Friday, June 24, 2011

Can This Quilt Be Saved?

Here you see the design wall of someone juggling too darn many quilts. True these are all small concoctions measuring at the most 17" x 17". And many are the result of playful abandonment with fused fabric scraps.

But it is apparent to all that this artist needs to focus!

The little quilts are in various stages of construction:
  • Completed quilts in need of photography and documentation. 
  • Quilts needing machine quilting. (I like a stack of quilts to work on when machine quilting. That way I can keep the same color thread in the machine and use it on several quilts before changing thread color. My efficiency amazes me!)
  • Quilts in need of a good steaming so I can add hand stitchery. 
  • Those that are steamed and need stitching. 
  • Quilts in dire need of a border.
Currently titled: "Therapist Wanted"
 And then there are those quilts that have unresolved issues and need therapy. Any suggestions?

13 comments:

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

Ha! I've seen what a wonder woman you are - able to teach class AND blog in a single swoop! As for suggestions, how about deadlines? I started a "13 week" thingy to get me focused and used to this "retirement" lifestyle. It's amazingly helpful! First blog post talking about it is here
http://quiltingufos.blogspot.com/2011/06/13-weeks-or-how-im-spending-my-summer.html

Still ... I'm confident I'll be seeing "finished this" posts here very shortly!! (BTW, love the leaves!!)

Gene Black said...

Keep at it...clearly your muse is happy and dancing.

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Nancy said...

I saw a good idea on a quilter's blog. She listed the unfinished projects in a sidebar on the blog. And then she drew a line through each one as it was completed. Public accountability! But you could list them by the categories you mentioned in your post. Then check them off the list. Some days you'll be a ball of fire and check off several, as when you steam some. It will whittle that list down and you'll feel lots better.

Carol said...

Could you talk a little more about your "steaming" process before you hand quilt. (I guess I should go look in my copy of your book before I ask this.)

Exuberant Color said...

Join the rest of us with our many 'in progress' pieces! I thought you were more disciplined than I am, lol!

WoolenSails said...

I need help in that department, lol.
I have too many things going on at once and then I can't get anything done;)

Debbie

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I guess I always tell myself that having a whole pile of things to finish is better than the alternative of having nothing to inspire me or nothing to do! Enjoy the pile! :)
We enjoy it! ..especially the need therapy one Haha!

Laura Wasilowski said...

Hi Carol,
I always steam set the fused quilt top for 10 seconds in each spot to the non-scrim side of the batting before I stitch by machine or hand. The glue needs to be steam set to keep the fused elements from coming up and it also bonds the fabric permanently.
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Linda said...

Are you asking for suggestions for the bird block? It is wonderful, by the way. I think some black embroidery (maybe seed stitches on his tummy or something) would make him "pop". (Oh, that would hurt! Didn't mean it that way.)

Kathleen said...

... what about making this "series" into a story? That is what I thought this photo was of as soon as i saw it. The color palette works and the subject matter is brought together by that and your personal style. A whimsical story . . . your the artist, so the story is already right, just let us know how it ends! :D

Lisa said...

Doesn't everyone have too many projects going at one time? I was thinking your birdy could use some round bits in his wing and tail to add another layer to them. I'm sure your stitching will make a difference as well. I think your birdy looks like she/he has been frightened by a bug so perhaps there needs to be a small bug in the bottom left hand corner! Good Luck!

creativedawn said...

What a wonderful dilemma! Perhaps they all want to be put into a wonderful quilt bound with black sashing...hey, send me your unwanted ... just cannot get to blocks! Lol, I love them... Seriously, perhaps one single quilt of all those blocks will solve that problem....

hugz