On My Design Wall

With October come and finally gone, I’ve cleaned up and finished a few small projects on my sewing to-do list and I’m focusing on three specific projects for the month of November. Sometimes limiting myself makes me feel all constrained, and bored, and a little stabby from being tired of working on the same thing for too long, BUT at this time of year when I need to focus I find that strict deadlines and limitations help me knock things off of my list.

First up on my list is finishing up my mini quilt for the #IGminiswap on Instagram. My partner has very different (read:traditional) taste, so it has been a challenge to make something that melds my aesthetic with what she likes. I’ve been busy paper piecing a bird block flanked by half square triangles (HSTs) with the intention of hand-quilting some part of this. I keep going back and forth on this project though. I think the colors are right, and from her Pinterest account I know she likes birds, but I’m not sure if this is the final direction I will take. There are lots of low volume, pastels, brights and hopefully some pretty trimmings to add before it is all done!

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Second on my list is a special project for the Winged Blog Tour, featuring Bonnie Christine’s line Winged. I’m crazy excited to work with her beautiful fabric to make something fun and different! I can’t reveal much until my turn on the blog tour, but for now I’ll leave you with a little sneak peek! (Not my final workup of what I’m making, but this is the bulk of my fabric pull for the project–these rich colors are speaking to my soul!)

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My final quilty item on the to-do list is TOP SECRET! I’m working on a new pattern for a quilt I may be submitting to a quilt show! I’m loving how it is all coming together and can’t wait to show you the finished project in the next couple of weeks, but you guys, I am SUPER nervous about submitting it to a show. I mean, if it isn’t picked then it’s not a big deal, but it is scary putting your work out to be judged and criticized by a panel of professionals! If you have any tips on how to survive with nerves in tact, please let me know!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about the Winged Blog Tour–you guys are going to LOVE what all of them makers are coming up with!

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