It's a condition common to hobbyists of every sort but it seems to be especially prevalent in quilters. The condition is caused by being visually over-stimulated - Instagram, Pinterest, quilt magazines, etc. - and it is cured by being granted 67 hours in a day, 12-day weeks and 73 day months. A full-time chef, housekeeper and nanny can also cure the problem.
Sadly. I have none of those things so what I do have is several projects in the works right now.
I was out of town last week, in California to meet up with my brother and scatter my Mom's ashes. It was a nice trip - for the sort of trip that it was. I loved spending time with my brother, maybe that's what these kinds of trips are supposed to be. Yes, Rosie came with...
Rosie and I drove from Phoenix to San Luis Obispo, then up the coast on Highway 1 - the Cabrillo Highway - to Monterey.
As many times as I've been on this highway, I've never tired of it. It's always the same - spectacular. Breathtaking.
After a nice trip where everything went well, I came home and tried to get back into some kind of a work schedule. After posting some pictures on Instragram of things I've been working on, I was asked how many things I had going. The answer is probably "too many" but I can explain. First I should say that I've usually only got two or three projects in the works at any one time. And no, I don't include "quilts that need a binding" in that grouping as it would dramatically swell the number.
Let it suffice to say that I often have one or two in the planning - getting fabric pulled and prepped stage - while another quilt is being pieced. I have a hard time with working on too many at the same time because... well... I'm usually not working with a pattern that's written down on paper yet. It gets very confusing if I'm working on too many things at once... my little brain cells just don't work like they used to.
So this my current list of WIPs...
1. Wrens and Friends. I've made a whole big bunch of HTSs and now it's time to piece the rest of the block. These parts will be laid out and then more piecing is required. I used the Wrens collection by Gina Martin and a white Bella solid - starched and pressed. This is eventually going to be a new Little Bites quilt. It's the first of two versions of the pattern.
2. These fabrics are being cut into 2" wide strips for the "happy" version of a new quilt. I've already made the more traditional version of the quilt but I really wanted a brighter version of it too so I'm using the "leftovers" from my Scrappy Trips quilt. Starching and pressing 120 fabrics is taking F.O.R.E.V.E.R. The good news is that when the strips are cut, the quilt goes together pretty quickly.
3. This is my Project 48 adventure - I'm using Daiwabo prints and wovens to make a really scrappy version of Thimbleblossoms' Zipper quilt. It's all cut out - I'll take a picture so you can see more of the fabrics when I start sewing rows.
4. This is my "never-ending" project. By the time the quilt is done, I will have made over 1700 HTS. There are going to be 210 blocks and I have 170 of them made. The HTS for the remaining 40 blocks are waiting to be trimmed. Once those are done, I'll lay out the blocks and start sewing them together... and then I'll make the 30 or so 1/2-blocks to finish the quilt. That'll be another 120 HTSs or so. Yep... can't wait for that. I doubt this will be a pattern as it's a pretty basic, simple block.
5. This one has just started... I've pressed a couple of fat quarters and started cutting squares for some HTSs. I wanted to see how the fabrics - Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass - looked with my background - it's the Linen Texture Background in Stone from the Bluebird Park collection by Kate & Birdie. This is going to be a big quilt. I had the blocks all figured out but I wasn't sure how I wanted to set the blocks. I keep coming back to my first idea so I think I'm going to make my blocks and see what happens.
6. Squared. Using assorted Jo Morton fabrics. This is the sample for the Rosie Club thing I do at Olde World Quilt Shoppe. I made the sample on Wednesday, class is on Saturday. Nope. I'm definitely not a procrastinator, I have lots and lots of time to spare.
7. This is a project that I started last year. The blocks are done and now I'm in the process of making a big pile of quarter-triangle-squares. 288 of them. Seriously, what twit came up with that idea? No comment.
8. My American Patchwork Tone-It-Down quilt. It's been quilted and the binding has been attached. Now all I have to do is stitch it down. I'll start on that this weekend. But since this is binding, it doesn't really count.
So, yes, I have a few too many "in the works" right now but that's okay. I rather like it when I have choices about what to work on. And yes, I'll let you know how everything is progressing.
In the meantime, have a terrific weekend and I'll be back next week.