16 January 2023

Challenges for 2023 - Too Many!!

Have you ever been in the situation where you find yourself unable to move forward because of overload? That's where I am at the moment, bu I've spent a little time trying to come up with a short list.

Too many projects started without enough thought/preparation and they land in the parts box along with leftover pieces from previous quilts - need to work on this.

Quilts waiting to be quilted - unbelievable! I have the two quilt ladders in the hall with tops waiting

and more in the closet.

Heaps of scraps to be sorted, what to make with them, older fabrics which no longer appeal, where could I use those.

Two projects I really do want to make this year are the following:

Fonthill Quilt from Kaffe Fassett Passionate Patchwork

but I find I'm not happy with the various fabrics I've auditioned for the 1st and 4th borders. There are two colourways in the book, happily written on the page of instructions is the suggestion that experienced patchworkers might like to try the alternative colourway (to the one above) or their own colourway - hooray, the green light to go with my bright and bold look.

Same issue arises with Daylesford, I really do like the colours here (Jen Kingwell Quilt Recipes) but

I'm not sure whether I could follow through with the softer look, going with bright and bold again would be my preference. I could also change up a few designs in the border should I wish too.

Going on now to the post from  Ann with her project of a jacket for her son. Last year I signed up for a lecture online with Victoria Findlay Wolfe covering tips and ideas for the patchwork coats she had made. I immediately bought a pattern from a local store, somewhat easier than the ones in the lecture, not as many seams but still the scope for blocks or strips and so on. The longer jacket is my choice.

Last of all - my blog set up is in real need of being updated, that's going to tax me!

So, there we have it, just a snippet of the thoughts whirling around in my head, hopefully in a few days I will have plans more settled.

Oh I forgot, I want to make a quilt just for me!!! Everyone in the family have two/three each from me but I seem to be missing even one, need to address that asap with something special.

See you later


Ann said...

I have a large stack of those same X blocks from Cultural Fusion. We should put our heads together and work on them together at a distance.

So many lovely tops and smart of you to use them as decorative items.

I've seen photos of the Hovea coat and the pockets look so easy and useful. Smart to pick a simple pattern. That's been a help to me.

Julierose said...

I seem to get paralyzed for days if I have too many "irons in the fire" so to speak--too many quilts on the go. Tackling my UFO's one at a time (one per month) seems to be helping a bit--but I get that "frozen" feeling when I look in my so-called "closet of shame" hahaha
I keep telling myself just one foot in front of the other will get me there...
Good luck with your 2023 finishing...
Hugs, Julierose

Kaja said...

Good luck with your plans for 2023. I love that you will go with your own bright and beautiful take on both those quilts - you handle your fabrics with such colour confidence that I know they will both be stunning.

Mystic Quilter said...

Julierose - I'm so pleased to read that I am not alone in the situation I describe!
Ann, I like your suggestion regarding the 'long distance X blocks', do get back to me on that.
Kaja, thank you your vote of confidence on my decision to go with my usual bright colour choices. I do enjoy the softer colours and intend to make a quilt using those colours, just not with the two particular designs shown.

Robin said...

I love that your tops are out on display. That is so much better than hiding away in the closet for years until I get around to quilting them.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I love this post! And hooray for quilt tops being out in the open where they can be enjoyed!

Janie said...

Your quilt tops are superb! And the Jen Kingwell quilt is beautiful, it caught my eye too when I read through her book.
The quilt jacket pattern looks good and like it would be warm. Good ideas and plans for sure.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I went to leave a comment on your blog but this post has disappeared. YES, please use your bright colors in the projects you've shown - they wouldn't be "YOU" if the fabrics were like the pattern!

Mystic Quilter said...

Julie, it's back again, somehow I deleted the original!!!

audrey said...

Your inspiration pics are just marvelous! Love it! And the quilt ladders make me sigh with envy. Your quilts are always an explosion of wonderfully satisfying colors.:)