Saturday, January 19, 2013

Starting in on Another Forever Project

So this is my next Forever Project:  6 1/2" finished bow-tie blocks.  I know.  More bow-ties.  Only bigger! After thinking long and hard about all the possibilities, I finally came up with this for a variety of reasons.
Hand pieced bow-tie blocks
First of all, I really want to learn how to hand piece in the traditional manner.  Pair that with the fact that I'm extremely intimidated by some of the intricately pieced patterns available these days and my brain freezes!  What to do?  What to do?  This will positively haunt me if I discard it half way through.*wink

A forever project needs to seem important and relevant or it risks becoming tedious. The old fashioned charm of a classic pieced bow tie quilt just feels right, especially for now.  I'm seriously considering hand piecing the entire quilt, but first things first!  My husband keeps telling me that I have finally crossed the line into crazy.  Like certifiable. lol

Hopefully the background fabric will keep things interesting and fresh for me.  So far one block went together perfectly.  Number 2 was a struggle since I was talking too much while I was trying to sew something I'm terribly inexperienced at and the third block wanted to give me major trouble at the y-seams.  Time to slow things down a bit and figure out how to get things right.




11 comments:

  1. I really don't enjoy machine piecing and therefore didn't piece if I could help it. I do however love the look of applique along with piecing in a quilt so knew I had to do something. So I tried hand piecing and enjoy the control I have and find it much easier (for me) then machine piecing. Stick with it awhile, it gets easier!

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  2. Good for you, I think that's one of the best things about quilting, the fact that we can always learn something new. If you can just enjoy the process, good results are sure to follow. I like the fabric choices, fun and cheerful!

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  3. I really like the way you are always exploring and trying new things. These blocks are fun with that blue background and brown bow ties.

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  4. I hear more and more quilter's are trying hand piecing. So glad that many are finding enjoyment. I just started a mini I am hand stitching. I work on it every morning after my morning coffee.

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  5. Your bow ties are so cute! I just stated hand piecing a few blocks this past year while working on my Midget blocks from Sentimental Stitches and found I really liked it once I had all the prep work done. It is great take along projects. Good luck. I so love those forever projects.

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  6. So exciting to see your hand piecing! And welcome to the certifiable club...we're very friendly cause we totally get you! LOL
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching and sharing your new project!

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  7. Love the blocks so far. I really like the blue background you have used so far. Keep going, it will be special.

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  8. That is going to be an awesome project! The color and fabric are terrific!!

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  9. Audrey, I discovered your blog a week or so ago and liked it a lot. (I don't know why I didn't become a follower then!) Anyway, I've come back to tell you that I've given you the Liebster Blog Award. I hope you accept awards! You can learn more about it at http://joyforgrace.blogspot.com/2013/01/surprise-liebster-award.html. Congratulations!

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  10. How fun it is to learn new skills. Your colour choice is perfect.

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