May has been a tough month for me in terms of keeping up with quilting projects and blogging. I’ve been spending an enormous time planning our summer vacation and it’s not my favorite “job”. Mr. Crafty Quilter, me and three of our children will be traveling to Sweden and Norway for 11 days in June. That’s a long flight and a lot of people to keep happy. We’re very lucky that we get to take this trip together, but I’ll be glad when the logistics are taken care of. I’ve been studying maps, reading Trip Advisor articles, looking at hotels, reading reviews, downloading train schedules and trying to figure out the best routes for driving. Ugh. I know I shouldn’t be complaining, but I’d rather be quilting!
I started off strong with the Splendid Sampler Quilt Along, and now I’m already behind by a bunch (I’m no longer counting). But this is supposed to be fun and I’m not going to stress about it. Here’s the last three blocks I’ve completed:
I find myself charging ahead with the pieced blocks of the Splendid Sampler and setting aside the applique and paper pieced ones for later. Do you do that too? We all have our comfort zones and time limits!
My UFO project for this month is coming along nicely. I just finished quilting it yesterday and now I’m going to add the binding. This wall hanging is from my Hot Air Balloon Mini Quilt Tutorial and I’m finally getting mine done!
After watching Angela Walter’s Craftsy class, Machine Quilting Negative Space, I was inspired to use swirls and pearls (circles) to quilt the white background area. I love the texture it adds. I’ll have more pictures to share at the end of the month (a few days away!) when it’s completed.
I decided to sort through one of my scrap baskets and put everything into color piles. This can be a “cleansing” experience for some and torture for others. I fall somewhere in between. I found that I’ve been using a lot of blue and turquoise fabric and not very much purple. Plus I have a lot more white and low volume fabrics than I realized.
Now what to do with these little rainbow piles of fabric? One would think that after all of that trouble I would put them into separate containers, but I’m fresh out of containers and I didn’t want to use Ziplock bags. So, back into the basket they went, but very gently so as not to mix them up!
My personality type is not OCD and I can handle a little chaos here and there, but I DO need to find a solution to storing my scraps in color order. Lack of space is part of the problem, and then there’s poor organization habits. But I’m working on it. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment. Maybe a personal assistant is in order? I think we could all use one of those!
My last project to share with you is a sneak peak of my first block for Jacquelynne Steves’ block of the month, Maggie’s First Dance. I’m super excited about this one! The first block will be released on June 6, so there’s still time to sign up. You’ll get to see my entire block and a few tips on piecing when it’s my turn to post – which will be June 6.
Thanks for being patient with me as I try to keep up with life! We’ll be celebrating Memorial Day this weekend here in the states. It’s the official kick-off to summer barbecues and good weather (in theory). I hope you have a wonderful week wherever you are.