Saturday, 4 January 2014

Construction Zone

At any given time I have several works under construction. A list helps me keep track. Some projects stay on the list for a long time, and some jump to the top if they suddenly become urgent. New ones are constantly added.

Most of my projects are started so I can experiment, learn, and grow my skills, weaving together an intricate web of "information bytes" into a body of knowledge. A deeper understanding. I thrive on this process.

Currently Under Construction:

One Block Wonder
An Oriental themed fabric turned into spectacular blocks, and will become a spectacular quilt
One Block Wonder
I have enough blocks left over from my "Stars n Spurs" quilt to make another project.

My own design
Quilt Canada's 2013 challenge, "Sunshine & Vines"
Meet the deadline for this challenge...OR...take a spontaneous trip to Mexico with my husband?
Guess which one I picked!!
My own design
Started in the first design class I ever took. This languished in a bin until I pulled it out and worked on it this summer.
It's ready to quilt.
My own design
Started with enthusiasm in a class, but once interrupted, inspiration evaporated. I'll keep my original design, but will re-work some details. It has potential, but will need a lot of work.
My own design
Same story as the abstract rose, above.
My cheesecloth fishy, started in a class, but definitely with my own twist!
Seeing it here has given me a couple of interesting ideas. To be continued.
An exercise in a cheesecloth portrait class.
May not do anything with this since Mary Pal has done a way better job of using this lady's image in her artwork already! Or I might finish her in my own unique fashion. We'll see.

It has been six weeks since my surgery, and I'm able to sew again!!!

The log cabin project I'd left undone is well on its way to the finish line. This quilt has been on my radar for a couple of years, and under construction off and on (mostly off) for at least one year. It will feel good to finally complete it.

Deciding how wide to make the borders
This list does not include the half dozen tops waiting to be quilted, nor does it touch on the zillions of ideas in my head waiting to be realized!

Oh, and did I mention the crazy quilt I'd like to make using some of the samples I sorted? It must have lots of hand stitching and embellishment!
Delicious silks!

I'm not the only one who likes to finish projects:

Deborah's quilt
This is the pretty Christmas quilt Deborah finished after taking my "Intro to Quilt Making" workshop. Her choice of red for the binding is the perfect frame, don't you think?

The New Year is the perfect time to Try, Learn, Grow!



P.S. I've linked up with other bloggers who are making a fresh start in 2014 @ Lily's Quilts: Fresh Sewing Day

Follow the link to see what they are working on!


  1. Yummy landscapes and fibre art Carole! So happy for you that you are able to sew and are "back in the saddle" again. I'm looking forward to a lot of finishes this year also. By the end of the month, I'm hoping things will have settled down enough and I'll be able to join you in sharing my accomplishments! Yahoo!!! You SEW Girl!!!

    1. I look forward to reading your blog posts!

  2. The cheesecake fish is awesome! Wow, you have got some great projects! Glad that you can sew again.

    1. Thanks Julie, me too! I'm looking forward to working on these...and adding more to my list, of course!


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