Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Trying to Keep up with the Improv.

I'm trying to cut myself a little slack at the end of November here. It feels like nothing is getting done, but I know that's not true. Plus, it's been busy with the holiday and family time. Now that it's Adhoc Improv. time again, I wanted to see where I was with all the open ended improv. projects.
strips for Playing with Scale #2
All the half square triangle strips are sewn together and trimmed for Playing with Scale #2. I even found time the other evening to free cut all the strips needed to start making the improv. blocks. This is one of those quilts where a large design wall would be amazing, but alas, it's not to be. I'll just keep using my imagination along with the trusty 'design floor'.*wink

I've been so tentative about moving ahead with this particular quilt. Not sure what it is that's holding me back because every time I start working with the fabrics, I fall in love all over again. I did take the time last week to make sure there was enough fabrics in all the important colors that I wanted represented throughout the whole of the quilt. Went digging through the stash totes and added about five other fabrics in deeper and/or bright fabrics that will work well for the larger triangles I plan on adding in later. One thing at a time though! Can't really start working on those until I see what size will be needed for 'proper proportion'.
Maps quilt auditioning
Just before Thanksgiving, I made time to cut and sew the 'road' border for the Maps prompt. It was a bit challenging, but overall I think it went together fairly well. Wasn't sure what to do with those corners, but when I laid it all out on the floor, it suddenly hit me. The upper picture just has a cut rectangle on those corners, nothing sewn down, but it brought it all together for me. So, so, easy, peasy, just a little applique work and the corners were sewn down to make the road look like it was turning the corner.  If they're a little chunkier looking than the rest of the white line pieces, most people will never notice!
Applique addition on the corners....
Next up, something I'm really dreading for some dumb reason, will be a long strip with words on it. I thought to do words on all four sides of the quilt, but now am rethinking that. One strip on the bottom just under the road border and all the rest will be a few random strips of different fabrics. Mostly, I just want to start sewing the strips on for a longer, more vertical looking quilt and get away from the perfectly squared off look. I love how it's so similar to the original quilt inspiration, but also starting to go its own way.  
A pretty stack of quilts
I've also gathered together five more quilts to give away before the end of the year. My family was having a bit of a meltdown over it {thinking I was intending to give away ALL of my quilts}, but settled down when I told them who/what/where they were going. It's sweet that they think all my quilts are too special to give away, but I've told them and told them, they might just be a little bit biased. How they could possibly think I was giving them all away when I still have at least 25 stacked up in my bedroom alone is laughable, but hey, they do seem to get attached! 

All of these quilts are older quilts {except for one which is a more recent finish} and that seems to make it easier for me to say goodbye. My husband however, adamantly called 'off limits' to at least three quilts he randomly uses from a stack in the living room. Then the girls chimed in and that's when negotiations started. So that's that for the giving this year, except for the doll quilt that I'm still planning on making for our granddaughter. Better get cracking on that one. Christmas is right around the corner!

15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous colours you are using for Playing with scale. And such a pretty stack of quilts! As it's Spring here, I have been out in the garden over the last few weekends & I have not worked on my own 2 improv quilt tops, as I am finishing off a 12" mini quilt for a Kris Kringle swap. I need to quit my day job, so I can sew more!

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  2. I'm with your family--keep ALL the quilts. Or, at least my favorite one that's right on top!

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  3. What fun that your family has attachments to your quilts. I would love it if a family member tried to talk me out of giving one of my quilts away.

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  4. Oh, yes. Beautifully fabrics for Scale 2.
    I'm amazed at the cleverness of your road as well as the way you made it turn the corner. The ways everyone has interpreted this prompt blows me away. So fun and original. I love where what inspired you, too.
    Most of my quilts go to family, too. Isn't it wonderful they enjoy our work so much? Yay, family.

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  5. I have so many stacked up too - I keep saying I need to give one to each of my brothers that I have not given one to and then start on nieces and nephews - all my sisters have one - and I can't seem to part with them!! I too have stacks.

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  6. Lovely lush piling of quilts in that stack...
    I have given up trying to keep up these days...
    No deadlines...that's my motto ;)))
    I love your little road border--the corner is charming...nice work hugs, Julierose

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  7. I get attached to my quilts like your family does. I took photos of the ones I am bringing to CA because later I'll be wondering, "where is that quilt?"! LOL

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  8. I love that everyone was vying for your quilts!!! Lol! What satisfaction since they are your creations made with so much thought & love. Gave me goose bumps!

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  9. It's hard not to get attached to the quilts we make. We put our hearts and souls into them. Enjoy your families compliments.

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  10. How funny that your family got up in arms about you giving away some of your quilts (when they are likely silent most of the rest of the time). Just goes to show they really DO notice and love what you make.

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  11. I think it is wonderful that your family appreciates your quilts and loves using them. I to seem to be harping that I never get enough quilting time, to which my husband replies, "How much is enough?" - NOT helpful! Happy stitching!

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  12. Good story about your improv/quilt plans and progress.
    I'm encouraged, that's real life, a few steps forward, a few back.
    Sometimes everybody agrees, sometimes not, then you negotiate.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. How lovely to be so appreciated! I'm looking forward to watching your improv projects progress but can't wonder, if you are dreading adding words to your road map, why don't you do something else?

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