Hard as it is to believe, 2016 has 3 more months. I have 4 more quilt shows this year. Four. And then it is the 3 month waiting game until the January shows begin again. This is a time when I should be further along with projects for next year, but that is just life. I have one quilt which is at the same point today as it was 10 months ago. I am hoping to resurrect this in November when I return from Houston, and actually get it finished by April. It is possible, with a bit of focus.
Focus and time have been my biggest distractions. I work for a short time on something, then put it down, quilt a few client quilts, go to teach, and then try to pick up where I left off, but I find myself stuck or disinterested. I need to push my projects through these stumbling blocks, not allowing them to go into unfinished boxes. I have always been a great starter.
That said, I did finish my quilt The Twisted Sister. If you are scratching your head and wondering what this is, be patient. It has gone with my buddies that run MQX, getting the extra-special courier service transport to MQX in Springfield, IL. They sure are great that way! This quilt was about 18 months in the making, and I really love how it finished. I will definitely show some photos in 2 weeks. It has the hand-pieced, fussy-cut hexagon stars set on silk (the one that took 3 months to do the binding...you are thinking "oh...that one!").
Back in the mid-summer, during a week when I just needed a distraction, I pieced some orange/pink log cabin blocks. For whatever reason, this pattern has been on my bucket list for a while. Ten days ago, I decided to draft the design for the applique border. It is crazy complex, but it will be amazing when done. I'm not sure where the quilting will go, but that is a detail for another day.
The flowers and leaves partly come from the 4 applique blocks I already did that are on the center (maybe if you scroll back a few weeks you will see), but some of the leaves and flowers are new too. There are LOTS of pieces to prep!
I need to take a few days off to do a client quilt, then get myself ready to travel. And maybe I will also get some handwork prepped to take with me on my trips. I have something like 150 tiny dots to prepare, sigh.
So, as I joke, maybe in 2019 you will get to see this finished :-)