Greetings! I am finally getting used to the lovely heat (that is only from 6:30 to 7:00 AM or so) when I walk! Getting my exercise in early and then the rest of the day is MINE! (Well, OK the majority of the days). I woke up at 5 AM this morning and realized that I needed to finish Stars in Log Cabin quilt NOW, and then get FOCUSED! So far I am doing that today and it is working! The new house cleaners did a great job (with very few misses) so that problem is resolved and will give me more time to quilt!
I have been making Log Cabin blocks and thought I would really make a spectacular quilt with the Moda Marble Stars once I mastered the process (I know they are easy). What has happened is that I am B-O-R-E-D with them now that I have my process figured out! I have 20 made which is enough for me – UNLESS – I finish up the strips I have cut out and end up with 25! Next will be a 1″ border (either red or blue) and and another border (piano keys) of the tone on tone, red, and blue! THEN IT WILL BE CALLED DONE! Maybe this is why I have only made one Log Cabin quilt since 2008. Two for now is fine!
This morning when I read Kathy’s Quilts post I thought, wow she is really having a spell of STARTITIS! The more I read of the 4 projects she is going to participate in I realized that I needed to have a plan to finish out the summer doldrums and get with the program! I am not interested in starting another highly taxing quilt like Infinity or OMIGOSH! at this time as I have 4 quilts in the que for showing next year and they need to be quilted! They will be sent out for custom quilting, but believe me, I have plenty that I can get quilted on my Handi Quilter!
I had already read about Bonnie Hunters Shoo Fly project and had just read about Fat Quarter Shop’s Merry Mini Quilt (only 4 blocks) this morning. I have heard about Kevin the Quilter but had never visited his site. I really thought the Log Cabin would keep me focused but it has not! So I am going to join Kathy in 3 of her projects – Shoo Fly, Merry Mini Quilt, and Kevin’s project! My friend Gretchen is going to do the Shoo Fly and she was smarter than I at the beginning of summer by deciding to work on small projects this summer, I am just a little late in doing so!
The Mini quilt is only 4 blocks and that is easy enough for this month. Now Kevin’s project caught my eye because I have some Timeless Treasure 2 1/2″ Batik strips in the same color way that he is using and I need to use mine up! What great timing Kevin. The Shoo Fly project will be fun because they are small blocks and I can do them in my Reproduction fabrics! YEA!
About a year ago, maybe more, I had started making 3″ Churn Dash and 3″ Stars blocks along with 4″ blocks for Carol Hopkins Alexander Bean Pot but put them aside. I decided that I wanted to do more technically difficult quilts (and I did) and finish up all my UFO quilts. So I kept making quilts and still not doing a lot of quilting on my Handi Quilter long arm! (Shame on me!)
I am blaming this all on Kathy, but I now realize that I need to get FOCUSED and have establish my very own End of Summer Goal (ESG) goal list. I am going to put more emphasis on long arm quilting and then work on the 4 projects mentioned above when I need a break from quilting. This will give me a variety of small projects, yet not pushing to work on a more difficult quilt. It is something that I need to do and try to focus again after all the downsizing of the house and the new carpeting.
Have a great rest of the week and I am now going to try to finish the Log Cabin quilt and set up my schedule for the small projects! Don’t worry, I know I have tons of hand applique to do in the evening which will keep me very busy the next 8 weeks! Stay Cool!
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