Thursday, January 26, 2017

Taking A Break......and Crumble those Blocks.....

Twenty-six days into the near year and already a break is needed.  

UFQ #1 done....and UFQ #2 is still sitting on the cutting table waiting....and waiting...and waiting.

Enter ... the break.

Crumb blocks.... Seems to be THE thing in 2017.  Okay - maybe not but I'm latching on to it.   My two words for 2017 are FOCUS and SIMPLIFY.  So SIMPLIFY it is....

These blocks are terrific ... and many kudos to Pinkadot Quilts!  An amazing tutorial:

The Ghastlies 

Somewhere, FOCUS flew out the window, flew around and then came back through the front door...and....  

I'm not buying it either. 

Okay....enter three blocks in the works...

Fussy cutting these birds is not that easy.  A few birds gave up their beaks after the first go around with the strips.  

No idea if I'll keep adding strips until the magic size (6" minimum) arrives...and then trim to 6" squares.  Or maybe not.  

After all, Crumbling the Blocks is taking a break.  Just a small one.

New sig line is now:

2017 Words:  FOCUS and Simplify

Do remind me if I forget!


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Prairie Queen UFQ #2 - 21 January 2017

It's been an interesting couple of weeks.  What started out as "well, I need some space to take a photo of a project in the works" morphed into "well, this just needs to be organized" and then it took a life of its own.

Enter: The Journal.  Oh, not any Journal.  This is THE Journal to end all Journals - and probably civilization as we know it.  It has style - it has categorization that defies categorization - it has mind boggling detail.  And it has exhausted the owner.  

Journal turned into labeling fabric bins......


 Before....just focus on the cubicles.  You'll see it if you just look for awhile.  Kind of like those pictures you see and if you look long enough, you'll see a dolphin jumping out of the water.  So they say. 

 And then comes the AFTER.  All those lovely labels.  Squint. They are there.  Each bin holds now an unfinished top (or two or three) or a kit (or kits) or orphan blocks (lots and lots of blocks). 

Truth be told, I'm a little afraid to walk in there for awhile.  What started out with space to photograph.....

So now comes Prairie Queen UFQ #2.  Orphan blocks.  Blocks from a swap block with an online group.  

 The photo pretty much explains why I needed space to adequately take photos as a UFQ takes shape.  The blue strip - sashing.  Why blue?  Well, silly - it was the fabric I had most of.  This is in line with the self pledge:  No Buy 2017.  Should be an interesting quilting adventure. 
 And then trying out the blue sashing.  Okay - so I am still not convinced it's okay.  Like I said - it was going to be this or.... I don't know the "or"....

 And then added the orange cornerstones.  

What I have learned:

FOCUS is not working out too well as one of my two words for 2017.  FOCUS and SIMPLIFY.  Not doing so hot on either.

Reorganization can be fun...until it takes over one's life.  Then it just becomes outright annoying.

I still do not have the best space to take photographs.  


Angels Among Us Has Flown, 21 January 2016

And so UFQ #1 is now complete.  After much thinking (okay - maybe not THAT much thinking) and the advice of a friend - no borders on Angels Among Us.  Instead - colorful binding and a wavy quilted design and viola!  It is done.  Not the largest of quilts but I imagine a toddler will find it warm and comfy. 

 It is so satisfying to complete a project that began so many years ago.