Yes, I know it’s the 2nd already; I was attempting (and came close to achieving) an unplugged day yesterday, which means no blogging happened. Here’s what was on the design wall while I avoided the computer.
The blue starburst block is a composite of four of the 8″ June Bloggers Block of the Month sewalong blocks. The solid is a very pale yellow Kona, the prints were pulled from the mountain of scraps and failed auditions that buried my sewing table after the recent FQ skirt binge. (I’ll have some finish pics on those for you soon.)
This is probably going to become a pillow cover, but lately I’ve been itching to create some kind of design-as-you-go medallion quilt, and this is a possible start for that. Shortly after taking this pic I turned the block on point, which it seems to want to do. I don’t expect to do anything more than ponder this for the next little while.
Yes, that’s the neglected “Working in Series” class homework still up on the left side of the wall. I did absolutely not one single thing on it during June. If I take it down it will never see the light of day again, so I’m leaving it up there until inspiration returns.
The scrappy blocks on the right have been inching along for some time now, and since taking this pic those four ready-to-sew-up strip sets have joined the others. My inspiration is this quilt, which got me cutting WoF strips from stash sometime early in the year. Here and there, between other projects, I’ve slowly cut and sorted my strips into sets and done the initial piecing. As you can see, I’m placing my darkest fabric in the center diagonal of each block to emphasize that line and define a stronger diamond effect.
I’d planned a smallish throw from 20 of these blocks, with the intention to sell it on Etsy, but now that I’m seeing these take shape I want to keep it. And it wants to be larger. Much larger. Generous bed-size larger. So yesterday I pulled out practically my entire stash to cut more strips for more blocks. This has created quite a mess in the sewing room, so not much else is going to get done in there until I finish — or tire of — cutting and put it all away again.
My sewing goals/wishful thinking for July:
- Finish up that neglected class homework block
- Quilt at last one more (preferably two) projects from the RFQ (“ready for quilting”) pile
- Get back to making more NYBeauty blocks (somehow two whole months have gone by since I last worked on that!)
- Finish assembling some of the many pillow cover blocks piling up in the closet
- Catch up on photographing some new items to list on Etsy
- Sneak in a little improvisational playtime
- Get the finished Improvi-Robin Season 1 thing backed and basted (it wasn’t as done as I thought since I last showed it off here, and a fun border got added)
And that’s only my sewing list. I’d better wrap up this post and get to work!
What are you hoping to finish this month?