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.