Fair warning….more “Scrap Dance Tango”….hey….it is a HUGE project!
Do you work on more than one project at a time?? I do….currently I have 3 “highly active” projects underway…and many more just waiting in the wings at various stages of completion. I am working hard to knock 3 out and get “finishes” soon. It’s been a “busy” quilty 3 days, with very little sewing until today. Monday was my Helping Hands Quilt Guild meeting in Dover, and that was a day away from home, with lots of errands to be run before going to the meeting with June. Tuesday was my “Queen Bee’s ” quilting bee, and I did get a little sewing in after dinner. Today was my church group with our first weekly Sit N Sew for the summer. I didn’t have a project “ready” to travel, so I grabbed my “string quilt bins” and foundation papers; and worked on string blocks. Got 7 finished during our time together today. I take a travel machine to that group, and I hate to switch my projects “between machines”.
My “current 3 top at home projects” are Scrap Dance Tango, Addison’s Twin Quilt, and my friend June’s Quilt. Last week one day I got to sew quite a bit and Scrap Dance Tango moved to # 1. I was waiting on fabric for Addison’s quilt; which did arrive and has been washed and is ready to use. On Sunday afternoon, I dug out June’s quilt (again) and worked on her borders, then ordered additional fabric too. June’s quilt has borders on 3 out of 4 sides and I needed more! Have to tell you how impressed I am with that fabric purchase! I was seeking a particular fabric – P&B Bella Suede Leaf Texture – Mint — to finish June’s borders. I found it online at Brooklyn Fabric Company in Brooklyn Iowa! I ordered it on Sunday afternoon, paid $5 for shipping, and it arrived on Wednesday in the morning mail. Now THAT is great service!! So; Check them out — http://brooklynfabric.com/ ….
So now the decision….do I keep going on Scrap Dance Tango, or stop, and get those other two finished with their borders???? Addison’s needs 2 borders cut and stitched on, then it will be ready for “layering and quilting”. Of course, I have a pieced back to make, so there is that to work on too….. And June’s Quilt just needs the top border put on, then it will be ready to “ship off” to my wonderful sister -in-law, Carolyn, for long arm quilting. I still need to pick out the backing fabric for it. I plan to make a stop off at Weaver’s Dry Goods in Litiz PA in mid July to select the “perfect” backing fabric. Going for the 108″ wide !! IF I get busy with Addison’s then maybe I can get it layered and pin basted at my next “sit & sew”…..oh the decisions!
Here is a peak at Scrap Dance Tango – I have 8 rows x 11 on the design wall and the bottom 4 rows are completely joined. The top 4 rows are joined in larger sections; and I should be able to get them together in a few hours. I still have 5 more rows X 11 across to layout on the design wall. I simply ran out of room to set them all out. The final setting is 11 x 13 for a king size; and then it will need some borders too. So, by 11 pm tonight – it looks like this:
and those blocks on the ironing board on the right are stacked up waiting for their turn on the wall. You can really see the secondary patters starting to form.
I look at this quilt and think, wow; a king size….and then I think about the OTHER UFO king size quilts I have to finish….my Summer in the Park (black & white & yellow) (circa Spring 2014); and my Allietare which is circa Spring 2016. I guess once I get all 3 tops done, I am going to have to pack them up and fly out California, and get some time on my sister in laws “long arm”….or do them myself on my Janome 8900. There is a constant theme with these UFO’s and that is borders……
The other theme is UFO……I don’t think I have a finish of any kind this year yet, but have been working like a crazy quilter all winter and spring, building blocks for 2 quilts. Both of my quilt bees have a UFO challenge going and I have several items the same on both lists. Guess what…nothing on the UFO list is anything that we have seen in quite a while. Maybe that is what happens when you decide to keep a few of the things you have been making vs giving everything away. And then there is the problem of another bright shiny project/class/pattern comes along and distracts.
Such is life….I’m going to just continue to work on things…3 at a time!