In Progress, Project Linus, Ta Da Done

WIP update

I had lots of goals in April and got taken away by some new projects.  I only got 3 things done, but I did reduce my backlog to 22 (from 23 at the end of March).

Here is what I got done:

Blue and purple project Linus quilt completed.  I am not completely in love with this one, but it is done.

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And I completed this embroidery project.  Probably the toughest one I have done to date. I am absolutely in love with it.  Pattern is by Namaste Embroidery.

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And I also finished this embroidery project.  The wreath pattern also is by Namaste Embroidery.  I took the phrase from The Secret Garden.  This one was fast and fun, compared to the succulent embroidery project.  I love all of the vines in all of the different greens.  I used some silk floss in this project – what a dream to work with.  I think it could be very addicting.

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This one really is a message I need right now.  I need to make myself stronger in so many ways.  Work and perseverance and my own two feet.

I started one new project in April… that I should have gotten done in April.  Oh well.  May needs to be the month of baby quilts – 2 for friends and 2 for Project Linus.  I just need to not completely get sucked into my Long Time Gone quilt.

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embroidery, In Progress, Ta Da Done

March ta-da done

I had a lot of aspiration for March – stuff to get done.  LOTS.  12 projects – 3 per week.  That may have been a TAD unrealistic.

I did make progress on some things…

  • I made the first row of my ombre tessellation quilt.  Here is Toby really inspecting my work.  His tail is a little, um, missing parts.  But he isn’t self-conscious about it at all – I don’t think anyone ever told him.

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  • I got the batting cut for 2 of my project linus quilts, along with finding space in my studio to store a GIANT roll of batting.  And I am pleased as punch that I saved so much money by buying in BULK!

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  • I got the quilting almost done for another project linus quilt.
  • I got the big succulent done on this embroidery.  In love with it.

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And I got four things on my list done done done…

  • My wool Easter eggs.  I made 10 instead of 20.  But 10 is enough.

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  • The never-again scarf.  I need to mend because one of the tassels has already fallen off.  I’ll do that this week so that it still feels like a finish.

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  • And I bound the 2 giantish quilts I needed to bind.  This one feels like a HUGE win – it has been on my to-do list every week for many weeks in a row.  I am just so happy to have the quilts in use.  One of them – pictured below – is a queen size quilt on our bed.  Love sleeping under a quilt I made every night.  And I don’t at all obsess about what I would have done differently while making it.  Not at all. #sane

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There were 3 projects that I didn’t even touch that I had planned to finish.  BUT, I did finish one thing that I didn’t even plan to start – this adorable doll house quilt for my aunt who makes the most amazing doll house / tiny stuff.  Well jeal of her talent, and happy to add to her little amazing universe.  Those little pillows are maybe the most happiest thing I have made all year.

And I did pretty darn good about not starting new projects  – that is my biggest issue with making progress on my backlog.  I started a little English paper piecing (EPP) project that will be the center of a fourth of July / summer wall hanging I am imagining I want to hang in my dining room.  I can’t decide if I love or hate EPP.  But I think I can stay committed to it long enough to finish this sort-of lone star.

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At the end of March, my backlog went from 26 to 23.  Uh, woot!!!  That is progress in the right direction.  I do need to catch up on my scrap blocks for sure, and I need to set my goals for April… and…

In Progress

Can’t stop starting

February was not the powerhouse of getting things done that I thought it would be.  I just seemed to stall out in a lot of areas of my life.  But there were some finishes – 2 totes, 2 baby quilts, a pillow, a door hanger, a wall hanging.

It isn’t nothing, but I wish it were more.  My backlog went from 26 to 26.  I counteracted every backlog finish with a new start that wasn’t finished.  I just can’t stop starting.  My mind is full of things I want to do.

So, March.  I want to make 31 scrap blocks and finish 12 projects:

a pretty tassel scarf

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the amazing ombre tessellation quilt

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3 project linus quilts

needlepoint sampler

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succulent hoop

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abstract circles hoop

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tula pink flower hoop

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bind the giant bed quilt

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bind the colorado quilt

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easter eggs – I won’t have them done for easter, but I would like them done for when I pack up the easter decorations.

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It can be done – my strategy is one thing at a time.  One thing at a time.  Starting with what I am dreading most – quilt binding.  grrr.  but then it will be done.  And I won’t feel so silly sending off another quilt to be quilted, thus increasing my binding to do list.

 

 

In Progress

February Plans

Lots to do in February…

Project Linus quilts… I want to make 4 baby quilts in February to keep on pace to be done with all by mid-year.  I have 3 quilt tops ready to go – just need basting, quilting, binding.  Two of the tops pictured below – both completely pieced from the scrap basket.

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I also want to make 48 more blocks like this one – but machine applique not hand.  I am not read to make 100s of these blocks – hand applique doesn’t interest me enough right now – but I still would like to make something happen out of the blocks I have cut.  That is what is so great about charity baby quilts – you can get something out of your head.

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The rest of my quilting projects list is pretty small this month – two BIG quilts I need to bind.

My embroidery/stitch project list is a bit longer…

I want to finish my abstract circles and Tula Pink flowers project.  I also need to make some little felt Easter eggs if I am going to change out the decor of my Valentine’s day tree.  That is probably the biggest priority in addition to some secret birthday sewing.  Some of my most importantest people have birthdays in February or March.

There are 11 projects I want to get done in addition to making 28 blocks from my scrap basket – aggressive, possibly unrealistic – but I will reduce my backlog from 26 to 16.  That would be amazing!  But I will still allow little detours.  Like this bitty itty little dresden I made as a mini quilt for my studio.

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First finish for February and it wasn’t on the list.

 

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embroidery, Fabric, In Progress, Ta Da Done

January 2018 Creative Journal

January was great – for lots of reasons.  I have been feeling better than ever.  My energy has been night and day from, well, the last three years.  I don’t know what the difference is.  I can’t stop being excited to work and craft.  So weird, but so awesome.

In January 2018, I completed 14 projects!

4 charity baby quilts…

4 smaller projects… a letter-writing kit, a needle book, a Valentine’s tree, some earrings…

4 new pillows for the couch…  Isn’t George the cutest??

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And 2 embroidery projects…

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I reduced my backlog by zilch – I completed 4 WIPs – the tropical plants embroidery and three of the baby quilts – but I started 4 new projects that I didn’t finish…

A scrap baby quilt, an embroidered flower, floral appliqué circles, and some abstract circles…

No regrets!!

I exceeded my goal of making 31 blocks from scraps by 5.

This is the best January I have had in recent memory.  Ready to start planning for February.

 

arting, Color Crush, embroidery, In Progress

Designing

Today is the birthday of a friend who died a year and a half ago.  I have had people I love die, but I have never felt grief like this before.  The pain hits me less often, but when it does it is unrelenting – feeling the shock over and over again.  She just isn’t alive – she isn’t here – she isn’t coming back.

As I started to book things on my calendar for this week, every time I would see “Laurie’s birthday”, I would have to choke back body-shaking sobs – ending up in the bathroom at the office more than once to avoid embarrassment and awkwardness.  I have been a puddly crying mess.  So I made the decision to take today off to allow the grief to happen.

So I spent the day crying and sewing.

Laurie’s favorite color was purple.  And mine is orange and every gift she gave me was orange in color.  Gah.  This is so hard.

So, I had a grand vision of making a purple and orange quilt today – soup to nuts – to donate to Project Linus.  It didn’t go as planned.

I sorted my scraps, made a design, cut cut cut, made the first row and was very unhappy with the outcome.  I didn’t like the setting squares and strips and I really should have used white squares instead of low-volume squares for the corners of the blocks.

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I got rid of the setting squares and did a new row and like it a bit better.

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But then it was 4:30 and I was frustrated.  I decided to try a new project I have been thinking about a lot.  An interpretation of a Paul Klee painting.  And it just like flowed.  Something about the grief and the frustration and I found inspiration.

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I can’t describe how much I love this.  The design, the colors and the total brick stitch are ticking all the boxes.  But most of all this doesn’t look like anything I have seen before.  It feels new.  It feels creative.  And my mind is swimming with all of the other types of abstractions and color combinations I can do.

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I probably won’t get back to this until Sunday.  I miss it already.  But proud of myself for finding something new.

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embroidery, In Progress

Sublimating negative emotions

IMG_4276.JPGI have been working on several embroidery projects.  And am falling in love.  Every night I get closer to completing a project, feeling the power of transferring my (at times overwhelming) fear and anxiety in to tiny stitches.

There is some science behind the thought of crafting as a way of working shit out. (link)  I am a true believer.

Today was a pretty bad day.  I came home and hugged my husband, cried a little, did some TaiChi (wonderfully lame thing I have started to do), and embroidered a lot.  I finished the giant peach zinnia and made leaves.  So fulfilling and definitely therapeutic.

As I stitch, I imagine the finished product and how much joy it will give me or the recipient.  And progress reliably comes.  Stitches in, worry out.