors and placement, I simply cannot. Long arming feels easier because I always make a quilting plan before I start, so all I have to do is jump in. Amazing-- and so helpful to know about myself! So this week, I spend my weekend sewing time (when I'm less decision fatigued) making block kits so that I'm good to go on piecing for a week or so. Huzzah! (This, by the way, is how the Spools quilt top has been laid out so quickly-- I made final color choices and all major cuts over the weekend, so assembling the units for each block has been a breeze-- and now I just need to chain piece those together!)
The other block kits I made were for more North Star blocks (watch for a pattern freebie as part of my 52 Quilters week-- hint hint!). I'm using Jennifer Sampou's Shimmer 2 and Shimmer On fabric lines along with some Essex linen. And just LOOK how well it matches with the thread Aurifil sent me to try! Fabulous. I'm loving it!
On that note, I'd best get back to long arming this quilt for Mama before the boys decide nap time is over! For lots of quilty pictures (and ridiculous cat and kiddo stories), please follow me on Instagram! And be sure to come back here on Friday for FriYAY Friends with BONNIE HUNTER as well as the full reveal of my totally done and bound En Provence!
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