I started quilting in 1993 and have always been a "one project at a time" gal. Truly. I could not begin a new project until I had completed at the least the finished top of the current project (hey - a top is a finished project, right?). I am such a product person, that this really worked for me. I put one in the 'finished' column and also the exciting new project was the carrot dangling in front of me to get to the finish line.
Fast forward to 2007. I started the Sampler Challenge with Nicole. Yes, I am enjoying this project immensely, but it totally goes against my nature to do just one block at a time. And now this project has fallen behind since we were both out of town and too busy to make a block. Then I took the Jo Morton Peppermint Twist class in June and added another project to my list, and the list goes on.
I now have 7 projects in progress and truly, the chaos is stressing me out. Yes, I was reminded that I am supposed to enjoy my quilting and not be stressed, but I need to get a handle on these projects and get back to my Zen.
So my to-do list includes:
- Sampler Challenge - I need to rein in the chaos before I can attempt to be creative about putting fabrics together for this. Then Nicole and I have agreed to finish this up in quick succession, not sticking to our "every other week" schedule.
- Jo Morton Peppermint Twist - churn dash pieced blocks, no problem - I have them all cut, I just need to finish piecing them. The applique is another story.
- Opening Day quilt using Roman Holiday fabrics - This will get moved to the back burner. It's already all cut, so I know it's just ready for the assembly line.
- Golden Memories BOM - first three blocks are completed and I'm waiting for September's shipment. Nothing I can do until that arrives! I might be able to work on this and ONE other project. Stay tuned...
- Michael Miller Kids' Toile kit - shown in yesterday's post. My daughter is sweetly nagging me to finish this and it's at the sashing stage, so I will work on it and try and get it completed next and off to the quilter. Have I mentioned I hate sashing? And borders?
- Jellystone - kit from Miss Rosie's class. This is the bear paw variation and involves some complicated cutting. On hold until I finish cutting #7 below.
- "Cupcake" - kit from Miss Rosie's class. I am cutting and sewing strips and then pinning the 9-patches together as I watch tv in the evenings. Maybe this will be put on hold after all the cutting is done. Again, stay tuned!
I'm looking forward to the 3-day weekend and perhaps I can at least finish #5 this week and cross one off my list. I aim to get back to one project again. Ok, maybe two. Three at the most.... ;-)