Friday, January 19, 2018

Clean Start

I'm off to a slow start this year but my machine is back from it's spa visit to Daley by the Yard and I've cleaned up my studio so now I'm ready to get sewing...

I'm pretty excited to say I knocked 5 quilts out of the UFO pile last year but these 5 are still lingering there waiting to be quilted and I added my City Sampler quilt to that pile.

Top of my list is to finish my City Sampler from last year's #100Days100Blocks challenge.  I finished the top last January, basted it the end of March and have left it sit ever since...

I am making progress on Blue Plate Special, I've quilted down all the Dresden plates but I need to add the centers and finish hand quilting around about half the plates.  Like all my hand quilting projects this one will get dragged all over the place this year but with cheer & gymnastics seasons in full swing I should have plenty of time handwork time.

In the WIP pile I'm *this* close to be being done with this Scrappy Trip Around the world flimsy I was making for my parents 50th wedding anniversary last September...  maybe I'll hold it until they get to 51 just to be sure;-)

And I'm still chipping away at my La Passacaglia.  Only 13 more rosettes to complete and about half of them are in progress.  I've really been stuck on my last large rosette and it's making it difficult to complete the bottom quadrant.  I was recently reminded that done is better than perfect so I've decided to go with my original plan and unlock even more of my precious Neptune from the vault to complete it.  My advice if you're just starting on this is to make the 4 large rosettes first and then fill in around them.

I don't have a lot of ideas yet for new projects.  I will be making a necktie memory quilt for one of my dearest friends.  This week's snow day was perfect for getting started on deconstruction.

I've also committed myself to entering at least 1 quilt for Quiltcon this year.  I haven't entered anything since Follow Me wasn't selected but I feel this is a push I need to grow as an artist.  Beyond that I just want to make pretty things and try to put a dent in my stash.  What have you got planned for 2018?