New Year Things

Time for recaps, resolutions, reconfiguring and renewing.  I’ve never been one for new year resolutions, I’m more of a “just get it done” person.  Although, I do get lazy and sometimes I even forget goals and to-dos, is it inevitable or human nature to resist change?

I started a new quilt last week, it’s a kit by Jinny Beyer called “Catwalk”.  It is made with all batiks and a pretty border fabric.  Simple strip piecing and template cutting, just have to be sure to label everything and keep it in order.

Judy, at Patchwork Times, has picked a number for the first UFO to finish in January.  Its number three, which corresponds to my dragon quilt wall hanging.  This quilt is about twelve years old now.  It is from a pattern by June Colburn called Celestial Dragon.  I’m pretty sure its got fusible holding the pieces together, and some zig zag stitching around the pieces.  I bought a bunch of embellishments to add and that’s sort of where I stopped with this project.  The fabric isn’t that dated looking, and my DD saw it and seemed to like it.  I’ll be working on it this month, its hanging up on my design wall, so its in my line of sight and out of the cupboard.

I completed the Firefly blocks for Fancy Forest.  These were difficult for me. The mirror opposite sides and angles made me question my sanity a few times.  Although the instructions are clear, step by step, build as you go, I think I did each firefly 4 times over. There were eight blocks and each one has 7 colors in it. I try to strip piece and chain sew them to expedite the process, it didn’t work too well, as I did everything 8 times, and then if there was an error, 8 more times.  They are finished now.   I have the owl and the thistles left, I am going to do the thistle next, as the owls have too many pieces for my brain to handle at this time.

I am caught up with the En Provence mystery, still keeping it half sized, lots of little 2 inch blocks.  I am trying to decide whether to call it Mon Petite Provence, Le Petite Provence or Petite Provence.   There is also Demi-taille Provence, translation: half size Provence.  This quilt is still a challenge for me, the cutting and piecing amounts are the same as regular size, just the sewing time and amount of fabric is less.  I am able to use a greater variety of fabric too, as the pieces are smaller and I have lots of scraps that are less than 3 inches square/wide.

I haven’t touched Gravity for two months now, I think finishing it will be a January goal.  I showed it to my DS, who was heavily hinting he needed a new quilt for his bed.  He liked it, so maybe it will become his.  I’m looking forward to quilting it, all the wide open spaces, I want to try some “graffiti style” quilting.