Monday, July 01, 2019

What's Next?

I have almost finished the Smitten quilt. Just the side blocks to complete, then to sew it together. It'll probably take me another year. But it does get me thinking about what't the next big project? I'm not really sure. Lots of things are floating around.

After not really doing anything much quilting based this year, I suddenly feel a bit desperate. In a few weeks we need to pack up our home. I am avoiding it. Sigh. I haven't packed a thing. Have not thrown one thing away nor sorted through any of my crap in our cellar. I can't face any of it.

I look forlornly at my little sewing corner and know that I'll have to pack it away for at least 6 months or try and take a condensed version with me. Maybe just enough for one or two projects should I feel the need. If I get all the bits ready now then I can make a compact box of bits and do my best.

Here are some options...

Moda Dessert Sampler

Moda Pattern I've had this pattern since my birthday. I can't decide what fabrics I would use, hence it't been on the backburner whilst I mull it over. I'd really like to use a collection so it all matches. It's a lovely book with really clear patterns.

moda dessert quilt
I just want it to be perfect. Sew Lux made it last year and blogged every block which would really help. There was a quilt a long so there are lots of block examples out there. I think it might be too big of a project to be my 'move' project though.

moda dessert quilt
It's a huge beast when you see it all laid out together. I love sampler quilts though as nothing gets too repetitive. That's a lot of fabric to sort out and precut though. You could just make random blocks but I like it when the fabric sort of matches and is thought through. I do have some Tula Pink fabrics which I bought for a Jen Kingwell quilt, but which would look good here.

brimfield block
I also have this pattern which I got from mum for Christmas. I am mega excited about it. I am not sure whether to use my precious Liberty prints for it, my Tula Pink ones or my bundle of solids. This is a strong contender because I can do it without my sewing machine. I would just need to decide what the background fabric would be. As luck would have it, my finest, most expensive white Egyptian duvet cover just ripped in the wash. For a few seconds I was gutted, then I thought about how much fabric was left there which I could use for a quilt! Kismet!

IMG_1306Mum was throwing out some of her old quilting mags last time I went home, plus she bought me one that she knew I liked. Out of them I found these great patterns.

I think this would be great in less flowery fabrics, but half the size and without the thick border.

This mini in solids without the wide border would make a great 'speaker quilt' which I have been tasked to make. It's nice and small which makes it very achievable.

I've been planning to make a pickle dish quilt for ages. I ummed and ahhed about buying Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Romance at Birmingham two years a go just for the great pickle dish pattern in it. The only downside was that every other pattern in the book was not my cup of tea so it felt excessive buying the entire book. I literally just want to photocopy that pattern and return the book! This small version would be easy to whip up and I love the solids. I have a bundle of pinks somewhere which would be perfect.

I love the colours in this fabric and how cosy it feels. It looks pretty big but I could just make a lap version.

Mum bought me a copy of Quilt Now which came with this Midsummer Nights dream quilt pattern and a great ruler. I do love rulers. I think I would just like to make one of these blocks. I love the orange, reds and pinks.

I think i'd just make a few blocks of this and not have so much solid colour inbetween them.

I'd also like to make an economy block quilt. I love My Paper Crane's one. Spoonflower offer a 10% discount for new customers so I ordered some of this fabric and a few of Heidi's other samples. I like the easiness of this pattern. And it's foundation piecing which I really like as it's so perfect. And the pattern is free!

So that's all the newish things rolling around my head. I am floundering trying to decide what to do. I need to ask Rachel and see if she will join me.

I might end up doing nothing, as to be honest, there seems to be no time these days. But I think if I get all the fabric cut and ready and packed in a tote bag. I can take it with me and it will be my extended holiday project. Yes, moving out for 6 months into a pokey flat whilst the house is gutted is going to be our 'extended summer holiday'. Joy!

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