Friday, February 20, 2009

A Little Here, A Little There

Although I have been busy, no finishes to report. I have been going through my sewing messy room and finding all my partly done projects, gathering together fabric and directions and putting it all in one spot. Finally figured out that I would have more storage if I finished just a few of the things I have started. So, one by one, I am going to work on one of them, at the same time working on one that I really want to work on. So eventually if this system works, a lot should get finished soon. I was amazed at how much work I seem to put into a project before I reject it and move on. It is a disease we quilter's seem to have and I am trying to find MY cure anyway. If I loved it once, I can love it again...

So, the Crayon Box is ready for borders. It would have borders if I were not having color issues with it. I wanted this one to be completely out of the closet, not buying anything. So dug out all my fabric that was big enough for borders. I did not find anything that works with all these busy colors but BLUE. Seems like every time I do a scrappy quilt, I settle on a dark blue or green border. So I am thinking maybe a deep rose color? I tried red but that seemed too safe also. Gonna take my great white hunter for a color consult...........he is so much better at that than I am. So much for all the fabric coming from what I have on hand. I am open to any suggestions anyone would have



Strip quilt is coming along nicely, I have a bunch of 6 1/2 muslin squares setting by the sewing machine, the strip bin by the chair and the goal is to make four sections for 1 square a day. Some days there are more, some days none but it is moving along. Of course, it is busy with colors too and then I will need to find a border color.........this one might just be the red. I love these quilts!



This is my reward/challenge for working towards a finish on the other two. I struggle with half square triangles, getting everything lined up right when there are a gazillion of them is still hard for me. So, this is perfect. Still goes along with my scrappy goal of using up some of the Good Will fat quarters and is much different from just scrappy for scrappy sake. I found another pattern for a basket that uses half square triangles that is next on the "new" starts list. Next on the list of unfinished projects is a yellow and blue log cabin that I started before Christmas. I hope to get out from under this pile eventually and have some finished items! This comes from a great tutorial on Kim's Big Quilting Adventure.




Meanwhile, I will be in awe of the quilter's who whip out a entire complicated top in a weekend. I am missing that patience factor, I sew awhile and then have to walk away from it. I think I have Quilter ADD.

I have my BOM blocks for February done, looking forward to March! I redid the Gail Pan block for Jan. on the pale yellow so that leaves me with the one done on white. I think I might just do Feb. on white also and have two going, think it would make a nice gift and I do enjoy those blocks.

9 comments:

Amelia said...

You have been busy.

For my vote on what color to use for border I would use a navy or black...something bold and solid to reign in all the colors going on in the quilt.

Belvie said...

Love that Crayon Box quilt. When I first looked at the photo....I thought navy just like Amelia did, but I think a deep burgundy would be nice too.

You BOM blocks are really nice too. I'm still looking at my fabrics and thinking about what to do.

Sue said...

I vote for burgundy! I have some projects that also need to be finished. A strip quilt for my daughter and one for me and a CQ vest...and other small projects not related to quilting! Good luck on finishing yours!

Teresa said...

I don't always put borders on my quilts - especially the scrappy ones. I think your quilt would look just fine borderless.

Granny Lyn said...

If you have many strips left, you could always follow Finn's lead and use a scrappy binding? with maybe a solid border? I like a darker border or binding, to make it look like a frame,,,just my little imput to further confuse you...tee hee

Purple Pam said...

What about purple? I think purple would be great! You are such a busy bee lately. You are working on so many projects at once. I am sure you will get them all finished fairly close together and then you can have a "finished" party! I will party with you. Just let me know.

Carol VR said...

I love scrappy quilts. They are looking great this far.

Finn said...

Hi Norma, congratulations on finding that mojo again!! The quilt beginning look wonderful. I love your crayon box, and think whatever you decide will make a great border. You're doing well on getting the GW FQs used, it will be a wonderful quilt with no guilt! Big hugs and thanks for the encouraging words, Finn

jovaliquilts said...

Wow, so much stuff! And it all looks great. Border suggestions -- instead of a plain, solid color border, how about a narrow, thin border with a scrappy row of bricks all around it? Since you don't want to play it safe with your usual color, why not really go out on a limb and make a scrappy border? (Easy for me to say, eh?)