Crunch Time

All my procrastinations are coming due and I am resembling the proverbial headless chicken. I have only myself to blame, of course, as these are self-imposed tasks.

First, a bit of background. I am not a holiday kind of person. While I’m not Scrooge, I do my best to ignore all the craziness of shopping and baking. Instead, I substitute my own kind of craziness which involves completion of various quilting/sewing related tasks.

Some tasks are done. “Flower Power” is quilted and bound.

Flower Power

Flower Power detail

I have sewn hanging sleeves onto seven small quilts so I can now display them. My art quilt group small glitzy scraps piece is done. Actually it’s overdone, which is why I’m calling it “Kitchen Sink Included.” I don’t embroider much, but when I do I leave no surface untouched.

Kitchen Sink Included

I’ve made progress with two reworked quilts, made a top for a baby quilt, and rethought “Deep Purple” a bit, thanks to your comments.

This baby quilt is made of scrap squares with yardage for the edges.

Still awaiting attention is another scrap piece I’m calling “Square Deal.” I want to make it more off-kilter.

I’m thinking of adding more escapees.

And, because I had a box of gauzy, glittery, silky scraps on my sewing table, I started playing around with another glitzy design. Unfortunately, I think it’s going nowhere, but it will be a distraction for a bit.

I’m plugging away at hand work on one of my revised old quilts as I wait for my fabric shipment so I can return to work on “Deep Purple.” I’m also pondering the best way to attach bits of silver lame to another revised quilt.

In a totally unrelated development, Rayna Gillman featured two of my quilts on her blog. She asked readers to send in examples of improv quilts, so I did.

Holiday best wishes to those of you who celebrate Christmas, and happy solstice to everyone.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Friday.


Filed under Art quilts, Completed Projects, In Process

14 responses to “Crunch Time

  1. So fun to have your work featured on someone else’s blog! Also fun for me to see your current working pieces. As others have said, Flower Power is glorious. And Square Deal suits me, too.

    Your comment to wanderessence — artificial deadlines… I’m really good at setting them. 🙂

  2. I’d forgotten all about that Big Red quilt–one of my all-time favorites! And I think Flower Power is fab, too. It’s nice to know there’s someone else out there who doesn’t get caught up in Christmas. I’ve been feeling positively peculiar because we don’t exchange Xmas gifts in my family and I haven’t been shopping!

  3. Beautiful projects enen if they were crunched!

  4. Jane

    Well done, Joanna, with your 2 quilts on Rayna Gillman’s blog, and with the progress you’ve made on some of this year’s projects! I definitely love the completed Flower Power. The quilting and the variable binding work quite well. Kitchen Sink Included is truly inspired and inspiring. Perhaps one of these days I’ll get the nerve to let go of the illusion of control and have fun with all those bits and schnibbles I’ve been storing all these years.

    • What’s the worst that can happen if you play with your bits? You don’t like it and you use it for something else. This year I’ve learned how liberating it is to take a rotary cutter to a finished quilt I don’t like.

  5. Also, I love Flower Power! And yes to more escapees in Square Deal!

  6. So cool to be featured! And now I have a new blog to follow too, thank you!

  7. All are beautiful, and I especially LOVE your Flower Power Quilt. I know the feeling of trying to finish up projects by year-end. For me, this year, it’s my reading list!

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