I have so many balls in the air right now – work wise and quilt wise. It’s full on at work with the last month of a new IT system underway and still lots of loose ends to finish. So I have not done much sewing mid week to help destress.
In complete contrast to my usual “stick to one project at a time” mantra, right now I have several projects on the go. In order of closest to completion, they are:
- Slices floor mat
- Indian Blanket lap quilt
- Wheel lap quilt
- In-flight queen quilt
- Green Tea and Sweet Beans queen quilt (but as I posted recently in my Confession, we won’t be mentioning that again…)
I don’t think I have blogged about the Slices mat or Wheel lap quilt yet. These are the remaining projects in the Curves class I am taking with Rachel from Stitched in Color, and as I took the Camp version of the class I have to complete them by March 22 in order to qualify for a handmade gift from Rachel. Given I am a bit of a fan of her work I am doing all I can to complete on time!
I am making the Slices floor mat for my daughter who is hoping that our cat will love to sleep on it at the side of her bed. Kuching the cat is the least cuddly cat I’ve known and so I think she is going to be living in hope, but who am I to pop her bubble?! She has picked specifically feline fabrics which I will show in their full glory tomorrow as I intend to bind the mat whilst catching up on Babylon tonight and so will have progress and finish photos to share. In the meantime, here you can see what Kuching thought of the top itself:
He prefers elevated situations where he can pretend he is perched on his very own throne. That pouf behind him (on its side) is one of his favourite spots, so I am not sure if he is unimpressed with the new mat, is a bit concerned at the jumping cats on the fabric, or simply wants his pouf throne back.
The Wheel lap quilt is another Curves class project. The version in the class is more of a mini quilt, but I am not a mini quilt fan (what, I ask, is the point? They are too big or the wrong size to be table runners and too small to even be cot quilts or playmats. I’m not big on putting quilts on the wall, so you see why I just don’t get them). Anyway, I digress. I have had Tula Pink’s Moxie pattern and the required fat quarters sitting in my sewing room for the best part of a year. I loved this quilt from the moment I saw it but the curves scared me, until now. So as it is very similar to the Wheel quilt I decided to use the Moxie pattern and the fabric I had bought but follow Rachel’s principle of single colour segments. The end result will be a larger version of the Wheel quilt with Moxie overtones.
I heavily starched the fabric with Best Press before cutting and I am hoping that will make the curved sewing easier. Here’s what the arrangement looks like pinned on my design wall.
I am quite excited about this interpretation and was really pleased to achieve some form colour progression around the wheel.
Indian Blanket got glue basted to some Warm and White ready for hand quilting. I have now set it to one side for a few weeks until all the above projects are done and the cooler autumn evenings are here when I will appreciate a quilt across my lap. I have to say I consider myself with lots to learn in the way of glue basting. We have an old villa and so we don’t have open plan areas with big clear floor spaces, so I have to roll back rugs to be able to masking tape the various components to the floor. I also don’t have a clear wall as our walls have wood panelling. I am looking forward to the change when we build the new house next year to replace this one, with a large dedicated sewing room and open plan living.
Finally, the Oval Elements fabric I am using as the background for In Flight arrived this week so I can get on with that too. I think I am about 4 birds behind the quilt-along itself, but should be able to have a marathon one weekend (Easter?!) to catch up.
OK, I should get that Slices mat and sew the binding on so I can show the end results tomorrow.