Back to the machine :-)

It’s Wednesday already, and I’m finally back at the sewing machine after a few days of catching up on post-England laundry, housework, emails, and sleep. It’s grey and drizzly here in Lausanne at the moment, so an ideal day to shut myself away in my sewing room and get creating!

But what to sew??? I have to admit I’m a bit of an ADD quilter – I’m constantly starting new projects, before getting distracted by something else newer or prettier. At the last count I had 17 projects on the go, not including projects that are neatly stacked in the cupboard waiting to be quilted, and those I have the fabric for and can’t wait to get started on. Oops! So it seems reasonable to try at least to finish some of them off before I get cracking with something new, tempting as it may be…

With this in mind, I’ve decided to link up to Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday, in the hope it will keep me motivated and focussed on my many works in progress, rather than flitting like a quilting butterfly from one new project to the next. And the first thing I’ve decided to work on is my Designer Mystery Block of the Month quilt from The Fat Quarter Shop. The kit for the final block for 2012’s quilt arrived back in May, and while I was in England, Block 1 of the 2013 Mystery Quilt plopped into my mailbox. So, tempted as I was to jump right in with the new one, I thought it better to finish the old one first.

So I set to work cutting, piecing and pressing, and after a few hurrying-because-I-just-want-to-get-this-finished-now-and-start-the-next-thing related mishaps (cutting the wrong size squares for the pinwheel blocks, sewing the flying geese on upside down…), I eventually produced this…

FQS BOTM Month 12


And with all 12 blocks completed, I did a little squaring up…

Squaring up

… and realised that one block was almost 1/4″ too big all the way round, and one block was almost 1/4″ too small all the way round. Grrrrrrrr!!!

But as I squared them up, something bizarre happened. I realised that I actually want to get this quilt top put together more than I want to start the next one. So, rather than putting the offending blocks back in their storage box, to be fixed later – i.e. almost certainly never – I’ve decided to strike while the iron’s hot, and deal with them right now. Today. This afternoon in fact! Oh yes! After which I can surely justify sewing a few strips together for that table runner I’ve been wanting to make for the past month. Can’t I???

5 responses

  1. That block is super fun! Congrats on finding yourself in the zone to finish the top. I love when that happens!

    1. Thanks, Sabrina, one block fixed, the other partway there – I’m really in the zone now and am hoping to start putting all 12 blocks together this weekend… If so, I’ll be posting more pics!

  2. tanyiadeskins | Reply

    I am an ADD crafter and quilter lol.. so I know what you mean! Go with the flow though while you are feeling it and get it done! 🙂

    I am stopping by from the WIP hop, hop on by if you can

    1. Hi Tanyia, I’m still in the ‘finish it zone’ today, so the houseworrk can wait – I’m back in my sewing room 🙂

  3. […] finally completing the last of my blocks for the 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month last week, I was on a roll and felt inspired to actually put them all together and finish the […]

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