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?


  1. Good for you getting some of your quilts finished! Your La Pass is still a favorite of mine. I saw a deal on Massdrop for La Pass and gave it considerable thought. Haven't caved yet though. I don't think I'd ever finish it!

    1. Thanks Wendy!!! I'm really enjoying the La Pass process but it's a big investment... the good news is you really don't have to make it as big as it is in the book. Pillow sized is just as nice;-)

  2. Are you hand sewing the Dresden Plates, or machine stitching? I can't tell (photo of machine?) Pretty in blue!

    1. Thanks Melody!!! I machine pieced the plates. Then I basted together a quilt sandwich with my backing fabric, batting, and white linen background fabric which I then machine appliqued/quilted the plates onto. Now that they are all machine quilted on to the quilt sandwich I am hand quilting around each plate. Once I get done with that I'll go back and machine quilt centers on each plate. Hope that makes sense. It's similar to the technique I describe here,