Friday, May 4, 2018

Little Bits of Progress This Week

There hasn't been nearly as much hand quilting as I would like lately. Too many interruptions in our normal routine and also, I've been reading a lot more. I'm easily seduced by those 25 cent books from the senior center thrift store...
Quilty 365 in the hoop
Looking ahead to when this quilt is ready to move out of the hoop, I settled on the next quilt top in line. Then I decided that it obviously needed another border on the top and bottom. Of course it has to be applique. Never go the easy route when there's a more complicated option! That's me on the nose, but in my defense, I'm not a huge fan of ignoring the insistent pleas from an unfinished quilt top aspiring for 'more'. If there's work to be done in pursuit of its betterment, so be it. Better to buckle down and do it now than regret the lack forever.
Another border...

Hemming and hawing over the Solids Challenge quilt once again. Finally went with the white printed sashing of which I am not exactly thrilled about. But it's better than any other option I could come up with from the stash. And I like how it helps keep the quilt sweet and happy looking, so that's a bonus.
Getting the middle part of the quilt sewn together
This quilt--oh this crazy quilt. I like it {even love it sometimes}, but it hasn't been easy to move forward at any particular point in the journey. I cut out the white triangles in the same creamy white used with the solid colored {little} triangle sashings. Then I ran out before I could cut enough for the very outside of the quilt. Will have to come up with some sort of solution soon so the sewing can commence and frankly, I'm tired of having to take up the entire living room floor for this sort of thing. Might do what Cathy normally does and just wing it. Her quilts usually turn out to be pretty amazing even without fine-tuning the layout every step of the way!
Auditioning the outer border
I really, really want to get this quilt wrapped up and behind me. Maybe, possibly, hopefully, there will be more time next week. Do you ever feel like the quilts that you most want to work on haven't even been started yet? Linking up with 6and6 in 2018 and sew stitch snap SHARE.

14 comments:

  1. Your solids challenge quilt is beautiful, I love the block designs and it’s so nice to see your 365 quilt on it’s way to a finish.

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  2. so nice to see your circles coming along and looking forward to seeing the finish - I've been reading a lot lately too

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  3. Your applique work looks great.
    And the triangle border is beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing your process, I get encouraged!

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  4. I often feel like that - there's just no way to stop ideas stacking up in our heads. Ann once said that some quilts are like teenagers - difficult, uncooperative, taking up way more time and trouble than we feel they ought to - but in the end we love them anyway. Maybe this is one of your teenage quilts.

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  5. Lots of lovely quilts! I am the same, never take the easy option when there is a more complicated one 🤣

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  6. Hi Aydrey! Quilty 365 looks fantastic and the other quilt is also so beautiful! I love all the small triangles. x Teje

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  7. LOVE the hand quilting photo of your circles in the hoop... I made it as big as it could be on my computer and stared at all the details of it for about 10 minutes! LOL
    I'm not very fond of my quilts that ask more of me than I have energy or time for these days... they have to go back in the UFO closet :)

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  8. I do love the triangle borders on your 'solids challenge' quilt, very effective! Thanks for sharing with 'sew stitch snap SHARE'

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  9. oh yes, the triangle border is wowza!

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  10. I had to follow the link for "Cathy" as I did not know who you were making reference to. It is not a blog I follow. Your design wall blocks are oh so interesting. I can never guess where you will end up when you get started with something. The pleasure of following your blog.

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  11. "Do you ever feel like the quilts that you most want to work on haven't even been started yet?" --- YES!!!!!

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  12. I love what you are doing with the borders to tie it all together! :)

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  13. Those blocks are really sweet and I love the colors!

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  14. Your outer border is great. The colors and the design tie together well with the blocks. Good thing to add that little extra to the next quilt now rather than later!

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