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Monday, February 27, 2017

My Goal Is To Stay "Whelmed"

Have you ever been overwhelmed?  Underwhelmed?  I like to be submerged deeply in quilting, but not over-stressed with my projects, nor the opposite feeling of being uninspired and unmotivated.  Neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed.    It is a balancing act for me, and I am working on several projects at once.  It keeps me whelmed.  

I made a doll quilt using hsts that were left over from the Churn Dashers group project last year.  It went together quickly, and I am ready to machine quilt it and choose a binding.  It will finish at 15 inches square.



The pattern is "Soaring Triangles" from the book "Sew Charming" by Mary Etherington.  I had small triangles already made, so I used the size I had, half square triangles that would finish at 1.25" by 1.25".  I put the hsts in order on a mat (used the back of another small quilt) in design order, carried it to the sewing machine, and chain sewed the columns together. Here's a picture mid process of sewing columns together:



Here's what it looked like with columns chain sewed together, but with rows not sewn yet:



Then I sewed row to row together, and made the doll quilt top in one day, easy peasy - lemon squeezy. But easier to do on this small project than on the large quilt that I'm showing you next.

I am finishing a large quilt by sewing (chaining) the completed columns together, then sewing the quilt together row by row.  It's necessary, but underwhelming.  I do two rows a day, with lots of pins and pressing of seams.  I am looking forward to making a doll quilt to match it, which will go much faster.



I will talk about this quilt more when I finish the top.  I love blue and white quilts, and bought a kit for this one at the Grand Rapids AQS quilt show.

I also prepped baggies of 1.5 x 1.5 inch squares for future grids of the Valentine's Day quilt that was started last week. This one:



I want to be able to pull out a 10 x 10 grid baggy or two and complete them occasionally, with the goal of having the wall hanging finished next February.  I have all the red squares cut, and haven't bagged up the neutrals/shirtings squares yet.




Hubby is leaving for his annual men's golfing week in Florida with 21 other men equally passionate about golf.  I am contemplating a week of intense quilting while I am here without him.  I will try to stay in the groove, not overwhelmed, and not underwhelmed with my projects.  Are you having success with this?

Design wall Monday (Here)



8 comments:

  1. It takes work to just stay whelmed. Right now I am neither since my Muse left to go to Mardi Gras or at least that's my story and I am sticking to it!

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  2. It is hard to keep an even keel for me--I tend to get too intense, then exhausted and then lose interest--a cycle i'd like to break. I like your little doll quilt a lot..very pretty...hugs, Julierose

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  3. The Valentine quilt you have planned will be a wonderful red and white quilt. Much like a cross stitch design.

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  4. Wow! I really love your inspiration for the valentine quilt. I do a lot of 1 inch finished blocks, too.
    But your soaring triangles is so pretty, too. Enjoy the process!

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  5. Your quilting week sounds wonderful! I'm still recovering from my last large quilt. It was a pain to put the top together (on point) and a literal pain in my shoulders to quilt it!

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  6. Your 'Soaring triangles' and larger quilt look good. I don't tend to choose blue fabrics but these make me want to rush out and buy some.

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  7. You may be whelmed, but I am overwhelmed by your projects and baggies full of good things to come!

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  8. You do have several lovely projects going on there. I love all of them. I am a sucker for blue and white, or blue and brown quilts too!

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