Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What have I gotten myself into?

As I mentioned last week, my guild has issued a UFO challenge, and I signed up to complete the following three quilts, in no particular order:

1) my katazome "stone wall" quilt, started at a quilting retreat in back in fall 2012, shown here on my design wall from a slightly cockeyed angle:

2) the "Echino spring" wall quilt that's been boxed away for about a year now:

3) and finally, the flannel quilt that I worked on in early February, until I got sidetracked by little projects for my Etsy shop, followed by yet another cold:

I thought that seemed like a realistic set of goals, until I checked my photos of finished quilts since 2010 and realized that I only make 2-3 quilts a year!  I've already finished a little wall quilt this year, and I'm currently working on yet another wall quilt, but I still imagined finishing three other quilts?  What in the world was I thinking??!!

In addition, once I filled out my list of UFOs for the guild challenge, I immediately thought of all the other quilts I want to finish as well, including several quilts that I haven't even started yet.  Those projects include the following:

1) a second katazome improv quilt pieced in Dec. 2013;

2) a queen-sized batik quilt pieced two years ago (sans border);

3) a Michael Miller challenge quilt--not started, but I will make this quilt someday, even though the deadline is long past, because I have a really great idea for it!

4) a quilt mixing Kaffe Fassett stripes and solid shot cottons: not started, but something else I really want to make, because in my mind's eye it seems really promising;

and 5) an improv-pieced quilt centered on Japanese fabrics purchased in Aug. 2012, during the tri-guild meet-up in Seattle.

In addition, I could have listed a couple of much older projects: an improv-pieced quilt with beautiful autumnal colors that I started hand-quilting in 2003, and a small colorwash quilt that I pieced (again sans border) sometime in the late 1990s.  

This list does not include putting the final touches on last summer's studio makeover, plans for serious explorations of indigo dyeing this summer, and more sewing for my Etsy shop.   

In short, I'll be lucky if I complete just two of the three UFOs on my guild list.  Oh, well.  Anyway, here's a glimpse at what's been in progress this week:

As you can see, I'm still playing with my indigo shibori fabrics.  I want the overall idea for the quilt to be a surprise, so I'm saving the full view of the quilt for the reveal when it's finished.  Fingers crossed for the end result within the next couple of weeks or so.

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced and at the Needle and Thread Network.  Cheers!


  1. you will do it! It is sometimes a bit daunting to put it in writing, but it can be a great motivator! All of the projects sound great, looking forward to seeing your progress - and the full reveals!

  2. Your projects are all very nice, I wish you good progress with all of them.