Saturday, December 09, 2006

Projects, Projects, Projects!

I'm making a list and checking it twice. Gonna find out who's naughty....wait, wait, wait...wrong list!

Actually I'm working on my list(s) of projects for 2007. Last night I went to sew with my friends, like we do a couple of times a month, and came away feeling very, very uninspired. And, we were sewing at one of the local quilt stores. Sigh!!!! As you well know I have not done much sewing in a couple of months - just don't have the urge. This is incredibly strange for me but rather than fight it I'm just hoping it'll pass soon. I did decide a couple of weeks ago that in 2007 I'd like to work on hand projects i.e. hand applique, stitchery, etc.

Nadine and I have been commiserating about future projects. She has been inspired by May Britt to work on "Applique Delights" by Faye Anderson; so she has challenged me to work on it with them. The challenge is to make one block a week in 2007 and by this time next year we will hopefully have all the blocks completed. I believe that May Britt has 11 blocks done and Nadine already has one done. I got my book last week and have been thinking about my color scheme and I believe I have finally decided. So, I need to start getting prepared so I can meet this challenge. LOL Actually I'm very excited about working on this project with Nadine and May Britt - should be lot of fun!

Next on the long list! I've been collecting "A Quilt of the Month Series" by Lori Smith - there's a project for every month (Celebrate January is pictured). These monthly projects are 28" by 36" and are really calling my name. It's time to prep Celebrate January and get busy - can I keep this monthly project going throughout 2007?? We'll see. LOL

I've been collecting applique patterns and projects for a couple of years and if you read my blog you know that I started doing hand applique with a vengence last June and then came to a "dead stop". It's time to pull out all those projects and start the prepping.

I've got to get back to Country Cousins Meets Baltimore Album and I have the following on the list, too:

Snowman Country by Bunny Hill Designs(Anne Sutton); Rabbits Prefer Chocolate by Bunny Hill Designs (Anne Sutton); Vintage Valentine by The Vintage Spool (Verna Mosquera). And, others that I need to go revisit and think about pulling out to work on. Sigh!

It's time to get busy and stop fretting about no desire to piece on my sewing machine and enjoy a ton of handwork!!! Wouldn't you agree??????? :-)

"The Civil War Diary Quilt"

One of the girls I sew with gave me a gift certificate for my birthday in July and I used it to buy this cute book. I love the small blocks but I have been especially enjoying the stories. It's just a sweet book to have in my library of quilt books and such. Someday I might be inspired to work on the blocks.

Now it's time to get busy. I hope to have something to show at the end of this day. Wish me luck!

Edit: Susan says that I say I'm uninspired and yet I've listed a plethora of projects. My first love in quilting is to sit and piece for hours at my machine - my friends refer to me as a "power piecer" - however in recent months I've had very little inspiration for machine piecing. I have always enjoyed hand work so, even though I have not felt like doing that either I've decided to push myself to at least work on hand projects rather than push myself to work on my machine. I hope this makes better sense!

20 comments:

Vicky said...

Sounds like a good plan - and a bunch of absolutely gorgeous quilts! I'm going to be your best cheerleader this year!

(Hugs)

Patti said...

It's absolutely time to stop fretting about not wanting to sit at the machine. I thought you were stopping that last week! I didn't want to sit at my machine for three years - so it's not just you. I got so much appliqué done in that time. Eventually the urge will come back.

I, too, have all of Lori Smith's monthly hangings - and a fabric kit to make each one! Those are some of my PIGS (AKA Hussies) but which won't get started for at least another year. Next year is the year of the UFO finishes - I'm determined to finish more than anyone else in my little guild!

PamKittyMorning said...

You have an ambitous list! Can't wait to see all the blocks A friend of mine is doing the Civil War diary, the blocks are so cute!

Angie said...

Absolutely, I agree that it's time to pull those applique projects out! I'm thinking that I may make January '07 the month to make at least one Christmas quilt for me. :)

Nadine said...

TADAAAAA ! "SHE MADE HER LIST !

Good list my friend ! You're going to make such beautiful things. Take it easy, one by one, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Besides, you know you're not alone !

Hugs & smiles,
NADINE

Anonymous said...

Hey hon, I've just realised Bloglines isn't updating you for me. Have fun with your new book. I have it too, and plan to make some blocks next year, maybe we could work on some together?
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Susan said...

You say you are uninspired, and then list a wonderful compilation of plans. Sounds like inspiration will be striking at any minute. =) I am going to watch all 3 of you (Nadine, May and you) to see what this quilt looks like. 52 little blocks?

Anonymous said...

I am ready!!!!!
You are going to love this book and do the applique. The blocks are tiny and so fun to do. I looked into my box now and found 11 blocks done.
You have a lot of plans so I know for sure that your sewing urge will come back soon.

Jeanne said...

I have that Lori Smith set, too, and they sure are cute! Maybe I'll tag along behind you on it through the year.
Jeanne :)

Anonymous said...

A block a week is certainly doable and that is really a lovely pattern. If you already have a plan I can see you being inspired to continue once you get going.

Hugs,
Gail

Carol said...

What a wonderful list of projects for this next year. Applique is great!

Sandra said...

That's quite a list! You certainly will be kept busy next year - the patterns sound wonderful :-)

Anonymous said...

I have just got this book. Maybe we could think about starting together, but VERY slowly...

Libby said...

You have come up with a great plan for the new year. Don't worry about being uninspired -- you can't want to do everything all of the time. Enjoy working on what speaks to you most.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you were in my brain while typing up this blog... Hoepfully we will both be more productive/inspired next year.

Tracey said...

darlene, I go thru those same spurts. I absolutely *love* hand work, but get it a 'fit' that I need to be going a bit faster with things, so I plop myself down in front of my machine. It doesn't take long for me to long for the hand work again. I love all of my sewing machines, but hand work is my first love, I believe. You're a smart gal for noticing this within yourself!
Thanks for stopping over at my blog at Typepad. I may just end up moving everything there. It is SO much easier to deal with. :o)

Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on doing hand work. I'm thinking of doing more of it over the next few months. I'm even considering doing applique! For me, that's a pretty big step.

Suze said...

I think you might have copied some things from my list.

Having a list is a wonderful thing. Shows what you should have done................

Anonymous said...

that's a lovely quilt you will be working on Darlene. Hopefully working along with Nadine and May Britt will motivate you throught out 2007.
My goals for next year is to work on my UFOs and not start any new projects until i have finished at least five.

Samantha said...

Enjoy all that handwork!

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