I have managed to side-step almost all obligation sewing so far this year. No bees, no BOMs, and only one swap which wraps up early next month. It’s actually a little scary, which sounds weird, but I’m very deadline driven and not having a specific thing to focus on leaves me feeling a little lost.
But I’m giving it a try anyway. And I certainly have things to work on! I’ve been dusting off some of my older WIPs, and working on things as I feel like it. Which is why in the last week I’ve worked on four different things. Me? Fickle? Okay, yes.
Most of my effort is actually focused on my swap. Sadly, I can’t really show what I’m working on because it’s so obviously for my partner. But I can say I’m dipping back into appliqué and I’m glad I got so much practice at it with the dragon quilt. I’m doing 4 appliqués and I have two completed. (Although one I put on the scrap background piece instead of the right background piece, so it’s slightly too small and that’s going to cause some fun design issues in the future. But I’m sure future me will totally be able to figure that out!)
I was able to finish up this embroidery saying by Rachael @ imagine gnats. I love these designs and the fonts she used, and this came together relatively quickly. It was fun to try out new-to-me stitches as well! I’ll be posting more about it on Friday.
With 2013 wrapping up, people started posting their finished Pile o’ Fabric Skill Builder BOM quilts, and I fell in love with the design…again. So I dusted off my blocks I made in January 2013, and finished up the February blocks. I’ve looked at March but haven’t figured out color placement yet. I’m actually getting excited to try the quilting as well. I think the QAYG will make it a lot more enjoyable.
And finally, I’ve taken on the guilt quilt. The one that was due December 2011 and that I cut all the pieces for and stuffed in a brown paper bag so I could hide from it. One of the biggest things that was concerning me was that I was worried my 1/4″ foot wasn’t accurate enough for the precision piecing. So I finally took some of the pieces and sewed them together to check. And what do you know, it’s totally fine. Hey self, way to let the fear of something that’s not a problem hamper your progress for almost 2 years! Eesh.
I’m enjoying bouncing around between projects for now. I imagine something will grab my interest and I’ll get hyper-focused, but for now I’m enjoying the more relaxed pace.
Linking up to WIP Wednesday with Lee @ Freshly Pieced!