Friday, October 11, 2013

Trying Not to Get too Sidetracked

While digging through my orphan blocks the other day I stumbled upon these star blocks. Whoa! I didn't remember that there were six of them left over. Then, the very same day, I happened to see the orange leaf fabric I had bought for a border forever ago and never used. Click! You know how it goes. Blindsided by the new project that literally appears out of nowhere and all because of a fabric that's suddenly too great to leave languishing in the totes for years....
The new project
There's really no controlling the next chain of events. Might as well give in and enjoy the ride.*wink  After the initial whirlwind of work, I arrived here. I think it needs a couple of simple borders on the quilt (more of that orange fabric for sure) making it lap size and then I will probably give it as a gift. Easy peasy. Don't you just love these kinds of quilts? The thing is, I do try to be realistic too. We're kidding ourselves if we ever think it's possible to just sneak a quilt in. Ha! The time it takes to work on this quilt is most definitely taking away from time I would be working on another.
Still working on my letters
I am still plugging away at The Big Broken Dish. Found out that I mixed up the fabrics for the #3 word and the #4 word, which really doesn't matter except it DOES. Because the sequence thing is sort of important in this quilt and the right layout of light and dark fabric are important in every quilt. At this point I am just laughing inside (all of the time) at this quilt. How ironic to make a quilt based around 'The Creative Process' and struggle with it at every point! I've decide to just let it be, mistakes and all. It's my quilt, my struggling creative process and my personal joke after all.
A few more arcs
Got a few more arcs done as well. Now there are 20 sets done out of 48--definitely more than half done. It was suggested that I burn through them now and put them behind me, but this is paper piecing we're talking about. I don't HATE it, but it's still not my favorite method of piecing. For now I'm very content to be making forward progress. lol I think I might just be that kind of quilter. Peck, peck, peck....


  1. I don't think paper piecing will ever be a favorite but I don't hate it as much as I used to.

  2. Maybe you'll be a convert by the end of this :). Your orphan quilt is going to be so cute.

  3. Your orphan quilt looks like a wonderful distraction.

  4. Love the new project! That orange fabric is amazing. I really like your arcs too. They are coming along nicely. Have a great weekend!

  5. Wow, those star blocks are fabulous and look great with the orange sashing. The more projects the merrier, they all get finished eventually.

  6. I love those star blocks and the sashing looks great.
    Have a nice weekend

  7. That border fabric goes wonderfully with those orphan blocks. I love when that happens!
    If I understand correctly what happened with the Creative Process quilt - could you just remove the 3., add 4.? Changes the placement of your words but maybe that would work for you. Just an idea. Some quilts end up being more challenging than others!
    Paper piecing has become a necessary evil for quilters! lol Canl't beat the accuracy of it.

  8. How fun to just have some blocks and a special fabric just take over! I love it. Usually happens to me when I try to do a sewing room clean up ;-) Just go with it...that's what I think ;-) Love your projects!!

  9. Well, you seem to be getting a lot of things done! How wonderful to just stumble upon such a project!

  10. Gotta love serendipity! Hmm, with you on the paper piecing!

  11. What a delightful result of getting sidetracked! And your design element of a square-in-a-square for your cornerstones is so perky. I'm jealous because I would never have thought of doing that, good job!


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