I had some time in the sewing room today and as I finished piecing the little snowball top my mind wandered.
Life has changed so much for us in the last few years and I think I’ve finally realized that there’s a new normal now. The almost 8 years we spent in Minneapolis were the most productive quilting years I’ve had and I kept thinking that things would settled down and I’d get back to that level and for some reason not being that productive has created stress for me.
Out of curiosity I looked at what I’ve accomplished so far this year – 11 tops quilted and 9 tops pieced – that’s not a bad count and it represents hours of happiness spent in my sewing room!
Part of the stress comes from the blog – It started as a quilting blog although over the years (11+ years!) it has developed into a journal for me where I write about my quilting, the family, and my travels.
Don’t worry – I’m not about to stop quilting – I love the time I spend making quilts and being able to give family and people in need a handmade quilt is one of the things I love most. I will however stop worrying about being more productive and about whether I have something quilty to share on the blog every day like I did in years past.
I’m grateful for so many things in my life and I plan to continue to enjoy my time with family, time with Finn, my travels, my quilting and knitting, being active (walking, hiking, kayaking), and having company visit us here and at Big Canoe.
I’m also happy that this little snowball top is assembled! I really don’t like coming back to a top in pieces on the design wall but luckily this one was quick to sew together and that means I can move on to something new!
Penny wrote that she preferred the multi colored version – I think I like them both equally. I KNOW I like that both used up leftovers that might have sat unused in the stash for a long time.
Both of these will be quilted here in FL and donated.
The bright rectangle top is assembled. I’ll have a few to quilt here after our vacation and I might even get one or two pin basted after my company comes and goes next week.
The little Crosses and O’s top is assembled. So quick compared to the 2+ weeks it took me to do Becky’s king size one and now I need to clean up a little in the sewing room and piece a couple backs.
This one will be quilted here in FL and I won’t set up the table to get it pin basted for a couple weeks – when we get back from Hatteras because I’ve got a cleaning service coming Tuesday and company coming Saturday. That means I get to do more piecing after getting those backs done.
I had an email asking me to review a product from Amazon. Do you use the wonder clips in your sewing?! I love them for hand sewing my binding rather than using pins and since I’m always losing one or two I was thrilled to have the opportunity to buy them at discounted rate in exchange for the review.
I think they’re a little lighter weight than the Clover ones but they should easily hold up to being used for my binding. And look, they come in a cute little bag!
The price is good, shipping is free if you have an Amazon Prime membership, and they arrived in 2 days. Here’s the link if you want to check them out.
I bet you didn’t expect me to be making MORE cross blocks today after finishing Becky’s king size top yesterday! I’ve blogged before about leftover quilts – usually it’s when I’ve pulled a group of fabrics together for a scrap quilt – I like to take advantage of all that work I did to sort and press! In this case, I had plenty of fabric left from the fat quarter bundle so I made more crosses but paired them with appliqué circles for this little 40×56 quilt.
The circles are fused and cut with my Accuquilt GO, stitched down with an open zigzag stitch.
I’m got some rearranging to do before I sew the blocks together but I’m done for today!
My Sharon inspired HeartStrings top has been assembled. This one will go to Big Canoe for quilting on the longarm …eventually.
I think I might take a nap now … the storms came around 4am and and lasted the rest of the early morning hours. I didn’t get much sleep.
It took me a while but the 1000 Pyramid top is done. I will probably end up trimming those sides even but I haven’t decided for sure so I’ll leave it for now. I like the irregular edges on the tumblers but I think I’m going to like this one better with straight edges.
The problem with working on multiple projects is that progress seems slow. I’ve made a few more rows on the Pyramid quilt, the Hexagons are all sewn into rows and off the design wall now. The hard part will be hand sewing all the rows together!
And up on the design wall, my HeartStrings blocks were arranged and assembled. Nice to have something finished and yes, I do consider an assembled top a finish! This one will go to Big Canoe for quilting – I’ve just set my dates for the beginning of March but already have tops to quilt for Mom and my Aunt so we’ll see how many of mine I get done.
Another item marked off the list! The Dutch Pinwheel top has been assembled and brief instructions are on the website. I haven’t decided whether this one will be quilted here or go to GA for quilting on the longarm. For now it gets folded up and put on the shelf.
Travel and family time are fun but I’m ready to finally be back in my sewing room! I’ve got several December goals to work on the rest of the week with the aim of finishing up as much as I can before the New Year arrives and my reward will be to start a new quilt on New Year’s Day.
First up today was to trim and get the 9 patch quilt bound – it’s ready for me to hand stitch the binding down tonight. Next, to finish assembling the brown/green Carpenter Star that I cut and kitted at Big Canoe this past July. Click the link to see a brown and pink version made a few years ago and for brief instructions for making one yourself. I did change the pieced borders on this one – I cut them using the Accuquilt GO 1/2 rectangle die.
I’ll be home all of January but we’ll have company twice – it’s SO nice to have a queen bed for guests again and Chris and Becky brought my red quilt from Big Canoe when they came.
There’s still room for my table when there’s no company and tomorrow’s tasks are pin basting and quilting a Quick Strippie.