I have been in a giant rut lately. I feel as though I lost all momentum on projects. I haven't been sewing much lately. I also haven't had any projects that really get me excited--the ones I can't wait to dive back into once the kids are in bed. I haven't had one of those in quite a while.
I started three new WIPs this past week and am feeling pretty excited about each of them. Forget the fact that I have multiple WIPs in boxes just waiting to be finished. My sewing time is becoming more and more scarce, and I've decided to only spend that time on things I love rather than something I feel obligated to finish.
I did have a couple small finishes this week. These pouches have been cut out and sitting in a box for close to a year. I've wanted to finish them for sometime, but kept putting it off. These are the first pouches I've made from the Perfect Zip Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and really enjoyed putting them together. I made them from home dec fabric I had laying around just to try the pattern. I'll be making another one soon in fabric I love more.
Now, onto my new projects. This week is a bit of overload with Notting Hill. I got a full fat quarter bundle of this line from Westwood Acres a while back with a different project in mind. Once I started pulling it out I decided to use the colorways separately and just dive in. I knew I liked this fabric, but didn't realize how much I really loved it until I started cutting. There is something about these prints that I just love. Plus I really like each individual colorway (pretty rare for me). Intrepid Thread and Pink Castle Fabrics have most of the prints in all the colorways. I Don't Do Dishes has the Poppy colorway.
I mentioned last week that I'd be heading to a little retreat hosted by Emily from Crazy Old Ladies Quilts. Unfortunately, due to the hub's busy schedule on Friday I was only able to make it up to the retreat for a short time on Saturday for my trunk show and a little extra time to chat. The time I was there was so fun. I left wishing I had been there the whole time. I was so jealous of the party. I'm hoping to make it to the full retreat next time Emily hosts one.
While I was there I borrowed Amy's Go cutter and 9" hexagon die. I'm convinced this is the perfect size hexagon. I actually just ordered more fabric in this colorway because I want to make my quilt bigger. I'll probably have to cut those by hand since I'm not sure when I'll see Amy again to borrow her Go. I plan to just make a pattern out of template plastic. There is something so fun and simple about hexagons. I love how they look in a quilt. I planned mine with some white to break up the prints. I'll definitely be doing some rearranging once I get more fabric cut.
For a while now I've been searching for the perfect block to super-size and turn into a quilt. I love Jeni's Giant Vintage Star Quilt and wanted to do something similar. The other evening while glancing through my favorite quilting book, 5500 Quilt Block Designs, I came across that perfect block. The wheels immediately started turning as I figured out the best way to approach this crazy project. It requires paper piecing on some giant blocks, but I'm really excited. I've draw up my designs and started stitching. I haven't decided if I'll actually share pictures before it's finished, but this is my box of fabric so far. I'm mixing in some Art Gallery solids and ovals. The colors match almost perfectly.
Finally, this fabric is washed and pressed--ready to become a new bag. I've planned everything and am ready to start cutting! Now the problem is just finding the time to do it all.