Some dusting off 20

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!


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20 thoughts on “Some dusting off

    • anne Post author

      Ooooh I’m so excited to see those start coming together! I might join later, but I felt like it’d be bad to join the 2014 one when I haven’t even finished the 2013 one! 🙂 I hope your fabric arrives posthaste!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! I forgot my original vision for those BOM blocks, but I remembered them halfway through the latest one I made. So hopefully I can get them back on track. 🙂
      The guilt quilt will get done this year, I can do this. Especially now that I don’t have to fear the seam thing. 🙂

  • kris

    I am slowly working on my Skill Builder blocks too. I made a little progress last week and now onto something else so I must want to jump around too. Well I hope we both get them done this year!!!!

    • anne Post author

      Yay! I’m glad you’re working on yours as well. 🙂 I was beginning to think I was the only one still working on them. 🙂
      I started on the March blocks this evening, so hopefully I will have even more progress to show next week. Of course you’ll notice I’m not doing the QAYG thing yet, but I figured I’d focus on getting the blocks done first. Good luck getting progress made on yours as well! 😀

    • anne Post author

      Oh, don’t get me wrong, I like the feeling of not having deadlines far more than having them. 🙂 I just seem to not actually get anything done when they don’t exist. Other than TV watching. I get a lot of that done when there are no deadlines… 😉

  • Erin

    I like this embroidery. I only know how to do a back stitch and a running stitch, so that might be a good way to push myself. I always loved your skill builder, so I’m looking forward to seeing those blocks come this ether (I only have 4 made and it’s sitting in a box on my shelf…) and check you out with your perfect quarter inch seams! You can’t be making as many quilts as you are without having some quality seams going on.
    E xx

    • anne Post author

      I didn’t know how to do some of these stitches when I started, I just looked them up on google. 🙂 So you can totally do it!!
      You should join back in on the skill builder with me! I’m just starting March so I’m about where you are I’m guessing? I’m going to go back and do the QAYG after I make a few more blocks. 🙂
      I have a piecing foot that has a little metal flange thingie that I can push the fabric up to. I just always assumed it was slightly off because my blocks sometimes come out too small. You’ll find that I generally use patterns in which precision is not necessary (or paper-piece which does the precision for you). I’m a little too impatient for real precision. 😀

    • anne Post author

      Awww thank you! 😀 I am being good and not pointing out all the errors with it. It was super fast and fun! I am hoping to do a few more of her designs. 🙂

  • jody deschenes

    yay, i too have Skillbuilder on my 1st quarter list! i ended up modifying quite a few blocks, even totally replaced some, and then added some others for the total amount of blocks i wanted…the bottom line being i still have a few to do myself, but i am going to! i am happy to see you have it back on your list, too, because i always loved your first two blocks and was sad to see it get put on hold…your two new ones are as pretty as the first two and that is going to be a beauty! so back to my original Yay! (: that may be the most mangled paragraph i have ever written. good night.

    • anne Post author

      I’ve started modifying the blocks on purpose (instead of because I cut them wrong) at March. I’m going to replace the applique blocks with something else, probably still applique but a different design.
      I’m happy there are other people picking this back up so I don’t feel so alone and behind. 😀 I look forward to seeing more progress on yours! I’ve been waiting to do the QAYG on mine, for reasons that will get revealed on Monday, hopefully. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Oh man, I’ve been being so good at saying no, and I’m almost out of obligations! It was kind of scary but now I have a couple of projects that came to me and I’m so happy I’ll have time to pursue them. 🙂
      As for the guilt quilt.. now that I have a new machine, I need to re-learn to have an accurate 1/4″ seam. LOL