Process Pledge: New Quilt beginings

Here is a truth that I probably shouldn’t divulge, but I will anyway, I bought this gold fabric (8 yards of it)  about 5 years ago.  I was excited to jump in and begin and then found the whole idea overwhelming.  Too many blocks, all in varying sizes, with lots of little fiddly bits.  Nope, wasn’t going to happen so early in my quilting career.  😉

So, flash forward to this month and here I am confident enough to try again with a different quilt along and able to use up all this gold and cream fabric!  The color scheme is the same with a bit of Cobalt added as stones and border bits.

This new quilt along I have joined looks to be challenging, but the blocks are all the same size.   I know you will be disappointed not to see my completed blocks as I finish them, but the rules for the joining won’t allow me to share my completed blocks until the end of December when the quilt top is all done!  Never encountered this before, but that’s OK.  I can at least let you in on the colors I have chosen and what I have accomplished thus far.

Here are 16 half square triangles

With Dogears removed

 

This will be the fourth block completed today and has me caught up with the rest of the group.

 

Because this one is a mystery quilt along, even I don’t know what the completed quilt will look like when I am all done!

NOTE:  This QA is called Simple Summer Sampler is made possible by Gay Bomers at Sentimental Stitches

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I make no resolutions

Starting 2017 fresh and debt free has awakened a sleeping desire to create.  Over the past few years I have come to my studio pulled things out, put them back; started some projects and left them lay…

Until I was just as depressed as before I started and now awash in fabric which had lost it’s meaning.

Previously I had taken the “*Process Pledge” and wanted to share with you what I was doing and how I was getting it done.  However, my old nemesis Depression and his side kick Lack of Funds found me not able to function as I had intended.  I needed a do over!

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The first step in this re-boot is to clean up, sort out what I have, and then finish a gift that is now overdue to my lovely Sister-in-law and a teal block for my friend Kate in Australia who sews them together, quilts them, and then donates them for Ovarian Cancer.

My steps:

  1. Complete the gift for my SIL and the Teal block for Kate
  2. Make a wool coat for me which is a lofty ambition, but I have my fabric and my lovely pattern.  I will enjoy this even if it is slow work.
  3. After practicing on me I look forward to a couple of fun coats for my Etsy shop.  I have a vision of what I want to create and will be drawing it out before I tackle the fabrics!
  4. Just keep creating and sharing my progress!

A journey begins with the first step and forward momentum takes it from there

I believe this.  So, no resolutions, just a call to creativity for myself and then share the process and progress along the way!  The projects will get done when they get done Knowing this when I start means there will be no pressure and no deadline.

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What lies ahead on your map for 2017?

 

*NOTE:  The Process Pledge was begun by Rossi of Rossi Crafts,  who is a creative powerhouse!  Thank you Rossi for your inspiration!

 

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Scrap Happy

I haven’t been sewing, but here is something I made and hadn’t previously posted for my 1857 quilt.  I used material from the second quilt I ever made for the horn of plenty, and little bits of scraps for the oranges and apples.

Horn-of-Plenty

I am now so far behind on this quilt’s work that I think I will certainly not finish by years end.  Ah well, I will get it done because needle turned applique is my favorite form of quilting and I need a new summer quilt for our bed.  Who knows?  I may even have it done in time for next summer!

Other scrap happy contributors this month are:

Usually has a scrappy post:

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/   (in English only)

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Sometimes has a scrappy post:

Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)

Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)

Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)

Lynn at https://thetialys.wordpress.com (in English only)

Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)

Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)

Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)

Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)

Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com/ (in English only)

Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com (in English only)

Claire: https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com (in English only)

Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English only)

Jill: https://nicepieceofwork.wordpress.com (in English only)

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My Scrappiness

Posted for April 15th, 2016

As I have mentioned before I began my quilting adventure in 2011 by crafting a quilt for a new friend I met when visiting Jayme from Tales of the Coop Keeper.  At that time I had the desire to quilt, but no knowledge of the plotting skills or the math involved to pull it off…

Ergo, after making a “watermelon” quilt

watermelon quilt

I had tons of red and white squares and triangles to spare and they have been stored in a Ziploc bag, at the bottom of my scrap drawer, till now…

I have joined up with Kate Chiconi  at Tall Tales From Chiconia in ScrapHappy.   This is a creative group of like-minded people who want to use it all up and have fun making their scraps disappear.  Then we all share on the 15th of the month.  Links to all participants will be listed on Kate’s blog site!  Please follow the link above to see what the other more experienced quilters have come up with.

After much experimentation, and cutting down I am left with a pair of ten inch blocks.  A bit of blue border has given them a decidedly patriotic flair.

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Windmill block to the left and Hourglass blocks to the right.

I haven’t finished them yet, because  I can’t decide if I want a table runner or pillows!  If a table runner is in their future I will have to come up with a third block to tie them all together.

This process of laying out and working with my scraps has reminded me of the Inuit carver who studies a bone or wood specimen to see what is living inside, then begins carving to release the spirit and image within.  No spirits in my work, but this time around my *points are coming along nicely.  🙂

Practice, practice, practice!

 

NOTEPoints refers to the area in the quilt block where all the corners meet up.  Getting them to get along is very exciting for a budding quilter.  Well, actually, I think it may be an exciting moment for any quilter!  Those little corners can be rather pesky.