Works in Progress
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I have a total of 4 quilts with tops and backs ready for quilting. Those are the Communique quilt, Double Exposure quilt, String Theory quilt, and Impromptu quilt. I should probably get on that soon, or send them to someone who will.
Quilt Tops in Progress:
The blocks for my Christmas crazy quilt have been pieced since last November, but I didn’t manage to get the hand work done in time for the holidays. So, I put it aside after Christmas and recent got it back out to work on. It’s been a nice change from setting at my sewing machine and I can catch up on my favorite summer shows while I work. I might actually get this thing done in time for this Christmas.
Holidays certainly seem to be my theme right now, because I also pulled out my stash of Halloween fabric and started on a fun quilt top. I’m building this quilt as I go, so I’m not sure yet what it will look like when it’s done.
I’ve already got several groups of fabric that are waiting to become quilts. They include a great geisha panel that I want to hand embellish for a wall quilt,
some fabrics my sister gave me for my birthday which might become a double wedding ring (but I’m not sure just yet),
lots of Christmas fabric left overs that need to be turned into something (maybe Dresden plates),
and lots of other stash fabrics for any inspiration that may strike. And that doesn’t even include the fashion fabrics that are waiting for me to feel like tackling some clothing projects again.
How are your projects going? What do you do to keep yourself motivated?
Sharing over at: WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
About motivation…this sounds odd, and it probably is, but when I need to reinvigorate the creative process, I re-read The Colour Purple yet again. Why does it work for me? I don’t know. Perhaps because sewing is Celie’s creative outlet? Perhaps there’s a lot of creativity in the book–writing, singing, cooking, sewing. But it seems to help.
Next week I am off to visit a friend and see if I can get her to sew together the patched tablecloth we cut out two or three months ago. Or is it four? By her own admission she is indecisive and flighty and has a hard time finishing anything. We can but try. As a friend of mine put it, when you’re quilting it’s not your “get up and go” that matters, it’s your “sit down and stay!”
I love that you have a book that inspires your creativity. I love reading when I’m stuck, particularly fantasy novels. The exotic concepts and locations are a nice break from reality. Oh, and Hayao Miyazaki films, particularly Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Those movies are full of fantasy and inspiration. As far as “sit down and stay”, I could use a bit of that right now.
Oh, yes, Ghibli films!! My personal favourite is My Neighbour Totoro–love the colours, the music, the tactile quality of the drawing. You could practically reach out and pick up the teapot. I only discovered Ghibli in the last 4 years or so. Another favourite is Up on Poppy Hill–again, for the detail and tactile quality of the drawings. They’re the sort of film that repays re-watching, really examining the drawings. So far they have used the old acetate sheet process, instead of bland CGI.
Such a lovely post – filled with quilty goodness! Can’t wait to see more of your Halloween quilt. You have come up with some great block ideas for that one!
We’ll see how it goes. I’m not that good with just making things up as I go, but I can’t decide what size, etc the quilt should be.