Let me begin by straight out saying that I am smitten with the on-line quilting community. You took me under your wing, encouraged my ridiculousness and every day you make me feel appreciated and valuable. You always listen to what I’m chattering on about AND you always offer your positive point of view about everything I’m sharing. You are officially THE BEST EVER.
So puhleeeze puhleeze puhleeze understand that what I say next is coming from a place of love and understanding and possibly desperation.
STOP having so many fabulous On Line Sewing Bees, Sew Alongs, Mystery Quilts, Block Challenges, Blocks of the Month, and Block Swaps. SERIOUSLY STOP NOW!
I am addicted to Group Sew in all its formats; Just like chocolate (or potato chips) I cannot take part in just one, or even two at a time. Nope, I have to sign up for everything that I click on. Sigh….
Here is where I find myself today…
Gypsy Wife Sew Along. I confess I chose to work a bit ahead on this one, because I made it before (also on a QAL, sigh) and therefore it wasn’t terribly scary for me. However it did have its moments as we went along. My sew-along group hasn’t seen yet and I hope they like it. It is quilted and ready for binding on Saturday,nunless something else turns up. Official reveal date is January 3, 2018.
Patchwork City. Right now I’m waiting for the quilt to come back from the Long Arm Quilter, so I can bind it and share with my on-line group. I think I’m the last one to finish. (FYI I decided to re-jig the borders/sashing on this one, after I took the pic. It’s really green and orange and I thought a bit more sashing might tone it down…NOT!)
Clue 4 of the PEIMQG Mystery Quilt came out a few days ago and FYI it was a doozy for me because there was improv piecing involved. After much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair, a few really wicked words and a great workout with my seam ripper, I finally got this clue all sewn up and managed to post a pic to the Linkup.
A Year of Scrappy Triangles. These are 6.5″ blocks and I’m making two of each to ensure I have enough for a quilt top this time next year….these blocks are so pretty. I’m in love every Tuesday when Sewn by Leila posts the block of the week. The picture after the one right below is a compilation of all the blocks I’ve finished to date. I’m making one set of bright blocks and one set of low value blocks.
Wonky Stars 2018 Swap. I signed up for this a couple months ago and last week received an email with all the details. Thank goodness the specifics are quite straightforward. I just have to make 14 wonky stars (any size) between now and the end of January, 2018, mail them off after that and receive 14 wonky stars from fellow swappers in February, 2018. At this stage I have four stars put together but haven’t posted pictures of them anywhere (against the rules to do so until mid-January), so I’m posting pics of scraps left over from each completed block. Here is one for your viewing pleasure.‘
Make a Mini – Make a Friend – This is a swap originating with the folks who put together Quilt Con 2018. I have not revealed this finish yet, but I started it about 2 weeks ago. It is a person to person swap. The swap fairies took all the names and matched everyone up. This swap’s home base is on Instagram. FYI I made a 22 x 22″ mini quilt, and Holy OMG, I machine and hand quilted it myself. The only thing left to do on this one is adding the label. Her name is “Formal Dress” and it’s supposed to be sent off in time to coordinate with Quilt Con 2018 dates, so I believe we are supposed to mail them to our partners at the beginning of February.
Bee Inspired Year Long Quilting Bee. This is the one that started this whole addiction and brought me to where I am today. We are a group of 12 quilters from all over the world, who take turns monthly being Queen Bee. I just finished the December block for this year and mailed it off. Next month, we start all over again. I’m very excited and proud to be part of this group, because OMG the talent here is very impressive. Every month I learn something new.
…and I now must confess that all the above is just a sampling of the projects I took on in 2017. There is another one that I cannot talk about right now because its a SECRET, but I’m very excited about it….because it involves my very favourite block ever — Churn Dash — and although I cannot give too many details right now, I will be gushing and chattering and crushing on this one in early February, 2018. So, please please come back and visit. Guaranteed you will love it too.
So my friends, whatdaya think? Do I think I need an On-Line Sew-Along Intervention?I’m convinced I do. Either that or I need to shut off the Internet and stay completely away from my computer for a few weeks; because every day someone else has a fantastic idea for groups of like-minded people to come together and enjoy creating these beautiful fabric masterpieces.
Oh yeah before I go, I wanted to share a picture of some beautiful fabric that arrived in the mail today from The Fabric Snob….my new favourite Canadian online fabric shop. This is definitely going to play a part in many of the projects I am planning for 2018.
Did you do something creative today?