Yep - I'm flying by the seat of my pants these days. I won't exactly call it panic sewing, but it's close. I was on track at the end of January and then I got sidetracked sewing stuff that didn't have a deadline. DUH!! I'm so much my own worst enemy, but then I love myself, and I'm OK with that. 😀😍 I think I do that intentionally because I like the adrenaline rush of working to the last minute.
After our Tula Pink class last night, I went to finish up the blocks for the Long Time Gone class which is this morning. Oh dear - I didn't realize that I had NOT finished cutting one block. Well, I'm happy to report that all that's left are TWO seams. It'll be done for this morning's class.
But let's have a look at the homework for Tula Pink. Oh my -- we have some interesting fabric combinations and I can't wait to see these quilts as they progress over the coming year. The best part of this project? The blocks are super easy to sew and they don't take long, even though there are some small bits. I realized after last night's class that I wanted to make two quilts. No time for that!
Here's the book that we're using. I call the quilt Tula Pink, but it's her CITY SAMPLER quilt. It's just easier to say Tula!
|Tula Pink's City Sampler book|
There are five different quilts in the book, but many of us have chosen this version and are making graduated blocks. I didn't count how many are making this one, but there are a number of us. Some are doing their own setting, others are playing the waiting game.
|The gridwork quilt|
And the other thing that we're doing differently - well some of us. I'm randomly choosing blocks (in case anyone in the class was wondering if there was any rhyme or reason to the process) and I'm starting in the top left corner. So my blocks that fit in that space will NOT be the same as in the book. Others are putting their blocks in the same spot as in the quilt so their blocks look totally random at this point.
Ok - let's have a look. And see if I can remember everyone's name!
These are Barb's blocks. She's making them according to the color in the book, so the color scheme looks out of whack at the moment.
Carol is using the Linework collection by Tula Pink. And it includes those bold stripes and polka dots. I believe she is going to use the blocks in the same position as the quilt. Notice the labels on her blocks!! Someone is super organized and this is probably not a bad idea.
Corrie is randomly using colors to make her blocks. Once she's done, she'll put them on a design wall and place them where they look best. I LOVE that approach!!! Sometimes, just winging the process takes a lot of stress out of the picture and I LOVE the rich color saturation in this grouping.
Dede was going to use Tula Pink fabric but decided to go for a neutral (black and white) scrappy look instead. I know that Dede has a TON of black and white fabric so good to try and use it up. These blocks are amazing and I love the designs on some of the prints - your eye is going to go wild searching them all out!
Heather is starting off in the top corner with her red blocks. Oh my -- for not having total access to her scraps (working from home), these are amazing fabrics. Did you see that some of them are fussy cut? Might be fun to play in Heather's scrap stash!
Monica is also using the Tula Pink Linework collection for her quilt. Even though several people are using the same collection, their quilts are going to be different!!!
WOW -- isn't that amazing!!!! These quilts are going to be stunning!!
So what do my blocks look like?? Considering that I opened up the pink and orange scrap boxes, and randomly selected fabrics for the blocks, I LOVE THEM. And I'm getting the right color changes that I wanted.
|My first 20 blocks|
There is ONE block that looks out of place. It's hard to see in the photo, but that one block is a bit too yellow so I moved it. AH - much better.
|One small change to block placement|
Now, I need to dig out the orange, pink, and yellow scrap boxes to pick colors for the next 10 blocks. My goal is to get everything prepped by the end of this month so I can just sew next month. I did the same thing in January, except I'm a lot busier these days. Well, we'll see what happens.
My immediate goal is to get the pictures loaded for Long Time Gone in the presentation and to finish those two seams by 10 AM. And I still have to walk the dogs and participate in a Zoom call.
And I'm giving you the day off from sorting something. Make yourself a cup of tea and just enjoy the day!!!
Have a great day!!!!