Sunday, January 6, 2019

Annual purge and 2019 project inventory

Happy 2019 to all the quilters, sewers and makers!
As we head into the new year, there are new, different and (hopefully) exciting things coming to our world, sewing rooms and studios. To make way—and make room—for the new stuff, I do an annual purge of old things, recycle and repurpose what still has value, and organize my space. Through my attempt at organizing, I uncovered a few WIPs [works-in-progress], that I hope to make progress on and finish in 2019. (If I post them on my blog, it will make me accountable, right?)
Twenty blocks from The Farmer's Wife, made with Art Gallery Fabrics.
The Farmer's Wife blocks: progress is slow on this project because I have to calculate the cutting for all the blocks. I am machine piecing the blocks and the book only supplies an illustration of the block (not at 100%) and a CD with numbered templates. 20 blocks complete.

Scrap blocks.
Scrappy blocks: This is what I love to do with leftovers and discontinued samples. With scraps, there is only enough fabric for a single block, but the variety of colors and prints makes an interesting, one-of-a-kind quilt. 22 blocks complete.
Scrappy blocks on the design wall.
One potential layout. Trying to keep the background fabric as consistent in color and value as possible.

Floating Wacky Stars.
Floating Stars block: Another re-purpose for swatches and scraps. This one has a scrappy background and the star points are a random size and float. Further assembly will be easy with no points to fuss about. 4 blocks complete.
Improv piecing block borders.
I'm doing improv piecing that will either be alternate blocks or possibly wide borders. It seems I have a LOT of red scraps!

Hand embroidery with cotton embossed and yarn-dyed wovens from Diamond Textiles.
Hand embroidery: This hand embroidered appliqué piece using Cotton Embossed and yarn-dyed wovens from Diamond Textiles is a creeping along. My defense is that this is a "slow stitching" project and primarily worked when I'm on the road.

Stonehenge strips and Canvas blenders by Northcott Fabrics.
Stonehenge and Canvas blender quilt top: This is an exercise working with blenders from Northcott Fabrics. Currently, it's a quilt top only and traveling with me as a sample of using Northcott fabrics.

These are the WIPs that resurfaced during my latest tidy-up sprint. I know others will show their faces again in 2019 (my 100 Blocks City Sampler, a patchwork jacket, quilting my Wonky Star from a Mary Kerr workshop, and a hope for a Picasso top, for example).

However, I was happy to say goodbye to these boxes that went to the recycling center this weekend!
Off to the recycling center!

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