Sunday, January 28, 2007

Diary of a Schizoid Quilter


For some reason I find myself working on three different things, all in various stages of completion. The weekend has been pretty productive; I'm just kind of inching along to getting something done. I made four more log cabin squares because I like the symmetry of this arrangement, and 16 squares gives me a lot more possibilities than just 12. Now all I need to do is to figure out some sort of border for it. I bought Pieced Borders: The Complete Resource by Judy Martin and Marsha McCloskey a couple of weeks ago and I'm hoping that something in there will inspire me.

I had thought about combining the log cabin with the Brave New World blocks since they are both made of the same fabrics, but I changed my mind. I like the Brave New World blocks by themselves. I've been playing around with those too, trying to find an arrangement I like. The problem is that this block is so versatile it is hard to decide on just one.




I am kind of leaning toward the off-center bulls-eye, for lack of a better name for it. The setting seems to fit better with the scrappy nature of the pieces. This was all hand-sewn and I will probably hand-sew the pieces together since I've come so far with it. I still need to decide on a border for this one too. And I am promising myself that the quilting will be very simple. Too often I try to make the quilting too fancy and then I end up with another WISP since I am a very slow quilter.

In the first two pictures above you can just make out some of the little posies. Those are still coming along, albeit slowly. I've been working on them while watching TV (we've been renting the The Sopranos DVD's). It seems a little weird to be working on such a pretty little quilt while watching murder and intrigue with the Mafia in New Jersey, but oh well.

Our quilt guild met this past Thursday night and I passed out the first set of directions for the new mystery quilt. So far, no questions. Hopefully everyone will have a good time making the quilt, I know I did. We also decided to start a round robin for those who are interested. Another project? Sure, why not? We are also going to spend some of our money on a road trip to Bloomington, Indiana in March for the quilt show. Last year one of our members had a quilt in the show and she is hoping to get another one in this year.



Here you can see the progress on the posies. I do, I really do, have lots more of the flowers made, it's just a matter of getting them sewn together.

10 comments:

Shelina said...

All of these quilts are just so beautiful. They are all going to be stunning - in their own beautiful way. I too like to make more than one thing at a time - and am in different stages on each of them. As long as they use the same color thread, I am good to go. It's when they need different thread colors that one of them gets lost in the momentum.

Meredith said...

The quilts look great. I will stop back to see what border you add on to the log cabin. I do work on more then 1 project at a time. I like to have hand and machine projects to work on.

Libby said...

It's sure easy to slip into working on multiple projects -- I find I get more than one going all the time these days.
I think I have to agree on the off center setting -- it's a good showcase for the blocks and a nice counter to the symmetry of the log cabin ... just my two cents. They are all beautiful.

Alena said...

Hi Diana,
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I love all your projects, they are really beautiful, I am also switching to this multiple project system :o)
And by the way - what an interesting flying gees ruler, I will have to get one as well :o), it sounds really helpful

Quilt Nut said...

beautiful blog Diana. i found you off Shelina's blog

Linds said...

Hi, Diana... it is great to pop over and see your wonderful work. I just love quilting as well, and always have a few projects on the go. I wish I had more time, of course! Thanks for visitng my blog, and for your comment. I will be back.

joyce said...

I love both of your quilts and I think it was a good idea to make them separate, even if the colors cooridinate. Did you know that if you turn the corner blocks on your log cabin, you will end up with a star? I made one and someone commented on my blog saying that. I tried it and was sooo amazed that I ended up using that layout.

Samantha said...

those posies are gorgeous, as are all the quilts! You are so busy!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Your hexagons plowers are lovely Diana. I am sewing hexagons at the moment too, but not in flowers like yours. I would like to do a 30's flower garden like yours one day.

CarmiƱa said...

Hi Diana,
I love your Brave New Worl it will be a pretty Quilt