I rarely work on one quilt at a time or work on a quilt start to finish all in one year. I rarely pick all fabrics for a quilt before I start it. And I rarely cut all pieces for a quilt before I start it.
So, this is a summary of what is going on in the sewing room right now.
I've been working on Kansas Troubles 12 inch blocks. I started this quilt this year and it was inspired by a vintage quilt. I have been trying to make a few blocks each day and now have 20 of the 35 blocks I've decided I would like for a 5 x 7 layout that will measure 60 x 84 when finished.
I've been making it with red, white and blue fabric and scraps as well as some men's shirts.
I used the Ladies' Art Company Block Tool for the block pattern.
I sort most of my scraps by size. The HSTs in the Kansas Troubles are two inches unfinished and I found this Sail Away pattern that calls for 440 - 2 inch unfinished HSTS for pinwheels and "waves" so I'm going to start making those with scraps from Kansas Troubles before I throw the scraps in my 2 inch scrap bin.
Reminder to self...pattern is found in Sugar Sack Quilt book.
I also work on Beauteous (free pattern by Pat Bravo) a little each day...
...and have all 13 A blocks made. I said at the beginning of this post that I rarely choose all fabrics for a quilt before I begin. Well, this is an exception. I couldn't really choose fabrics as I make blocks for this quilt because they all kind of need to blend together in the finished quilt and the pattern calls for duplicates of blocks so I needed to figure out if I had enough of each fabric that I pulled from stash. If I didn't I chose another until I had all the fabrics A-S picked out. I hope my choices work out.
I am not currently working on any hand quilting in the evening because I am out of batting so instead I have been cutting pieces for these blocks with scissors and paper template each evening and then I sew them up the next day.
The curves and paper template and cutting with scissors of Beauteous reminded me that during a power outage this summer I cut pieces for a bunch of Wagon Wheel blocks for a quilt I started back in 2013.
So yesterday I decided to sew together a few of those blocks. I'll sew a couple each day until that pile is gone then assess where I am with that UFO and work on it until it is a flimsy (or top, if you prefer). I've been using 30s reproduction fabrics and solids to make these blocks.
Then I finally got around to piecing a test block for an Endless Chain quilt. A few months ago Sandy who blogs at Sew High sent me a link to an Endless Chain quilt and asked me if I would sew along with her and make one. Well, yes, I replied. But then I had so many different ideas for fabrics and colors that I could not decide what I wanted to do. I also investigated other Endless Chain patterns like the one at Quilter's Cache and one in a book I own. In the end I decided on the one in the link Sandy originally sent and decided to make templates (paper and scissor cutting again) and give the blocks a try. I decided I would use a variety of gray pieces I have for garden paths (the chain) and florals for the rest. I used scraps for these test blocks and decided I will move forward and actually declare this a new project.
In the end I will probably set the blocks on point and use floral fabric for side setting triangles. Sandy let me know she has her background fabric now and she is ready to begin on hers. Not sure what pattern or color scheme she is using yet. Anyone else care to join us?
I really enjoy piecing but I really don't enjoy sewing blocks together. So I am usually working on getting one project to flimsy (or top, if you prefer) stage. I have all the Sixteen Patch Stars webbed together and have been trying to now sew the rows together - at least one row a day.
I've been trying to work on orphan block quilts too and just finished this flimsy (or top, if you prefer) that measures 40 x 56. The Broken Wheel blocks are left over from a quilt I finished in 2016. The border fabric was left over from a quilt backing. The six inch four patches came in a package from a quilty friend.
I pulled a bunch of blue and white orphan blocks for the next orphan block quilt.
So that's a little of this and that. And the other thing? I have to report for jury duty tomorrow at 8 a.m. sharp. Last time I was on a jury for a civil case (homeowner vs home builder) I learned more than I ever wanted to know about Tyvek. Boring!!