I feel like I should call this blog post “WIP’s and more WIP’s” or “The Battle of the WIP’s”. I have a growing number of works in process, but I’m enjoying myself immensely. So it’s not really a battle of WIP’s but a battle of time. I know we can all relate!
I’m co-teaching a block of the month class (via Zoom) and it’s getting towards the end of the year. This means I need to get all of my blocks sewn together, finish up the applique borders and… you know the drill. Here is the center of the quilt so far. I have a lot of work to do!
I just finished teaching a 6-week Zoom class through my local quilt shop, The Granary. I led 35 awesome students on a mystery quilt journey. Now I need to finish up my sample so I’m ready for our reunion class where we show our finished projects. I’m making mine into a table runner. I still need to add the borders (waiting on fabric), but it should be quilted by Thanksgiving! That’s the nice thing about table runners. They are a fairly quick project to make.
And finally, I’m keeping up with the Stitch Pink blocks from Moda Fabrics. Every day for the month of October, Moda has been releasing the instructions to make one quilt block to raise breast cancer awareness. These have been so fun to make. I’m in my sweet spot as I piece these blocks together. I have twenty so far. This is a group photo of all of them, but not necessarily how I will have them arranged in the final quilt.
I’ve been making these blocks with blue and white fabric and then adding in the occasional cheddar orange block. I like it, but it would be so pretty just all blue and white. What do you think? There’s few enough that I could re-make the cheddar blocks but that would probably push this WIP into the UFO category. We don’t want that.
I’m really enjoying the Zoom platform for teaching and for taking classes. I was able to take one class at Pacific International Quilt Festival with Julia Larina (Quiltoff) on Quilting a Dream Big panel. I learned so much in this class! It was more of a lecture, but Julia broke down the FMQ designs she uses and then demonstrated the actual quilting at the end.
Last night I was able to catch up with Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Co. at her Fall lecture series on Zoom. This was very last minute for me, but it worked out perfectly with my schedule. It was all about how she free motion quilted the Bicycle Quilt that her sister, Janet Nykiel, made. I love Karen’s style and her tips are wonderful. It ended with a demonstration of how to FMQ a curled feather. I’ve got some practicing to do, but this is what I managed on my iPad:
October is flying by and I feel the holidays breathing down my neck. I was out of town last weekend, and we’re flying to Austin for Halloween weekend. That makes for a packed month with lots to do, which lead to my recent and unplanned blogging break (anything over 10 days is a break to me).
My plans for The Crafty Quilter are to share a technique for squaring up a quilt block that is larger than your ruler and a round up of Christmas sewing projects that you can make (quick and easy). I might even get a new project tutorial designed by December, but I don’t want to promise anything yet. If you need some ideas (like yesterday) for Christmas projects, check out my Gift ideas to make and give for the holidays from 2017.
Thanks for hanging in there with me. I’m always excited to share new things with you and to show you what I’ve been up to. Thank goodness for this virtual community that keeps me sane and happy during this pandemic. I will be glad when the dust settles and we can enjoy some normalcy, but for now I’ll have to rely on Zoom.