Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Projects in progress

Hello all!

A LOT has been happening in my sewing room so far this week. There are three projects that are racing toward the finish line very fast. Wonder which one will get there first?

First up is the aqua and orange quilt. I finished the center and then decided to put some orange flying geese as a border.

Wow, is that ever bad.  I really, really don't like it. The scale is all wrong, and the seams hit funny. As soon as I realized from the picture how very bad it looked, I took it off. Time to try something else. I think a thin border and then some smaller flying geese that won't have to match up to the existing seams. And a different orange. Definitely a different orange.

Then I have the red and white Dancing Nines quilt, which is coming along nicely.

Look, I'm making 4 patches from the leftover pieces! It may not make an exciting picture, but I am seriously excited about this. I started with 68 and need a bunch more. The extra pieces have to be taken apart to make them the right size, so there are threads everywhere. And I may need to buy a new seam ripper, one that will actually cut thread. How much ripping do you have to do to dull a seam ripper?

And, believe it or not, the third project is this one:

Okay, weird size picture, but this is two rows of the much-postponed Celtic Solstice project. I am FINALLY putting it together. I don't know if it feels good yet or not; mostly I just feel relieved. I have had to bargain with myself to work on it, as in "you can't sew on the Dancing Nines until you sew two CS blocks together." Hey, whatever works, right? The next hurdle is figuring out a border, but I can see the end of the tunnel. And I'm pretty sure that it's not an oncoming train.

That's it for now, except for this:

That's a basket of small scraps to be cut into 1 1/2 and 2 inch squares. It'll be relaxing, right?

Hope your sewing is also going well! Linking to Linky Tuesday, WIP Wednesday, and Let's Bee Social. Come on over and join us!


Terri said...

I see genius! You are working on three (or more) at a time so you don't have to call any of them a UFO... What a good idea!
Love the colors you chose for your CS. So pretty.
And I agree about your Aqua and orange. The geese have to go. I still think my idea for that quilt would be good. I love the little parts - so far.

Leo said...

Ahh another CS sufferer .. well I have lot's of block A and none of block B (the one with the windmill centre). I will have to try your approach - though maybe I should make life easier for me and use a not pieced centre - for mental health reasons.

On to the aqua quilt:
do you have more of the fabric or at least colour you used for the squares where the sashing crosses? and coudl you imagine a not trianglish border but a wavey one? with curves? it would give some contrast to the centre ...

[I'm rather glad that I can just agree with you that the border you have on it now shouldn't be on it. I don't need to be afraid to step on any toes ... pheww]

Or a kidn of piano border with the white and coral / red / orange (can't tell for sure) of the sashing and a and aqua strip when it meats the white sashing strip ..

Ohh well I hope I made some sort of sense! Good luck reaching a decision!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Love the colors in your Celtic Solstice! Isn't it funny how we can see things in our quilts in photos, I think a smaller border will look perfect!

Sally Hurley said...

I love the colors you used in the Celtic Solstice quilt. It's going to look amazing once you have it all put together.

Stacey said...

Wow, the Celtic Solstice quilt is amazing!

Jayne said...

Love the aqua and orange quilt! Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Made me smile (since I can so easily relate) to your self-talk about finishing two squares before moving on to something you like better!! :-)
You have wayyy more patience than I with trying something and ripping it out - or ripping the red/white pieces to harvest the fabric and make something else. Maybe I am too lazy...

Love the Celtic project - it is really great.

The Cozy Pumpkin said...

Such bright and fun quilts! :)

Rachel said...

I think your new plan for an orange border sounds very nice. The first orange seems very red. Love the teal. Can't wait to see it finished!

Unknown said...

you continue to amaze me with all your projects!!! Beautiful colors!

Jo said...

You are so busy. I do agree with the replacement of the border. Good luck. Will be watching for what you decide

Lorna McMahon said...

Yes, I do love each of your projects, Mari! Especially the Solstice. You are a lot like me.... Bargaining with yourself to get to work on what you want, after working on what you are reluctant to progress with. Lovely, lovely, lovely!