Do you remember this Sesame Street song?
"One of these things is not like the other,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell me which thing is not like the others
Before I finish this song?"
Even though I spend hours sewing each day on lots of different projects, sometimes I sit down here to write about it, and am stumped about what you'd like to see and hear. Often I don't have a common thread in my projects. Much of my studio time is experimentation since I don't often sew from patterns. Some turn out wonderful, like the quilt above that is ready to be sewn together.
Some of it is just spent as block play.
Here I wanted to use the spiderweb ruler, but got into a bit of a fix when I wasn't as precise as I should have been. The project went on hold. I needed to figure out where I was off. Just so you know, it was clear back in cutting and sewing the strips.
What you can't tell from the photo is the block above is a very large block. I have so much to learn about using very large pieces, and twice over when sewing them on the bias or diagonal. This will be a fabulous looking block soon. You'll see!
The same concept with an oversized block above, this is nearly a 2' x 3' block. One problem with working in a specific palette in oversized blocks is simply you need lots of fabric! My stash was limited so this, too, was put on hold.
Okay, now for the obvious. I have spent the best part of the month reading through Quilter's Academy, a series of books that teach the foundations of quilting. Harriet and Carrie Hargrave use traditional fabrics in the projects, and some of it is growing on the modern me. There's been a stack of wovens on my stash cabinet for months, and I thought they would blend nicely with some of my hand dyed fabrics. It's not my usual style, but I think there's potential for a beautiful, traditional quilt.
This Week's Plan
Remember how I said I was going to walk each day last week? I got in one day, but it was a start. It goes back on the list.
1. Walk 30 minutes each day--even if I have to split it into two 15 minute segments.
2. Work at the longarm 30 minutes each day.
3. Finish the Hands2Help charity quilt by next weekend.
4. Make 2 more groovy improv blocks each day. (Those are not work!)
5. Take care of my cold, and get some rest.
I have an hour to squeeze in some sewing time so I'll force myself to get moving. It would be nice to sit here under my quilt and just watch Netflix, but I may regret my wasted time. Find some inspiration, and do something creative today!
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
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