Hi all! The spring semester starts today, and I don't know about where you are, but it still feels like winter around here. It's not super-cold, but just cold enough to bother a person. They really need to change the terminology for the semesters, don't you think?
So, I'm continuing in my quest to clear out some unfinished projects and free up some physical--and mental--space. I feel like I get this impulse every January and I figure I'd better act on it before it goes away. Some of these projects I must've gotten tired of working on, some didn't work out like I wanted, and some of them have needed a time out. I finished the border on the last project I pulled out so it's time to pull out another before I lose momentum. (Yay me! Details and pictures coming Friday!) This time, I chose this one:
I know, it isn't Christmastime any more, but it's time to deal with this problem child. I've tried to finish this one several times, but I just haven't. It's come in and out of the closet several times. There's a lot of reasons for this, but nothing I really want to talk about. I've had a lot of plans for it, but now I just want it done.
I didn't make a single one of these blocks. These are from a swap that I participated in a few years back with some friends. (The pattern is available free from Victoriana Quilt Designs, which can be found HERE.) There are a lot of fun fabrics in the blocks and some of them are really nice. The pattern is pretty tricky and each of the blocks took a long time to make, so it just seems wrong to let it linger or throw them out.
So, here's the new plan for this quilt: I'm planning to put it together just as it is on the design wall, then quilt it very simply with some organic lines or maybe a crosshatch. I even have the backing fabric already:
Isn't that a cool fabric? I must've gotten it on sale at some point, because I wouldn't ordinarily buy Christmas fabric. I plan to use these red scrap ends (and maybe the black if I have to fill it out) for the binding:
That is pretty much my entire stash of Christmas fabric. Why am I quilting it myself? Well, there's a snag in the pattern-- it calls for 3-D flying geese:
We all made the blocks just as the pattern called for, so every block has loose edges. All of those edges would snag on a longarm and I'm not taking the time to applique them all down. I just want this done, so I'm giving myself two weeks to get it together and at least start quilting it. After that, I'm either giving it away or throwing it out. (We all know I won't throw it out, right?)
Okay, so now that I have a plan, I'd better get on it! Hope you all are having a good week. And if you are like me and get in the mood to clean out every now and then, last year I did a series on cleaning out the sewing room and sorting stuff, which you can find on a tab at the top of the page (or HERE if you can't get to the tabs.) Hope it's helpful!
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