I’ve made some progress this month, which feels good. How are you plugging away?
I don’t usually take the time to write down highlights, goals and achievements, but since making up the calendar, it’s been super easy and kind of fun to do so. (Makes me think I should be more diligent about this in other areas of my life…)
It’s also making it helpful to figure out where I’m at with the update. To date, I have the following:
-4 backgrounds cut
-6 blocks fully appliquéd
-1 block partially appliquéd
-2 blocks fully basted
-4 blocked pinned and ready to baste
This means I have an extra background to play with, and it means I have a lot of blocks at play–yay! A big help this month was that I gave myself a larger chunk of time spread out over a couple of days to lay everything out and to figure out what comes next. Because I could see what I had, it made it really easy to play with my options. Pulling fabric, cutting out shapes and making pairs with the backgrounds is definitely a step that works best when you can allow a bit of momentum to happen. I don’t know what I originally hoped to put together, but I ended up cutting out 6 more blocks, which was far better than I’d hoped! The great thing is that now I’ll be able to work from this pile easily and whenever I have some time no matter how much or little of it there is. Since I’ll be prepping for Quilt Market and traveling next month, I’m already glad to free up some mental space.
Are you making any discoveries while working on your project? Is the appliqué feeling more comfortable?
Wendy Wild says
Not really discoveries but I’m falling even more in love with hand appliqué. As you say prepping and planning takes a while but once that’s done stitching the repetitive shape so that the rosettes emerge is bliss.
I’ve finished 6 blocks, 7th is almost stitched and 8 is prepped. I must make time this weekend to prep another 4 as, like you I like having it ready to go when the mood strikes
carolyn friedlander says
Yay, Wendy! Sounds like you’re definitely making progress, and I can’t wait to see what you put together next. I’m hoping you find the perfect pocket of time to dive right in!
I love your choices for background fabrics. There’s still so much interesting detail in your low volume prints and they play off the dark greens so well. Looking forward to seeing complete vision!
carolyn friedlander says
Thanks so much, Michelle! It’s really funny to me the things I’ve added since starting. I’m definitely liking playing the the balance between them. 🙂