I have stated in the past that I will typically have three projects going simultaneously (cray or not, that’s me). My typical circus involves one in the piecing state, one incorporating an appliqué project, and finally one pertaining to quilting. Like I said that would all be “15 years worth of typical” until now.
To be honest and bring clarification to the previous statement:
I currently have one in the quilting process. Yes, it feels to me as if it will be the never-ending project BUT I haven’t refuse to give up on it!
I have TWO, yes count them “TWO” in the piecing stage and believe it or not I am contemplating a third.
Project 1 of Piecing: I hate to leave you all in suspense but this is a special project. Unfortunately, I cannot provide further details until late March. Sorry, but perhaps some of you will return in March to see exactly what I am talking about..lol!
Project 2 of Piecing:
I am sure that it will come as no surprise to many of you that I making use of my all time favorite fabrics in both projects. Yes, “Cherrywood” fabric is awesome! Now, seeing as I had the bleeding issues on my previous quilt, I pre-washed all my fabric in my kitchen sink. Using extremely hot water (almost too hot to handle) and good old regular blue “Dawn Dish Detergent”. Please note the darker fabrics took about 5 rinses before the water appeared to run clear.
Project 3: Well, I suppose it better be an appliqué project, right?! I’ll have to give that one a little more thought.
How many projects do you have going at one time? We all have them. Perhaps you are very disciplined and only concentrate on one at a time idea, or maybe you are a bit like this quilter and have your hands full of a few things going on at one time. Regardless, I’d love to hear how you balance your one project or many projects simultaneously!
When I began quilting, I chose fairly subdued fabrics. I had a tendency to lean towards blues, browns. burgundy’s; and gravitated towards material that displayed busy prints. Oh and the busier the better; bring on the BUSY for this designer. Over time my quilting journey has me constantly evolving, and I’ve discovered new likes and dislikes. Those super busy prints that I was a fanatic about has lost it’s luster. I now find that my choices in fabric has followed a new path. I am now drawn towards materials that possess bright colors and has me wearing a smile as I gaze upon them. The grin on my face quickly spreads from ear to ear as my mind is filled with incredible design possibilities. What amazing creation will find its way onto this amazing fabric? Therefore, it probably won’t surprise anyone to hear that I now LOVE solid colors that will really show off the quilting. Why lose all that hard work of quilting amidst a chaotic print? In conclusion not only has my ideal fabric palate changed dramatically; but my appetite for super busy prints has diminished drastically. I guess you could say it I don’t have any appetite for busy prints. Less is more!
During one of my many stepping stone through quilting many moons ago, I had witnessed customers as they entered the shop and browse for their “appliqué” project. If that wasn’t bad enough, these delicate ears would hear that these clients were searching for their “HAND” appliqué project. I wanted to yell “Hello? Isn’t that why God invented sewing machines?!” For the love of Pete, Hand work takes so much longer! I swore I WOULD NEVER do that!
First machine Applique Center Medallion designed by Ronda K Scott
I was soon eating my works, and have since learned “never say never”. I admittedly LOVE appliqué and reallylove hand appliqué. Never in a million, bazillion years would I have thought this quilter would yearn to sit and hand sew. The craft of appliqué and hand appliqué bestows such a calming effect that I find it very therapeutic. I know who would have thought? Definitely not me!
Which has me thinking that I’m long overdue and need to start another hand project!
My question to you fellow quilters is: Has there been something in quilting that you never thought you would enjoy doing and now love? It’s okay to admit that we all have said “I’D NEVER”. Then eventually life has us kicking ourselves as we think “NEVER say NEVER”!