Works-in-progress

I'm Still Here!

Hi Everyone, Believe it or not, I'm still here. I've been busy, busy longarming for clients the last few weeks and have not worked much on personal projects. As I have done the past few years, I am taking July and August off of longarming, so I am working hard to get my promised client quilts finished in the next couple of months. The summer rest from client work is always lovely. And then I am ready to get back to it in September.

I am slowly plugging along on my appliqué quilt. 10 blocks almost finished (12 flowers need their centers.)

wreath quilt1

The blocks are now 14", but I may trim them down a bit. We'll see. The background fabric is "Coffee Bean" from Pepper Cory's line of Peppered Shot Cottons. I really love working with the fabric and I think it sets off the colors quite nicely.

wreath quilt2I  have been posting to Instagram (@timnatarr) and Facebook (TimnaTarrQuilts) a little more regularly than I have been blogging. If you would like to follow along, please join me over there. 

"They Take As Long As They Take"

Last Sunday I had a lovely afternoon sewing with quilting friends. We were all part of the same Round Robin for many years, which is how we got to know each other. (Actually they are all still part of the Round Robin. I dropped out when my life became busier and more complicated a few months ago.) While we sewed I showed them the blocks I have been working on, and lamented (or whined!) that my productivity has been very low this winter. My lack of desire to quilt in the winter is a pattern. I should just accept that winter is my time to lie fallow, and that it is ok.

Friend 1 then said about her quilt-in-progress, "I didn't think I would be working on this quilt this long."

Friend 2 replied, "They take as long as they take."

That is going to be my mantra about the quilt I am working on now. I have almost 4 blocks finished and many more to go, but it is just going to take as long as it takes. And I am ok with that. At least until spring comes.

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What I Am Working on Wednesday

I have been quilting up a storm in the last two weeks. My daughter has been at camp, and I am taking the summer off from quilting for other people, so I can focus on my own work. This is what I have been up to.

I finished piecing a String Log Cabin.String Log Cabin

The back of the quilt top is kind of cool. The seams are pressed open, as they are so bulky from being pieced onto a muslin foundation.

String Log Cabin - back

The quilt just off of the quilting frame.

String Log Cabin Quilted

Now I am binding another quilt.

BindingAnd yesterday I started a new quilt using only solids. I have been wanting to make a quilt representative of the Connecticut River and the Holyoke Range. I think this might be it.

Solids

My daughter is at camp for one more week. I hope to have more to show next Wednesday! 

If Only It Were That Easy

This is what happens when I lay out a quilt on the floor, rather than on the design wall. First, the cat runs through the middle of the project scattering the blocks. Then I come home to find Barbie taking over. 

Barbie on Blocks

 

After finding Barbie is such a state I re-organized the blocks with my eight-year-old's help. As we were sorting, she started telling me the steps to making a quilt. She wrote them down for me and gave me permission to post them here, as long as I gave her credit.

Here it is, Miss S's Guide to Quiltmaking.

Step 1. Make blocks

Step 2. Sort blocks

Step 3. Sew together

Step 4. Put in cotton

Step 5. Sew eges (sic)

Step 6. Enter quilt show

Step 7. Win!

If only it were that easy.

Good News/Bad News

Good News: The quilting is progressing nicely on the spinning plate/record quilt. It is taking much longer than I think it should. It always does. record quilting

Bad News: I quilted three side triangles "incorrectly". You can see by the white chalk marks where I should have quilted. Ripping out that tight quilting is a pain-in-the-patootie. I have decided to put the quilt aside for a while. We need a little space.

record oops

Good News: It has been raining like crazy off and on for weeks. All of that water is awesome coming over the dam on the Connecticut River, right near my house.

SHF dam

Bad News: The amount of water traveling through my basement right now trying to get to said river is not awesome.

Good News: I had a double yolk egg for breakfast today. It made me ridiculously happy.

double yolk